Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed connection is among best ones going now

Washington Redskins' tight end Jordan Reed, left, scores a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles' safety Walter Thurmond in the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. AP Photo/Michael Perez

One of the best things to emerge for the NFC East-champion Washington Redskins this season is the connection between Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed.

That bond manifested itself best in the last three games. In those, Cousins is 25-for-27 when targeting Reed, who had at least seven receptions and a score in each of the three games.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes Cousins became the first quarterback in Redskins history to have consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing and four touchdown passes. Reed now has 11 touchdown receptions this season, one shy of the club's single-season record.

Cousins has completed 72 percent of his passes and thrown 20 touchdowns (with only three interceptions) since Week 7. He has completed 58 passes to Reed in that span, including 10 of Reed's 11 touchdowns this season.

Cousins entered the day leading the NFL in completion percentage at 69.7 percent this season. That dipped slightly after Saturday's game, in which he completed only 67 percent of his throws. The last Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage was Sonny Jurgensen in 1970. Elias notes Cousins and Jurgensen are the only quarterbacks in Redskins history to have three games of at least four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Cousins set career highs in completions (12), attempts (18) and touchdowns (3) on passes thrown more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage Saturday. He completed 46 percent of those passes, with four touchdowns and seven interceptions, in the first 12 games of the season, but has hit on 74 percent with five touchdowns and one interception in the last three games.

Reed has 83 receptions this season, only a dozen shy of his total from 2013 and 2014 combined (in which he totaled three touchdown catches).

Reed is the first Redskins player with at least 11 touchdown receptions since Ricky Sanders had 12 in 1988. He's the first Redskins player with consecutive games of multiple touchdown receptions since Jerry Smith in 1967. Reed's four games with multiple touchdown receptions are tied with Doug Baldwin, Ted Ginn Jr. and Tyler Eifert for the most such games in the NFL.