The game had just hummed along offensive production-wise through the first and into the second quarter. Then Julio Jones happened … twice. Then Devonta Freeman happened … three times. The third Freeman chunk run of the Falcons’ drive was a 5-yard touchdown, aided by a key block from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Freeman preceded it with runs of 15 and nine yards to get Atlanta into the red zone. Before those runs, Jones hauled in catches of 19 and 23 yards. Atlanta’s drive went 71 yards in five plays and took just 1:53 off the clock. It was the first time the Patriots had trailed in a game since Week 12. 7-0, Falcons.
Kirk Cousins’ value to the Redskins will become clearer Wednesday with the arrival of the franchise tag deadline.
Washington can apply its tag to Cousins and still work out a long-term deal, or not. Another option is using the tag and trading its quarterback.
One challenge, according to ESPN, is Cousins will only accept Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys a trade to one team: the 49ers. The report cited an unnamed source.
A deal to San Francisco would reunite Cousins and Kyle Shanahan, and ESPN reported the Redskins might prefer a trade rather than other options available.
Reports say Cousins is expected to be tagged, meaning he’ll make nearly $24 million next season.