1983 Washington Redskins season

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1983 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
General managerBobby Beathard
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 51–7
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 24–21
Lost Super Bowl XVIII (L.A. Raiders) 9-38
The Redskins playing against the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.

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 Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, 9–38.

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]

This season is cornerback Darrell Green's first in the league. He would spend the next 19 years with the team.

Roster[edit]

1983 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

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 34Total
Cowboys (1-0) 0 3 141431
Redskins (0-1) 10 13 0730

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 2[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (1-1) 7 0 31323
Eagles (1-1) 0 3 7313

at Veterans Stadium

Week 3[edit]

1 2 34Total
Chiefs (1-2) 3 9 0012
Redskins (2-1) 0 0 171027

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
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 4[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (3-1) 7 13 0727
Seahawks (2-2) 3 7 0717

at Seattle Kingdome

Week 5[edit]

1 234Total
Raiders (4-1) 0 71414 35
Redskins (4-1) 7 10317 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
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and John Brodie

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Week 6[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (5-1) 7 17 14038
Cardinals (1-5) 0 7 7014

at Busch Stadium

Week 7[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (5-2) 10 10 131447
Packers (4-3) 10 14 71748

at Lambeau Field

Week 8[edit]

1 2 34Total
Lions (3-5) 0 3 7717
Redskins (6-2) 14 14 3738

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 34Total
Redskins (7-2) 7 3 71027
Chargers (3-6) 7 0 01724

at Jack Murphy Stadium

Week 10[edit]

1 2 34Total
Cardinals (3-6-1) 0 0 707
Redskins (8-2) 7 10 21745

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 11[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (9-2) 13 3 10733
Giants (2-8-1) 3 0 01417

at The Meadowlands

Week 12[edit]

1 2 34Total
Redskins (10-2) 10 19 10342
Rams (7-5) 6 0 01420

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 34Total
Eagles (4-9) 0 21 3024
Redskins (11-2) 7 21 0028

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 14[edit]

1 2 34Total
Falcons (6-8) 0 0 02121
Redskins (12-2) 7 13 14337

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

Week 15[edit]

1 234Total
Redskins (13-2) 14 0710 31
Cowboys (12-3) 7 300 10

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Week 16[edit]

1 2 34Total
Giants (3-12-1) 3 9 7322
Redskins (14-2) 0 7 71731

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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

January 1, 1984[edit]

NFC: Washington Redskins 51, Los Angeles Rams 7[edit]

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 7 007
Redskins 17 21 6751

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.

January 8, 1984[edit]

NFC Championship: Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21[edit]

Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 0 02121
Redskins 0 7 14324

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9[edit]

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins (NFC) 0 3 609
Raiders (AFC) 7 14 14338

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 541 332 W9
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 479 360 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 1 .531 3–4–1 5–6–1 374 428 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 1–7 4–10 233 322 L2
New York Giants 3 12 1 .219 1–6–1 3–8–1 267 347 L4

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1980 to 1989, in the NFL, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For, the record was eventually broken in 1998 by the Minnesota Vikings with 556, and then broken again in 2007 by the New England Patriots with 589).
  2. ^ The team with the second-best turnover margin, the 1946 Browns, had a margin of 33: Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by descending Turnover Margin.
  3. ^ As of the 2011 season, only the 1983 Redskins and the 1984 Seattle Seahawks (63) have recorded more than 60 takeaways.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.