Cousins is extremely confident and playing as well as any quarterback has in the latter part of the season. His preparation is paying off, and there aren't too many quarterbacks who've been in the zone that he's been in.
A team needs certified ballers if it wants to do anything in the postseason, and Cousins is surrounded by the right pieces with
DeSean Jackson and
Jordan Reed, who is an unbelievable talent. The
Redskins are playing inspired football, and the postseason is all about riding that wave of momentum.
Teddy has the best supporting cast out of these quarterbacks.
Adrian Peterson could win the league rushing title, and the offense is coming together.
Putting up 49 points against the Giants, with the help of
a good defensive performance, shows everyone that this team is improving offensively. If the
Vikings can win the NFC North, it's going to be tough for other teams to travel to Minnesota and win.
He's the best quarterback right now and has
the highest completion percentage in the league. That tells me he understands the dynamic of that offense and what they want to accomplish. Plus, those other quarterbacks need a run game to win. He's the only one who can lead his team without one.
If injured starter
Andy Dalton is
unable to return for the Bengals' playoff opener and the team winds up leaning on McCarron, as they have for the past two weeks, the youngster will be in a situation he should be very comfortable with. He played in a similar situation at Alabama, where he was asked to be the bus driver surrounded by elite talent. He understands how to play winning football after being coached by Nick Saban. He's going to take care of the ball and give the
Bengals a chance to win in the fourth quarter, Monday's
loss-clinching gaffe notwithstanding. The playoffs are about not losing the game rather than winning the game, and as long as he takes care of the ball -- and his
sprained left wrist doesn't get in the way -- the
Bengals will be fine.
Cousins has the hot hand and has progressed more than any of these quarterbacks in the past two months, recording a 72 percent completion rate, 20:3 TD-to-INT ratio, 115.8 passer rating and a 6-3 record in his last nine games. He also has
a healthy, up-and-coming tight end, a deep threat with Jackson and a solid receiver in