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Kirk Cousins rides dominance over Raiders to NFC Offensive Player of the Week award

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The Raiders were the cure for what was ailing Kirk Cousins.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to week 3, Kirk Cousins was having a pretty poor season, by most accounts. As I noted last week, he was ranked in the lower rung of starting NFL quarterbacks in most categories, according to Pro Football Focus.

Then he met the Raiders. And all that changed.

Cousins went from 61% completions with 419 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interceptions in two games combined to 83.3% completions with 365 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in one game.

His passer rating hadn’t cracked triple digits in the first two games and then jumped to 150.7 Sunday night. That’s near perfect.

That performance earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Just when we thought the Raiders porous defense from last season was looking improved, we are reminded they still have some work to do. Though, to be fair, the offense shares a lot of the blame in this game. Their early turnovers (2) and inability to move the ball had the defense on the field far longer than they should have been.