London got to watch a great football game first-hand this Sunday. The 4-3 Washington Redskins met with the 3-4 Cincinnati Bengals, and the game started heating up after halftime. Despite neither team winning, the 27-27 overtime tie was still a hell of a game to watch.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and Bengals counterpart Andy Dalton have skill-sets that are pretty evenly matched. Kirk Cousins is 28 years old, 6’3 210 pounds, and Andy Dalton is 29 years old, 6’2 220 pounds. Their similarities don’t just stop at their physical stats. Both have been playing fairly well this season and have been throwing for well over 250+ yards a game, and are also agile enough to run the ball in those dire 3rd down situations.
Kirk Cousins is the 1st 400-yard passer in any London game. No player with as many as 340 pass yards in London has won. pic.twitter.com/jIFsf7cKqj
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Jeremy Hill carried it in for a smooth touchdown in the 4th to put Cincinnati up 26-24, and the extra point meant the Redskins needed a field goal to tie it up. Washington went three downs and out on the next drive, giving the Bengals the ball to control the clock with six minutes left to play. The Redskins defense almost forced the Bengals into a 4th down situation, but Dalton matched Cousins’ QB sneak with one of his own for the 1st.
The Bengals would not be able to convert on the following drive and the punt return brought the Redskins to their own 34-yard line. After a series of unspectacular drives that ended with a phenomenal catch for the 1st down within field goal range by Jamison Crowder, the Redskins were able to tie the game at 27-27. The Bengals looked like they had some momentum, but their sprint to the end-zone ended with a resounding thud in the form of a 3rd down sack.
This gave London its first overtime game since the International Series began in 2007.
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By the end of the four quarters, the stats were pretty telling. Cousins threw 30 for 44 attempts for 381 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 Interception, whereas Dalton threw 22 for 35 attempts for 238 yards 1 TD, and 1 Interception. Although Cousins spent the day throwing to a wide slew of receivers and tight ends, his favorite for the game was Jamison Crowder, who kept delivering. The Cousins-Crowder connection racked up 8 receptions, 106 yards and 1 TD, while the Dalton-Green connection was 8 receptions for 111 yards.
The offensive line was doing a great job at protecting Cousins, as he only had one sack for the game. Whoever had Cousins in their Fantasy lineup got an unexpected surge, because he finished the game with 38 for 56 attempts for 458 yards, 2 TDs and 1 Interception.
Dustin Hopkins’ failed field goal attempt that would have given Washington the W was from such a close distance that it’s almost embarrassing, but that’s just how the cookie crumbled – and it did provide a funny post-match moment.
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Ultimately, both teams took away a ton of different pointers to work on for the rest of the season. Josh Norman dropped two interceptions and had 4 penalties against A.J Green, which the additional yardage could have been enough to keep the Bengals from getting at least a touchdown or field goal and the game wouldn’t have even gone close to overtime.
Cousins got into a groove and utilized essentially every offensive weapon he had. He gained critical experience, even if the Redskins didn’t come home with a win.
Kirk Cousins’ 15th career 300-yard passing game today ties him with Sonny Jurgensen for the most in Redskins history pic.twitter.com/C73NXPIc3M
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2016
The Bengals have a BYE week with plenty to work with and hours of footage to study to prepare for the Vikings on November 13th.
There weren’t too many major blunders for either side other than the missed Redskins kick in OT, and both sides should return from the Old Dart with their heads held high.