Redskins tight end Vernon Davis enjoying career renaissance

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis enjoying career renaissance

The Cardinals have allowed a 76.5 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks - third-best in the league - and have allowed only nine touchdown passes on the season, the fewest in the NFL. Fantasy Tip: Cousins has thrown for more than 350 yards in each of his last two games, has multiple TD passes in four straight games and has no interceptions in last three contests.

GAME PLAN: The Cardinals seem suited to at least slowing Washington's passing attack. Cousins was chosen as the NFC offensive player of the month for November after completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions.

"I can't say enough about how good he has played", Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. In the the two games Reed was out (weeks 6 and 7), Davis got eight receptions for nearly 130 yards and a touchdown, so he's capable of producing as the lone tight end.

Cousins needs 229 yards to jump from ninth to fourth on the franchise single-season passing list. "With that, I can continue to play this game".

WASHINGTON ' offense has exploded for a combined 1,020 total yards and 17-of-29 3 -down conversions in last 2 games vs. Packers and Cowboys. "I'm just glad that here we are with another opportunity to go back there a couple of seasons later". I think I'm just improving by nature of continuing to work and get better.

Sunday's matchup of the Redskins offense against the Arizona defense pits strength against strength.

CARDINALS Pro Bowl CB Patrick Peterson limited Falcons WR Julio Jones to 4-35 receiving in Week 12 loss, but he drew 2 pass-interference calls that set up 10 Falcons points in Week 12 loss.

"He's been rock solid", Arians said. He's pushing it up the field, not throwing very many interceptions and he's always been a gym-rat quarterback that really studies the game.

His brother Vontae, who plays for the Indianapolis Colts, was on a bye week and was in the stands watching.

Cousins goes into Phoenix this time as the acknowledged leader of the Redskins.

In April, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins invited new tight end Vernon Davis to join him at a workout in Ashburn. Cousins likes to get started by 5 a.m.

"I feel like the older I get, the better I get", said Davis, a D.C. native and star at Maryland. "That's who he is". He wants to do well, he just wants to succeed, he wants to be great.

"Some of those qualities that Peyton Manning has, I see those same qualities in Kirk Cousins", Davis said. And some Reed owners have benefited from deploying Vernon Davis on days when Reed is injured.

It's hard to argue after the numbers Cousins put up.

Currently, the Redskins control their own playoff destiny, holding the second wild-card position in the NFC. Robert Kelley finally had a down game against Dallas after three strong weeks.