1983 Washington Redskins season

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1983 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 51–7
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 24–21
Lost Super Bowl XVIII (L.A. Raiders) 38–9
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Washington Redskins 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 did win their second-consecutive NFC Championship they were blown out by the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, 38–9.

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]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 30–31
55,045
2 September 11, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–13
69,542
3 September 18, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–12
52,610
4 September 25, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks W 27–17
60,718
5 October 2, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders W 37–35
54,106
6 October 9, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals W 38–14
42,698
7 October 17, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 47–48
55,255
8 October 23, 1983 Detroit Lions W 38–17
43,189
9 October 31, 1983 at San Diego Chargers W 27–24
46,114
10 November 6, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 45–7
51,380
11 November 13, 1983 at New York Giants W 33–17
71,482
12 November 20, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams W 42–20
63,031
13 November 27, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–24
54,324
14 December 4, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 37–21
52,074
15 December 11, 1983 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–10
65,074
16 December 17, 1983 New York Giants W 31–22
53,874

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys (1-0) 0 3 14 14 31
Redskins (0-1) 10 13 0 7 30

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (1-1) 7 0 3 13 23
Eagles (1-1) 0 3 7 3 13

at Veterans Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, September 11, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 83 degrees, relative humidity 57%, wind 10 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs (1-2) 3 9 0 0 12
Redskins (2-1) 0 0 17 10 27

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, September 18, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 72 degrees, relative humidity 58%, wind 6 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (3-1) 7 13 0 7 27
Seahawks (2-2) 3 7 0 7 17

at Seattle Kingdome

Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (4-1) 0 7 14 14 35
Redskins (4-1) 7 10 3 17 37
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 54,106
  • Game weather: 65°F • Wind 4
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and John Brodie

[4]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (5-1) 7 17 14 0 38
Cardinals (1-5) 0 7 7 0 14

at Busch Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, October 9, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 56 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 10 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (5-2) 10 10 13 14 47
Packers (4-3) 10 14 7 17 48

at Lambeau Field

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions (3-5) 0 3 7 7 17
Redskins (6-2) 14 14 3 7 38

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, October 23, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 56 degrees, relative humidity 85%, wind 8 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (7-2) 7 3 7 10 27
Chargers (3-6) 7 0 0 17 24

at Jack Murphy Stadium

  • Date: Monday, October 31, 1983
  • Game time: 9:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 71 degrees, relative humidity 73%, wind 9 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals (3-6-1) 0 0 7 0 7
Redskins (8-2) 7 10 21 7 45

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, November 6, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, relative humidity 72%, wind 10 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (9-2) 13 3 10 7 33
Giants (2-8-1) 3 0 0 14 17

at The Meadowlands

  • Date: Sunday, November 13, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 37 degrees, relative humidity 55%, wind 19 mph, wind chill 27
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (10-2) 10 19 10 3 42
Rams (7-5) 6 0 0 14 20

at Anaheim Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, November 20, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 59 degrees, relative humidity 68%, wind 15 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles (4-9) 0 21 3 0 24
Redskins (11-2) 7 21 0 0 28

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons (6-8) 0 0 0 21 21
Redskins (12-2) 7 13 14 3 37

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 9 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (13-2) 14 0 7 10 31
Cowboys (12-3) 7 3 0 0 10

[5]

Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants (3-12-1) 0 0 7 0 7
Redskins (14-2) 10 10 14 17 51

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Saturday, December 17, 1983
  • Game time: 12:30pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 40 degrees, relative humidity 50, round(wind) 8.2 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 1, 1984 Los Angeles Rams W 51–7
55,363
Conference Championship January 8, 1984 San Francisco 49ers W 24-21
55,363
Super Bowl January 22, 1984 N Los Angeles Raiders L 9–38
72,920

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]