1982 Washington Redskins season

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 46th in Washington, D.C.. Although the Redskins lost all their preseason games,[1] they were to advance from an 8–8 record the previous season to become the only team in NFL History to win the Super Bowl after not winning a pre-season game. Only the 1990 Buffalo Bills and the 2000 New York Giants have since made it to the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season.[1]

The 1982 NFL season was shortened from sixteen games per team to nine because of a players’ strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored. Washington had the best record in the NFC, and were the number one seed in the conference for the playoff tournament.

The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, beating each of their opponents by an average of 19 points. In a rematch of Washington's only prior Super Bowl appearance ten years prior, the Redskins – in a game famous for Washington's "70 Chip’ play on fourth-and-1 – went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27–17 to win Super Bowl XVII. It was the Redskins’ first ever Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL Championship in 40 years.[2] Combining the post-season and their first Super Bowl victory, the Redskins finished the season with an overall record of 12–1.

1982 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Local radioWMAL
Results
Record8–1
Division place1st NFC
Playoff finishWon First Round (Lions) 31–7
Won Second Round (Vikings) 21–7
Won NFC Championship (Cowboys) 31–17
Won Super Bowl XVII (Dolphins) 27–17
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 09 - Mark Murphy (cropped)
The Redskins playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Pick # NFL team Player Position College
49 Washington Redskins Vernon Dean Defensive back San Diego State
61 Washington Redskins Carl Powell Wide receiver Jackson State University

Roster

1982 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice/Taxi squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Pre season

Week Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Record Game site Attendance Game Time Local TV
1 August 14, 1982 (Sat) at Miami Dolphins Loss 7 24 0–1 Miami Orange Bowl 8:00 PM EDT WJLA
2 August 21, 1982 (Sat) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Loss 13 28 0–2 Tampa Stadium 7:00 PM EDT WJLA
3 August 27, 1982 (Fri) Buffalo Bills Loss 14 20 0–3 RFK Stadium 8:00 PM EDT WJLA
4 September 3, 1982 (Fri) at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 21 28 0–4 Riverfront Stadium 7:30 PM EDT WJLA

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Record Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
1 September 12, 1982 at Philadelphia Eagles Win (OT) 37 34 1–0 Veterans Stadium
68,885
1:00 PM EDT CBS [3]
2 September 19, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 21 13 2–0 Tampa Stadium
66,187
4:00 PM EDT CBS [4]
- September 26, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals postponed 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
3 October 3, 1982 Cleveland Browns canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium NBC
4 October 10, 1982 at Dallas Cowboys canceled 2–0 Texas Stadium CBS
5 October 17, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium NBC
6 October 24, 1982 at Houston Oilers canceled 2–0 Astrodome CBS
7 October 31, 1982 San Francisco 49ers canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
8 November 7, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals canceled 2–0 Riverfront Stadium CBS
9 November 14, 1982 Minnesota Vikings canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
10 November 21, 1982 at New York Giants Win 27 17 3–0 Giants Stadium
70,766
4:00 PM EST CBS [5]
11 November 28, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles Win 13 9 4–0 RFK Stadium
48,313
1:00 PM EST CBS [6]
12 December 5, 1982 Dallas Cowboys Loss 10 24 4–1 RFK Stadium
54,633
4:00 PM EST CBS [7]
13 December 12, 1982 at St. Louis Cardinals Win 12 7 5–1 Busch Memorial Stadium
35,308
1:00 PM EST CBS [8]
14 December 19, 1982 New York Giants Win 15 14 6–1 RFK Stadium
50,030
1:00 PM EST CBS [9]
15 December 26, 1982 at New Orleans Saints Win 27 10 7–1 Louisiana Superdome
48,667
4:00 PM EST CBS [10]
16 January 2, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals Win 28 0 8–1 RFK Stadium
55,045
1:00 PM EST CBS [11]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 31)

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 6–1 8–1 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 2–1 4–2 226 145 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 3–1 5–4 135 170 L1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 2–3 3–5 164 160 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 1–5 1–5 191 195 L1
National Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 226 145 L2
Green Bay Packers(3) 5 3 1 .611 226 169 L1
Minnesota Vikings(4) 5 4 0 .556 187 198 W1
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 183 199 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 135 170 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7) 5 4 0 .556 158 178 W3
Detroit Lions(8) 4 5 0 .444 181 176 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160 W1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206 L1
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250 W1

Fun Bunch

The Fun Bunch was the nickname for the wide receivers and tight ends of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League during the early 1980s. Known for their choreographed group celebrations in the end zone (usually a group high-five) following a touchdown.

