Down 24-7 at halftime of the Week 7 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Redskins season appeared to be a lost cause. But Kirk Cousins and his offense rattled off 24 points in the second half, capped off with a Jordan Reed touchdown to take the 31-30 lead with just 28 seconds remaining. The Redskins would finish the remainder of their season with a 6-3 record, winning the NFC East Division.
Best story of the season
Following that same win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kirk Cousins would jog his way to the locker room. As he did so, he saw a group of Washington-area reporters. Cousins turned to them and passionately screamed "You like that?! You like that?!" The phrase would become the team's rally cry for the remainder of the season, and fans would chant "you like that," when, well, something the liked happened.
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Best play of the season
Way back in Week 14, the Redskins found themselves in a nailbiter with the Philadelphia Eagles. Down 20-16 with just over 30 seconds to go on the four yard line, Kirk Cousins dropped back for a pass. Pierre Garçon ran a short out route, and Cousins connected on the pass. But Garçon had to lay out for the pass, and took a heavy hit in the process. Garçon somehow managed to hold onto the eventual game-winning pass.
In the last six games of Washington's regular season, they managed to record a 5-1 record, but it was that single loss that was particuarly ugly. That came against a tremeondously weak Dallas Cowboys team. Neither team could move the ball well, and all around it was just one terrible football game. Cousins managed to throw for just 219 yards in the 19-16 final.
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Who know where the Redskins would have finished if it wasn't for the emergence of Kirk Cousins? In his first year as Washington's full-time starting quarterback, Cousins was stellar. His 4,166 passing yards set a franchise record for the most in a single season. His 69.8 completion percentage was the highest Washington had ever seen. His 29 passing touchdowns were tied with Joe Theismann for the most since Sonny Jurgensen tossed 31 in the 1967 season. It appears the Redskins have found their first mainstay franchise quarterback in, what, a decade? Maybe two?
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Best offseason aquisition
Not many understood why the Redskins were willing to select a player who was tabbed as an offensive guard with the fifth overall pick, especially when so many franchise-caliber players were still on the table. But Brandon Scherff quickly proved the Redskins correct in their selection. Scherff started off the season a bit slow, but towards the latter half of the season, he looked sharp and fierce every game. Scherff can only improve in the next few seasons, but it seems like the Redskins found a key cog in their offensive line for years to come.
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Jordan Reed has always had all of the right tools to be one of the most athletic tight ends in the NFL. But over the last few seasons, he never seemed to be a huge part in the Redskins' offense, and he was often injured. That all changed in the 2015 season. Reed finished his year with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, all career highs for the third-year pro. With his 6-foot-3, 236 pound frame, he's a nightmare for opposing defenses, and he has officially solidified himself as one of the NFL's top tight ends.
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This offseason, Chris Culliver signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Redskins. His $9.25 million cap hit is the fourth-highest on the team next season (so far). Culliver only played in six games this season, missing a game for a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, a couple more for a knee injury, and finally knocked himself out for the remainder of the year on Thanksgiving when he tore his ACL and his MCL. But even when he was playing, he wasn't very great. According to Pro Football Focus, Culliver allowed four touchdown passes and a 134.8 quarterback rating in his six games. Culliver will need to improve greatly next season.