WE LIKE THAT: Cousins' 4 TD passes lead Redskins past Bills, 35-25

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Pro Football Writer
   
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Inspiring a soundtrack of "You like that!" chants, Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins picked a perfect time to finally put together a winning streak, modest as it might be.
 
Cousins equaled his career high with four touchdown passes and ran 13 yards for another score, helping the Redskins win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year and stay atop the NFC East by beating the Buffalo Bills 35-25 on Sunday.
 
While the Redskins (7-7) moved closer to earning a playoff berth, the Bills (6-8) are now assured of missing the postseason for the 16th year in a row, the longest active drought in the NFL.
 
Making first-year Bills head coach Rex Ryan's defense look inept, and aided by a key fourth-down encroachment penalty, the Redskins scored TDs on each of their first three possessions of a game for the first time since September 1999, grabbing a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. 
 
Even when Washington made a potentially bad mistake of its own -- rookie returner Jamison Crowder fumbled a punt near midfield -- Buffalo couldn't take advantage. The Bills drove all the way to Washington's 1, but running back LeSean McCoy got stuffed twice, before Tyrod Taylor overthrew Sammy Watkins by a ton in the end zone on fourth down.
 
McCoy left early in the second half after hurting his right knee, and backup Mike Gilleslee delivered a 60-yard touchdown run. Buffalo then made it 28-17 with a two-play, 85-yard drive. On the first, rookie tight end Nick O'Leary's first career catch went for 37 yards; the Redskins challenged whether he stepped out of bounds, but the play stood after a review. On the second, Taylor threw to Watkins for a 48-yard touchdown pass, the first of their two scoring connections.
 
The Redskins responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive capped by Cousins' 5-yard TD toss to Pierre Garcon early in the fourth quarter.
 
Fans repeatedly celebrated touchdowns with full-throated chants of "You like that!" -- a reference to what Cousins yelled as he trotted to the locker room after a comeback victory earlier this season.
 
Cousins hit tight end Jordan Reed for a pair of scores in the first half, and threw a short pass to DeSean Jackson that the speedy receiver turned into a 77-yard TD in the third quarter by spinning away from defensive back Corey Graham.'
 
Cousins completed his first nine passes and finished 22 for 28 for 319 yards and no interceptions. It was his sixth 300-yard passing day of the season, a franchise record. He equaled another club mark, set way back in 1967 by Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, by starting the season with at least one TD throw in 14 straight games.
 
The Redskins have finished last in their division six of the past seven years, but they entered Sunday tied for first place with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. 
 
Until last week, Washington hadn't won on the road all season, but they picked up a 24-21 victory at the Chicago Bears. The Redskins immediately set their sights on winning two games in a row for the first time since October 2014 -- and they accomplished that, too.
 
They had alternated victories and losses for the past eight games, the longest such run in the league.
 
 
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