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  • Separating Kirk Cousins' return to the starting quarterback job in Washington from the way it came about the latest bizarre series of events that havebecome the franchises trademark is impo sible.Still, theres this: ThoughCousins helped get his team into an early hole,by the time he left the dre s-rehearsal Week 3 preseason game in Baltimore on Saturdaynight, he had the lead.PHOTOS: Week 3 preseason action | MORE: Should Skins move on from RGIII?No matterthe circumstances, thats an upgrade.It may not mean much two weeks from now,when the games count. But its better than how things were going during the endle sly-distracting and toxic Robert Griffin III period.Cousins led Washington (which won, 31-13)on the first touchdown drive by the starting offense this preseason. That was crucial.Mentally, the franchise needed a touchdown, if only to confirm thattheir Frostee Rucker Jersey offense remembered how, and that their quarterback situation wasnt irreversibly hopele s.More important, though, was that it came after Cousins began so nightmarishly yet another Gabe Martin Jersey interception, his Achilles heel throughout his career (19 in14 appearances, nine in five starts last season, 14 in eight starts the last two seasons).His history shows his picksin bunches, and those picks destroying chances to win games, as well as his confidence and that of everybody around him.That didn't happen Saturday.If it had, the franchise might very wellhave hit rock-bottom:The quarterback at the center of the latest controversy, elevated under shady circumstances concerning concu sion protocol, melting down in the hottest spotlight of his career.Instead, after whistling a swing pa s right into the hands of Terrell Suggs on his fifth snap of the night, Cousins kept his head up and didnt repeat the mistake. When he fumbled the snap on the first play of the next series, he pulled himself together quickly. Washingtons drive stalled in Baltimoreterritory, and itstill trailed, 10-0.But this time, the negative plays didn't snowball.The 83-yard touchdown drive in the Markus Golden Jersey final two minutes of the half, giving Washingtona 14-13 lead, was similar to the near-flawle s play Cousinsproduced against backups in the first two preseason games.MORE: Preseason brawl in Baltimore| Trent Williams gets big extensionCousins was 5 of6 for 56 yards on the scoringdrive. Until the last pa s, he looked like the poised player the coaches have been certain is a seamle s fit for their offense. On the last pa s, he looked lucky ...on multiple levels.Suggs came in on Cousinsuntouched from his blindside and drilled him.Thethrow was to a receiver who hadtwo defendersdraped all over him and was deflected right to a teammate for a touchdown.It still counts, and Darren Fells Jersey it was a vital ice-breaker for the offense. The last thing Washington needed was another shutout by the first-team offensewith two weeks to go before the season opener against the Dolphins Ndamukong Suh-led defense.Cousins on Saturdayof coursehad Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, which Griffin did not the night he took abeating from the Lions. He had impre sive rookie Jamison Crowder playing his first preseason game(he caught the deflected touchdown). By opening day, presumably, hellhave DeSean Jackson, who hurt his shoulder early in training camp and has not played.Cousins has more pieces in place to succeed than his predece sor did this preseason. Theres also a very low bar for him to clear.Cousins cleared it. He was a slightly better version of his usual self. Washington will take that, for now.