1991 Washington Redskins season

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1991 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24–7
Won Conference Championship (Lions) 41–10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (Bills) 37–24
Timeline
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The 1991 Washington Redskins season was the team's 60th in the National Football League, and its 55th in Washington, D.C.. The Redskins dominated the league all season, winning their first eleven games. Their two losses were by margins of 3 and 2 points, respectively.

The Redskins led the league in scoring with 485 points, and allowed the second-fewest points (224) in the league in 1991.[1] (As of the 1991 season, this was the third-highest total in NFL history; it still ranks in the top 20 all-time.)[2] They had a +18 turnover ratio, also best in the NFL.

The season[edit]

Quarterback Mark Rypien had an outstanding year. His 8.5 yards per pass attempt was second in the league, and his 3,564 passing yards were best in the NFC and fourth in the league. Running back Earnest Byner's 1,048 rushing yards were 5th best in the NFL.[3] The Redskins had two wide receivers who went over 1,000 yards receiving in 1991: Gary Clark (1,340) and Art Monk (1,049).[4]

The Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37–24 to win Super Bowl XXVI. The team is the last Super Bowl champion to never trail in any of their playoff victories.[5] The Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI win was their first in a non-strike season.[6] With the championship, coach Joe Gibbs also became the first head coach to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.[7]

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1991 Redskins as the fourth-greatest team in NFL history,[8] noting, "you can look at two stats to get a pretty good idea of just how great a team is: yards gained per pass attempt, and yards allowed per pass attempt. The 1991 'Skins topped the NFL in each category, with Mark Rypien averaging 8.5 yards per attempt, while his colleagues on Washington's defense allowed only 6 yards per attempt.... The 'Skins outscored their opponents 485–224, and they had a tough schedule. After going 14–2, they romped through the NFC playoffs, beating the Falcons 24–7 and demolishing the Lions 41–10 on their way to the Super Bowl. In the Big Game, the 'Skins beat the cursed early-1990s Bills 37–24."

Statistics site Football Outsiders has ranked the 1991 Redskins as the greatest team in their ratings history,[9] stating that the team "may have been the most well-rounded team in NFL history. [...] A lot of the best teams in NFL history got a little extra boost by picking on an easy schedule, but not Washington. They had an average schedule, and a harder-than-average schedule of opposing defenses. One reason for that: 1991 was not only the year of the best overall team in [their rating system's] history. It was also the year of the best defense in DVOA history, which showed up on Washington's schedule twice: the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles."

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
1 Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–7 Three Rivers Stadium 0–1
2 New England Patriots W 27–6 Foxboro Stadium 1–1
3 Cleveland Browns L 24–21 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 1–2
4 New York Jets L 13–9 Williams-Brice Stadium 1–3

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record TV Time
1 September 1, 1991 Detroit Lions W 45–0 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 1–0 TNT 8:00pm
2 September 9, 1991 at Dallas Cowboys W 33–31 Texas Stadium 2–0 ABC 9:00pm
3 September 15, 1991 Phoenix Cardinals W 34–0 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 3–0 CBS 1:00pm
4 September 22, 1991 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–27 Riverfront Stadium 4–0 CBS 1:00pm
5 September 30, 1991 Philadelphia Eagles W 23–0 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 5–0 ABC 9:00pm
6 October 6, 1991 at Chicago Bears W 20–7 Soldier Field 6–0 CBS 1:00pm
7 October 13, 1991 Cleveland Browns W 42–17 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 7–0 NBC 1:00pm
8 Bye
9 October 27, 1991 at New York Giants W 17–13 Giants Stadium 8–0 ESPN 8:00pm
10 November 3, 1991 Houston Oilers W 16–13 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 9–0 NBC 1:00pm
11 November 10, 1991 Atlanta Falcons W 56–17 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 10–0 CBS 1:00pm
12 November 17, 1991 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–14 Three Rivers Stadium 11–0 CBS 1:00pm
13 November 24, 1991 Dallas Cowboys L 24–21 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 11–1 CBS 1:00pm
14 December 1, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–6 Anaheim Stadium 12–1 CBS 4:00pm
15 December 8, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 20–14 Sun Devil Stadium 13–1 CBS 4:00pm
16 December 15, 1991 New York Giants W 34–17 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 14–1 CBS 4:00pm
17 December 22, 1991 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24–22 Veterans Stadium 14–2 CBS 4:00pm

Playoffs[edit]

Schedule[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs Atlanta Falcons W 24–7 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 15–2 CBS 12:30pm
NFC Championship Detroit Lions W 41–10 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 16–2 CBS 4:15pm
Super Bowl XXVI Buffalo Bills W 37–24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 17–2 CBS 6:15pm

NFC Divisional Game vs. Atlanta Falcons

Divisional Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 0 7
Redskins 0 14 3 7 24

at RFK Stadium, Washington,D.C

  • Date: January 4
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49°F (Heavy Rain/Windy)
  • Game attendance: 55,181
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV: CBS

NFC Championship: vs Detroit Lions

NFC Championship: Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 10 0 0 10
Redskins 10 7 10 14 41

at RFK Stadium, Washington,D.C

  • Date: January 12
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 40°F (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 55,585
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV: CBS

Super Bowl XXVI: vs Buffalo Bills

Main article: Super Bowl XXVI
Super Bowl XXVI: Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 17 14 6 37
Bills 0 0 10 14 24

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: January 26
  • Game time: 6:15 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 63,130
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV: CBS

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 485 224
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 342 310
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 285 244
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 281 297
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 196 344

Roster[edit]

Defense
[1]




CB
Martin Mayhew


CB
Darrell Green
Offense
[2]
WR
Gary Clark
TE
Don Warren
LT LG C RG RT
Jim Lachey Raleigh McKenzie Jeff Bostic Mark Schlereth Joe Jacoby
TE
Ron Middleton
WR
Art Monk
Ricky Sanders
QB
Mark Rypien
Special Teams
PK Chip Lohmiller
P Kelly Goodburn
KR Brian Mitchell
PR Brian Mitchell


RB
Earnest Byner


Statistics[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player G Comp. Att. Pct. Yds. TD INT
Mark Rypien 16 249 421 59.1 3,564 28 11
Jeff Rutledge 16 11 22 50.0 189 1 0

Rushing[edit]

Player G Att. Yards Avg. TD
Earnest Byner 16 274 1,048 3.8 5
Ricky Ervins 15 145 680 4.7 3
Gerald Riggs 16 78 248 3.2 11

Receiving[edit]

Player G Rec. Yards Y/G Avg. TD
Art Monk 16 71 1,049 65.6 14.8 8
Gary Clark 16 70 1,340 83.8 19.1 10
Ricky Sanders 16 45 580 36.3 12.9 5
Earnest Byner 16 34 308 19.3 9.1 0
Ricky Ervins 16 16 181 11.3 11.3 1
Terry Orr 16 10 201 12.6 20.1 4

Kicking[edit]

Player FGM FGA Pct. XPM XPA Pct.
Chip Lohmiller 31 43 72.1 56 56 100.0

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • November 10, 1991 – Mark Rypien threw for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns yards against the Atlanta Falcons, despite being taken out of the game in the middle of the 4th quarter;[10] when Atlanta did the same, their third-string quarterback, a rookie named Brett Favre, made his NFL debut – and his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. On that same day, Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers threw for over 400 yards as well.

Best team ever?[edit]

In 2010, ESPN conducted a "super league," consisting of the best Super Bowl winning teams of all time; the 1991 Redskins finished the regular season in first place with record of 14–2 and beat the 1992 Dallas Cowboys in the league finals to be named the greatest team of all time.[11]

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