For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, the last three games of this season have become an audition.
"I think every time I get an opportunity, whether it's a game or in a practice, you're trying to prove that you belong," said Cousins, who replaced Robert Griffin III in Week 15. "This three-week stretch is a great opportunity to do that. Obviously I would love to catch the eye of a team, of a coach, of a general manager who says 'We need to acquire that guy to be a starter.'"
On a team with such a tension-fraught triangle between the franchise quarterback, the head coach and the owner, there seems little doubt that if Cousins does become a full-time starter -- and coach Mike Shanahan said Cousins has it in him to be one -- it won't be with the Redskins. Cousins isn't buying into that, though, noting that he is only two years into his four-year rookie contract.
"There is a possibility I stay here," he said. "I think there's still a likelihood that I'm here. It all depends on what a team thinks of me after watching me in the sample size I've been able to put out there."
For now, Cousins said he's just focused on getting his first win of the season for his current team.
"We'll let that happen as the offseason goes on," he said, "and let the chips fall where they may."
Giants kicker Josh Brown was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-winning field goal in overtime against Detroit and the 52-yarder he hit earlier in the game. He became the first kicker in Giants history with three field goals in a game of 40 yards or longer.
The Giants will likely use their eighth different starting offensive line combination on Sunday, which would tie them with the Raiders for the most this season ... Jerrel Jernigan's TD catch on Sunday made him the 30th different player to catch one from Eli Manning ... Manning has 170 career interceptions, 43rd most on the NFL's career list. He is two behind Hall of Famer Bob Griese and three behind his father, Archie, who threw 1,342 fewer passes than Eli.