Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Quarterback Kirk Cousins had four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown to lift Washington’s NFL team over the Buffalo Bills, 35-25, at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 20. It is Washington’s first time winning consecutive games this season.

Washington’s offense set the tone early, scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions of the game.

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure form Buffalo Bills strong safety Bacarri Rambo (30) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In the first quarter, Cousins connected with tight end Jordan Reed for a 3-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, Cousins ignited “You like that!” chants when he rushed 13 yards into the end zone. It was the quarterback’s fifth rushing touchdown for the season, which is second only to the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton at that position.  

On the next drive, Washington recorded back-to-back sacks on Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and the Bills went three-and-out. Cousins capped off a five-play, 56-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Reed. Just like that, Washington had a 21-0 lead over Buffalo with about eight minutes left until halftime.

In the second half, Buffalo scored its first points on a field goal. However, Washington responded with a 77-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Cousins connected with Jackson, and the receiver did his thing after the catch, leaving two Bills defenders in the dust.

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) carries the ball past Buffalo Bills strong safety Leodis McKelvin (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Buffalo responded with back-to-back long, scoring drives. First, backup running back Mike Gillislee Jr.—who replaced LeSean McCoy—scored on a 60-yard rush. Then, wide receiver Sammy Watkins beat Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland for a 48-yard touchdown. The Bills not only cut the lead to 28-17, but they also had the momentum in their favor.

With Buffalo within two possessions, Washington desperately needed to make a play at the end of the third quarter. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon came through on third-and-long, catching an 18-yard pass between three defenders. The big play extended Washington’s crucial drive, and Garcon ultimately caught a 5-yard scoring reception to put his team up, 35-17.

At the bottom of the fourth quarter, the Bills scored a late touchdown and two-point conversion, but it was not enough. Washington held on to win the game, 35-25.

Cousins completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns. Jackson caught six receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown.

Taylor completed 16 of 27 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked five times.

With a 7-7 record, Washington stays atop the NFC East and moves closer to earning a playoff berth.  
Next – Washington will travel to Philadelphia to square off against the Eagles on Dec. 26.