The members of the Fun Bunch included the Redskins' wide receivers Art Monk, Virgil Seay, Charlie Brown, and Alvin Garrett, and tight ends Rick Walker, and Don Warren. Every single one of these players won a Super Bowl with the Redskins, and three have been chosen for the Pro Bowl. The first high-five leap performed by the Fun Bunch occurred after an Alvin Garrett touchdown 1982 first-round Playoff game against the Detroit Lions.

The Fun Bunch celebration was begun as a tribute to Art Monk, who was injured late in the 1982 regular season and could not participate in the playoffs that year. Garrett forgot about the arranged celebration after his first two touchdown grabs against the Lions. Thankfully, he nabbed a third TD, and the Fun Bunch was born.

The celebration continued into the following year, with Monk joining in. Some Redskins opponents, however, had begun to get annoyed with the display. In a week 15 game against the rival Dallas Cowboys, things came to a head. The game would decide both which team would win the NFC East division, and which of the two teams would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the second half, with the Redskins leading 14–10, Darrell Green intercepted a Danny White pass on a carom. On the very next play, quarterback Joe Theismann hit Art Monk for a 43-yard touchdown pass and catch to break the game open. After the score, the Redskins' receivers gathered in the end zone to celebrate, but were joined by members of the Cowboys secondary. There was some pushing and shoving between the players, and the Fun Bunch went ahead and jumped, albeit with very little high-fiving possible. Both teams were assessed a penalty for unsportsman-like behavior, which offset each other, and the game continued.

The Fun Bunch celebrations were discontinued the following year. Currently, the NFL has rules in place making such pre-planned group celebrations illegal. Any such celebration would be penalized. The Fun Bunch, however, remains an iconic image associated with the success the Redskins had in 1982 and 1983.

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
NFC First Round January 8, 1983 (Sat) Detroit Lions Win 31 7 RFK Stadium
55,045
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [12]
NFC Second Round January 15, 1983 (Sat) Minnesota Vikings Win 21 7 RFK Stadium
54,593
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [13]
NFC Championship January 22, 1983 (Sat) Dallas Cowboys Win 31 17 RFK Stadium
55,045
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [14]
Super Bowl XVII January 30, 1983 Miami Dolphins Win 27 17 Rose Bowl
103,667
6:00 PM EST NBC CBS [15]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

1982 NFC First Round vs Detroit Lions

1982 NFC Second Round vs Minnesota Vikings

Running back John Riggins led the Redskins to a victory with 185 rushing yards and a touchdown.

1982 NFC Championship Game: vs Dallas Cowboys

John Riggins, who ran nine straight times to help Washington run out the clock in the final period, finished the game with 140 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.

Super Bowl XVII: vs Miami Dolphins

Awards and records

Media

Pre season Local TV

Channel Play-by-play Color commentator
WJLA-TV

Local Radio

Flagship station Play-by-play Color Commentators
WMAL-AM Frank Herzog Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgenson

References

  1. ^ a b Winless in the Pre-Season
  2. ^ "1982 Washington Redskins". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
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  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198209190tam.htm
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198211210nyg.htm
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198211280was.htm
  7. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198212050was.htm
  8. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198212120crd.htm
  9. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198212190was.htm
  10. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198212260nor.htm
  11. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198301020was.htm
  12. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198301080was.htm
  13. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198301150was.htm
  14. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198301220was.htm
  15. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198301300mia.htm
  16. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
Jim Speros

Jim Speros (born February 17, 1959) is an American businessman and former American football player and coach from Great Falls, Virginia, (Fairfax County), best known for his ownership of teams in the southern American expansion phase of the Canadian Football League and United Football League.

List of NFC champions

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.

