Over and over again this past week, the Denver Broncos have described the Washington Redskins as “Kirk Cousins' team" in some fashion. Or as defensive coordinator Joe Woods put it: “He carries that whole offense on his back. I think they put a lot on him to make the right decisions." And Cousins is certainly the centerpiece of Sunday’s game given he could be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months if the Redskins don’t use the franchise player tag on him for the third consecutive year and given the Broncos will consider any and all options to build a long-term plan at quarterback. Despite an array of injuries almost everywhere in the Redskins’ offense, Cousins is eighth in the league in passing with 3,636 yards and tied for seventh in the league with 24 touchdown passes. That is despite being one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL -- he has been sacked 38 times -- and without a receiver among the league’s top 30 in receiving yards. “I think he’s a special guy," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said this past week. “ ... He’s been hit a lot this year. He has like  sacks and he hasn’t blinked at all. He still looks down the rush and throws the ball into coverage. He’s a special guy. It starts with him offensively." With that in mind, here are some things to watch for in the Broncos-Redskins game (CBS, 1 p.m. ET): Pressure cooker: The Redskins have struggled mightily with injuries on the offensive line this season, and Cousins has paid the price physically. He has been sacked at least four times in six games this season and twice been sacked six times in a game. The Broncos haven’t always found their groove in the pass rush this season, with Shane Ray -- now on injured reserve -- having tried to play with a splint on his surgically repaired wrist and with offenses having sent waves of blockers at Von Miller, but Miller will certainly bear watching in this one. Miller has 10 sacks, his fourth consecutive season with at least 10 and the sixth overall in his career.
Broncos will get long look at 'special player' in Kirk Cousins
ESPN | Dec 24