List of Washington Redskins seasons
This article is a list of seasons completed by the Washington Redskins American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Redskins' franchise from 1932 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches. The Redskins franchise was founded as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The team changed their name to the Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1937.
The Redskins have played over 1,000 games. In those games, the club won five professional American football championships including two NFL Championships and three Super Bowls. The franchise captured ten NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships.
The Redskins won the 1937 and 1942 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl XVII, XXII, and XXVI. They also played in and lost the 1936, 1940, 1943, and 1945 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl VII and XVIII. They have made 22 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 17 losses. Only five teams have appeared in more Super Bowls than the Redskins: the Dallas Cowboys (eight), Pittsburgh Steelers (eight), Denver Broncos (seven), New England Patriots (seven), and San Francisco 49ers (six); the Redskins' five appearances are tied with the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.
All of the Redskins' league titles were attained during two ten-year spans. From 1936 to 1945, the Redskins went to the NFL Championship six times, winning two of them. The second period lasted between 1982 and 1991 where the Redskins appeared in the postseason seven times, captured four Conference titles, and won three Super Bowls out of four appearances.
The Redskins have also experienced failure in their history. The most notable period of failure was from 1946 to 1970, during which the Redskins did not have a single postseason appearance. During this period, the Redskins went without a single winning season between 1956 and 1968. In 1961 season, the franchise posted their worst regular season record with a 1–12–1 showing.
- Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Italicized numbers mean that the records are subject to change each week due to regular season or postseason games being played.
|NFL Champions (1920–1969)||Super Bowl Champions (1970–present)||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth|
Official NFL records as of the end of the 2015 NFL season.
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason Results||Awards|
|1936||1936||NFL||East||1st||7||5||0||Lost NFL Championship (Packers) 21–6|
|1937||1937||NFL||East||1st||8||3||0||Won NFL Championship (1) (Bears) 28–21|
|1940||1940||NFL||East||1st||9||2||0||Lost NFL Championship (Bears) 73–0|
|1942||1942||NFL||East||1st||10||1||0||Won NFL Championship (2) (Bears) 14–6|
|1943||1943||NFL||East||1st||6||3||1||Won Eastern Divisional Playoff (Giants) 28–0
Lost NFL Championship (Bears) 41–21
|1945||1945||NFL||East||1st||8||2||0||Lost NFL Championship (Cleveland Rams) 15–14|
|1955||1955||NFL||Eastern||2nd||8||4||0||—||Joe Kuharich (COY)|
|1964||1964||NFL||Eastern||T-3rd||6||8||0||—||Charley Taylor (OROY)|
|1971||1971||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||9||4||1||Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 24–20||George Allen (COY)|
|1972||1972||NFL||NFC||East||1st||11||3||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 16–3
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 26–3
Lost Super Bowl VII (Dolphins) 14–7
|Larry Brown (MVP, OPOY)|
|1973||1973||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||10||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 27–20|
|1974||1974||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||10||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Los Angeles Rams) 19–10|
|1975||1975||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||8||6||0||—||Mike Thomas (OROY)|
|1976||1976||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||10||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 35–20|
|1978||1978||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||8||8||0||—||John Riggins (CBPOY)|
|1979||1979||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||10||6||0||—||Jack Pardee (COY)|
|1982||1982||NFL||NFC||1st||8||1||0||Won First Round (Lions) 31–7
Won Second Round (Vikings) 21–7
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 31–17
Won Super Bowl XVII (3) (Dolphins) 27–17
|Joe Gibbs (COY)|
Mark Moseley (MVP)
John Riggins (SB MVP)
Joe Theismann (WPMOY)
|1983||1983||NFL||NFC||East||1st||14||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Los Angeles Rams) 51–7
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 24–21
Lost Super Bowl XVIII (Raiders) 38–9
|Joe Gibbs (COY)|
Joe Theismann (MVP, OPOY)
|1984||1984||NFL||NFC||East||1st||11||5||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 23–19|
|1986||1986||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||12||4||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Los Angeles Rams) 19–7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 27–13
Lost Conference Championship (Giants) 17–0
|1987||1987||NFL||NFC||East||1st||11||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 21–17
Won Conference Championship (Vikings) 17–10
Won Super Bowl XXII (4) (Broncos) 42–10
|Doug Williams (SB MVP)|
|1990||1990||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 20–6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 28–10
|1991||1991||NFL||NFC||East||1st||14||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24–7
Won Conference Championship (Lions) 41–10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (5) (Bills) 37–24
|Joe Gibbs (COY)|
Mark Rypien (SB MVP)
|1992||1992||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||9||7||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 24–7
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 20–13
|1996||1996||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||9||7||0||—||Darrell Green (WPMOY)|
|1999||1999||NFL||NFC||East||1st||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Lions) 27–13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Buccaneers) 14–13
|2005||2005||NFL||NFC||East||2nd||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Buccaneers) 17–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 20–10
|2007||2007||NFL||NFC||East||3rd||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 35–14|
|2012||2012||NFL||NFC||East||1st||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 24–14||Robert Griffin III (OROY)|
|2015||2015||NFL||NFC||East||1st||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 35–18|
|601||584||27||(1932–2015 totals; |
5 NFL championships)
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- The last year the Redskins played at Griffith Stadium.
- The first year the Redskins played at D.C. Stadium (RFK).
- The 1967 NFL season marks the first season in the league's history where the league was divided into two conferences which were subdivided into two divisions. Up to 1967, the league was either divided into two divisions, two conferences, or neither.
- At the end of the 1973 season, the Redskins and the Cowboys finished the season with identical 10–4 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Dallas finished ahead of Washington in the NFC East based on better point differential in head-to-head games.
- At the end of the 1976 season, the Redskins and the St. Louis Cardinals ended the season with identical 10–4 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Washington finished ahead of St. Louis based on head-to-head sweep.
- At the end of the 1977 season, the Redskins and the Bears finished the season with identical 9–5 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Chicago finished ahead of Washington based on better net points in conference games.
- For the 1978 season, the NFL expanded from a 14-game season to a 16-game season.
- At the end of the 1979 season, the Redskins and the Bears finished the season with identical 10–6 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Chicago finished ahead of Washington based on better net points in all games.
- The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 games per team to 9 games because of a players' strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored.
- At the end of the 1985 season, the Redskins, Cowboys, and the Giants finished the season with identical 10–6 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Dallas finished ahead of New York and Washington based on a better head-to-head record. New York then finished ahead of Washington and San Francisco in the Wild-Card race based on a better conference record.
- The 1987 NFL season was shortened from 16 games per team to 15 games because of a players' strike. Games to be played during the third week of the season were canceled, and replacement players were used to play games from weeks 4 through 6.
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- At the end of the 1992 season, the Redskins and the Packers finished the season with identical 9–7 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, Washington finished ahead of Green Bay based on a better conference record.
- The last year the Redskins played at RFK Stadium.
- At the end of the 1996 season, the Redskins and the Vikings finished the season with identical 9–7 records. Using the NFL's tie-breaking procedures, MInnesota finished ahead of Washington based on a better conference record.
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- The first year the Redskins played at FedExField.
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