1983 Washington Redskins season

The 1983 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 52nd season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 47th in Washington, D.C.. The season began with the team trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, following their victory in Super Bowl XVII against the Miami Dolphins. Washington's 14–2 record was the best in the NFL. Though the Redskins did win their second-consecutive NFC Championship they were blown out by the Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, 9–38.

The Redskins' 541 points scored and +209 point differential was the best in the league, with the 541 points setting an NFL record at the time.[1] The 1983 Redskins also had a turnover margin of +43, an NFL record.[2] Washington was the first team since the merger to record more than 60 takeaways (61).[3]

This season is cornerback Darrell Green's first in the league. He would spend the next 19 years with the team.

1983 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
General managerBobby Beathard
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 51–7
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 24–21
Lost Super Bowl XVIII (Raiders) 9–38
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 52 - Marcus Allen
The Redskins playing against the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.

Roster

1983 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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Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 30–31
55,045
2 September 11, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–13
69,542
3 September 18, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–12
52,610
4 September 25, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks W 27–17
60,718
5 October 2, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders W 37–35
54,106
6 October 9, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals W 38–14
42,698
7 October 17, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 47–48
55,255
8 October 23, 1983 Detroit Lions W 38–17
43,189
9 October 31, 1983 at San Diego Chargers W 27–24
46,114
10 November 6, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 45–7
51,380
11 November 13, 1983 at New York Giants W 33–17
71,482
12 November 20, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams W 42–20
63,031
13 November 27, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–24
54,324
14 December 4, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 37–21
52,074
15 December 11, 1983 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–10
65,074
16 December 17, 1983 New York Giants W 31–22
53,874

Week 1

Week 5

1 234Total
Raiders (4-1) 0 71414 35
Redskins (4-1) 7 10317 37
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 54,106
  • Game weather: 65°F • Wind 4
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and John Brodie

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Week 15

1 234Total
Redskins (13-2) 14 0710 31
Cowboys (12-3) 7 300 10

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Week 16

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 1, 1984 Los Angeles Rams W 51–7
55,363
Conference Championship January 8, 1984 San Francisco 49ers W 24-21
55,363
Super Bowl January 22, 1984 N Los Angeles Raiders L 9–38
72,920

January 1, 1984

NFC: Washington Redskins 51, Los Angeles Rams 7

January 8, 1984

NFC Championship: Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332 W9
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322 L2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347 L4

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1980 to 1989, in the NFL, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For, the record was eventually broken in 1998 by the Minnesota Vikings with 556, and then broken again in 2007 by the New England Patriots with 589).
  2. ^ The team with the second-best turnover margin, the 1946 Browns, had a margin of 33: Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by descending Turnover Margin.
  3. ^ As of the 2011 season, only the 1983 Redskins and the 1984 Seattle Seahawks (63) have recorded more than 60 takeaways.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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.

Game information
Scoring summary
1WSHJohn Riggins 2 yard run (Mark Moseley kick)Redskins 7–0
2WSHMark Moseley 28 yard field goalRedskins 10–0
2LACliff Branch 99 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)Redskins 10–7
2WSHJoe Washington 5 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)Redskins 17–7
3WSHMark Moseley 29 yard field goalRedskins 20–7
3LACalvin Muhammad 35 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)Redskins 20–14
3LACalvin Muhammad 22 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)Raiders 21–20
4LATodd Christensen 2 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)Raiders 28–20
4LAGreg Pruitt 97 yard kickoff return (Chris Bahr kick)Raiders 35–20
4WSHCharlie Brown 11 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)Raiders 35–27
4WSHMark Moseley 34 yard field goalRaiders 35–30
4WSHJoe Washington 6 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)Redskins 37–35
Game information
Scoring summary
1WSHJohn Riggins 3 yard run (Mark Moseley kick)WSH 7–0
1WSHClint Didier 40 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick0WSH 14–0
1DALDoug Cosbie 29 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septién kick)WSH 14–7
2DALRafael Septien 35 yard field goalWSH 14–10
3WSHArt Monk 43 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)WSH 21–10
4WSHJohn Riggins 1 yard run (Mark Moseley kick)WSH 28–10
4WSHMark Moseley 38 yard field goalWSH 31–10
Game information
Game information
  • Scoring
    • WAS – Riggins 3 run (Moseley kick)WAS 7–0
    • WAS – Monk 40 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) 14–0
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 42 WAS 17–0
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 24–0
    • LA – Dennard 32 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) WAS 24–7
    • WAS – Monk 21 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) WAS 31–7
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 38–7
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 36 WAS 41–7
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 41 WAS 44–7
    • WAS – Green 72 interception return (Moseley kick) WAS 51–7
Game information
  • Scoring
    • WAS – Riggins 4 run (Moseley kick) WAS 7–0
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 14–0
    • WAS – Brown 70 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) WAS 21–0
    • SF – Wilson 5 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–7
    • SF – Solomon 76 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–14
    • SF – Wilson 12 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) 21–21
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 25 WAS 24–21
Franchise
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Culture
Lore
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Division championships (14)
Conference championships (5)
League championships (5)
Hall of Fame players
All-time leaders
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Seasons (88)

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