Take a look back at the top defensive storylines from the 2015 Washington Redskins regular season, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.
• In Week 2, the Redskins held the Rams to zero points in the first half. Prior to the performance, the last time the Redskins held an opponent scoreless in the first half also came against the Rams on Oct. 2, 2011 (led 14-0, won 17-10).
• In Week 4 vs. Philadelphia, the Redskins held a second consecutive home opponent scoreless in the first half for the first time since Weeks 11 (vs. Lions) and Week 13 (vs. Giants) of the 1997 season, a span of 141 regular season home games.
• The Redskins recorded five sacks in Week 4, the team’s most since its game at Dallas in Week 8 of 2014 (five).
• In Week 5, the Redskins held the Falcons to three points in the first half. In doing so, Washington held opponents to three or fewer first-half points three times in a four-game span for the first time since doing it in five straight games from Weeks 13-17 of the 2007 season.
• Against Atlanta, the Redskins intercepted multiple passes for the first time since Dec. 29, 2013 against the New York Giants.
• A Trenton Robinson interception against Atlanta marked the team’s first interception on an opponent’s opening drive since Week 10 of 2013 (Brandon Meriweather at Minnesota).
• With an opening drive fumble recovery in Week 6 at the New York Jets, the Redskins recorded takeaways on their opponents’ first possession in consecutive regular season games for the first time since the final game of the 2012 season vs. Dallas and the opening game of the 2013 season vs. Philadelphia. It marked the first time the Redskins did so in consecutive games in a single season since Weeks 14-15 of the 2005 season (at Arizona and vs. Dallas).
• The Redskins forced three first-half takeaways against the Jets in Week 6, the Redskins’ most first-half takeaways since Week 13 of the 2014 season at Indianapolis (three).
• The Redskins held opponents scoreless on opening drives in each of the first six games of the season, the team’s first time doing so in six consecutive games since Weeks 6-12 of the 2008 season.
• With two takeaways at New England in Week 9, the Redskins posted at least one takeaway in five consecutive games in a single season for the first time since Weeks 12-17 of the 2013 season.
• With another fumble recovery in Week 9, the Redskins recorded a defensive fumble recovery in five consecutive games in a single season for the first time since Weeks 4-8 of the 2010 season.
• In Week 9, the Redskins recorded two first-quarter takeaways for the first time since Week 11 of the 2014 season vs. Tampa Bay. The takeaways also marked the first time an opponent had forced the Patriots into multiple turnovers in the opening quarter of a game since Nov. 24, 2013 vs. Denver (three).
• In Week 10 vs. New Orleans, the Redskins held Saints quarterback Drew Brees to 209 passing yards. Brees entered the game averaging an NFL-best 345.4 passing yards per game.
• The Redskins recorded two interceptions in Week 10, the team’s second multiple-interception game of the season (Week 5 at Atlanta).
• With the two takeaways, the Redskins recorded multiple takeaways four times in a five-game span in a single season for the first time since Weeks 4-8 of the 2010 season.
• An intentional safety by the Panthers in the final minute of the Redskins’ Week 11 game at Carolina gave the Redskins their first safety since Dec. 23, 2007 (at Minnesota).
• A Perry Riley, Jr. interception vs. the New York Giants in Week 12 marked the second time on the season the Redskins recorded an interception on an opponent’s opening drive (Trenton Robinson, Week 5 at Atlanta).
• In Week 12 against the Giants, the Redskins recorded two first-quarter interceptions for the first time since Dec. 30, 2012 vs. Dallas. That game also marked the last time the Redskins had recorded interceptions on their opponent’s first two possessions in a game (Richard Crawford and Josh Wilson).
• All three of Washington’s takeaways in Week 12 came on interceptions of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Prior to Week 12, Manning had been intercepted only six times through the Giants first 10 games of the season.
• With the performance, the Redskins registered their first three-interception game since Oct. 27, 2013 at Denver.
• Week 12 marked the first game in which the Redskins allowed a 300-yard passer. They were the second-to-last team to allow a 300-yard passer in 2015 (Denver).
• The Redskins held the Giants to 33 rushing yards in Week 12, the fewest allowed by the Redskins in 2015. It was the fewest allowed by the Redskins against the Giants since holding them to 25 rushing yards on Nov. 13, 1983.
• The 33 rushing yards allowed in Week 12 were the fewest allowed by the Redskins against any opponent since holding the Indianapolis Colts to 33 yards on Dec. 22, 1990.
• The Redskins recorded three takeaways, all fumbles, in Week 13 vs. Dallas. It marked the second time in 2015 the Redskins recorded three takeaways in consecutive games (Weeks 5-6).
• The Redskins recovered three opponent fumbles in a single game for the fourth time since the turn of the century and for the first time since Oct. 17, 2010 vs. Indianapolis.
• The Redskins forced and recovered a fumble on the Cowboys’ first offensive possession. Including an opening-drive interception against the Giants a week earlier, the Redskins recorded opening-drive takeaways in consecutive games for the second time this season (Weeks 5-6).
• The Redskins’ Week 15 contest against Buffalo marked the fourth time the Redskins held an opponent scoreless in the first half in 2015, the team’s most first-half shutouts in a single season since 1991 (five).
• The Redskins recorded five sacks against Buffalo, the team’s most since Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.
• With another five-sack performance at Philadelphia in Week 16, the Redskins recorded back-to-back five-sack games for the first time since Weeks 13-14 of the 1999 season.
• The Redskins recorded four sacks in Week 17 at Dallas, posting four or more sacks for a third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 5-7 of the 1992 season.