|2018 Washington Redskins season|
|Head coach||Jay Gruden|
|Division place||3rd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||OT Trent Williams|
LB Ryan Kerrigan
The 2018 season was the Washington Redskins' 87th in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Jay Gruden. This was the first season since 2011 that quarterback Kirk Cousins was not on the roster, as he joined the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason as a free agent.
The team finished with the same record from the previous season, 7-9, and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Despite a 6-3 start which was their best since 2008 plus leading the NFC East, the team suffered 4 straight losses after the team lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a leg injury in their Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. This resulted in a quarterback hangover. First, it forced Colt McCoy into the starting role in Weeks 12 and 13 before suffering a fractured fibula in a 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, thus forcing the Redskins to start journeyman quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 14 before starting another journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson against the Jacksonville Jaguars after benching Sanchez at halftime against the New York Giants. After the Alex Smith injury, the Redskins finished the last 7 games of the season with a record of 1-6. They were eliminated from playoff contention by a 25-16 loss to the Titans, and wins by the Eagles and Vikings in Week 16. The team's season ended with 25 players on injured reserve, which were a league high.
|2||59||Derrius Guice||RB||LSU||From San Francisco|
|3||74||Geron Christian||OT||Louisville||From San Francisco|
|4||109||Troy Apke||S||Penn State||From Denver|
|5||163||Tim Settle||NT||Virginia Tech||From Denver|
|6||197||Shaun Dion Hamilton||LB||Alabama||From LA Rams|
|7||241||Greg Stroman||CB||Virginia Tech||From LA Rams|
|256||Trey Quinn||WR||SMU||From LA Rams|
|1||at New England Patriots||L 17-26||0-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|2||New York Jets||W 15-13||1-1||FedExField||Recap|
|3||Denver Broncos||L 17-29||1-2||FedExField||Recap|
|4||at Baltimore Ravens||L 20-30||1-3||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 9||at Arizona Cardinals||W 24-6||1-0||State Farm Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 16||Indianapolis Colts||L 9-21||1-1||FedExField||Recap|
|3||September 23||Green Bay Packers||W 31-17||2-1||FedExField||Recap|
|5||at New Orleans Saints||L 19-43||2-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|6||October 14||Carolina Panthers||W 23-17||3-2||FedExField||Recap|
|7||October 21||Dallas Cowboys||W 20-17||4-2||FedExField||Recap|
|8||October 28||at New York Giants||W 20-13||5-2||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 4||Atlanta Falcons||L 14-38||5-3||FedExField||Recap|
|10||November 11||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 16-3||6-3||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 18||Houston Texans||L 21-23||6-4||FedExField||Recap|
|12||November 22||at Dallas Cowboys||L 23-31||6-5||AT&T Stadium||Recap|
|13||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 13-28||6-6||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|14||December 9||New York Giants||L 16-40||6-7||FedExField||Recap|
|15||December 16||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 16-13||7-7||TIAA Bank Field||Recap|
|16||at Tennessee Titans||L 16-25||7-8||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 30||Philadelphia Eagles||L 0-24||7-9||FedExField||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Redskins hoped to get revenge for their loss in this game a year ago, where they blew a 31-16 lead with three minutes remaining and lost in overtime. Instead, the Redskins got blown out. This game was the point where Drew Brees passed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning on most passing yards.
This marked the first time since 2006 that the Redskins had defeated the Panthers.
Alex Smith suffered a broken leg during the game and was replaced by his backup, Colt McCoy. Incidentally, this was exactly 33 years to the day of Joe Theismann's terrible career-ending injury. Joe Theismann was also present during the game and witnessed the injury.
|New York Giants||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||369||412||L3|
|1[a]||New Orleans Saints||South||13||3||0||.813||4-2||9-3||.482||.488||L1|
|2[a]||Los Angeles Rams||West||13||3||0||.813||6-0||9-3||.480||.428||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|11||Green Bay Packers||North||6||9||1||.406||1-4-1||3-8-1||.488||.417||L1|
|13[c]||New York Giants||East||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||.527||.487||L3|
|14[c]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||5||11||0||.313||2-4||4-8||.523||.506||L4|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||West||4||12||0||.250||1-5||2-10||.504||.406||L2|