December 11, 2018

Washington Redskins: List of records and achievements during the 2015 regular season

When Robert Griffin III was benched just weeks before the start of the regular season, I was with the rest of the power rankings not expecting much from the Washington Redskins. Now four months removed from dysfunction, Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden are rewriting franchise history and it has been a pleasure to watch. Once Gruden decided that keeping momentum going outweighed the risk of injury, the Cowboys game turned into a trip down memory lane.

Here is a recap of some of the history your NFC East Champions made this season:

(Photo by: @Redskins)

(Photo by: @Redskins)

  • Kirk Cousins (4,166) broke Jay Schroeder’s team record for passing yards in a single season (4,109 in 1986).
  • Cousins extended his streak of games with a touchdown pass to 16, passing Joe Theismann (15 in 1982-83) for sole possession of the second-longest streak in team history. He became the first player in team history to throw a touchdown in all 16 games in a season since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978.
  • Cousins (379) extended his existing team record for completions in a season previously held by Jason Campbell (327).
  • Cousins (543) broke Jay Schroeder’s team record for attempts in a season (541 in 1986).
  • Cousins threw for 29 touchdown on the season, tying him with Joe Theismann for second-most in a season in team history (29 in 1983). Sonny Jurgensen holds the record with 31.
  • Cousins’ 101.6 single-season passer rating in 2015 ranked third in team history among qualified passers, trailing Sammy Baugh (109.9 in 1945) and Robert Griffin III (102.4 in 2012).
  • Cousins finished the 2015 season with a 69.8 completion percentage, the second-highest figure in team history (70.3 by Sammy Baugh in 1945). It marks the eighth-best single-season percentage in NFL history among qualified passers.
  • Cousins is the first Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage since Sonny Jurgensen in 1970.
  • Cousins recorded his sixth consecutive game with a passer rating of 100.0 or better, the longest streak by a Redskins quarterback in records available back to 1960
  • Jordan Reed finished the 2015 season with 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end previously held by Chris Cooley in 2008: 83 and 849) with 11 receiving touchdowns.
  • Jamison Crowder finished the season with 59 receptions, passing Art Monk (58 in 1980) for the most by a rookie in team history. It is the second-most by a member of the Redskins in his first NFL season, trailing Gary Clark (72 in 1985).
  • Preston Smith finished the season with a sack total of 8.0, the second-most by a Redskins rookie since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 (11.0, Brian Orakpo in 2009).
  • Smith is the also the first member of the Redskins to lead all NFL rookies in sacks in a season since Orakpo in 2009.
  • Brandon Scherff started his 16th regular season game for the Redskins at right guard this season, becoming only the third rookie offensive lineman to start 16 games for Washington (Jon Jansen in 1999 and Chris Samuels in 2000).
  • Dustin Hopkins finished the 2015 season 25-of-28 on field goal attempts. His 89.3 field goal percentage this season marked the third-best single-season percentage in Redskins history (Mark Moseley 95.2 percent in 1982 and Kai Forbath 94.4 percent in 2012).

The Washington Redskins would gladly forget about individual records to have success in the playoffs, which starts with a Sunday afternoon (4:40 pm) matchup with the Green Bay Packers on FOX.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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