1979 Washington Redskins Season
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1979 Washington Redskins Season
1979 Washington Redskins season
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
Head coachJack Pardee
General managerBobby Beathard
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record10-6
Division place3rd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1979 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League. The team improved on their 8-8 record from 1978 and finishing 10-6. While the Redskins were able to improve their record, however, they were eliminated from playoff contention on the final week of the season when facing the Dallas Cowboys with the NFC East title on the line, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach led a last-minute comeback to defeat Washington 35-34 to win the division; which combined with the Chicago Bears defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 42-6, resulted in the Redskins losing a points tiebreaker for the final wild-card slot.

The Redskins hosted the Packers in Week 14. It was Washington's penultimate game at RFK in 1979. As they left RFK 17 years later and moved to a new stadium in Landover, it was also the two teams' final meeting at Washington for 25 years.

Offseason

NFL draft

1979 Washington Redskins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
4 103 Don Warren  Tight end San Diego State
7 182 Rich Milot  Linebacker Penn State
9 233 Kris Haines  Wide receiver Notre Dame
11 289 Monte Coleman  Linebacker Central Arkansas
11 300 Tony Hall  Wide receiver Knoxville
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

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Roster

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Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 August 4 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 9-7 1-0 Tampa Stadium 64,493
2 August 11 at Denver Broncos L 6-13 1-1 Mile High Stadium 58,799
3 August 18 at Atlanta Falcons W 16-6 2-1 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 52,478
4 August 24 Cleveland Browns L 9-21 2-2 RFK Stadium 40,039

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance Game
Recap
1 September 2 Houston Oilers L 27-29 0-1 RFK Stadium 54,582 Recap
2 September 9 at Detroit Lions W 27-24 1-1 Pontiac Silverdome 54,991 Recap
3 September 17 New York Giants W 27-0 2-1 RFK Stadium 54,672 Recap
4 September 23 at St. Louis Cardinals W 17-7 3-1 Busch Memorial Stadium 50,680 Recap
5 September 30 at Atlanta Falcons W 16-7 4-1 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 56,819 Recap
6 October 7 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17-28 4-2 Veterans Stadium 69,142 Recap
7 October 14 at Cleveland Browns W 13-9 5-2 Cleveland Stadium 63,323 Recap
8 October 21 Philadelphia Eagles W 17-7 6-2 RFK Stadium 54,442 Recap
9 October 28 New Orleans Saints L 10-14 6-3 RFK Stadium 52,133 Recap
10 November 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7-38 6-4 Three Rivers Stadium 49,462 Recap
11 November 11 St. Louis Cardinals W 30-28 7-4 RFK Stadium 50,868 Recap
12 November 18 Dallas Cowboys W 34-20 8-4 RFK Stadium 55,031 Recap
13 November 25 at New York Giants L 6-14 8-5 Giants Stadium 72,641 Recap
14 December 2 Green Bay Packers W 38-21 9-5 RFK Stadium 51,682 Recap
15 December 9 Cincinnati Bengals W 28-14 10-5 RFK Stadium 52,882 Recap
16 December 16 at Dallas Cowboys L 34-35 10-6 Texas Stadium 62,867 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

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Week 1: vs. Houston Oilers

Week 2: at Detroit Lions

Week 3: vs. New York Giants

Week 4: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 7: at Cleveland Browns

Week 8: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 13: at New York Giants

Week 14: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(1) 11 5 0 .688 6-2 10-2 371 313 W3
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 11 5 0 .688 6-2 9-3 339 282 W1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 5-3 8-4 348 295 L1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 1-7 5-9 237 323 L3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2-6 4-8 307 358 L1

References

  1. ^ "1979 Washington Redskins draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Washington Redskins 1979 Press Guide. pp. 2-21.
  3. ^ "1979 Washington Redskins starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/was/1979.htm

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