1985 Washington Redskins season

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1985 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
(5th season)
General manager Bobby Beathard
(Since 1978)
Owner Jack Kent Cooke
(Since 1974)
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1985 Washington Redskins began the season with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record from 1984. The biggest moment of the year occurred on a November 18 Monday Night Football game, which witnessed Joe Theismann's career-ending injury after a sack by New York Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The tackle resulted in a serious leg injury, and Theismann never played in the NFL again. Though the team failed to make the playoffs, they remained in contention for the entire regular season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 33 Tory Nixon DB San Diego State
5 122 Raphel Cherry DB Hawaii
6 163 Danzell Lee TE Lamar

[1]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 44–14
62,292
2 September 15, 1985 Houston Oilers W 16–13
53,553
3 September 22, 1985 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–6
53,748
4 September 29, 1985 at Chicago Bears L 45–10
63,708
5 October 7, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals W 27–10
53,134
6 October 13, 1985 Detroit Lions W 24–3
52,845
7 October 20, 1985 at New York Giants L 17–3
74,389
8 October 27, 1985 at Cleveland Browns W 14–7
78,540
9 November 3, 1985 at Atlanta Falcons W 44–10
42,209
10 November 10, 1985 Dallas Cowboys L 13–7
55,750
11 November 18, 1985 New York Giants W 23–21
53,371
12 November 24, 1985 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–23
59,293
13 December 1, 1985 San Francisco 49ers L 35–8
51,321
14 December 8, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17–12
60,737
15 December 15, 1985 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–24
50,544
16 December 21, 1985 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–16
28,090

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 7 14
Cowboys 3 14 13 14 44
  • Date: Monday, September 9
  • Location: Texas StadiumIrving, Texas
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 88°F, wind 10 mph
  • Television network: ABC

Week 2: vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

Houston Oilers at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 10 3 0 13
Redskins 13 3 0 0 16
  • Date: Sunday, September 15
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 62°F, wind 8 mph

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 7–5 357 333 L1
New York Giants(4) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 399 283 W1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 4–4 6–6 297 312 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–8 286 310 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 278 414 L2

Roster[edit]

References[edit]