Regular Season summaries
Week 1: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 34OTTotal
Redskins 0 14 020337
Eagles 10 3 147034

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Redskins Eagles
1 Eagles 44-yard field goal by Tony Franklin 0 10
2 Eagles 44-yard field goal by Tony Franklin 14 13
4 Redskins 30-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 31 27
4 Redskins 48-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 34 34
5 Redskins 26-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 37 34
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 37 34

Week 2: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 2: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 2 34Total
Redskins 9 9 0321
Buccaneers 0 6 0713

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Redskins Buccaneers
1 Redskins 35-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 9 0
2 Redskins 21-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 12 0
4 Redskins 19-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 21 13
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 13

Week 3: at New York Giants

Week 3: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 14 3327
Giants 0 3 7717

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Redskins Giants
2 Giants 20-yard field goal by Joe Danelo 21 3
3 Redskins 37-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 24 10
4 Redskins 29-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 27 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 27 17

Week 4: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 0 909
Redskins 3 7 3013

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Eagles Redskins
1 Redskins 45-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 0 3
2 Eagles 41-yard field goal by Tony Franklin 3 10
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 9 13

Week 5: vs Dallas Cowboys

Week 5: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 7 10724
Redskins 0 0 01010

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Cowboys Redskins
3 Cowboys 31-yard field goal by Rafael Septién 10 0
4 Redskins 38-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 17 3
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 24 10

Week 6: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 6: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Cardinals
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 3 3312
Cardinals 0 0 077

at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Redskins Cardinals
1 Redskins 32-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 3 0
1 Redskins 30-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 6 0
3 Redskins 20-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 9 0
4 Redskins 24-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 12 0
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 12 7

Week 7: vs New York Giants

Week 7: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Giants 7 7 0014
Redskins 0 3 6615

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Giants Redskins
2 Redskins 20-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 7 3
4 Redskins 31-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 14 12
4 Redskins 42-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 14 15
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 14 15

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

Week 8: Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 10 01027
Saints 7 0 3010

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Redskins Saints
2 Redskins 36-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 17 7
3 Saints 36-yard field goal by Morten Andersen 17 10
4 Redskins 45-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 20 10
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 27 10

Week 9: vs St. Louis Cardinals

Week 9: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 0 000
Redskins 7 7 7728

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Cardinals Redskins
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 28
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Lions Redskins
1 Redskins Interception returned 77 yards for touchdown by Jeris White, Mark Moseley kick good 0 7
1 Redskins 26-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 0 10
2 Redskins Alvin Garrett 21-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 0 17
2 Redskins Alvin Garrett 21-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 0 24
3 Redskins Alvin Garrett 27-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 0 31
3 Lions David Hill 15-yard touchdown reception from Eric Hipple, Eddie Murray kick good 7 31
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 31
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Vikings Redskins
1 Redskins Don Warren 3-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 0 7
1 Redskins John Riggins 2-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 0 14
2 Vikings Ted Brown 18-yard touchdown run, Rick Danmeier kick good 7 14
2 Redskins Alvin Garrett 18-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 7 21
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 21
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Cowboys Redskins
1 Cowboys 27-yard field goal by Rafael Septién 3 0
1 Redskins Charlie Brown 19-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 3 7
2 Redskins John Riggins 1-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 3 14
3 Cowboys Drew Pearson 6-yard touchdown reception from Gary Hogeboom, Rafael Septién kick good 10 14
3 Redskins John Riggins 4-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 10 21
3 Cowboys Butch Johnson 23-yard touchdown reception from Gary Hogeboom, Rafael Septién kick good 17 21
4 Redskins 29-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 17 24
4 Redskins Interception returned 10 yards for touchdown by Darryl Grant, Mark Moseley kick good 17 31
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 31
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Dolphins Redskins
1 8:11 Dolphins Jimmy Cefalo 76-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Uwe von Schamann kick good 7 0
2 14:19 Redskins 31-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 7 3
2 6:00 Dolphins 20-yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann 10 3
2 1:51 Redskins Alvin Garrett 4-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 10 10
2 1:38 Dolphins Kickoff returned 98 yards for touchdown by Fulton Walker, Uwe von Schamann kick good 17 10
3 8:09 Redskins 20-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 17 13
4 10:01 Redskins John Riggins 43-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 17 20
4 1:55 Redskins Charlie Brown 6-yard touchdown reception from Joe Theismann, Mark Moseley kick good 17 27
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 27
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