In one direction is a win over the Giants, a wild-card berth, perhaps a victory (or at least a strong performance) on the road in the playoffs, and then long-term riches for Cousins and confident strides in the right direction for the Redskins franchise.
In the other direction winds the road too often traveled: a big-game collapse, uncertainty, doubts, rumblings among the Redskins brain trust—not to mention the impatient Beltway fanbase—that the team is listing sideways. Then, perhaps another year of franchise-tag staring contests. Or even free agency and the dreaded “fresh start” for everyone.
That’s what’s at stake Sunday: tens of millions of dollars, years of commitment, an organization’s long-range fiscal plan, its image and probably its self-image. For Cousins, a win over the Giants keeps him on the rising-star trajectory. A loss makes him look like a quarterback who cannot win big games, which is not the phrase you want atop your LinkedIn profile when seeking a new contract.
This is precisely the situation the Redskins and Cousins courted when they agreed to disagree on a contract seven months ago. The Redskins wanted a year to wait and see on a quarterback who followed an early-season turnover fest with a hot streak against second-rate opponents. Cousins figured
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683217-future-is-on-the-line-sunday-for-kirk-cousins-and-the-washington-redskins
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