1983 Washington Redskins Season
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1983 Washington Redskins Season
1983 Washington Redskins season
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
Head coachJoe Gibbs
General managerBobby Beathard
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
The Redskins playing against the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.

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 won their second-consecutive NFC Championship and advanced to their second consecutive Super Bowl, they were blown out by the Los Angeles Raiders 9-38 despite being 3-point favorites.

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.

Roster

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 5 Dallas Cowboys L 30-31 0-1 RFK Stadium 55,045 Recap
2 September 11 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23-13 1-1 Veterans Stadium 69,542 Recap
3 September 18 Kansas City Chiefs W 27-12 2-1 RFK Stadium 52,610 Recap
4 September 25 at Seattle Seahawks W 27-17 3-1 Kingdome 60,718 Recap
5 October 2 Los Angeles Raiders W 37-35 4-1 RFK Stadium 54,106 Recap
6 October 9 at St. Louis Cardinals W 38-14 5-1 Busch Memorial Stadium 42,698 Recap
7 October 17 at Green Bay Packers L 47-48 5-2 Lambeau Field 55,255 Recap
8 October 23 Detroit Lions W 38-17 6-2 RFK Stadium 43,189 Recap
9 October 31 at San Diego Chargers W 27-24 7-2 Jack Murphy Stadium 46,114 Recap
10 November 6 St. Louis Cardinals W 45-7 8-2 RFK Stadium 51,380 Recap
11 November 13 at New York Giants W 33-17 9-2 Giants Stadium 71,482 Recap
12 November 20 at Los Angeles Rams W 42-20 10-2 Anaheim Stadium 63,031 Recap
13 November 27 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-24 11-2 RFK Stadium 54,324 Recap
14 December 4 Atlanta Falcons W 37-21 12-2 RFK Stadium 52,074 Recap
15 December 11 at Dallas Cowboys W 31-10 13-2 Texas Stadium 65,074 Recap
16 December 17 New York Giants W 31-22 14-2 RFK Stadium 53,874 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 4: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Raiders

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

[4]

Week 6: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers

Week 8: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 9: at San Diego Chargers

Week 10: vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Week 11: at New York Giants

Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

Week 13: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys

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

[5]

Week 16: vs. New York Giants

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Venue Attendance Game
recap
Divisional January 1, 1984 Los Angeles Rams (5) W 51-7 RFK Stadium 55,363 Recap
Conference Championship January 8, 1984 San Francisco 49ers (2) W 24-21 RFK Stadium 55,363 Recap
Super Bowl XVIII January 22, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders (A1) L 9-38 Tampa Stadium 72,920 Recap

January 1, 1984

NFC: Washington Redskins 51, Los Angeles Rams 7

January 8, 1984

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

Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9

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 .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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