1970 Washington Redskins season

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1970 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Vince Lombardi (until death)
Bill Austin (interim)
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1969 1971 >

The 1970 Washington Redskins began with the team trying to improve on their 7–5–2 record from 1969. Second-year head coach Vince Lombardi was diagnosed with terminal cancer during the offseason and died on September 3; offensive line coach Bill Austin stepped in as coach for the rest of the season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1970 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 43 Bill Brundige Defensive Tackle Colorado
4 103 Paul Laaveg Tackle Iowa
5 114 Manny Sistrunk Defensive Tackle Arkansas AM&N
5 121 Danny Pierce Running Back Memphis State
7 173 Roland Merritt Wide Receiver Maryland
7 178 Jimmy Harris Cornerback Howard Payne
8 199 Paul Johnson Defensive Back Penn State
9 225 Ralph Sonntag Tackel Maryland
11 277 Mack Alston Tight End Maryland State
12 303 James Kates Linebacker Penn State
13 329 Joe Patterson Tackle Lawrence
14 355 Tony Moro Running Back Dayton
15 381 Vic Lewandowski Center Holy Cross
16 407 Steve Bushore Wide Receiver Emporia State
17 433 Earl Maxfield Defensive Tackle Baylor

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 at San Francisco 49ers L 26–17
34,984
2 September 27, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 27–17
44,246
3 October 4, 1970 at Philadelphia Eagles W 33–21
60,658
4 October 11, 1970 Detroit Lions W 31–10
50,414
5 October 19, 1970 at Oakland Raiders L 34–20
54,471
6 October 25, 1970 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–0
50,414
7 November 1, 1970 at Denver Broncos W 19–3
50,705
8 November 8, 1970 Minnesota Vikings L 19–10
50,415
9 November 15, 1970 at New York Giants L 35–33
62,915
10 November 22, 1970 Dallas Cowboys L 45–21
50,415
11 November 29, 1970 New York Giants L 27–24
50,415
12 December 6, 1970 at Dallas Cowboys L 34–0
57,936
13 December 13, 1970 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–6
50,415
14 December 20, 1970 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–27
50,415

Division standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 299 221 W-5
New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 301 270 L-1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 325 228 L-3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 297 314 W-2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 241 332 W-1

Roster[edit]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]