1966 Washington Redskins season

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1966 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Otto Graham
Home field D.C. Stadium
Results
Record 7–7
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1966 Washington Redskins season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–8 record from 1965. The Washington Redskins attempted to make Vince Lombardi their new head coach, but Lombardi refused their offer and the Redskins had to settle for Otto Graham.[1] They finished with a 7–7 record, fifth place in the eight-team Eastern Conference.

In Week Twelve, the Redskins set an NFL record for most points by one team in a regular season game, scoring 72 points against the Giants. (Incidentally, this was one point less than the all-time record, the 73 scored by Chicago in the 1940 NFL Championship Game, in which the Redskins surrendered 11 touchdowns and were shut out.)

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1966 NFL draft

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 Cleveland Browns L 38–14 0–1
48,643
2 September 18 at St. Louis Cardinals L 23–7 0–2
40,198
3 September 25 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–27 1–2
37,505
4 October 2 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–10 2–2
47,360
5 October 9 Atlanta Falcons W 33–20 3–2
50,116
6 October 16 at New York Giants L 13–10 3–3
62,865
7 October 23 St. Louis Cardinals W 26–20 4–3
50,154
8 October 30 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–13 5–3
60,658
9 November 6 at Baltimore Colts L 37–10 5–4
60,238
10 November 13 Dallas Cowboys L 31–30 5–5
50,927
11 November 20 at Cleveland Browns L 14–3 5–6
78,466
12 November 27 New York Giants W 72–41 6–6
50,439
13 December 4 Bye
14 December 11 at Dallas Cowboys W 34–31 7–6
64,198
15 December 18 Philadelphia Eagles L 37–28 7–7
50,405
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 9–3–1 445 239 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 8–5 326 340 W4
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 9–4 403 259 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 7–5–1 264 265 L3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 7–6 351 355 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 4–8–1 316 347 W2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 2–5 204 437 L1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 1–11–1 263 501 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 453, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3