Things nearly went from bad to worse on the next series, when Cousins fumbled the center exchange, a loose ball recovered by Washington. Cousins kept it together, however, completing 5 of 7 passes on a drive that took the Redskins into Ravens territory before Alfred Morris was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 carry.
Cousins' first touchdown pass came under unusual circumstances. Facing a third-and-9 from the Ravens 22, Cousins fired a pass over the middle that bounced off Andre Roberts' hands and into the waiting mitts of Jamison Crowder, who jogged into the end zone for six points. Cousins took the Redskins down the field again in Washington's next possession, an 83-yard march in the 2-minute drill offense that ended with a 1-yard scoring run by Chris Thompson.
"To see him have a slowish start, throw the interception and bounce back and get those two drives in the other half was impressive," Gruden said.
Colt McCoy made the most of his half of work as well, completing 10 of 12 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns against Baltimore's backups.
An important note: The Redskins didn't surrender any sacks on Saturday. This stands in stark contrast to last week against the Lions, when Griffin took a beating that eventual led to his head injury. The return of the newly mintedTrent Williams made a big difference, but Cousins and McCoy deserve credit for getting the ball out quickly.
Gruden declined to discuss Washington's murky quarterback situation, instead insisting that no decisions will be made until they have clarity on Griffin's health.