WASHINGTON— Kirk Cousins hasn’t won a game on the road since 2012.
In all fairness, Cousins’ team has not performed particularly well without him under center, either. Washington has won only two road games since the start of the 2013 season.
The New York Jets manhandled Washington’s quarterback and the rest of his teammates on Sunday in a 34-20 debacle at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Sunday’s defeat was Washington’s third road loss of the season, and seventh consecutive loss away from the friendly confines of FedEx Field. That’s a streak that dates back almost a calendar year to October of 2014.
Sadly, Washington’s bout of homesickness predates the current streak. Washington has only won one away-game in each of the past two seasons, and has the worst road record since the start of the 2013 season, 2-17 – a paltry 10.53 winning percentage.
Since the beginning of 2013, the average road-winning percentage in the NFL is just over 42 percent. Nobody is farther from that number than Washington.
To add insult to Washington’s plethora of injuries, the team with the best road record in the past 2-plus years is the Dallas Cowboys, who have won more than 72 percent of their games away from AT&T Stadium.
Fortunately for Cousins and Co., Washington’s next game is at home, when the burgundy and gold hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. on FOX.
Like Washington, Tampa Bay has struggled while playing on the road since 2013, although the Bucs’ 22 percent success rate on-the-road is more than double Washington’s.
Luckily for injured stars such as DeSean Jackson (WR), Jordan Reed (TE), Matt Jones (RB) and Trent Williams (OT), Washington has its bye-week after this weekend’s home matchup with Tampa Bay.
Not so luckily for Washington, the week after the bye is an away game against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Nothing like long odds to motivate a team to its first road win in more than a year.