"Cousins, I think every defense is going to want that guy to throw the ball," Eagles linebacker Zach Brown said Friday per ESPN.com's Tim McManus. "For me, that's probably the weakest part of their offense is him. Everything else is good. They've got a good running game, probably one of the best in the league. They have real good receivers. You just want them to pass the ball. You want Kirk Cousins to get it in his hands."
"I realized when I was in Washington, he was kind of careless with the ball. But at the same time, hey, you make the bed you sleep in," Brown said. "I was at the Redskins with him so I know about him. That's my viewpoint on him."
Facing the Eagles isn't all that bad a proposition, either, as Cousins has a 5-3 career record versus Philly with four 300-plus yard games, including the last two, and 17 touchdowns to five interceptions.
Nonetheless, Cousins' travails are well-known and until he wins a big game, the criticism is likely to linger.
And with a league-leading 14 fumbles lost since 2017, Brown believes the game plan is clear.
"Make him frustrated back there," Brown said. "First we have to stop the run, and then make him frustrated back there. Our main concern is stopping the run, because if they can run the ball, they're going to win."
Brown, like Cousins a one-time former Pro Bowler, has 24 tackles in five games and is looking to curtail an offense on the heels of its best performance.
Whether he inspired Cousins or simply spoke the harsh truth will come into focus on Sunday.