1985 Washington Redskins season

The 1985 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 49th in Washington, D.C.. The team failed to improve on their 11–5 record from 1984 and finished 10-6. The biggest moment of the year occurred on a November 18 Monday Night Football game, which witnessed Joe Theismann's career-ending injury after a sack by New York Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The tackle resulted in a serious leg injury, and Theismann never played in the NFL again. Though the team failed to make the playoffs, they remained in contention for the entire regular season.

1985 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
(5th season)
General managerBobby Beathard
(Since 1978)
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
(Since 1974)
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place3rd NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 33 Tory Nixon DB San Diego State
5 122 Raphel Cherry DB Hawaii
6 163 Danzell Lee TE Lamar
8 219 Barry Wilburn DB Mississippi
10 263 Terry Orr TE Texas
11 290 Raleigh McKenzie C Tennessee

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Roster

1985 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 44–14
62,292
2 September 15, 1985 Houston Oilers W 16–13
53,553
3 September 22, 1985 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–6
53,748
4 September 29, 1985 at Chicago Bears L 45–10
63,708
5 October 7, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals W 27–10
53,134
6 October 13, 1985 Detroit Lions W 24–3
52,845
7 October 20, 1985 at New York Giants L 17–3
74,389
8 October 27, 1985 at Cleveland Browns W 14–7
78,540
9 November 3, 1985 at Atlanta Falcons W 44–10
42,209
10 November 10, 1985 Dallas Cowboys L 13–7
55,750
11 November 18, 1985 New York Giants W 23–21
53,371
12 November 24, 1985 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–23
59,293
13 December 1, 1985 San Francisco 49ers L 35–8
51,321
14 December 8, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17–12
60,737
15 December 15, 1985 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–24
50,544
16 December 21, 1985 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–16
28,090

Game summaries

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
1 234Total
Redskins 0 707 14
Cowboys 3 141314 44
  • Date: Monday, September 9
  • Location: Texas StadiumIrving, Texas
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 88°F, wind 10 mph
  • Television network: ABC

Week 2: vs. Houston Oilers

Houston Oilers at Washington Redskins
1 234Total
Oilers 0 1030 13
Redskins 13 300 16
  • Date: Sunday, September 15
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 62°F, wind 8 mph

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 7–5 357 333 L1
New York Giants(4) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 399 283 W1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 4–4 6–6 297 312 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–8 286 310 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 278 414 L2

Roster

References

  1. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?season=1985
Scoring summary
1CowboysRafael Septién 53-yard field goalCowboys 3–0
2CowboysTimmy Newsome 1-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 10–0
2RedskinsJohn Riggins 1-yard run (Mark Moseley kick)Cowboys 10–7
2CowboysMike Renfro 55-yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 17–7
3CowboysRafael Septien 39-yard field goalCowboys 20–7
3CowboysRafael Septien 43-yard field goalCowboys 23–7
3CowboysTony Dorsett 9-yard run (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 30–7
4CowboysVictor Scott 26-yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 37–7
4RedskinsClint Didier 19-yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)Cowboys 37–14
4CowboysDennis Thurman 21-yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)Cowboys 44–14
Scoring summary
1RedskinsCalvin Muhammad 17-yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)Redskins 7–0
1RedskinsGeorge Rogers 31-yard run (kick failed)Redskins 13–0
2RedskinsMark Moseley 34-yard field goalRedskins 16–0
2OilersTony Zendejas 44-yard field goalRedskins 16–3
2OilersDrew Hill 2-yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)Redskins 16–10
3OilersTony Zendejas 35-yard field goalRedskins 16–13
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