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1983 Washington Redskins season

1983 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 51–7
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 24–21
Lost Super Bowl XVIII (L.A. Raiders) 38–9
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

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 Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, 38–9.

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]

Schedule

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

Week 1

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

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Passing
  • Cowboys – Danny White – 9/20, 193 Yds, 3 TD, O Int, 75 Lng
  • Redskins – Joe Theismann – 28/38, 325 Yds, 2 TD, 1 Int, 41 Lng
Rushing
Receiving
Vegas Spread
  • Vegas Line= Dal -1.5
  • Over/Under= 41 (Over)

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Week 2

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

at Veterans Stadium

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Week 3

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
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Week 4

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

at Seattle Kingdome

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Week 5

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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

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

at Busch Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, October 9, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 56 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 10 mph
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Week 7

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

at Lambeau Field

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First Quarter
  • Packers - Mike Douglass 22 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick) - WAS 0, GNB 7
  • Redskins - Clint Didier 0 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick) - WAS 7, GNB 7
  • Packers - Jan Stenerud 47 yard field goal - WAS 7, GNB 10
  • Redskins - Mark Moseley 42 yard field goal - WAS 10, GNB 10
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Redskins
  • Passing
  • Joe Theismann - 27/39, 398 Yds, 2 TD, O Int, 35 Lng
  • Rushing
  • John Riggins - 25 Att, 98 Yds, 2 TD, 36 Lng
  • Joe Washington - 16 Att, 80 Yds, O TD, 19 Lng
  • Joe Theismann - 1 Att, 14 Yds, O TD, 14 Lng
  • Receiving
  • Art Monk - 5 Rec, 105 Yds, O TD, 56 Lng
  • Charlie Brown - 6 Rec, 91 Yds, O TD, 20 Lng
  • Don Warren - 4 Rec, 70 Yds, O TD, 29 Lng
  • Joe Washington - 9 Rec, 57 Yds, 2 TD, 13 Lng
  • Nick Giaquinto - 2 Rec, 66 Yds, O TD, 35 Lng
Packers
  • Passing
  • Lynn Dickey - 22/31, 387 Yds, 3 TD, 1 Int, 56 Lng
  • Rushing
  • Gerry Ellis - 3 Att, 41 Yds, 1 TD, 24 Lng
  • Mike Meade - 2 Att, 6 Yds, O TD, 9 Lng
  • James Lofton - 1 Att, 6 Yds, O TD, 6 Lng
  • Receiving
  • James Lofton - 5 Rec, 96 Yds, O TD, 40 Lng
  • John Jefferson - 4 Rec, 50 Yds, O TD, 19 Lng
  • Paul Coffman - 6 Rec, 124 Yds, 2 TD, 36 Lng
  • Gerry Ellis - 4 Rec, 105 Yds, O TD, 56 Lng
  • Mike Meade - 2 Rec, 35 Yds, 1 TD, 31 Lng
Vegas Spread
  • Vegas Line= Washington -3.0
  • Over/Under= 52.0(over)
Packers Defeat Redskins in 48-47 Monday Night Thriller

The Green Bay Packers were facing a major challenge as they hosted the Washington Redskins on October 17, 1983. At 3-3, Head Coach Bart Starr’s Packers were a team that could put points on the board, especially with QB Lynn Dickey (pictured above) passing to wide receivers James Lofton and John Jefferson and TE Paul Coffman. But they also gave up points and came into the game with the 28th-ranked defense in the NFL. They also had to make adjustments on the offensive line, with G Tim Huffman out with an ankle injury that necessitated moving Greg Koch over from his OT position and starting Charlie Getty at tackle.

Having a poor defense was not a good situation to be in when facing the Redskins. Coached by Joe Gibbs, they were coming off a Super Bowl-winning season and, if anything, were even stronger in ‘83. Behind the best offensive line in the league, QB Joe Theismann was a proficient passer and RB John Riggins a powerful force running the ball. If there was a weak point, it was the defensive backfield, but Washington was cruising at 5-1, with a close opening-game loss to the Cowboys the only blemish.

There were 55,255 fans in attendance for the Monday night game at Lambeau Field. Just over a minute into the first quarter, they had reason to get excited when Green Bay LB Mike Douglass forced RB Joe Washington to fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown and, with Jan Stenerud’s extra point added, the early 7-0 lead.

DB Mike Nelms returned the kickoff 41 yards and the Redskins drove 55 yards in six plays, highlighted by Theismann’s pass to WR Art Monk for a 34-yard gain. The series ended with John Riggins fumbling into the end zone and TE Clint Didier recovering for a TD. Mark Moseley tied the score with his PAT.

Green Bay responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive. Lynn Dickey threw to Paul Coffman for 17 yards and John Jefferson for 13 along the way and Stenerud kicked a 47-yard field goal that put the Packers back in front by three.

Washington moved the ball quickly downfield with Theismann connecting with Monk for a 22-yard gain and with RB Nick Giaquinto for 31 more yards. But the Green Bay defense came through with back-to-back sacks of Theismann and the Redskins had to settle for a 42-yard Moseley field goal. The eventful first quarter ended with the score tied at 10-10.

Things did not slow down as the game approached the second quarter. Dickey threw to James Lofton for 21 yards and the Packers picked up 15 more on a penalty when CB Darrell Green hit the receiver out of bounds. Dickey then tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Coffman. Stenerud added the extra point and the home team was back in front by 17-10.

Back came the Redskins, moving 67 yards in seven plays and highlighted by a 36-yard carry by Riggins. Riggins scored from a yard out and Moseley again knotted the score with the successful PAT.

The Packers reached the Washington 33 on the next series before a Dickey pass was intercepted by CB Anthony Washington. After getting a first down, the Redskins were finally forced to punt and Green Bay came back with a 73-yard, seven-play possession. RB Eddie Lee Ivery tossed an option pass to Coffman for 15 yards and a first down at the Washington 9 from where Coffman caught a scoring pass, this time from Dickey. Stenerud added the extra point and once again the Packers were in front by a touchdown.

With less than two minutes remaining in the half, the Redskins came out throwing. Theismann completed five passes to reach the Green Bay 11 and Moseley booted a 28-yard field goal as the clock reached five seconds. The Packers carried a 24-20 lead into the intermission.

Starting off the third quarter, the Packers struck quickly as they advanced 80 yards in just 42 seconds. Dickey threw to Coffman for 40 yards and then RB Gerry Ellis, taking advantage of a big hole, ran 24 yards for a touchdown. The home team had its biggest lead of the day at 31-20.

Washington seemed on the verge of responding with a touchdown, reaching the Green Bay four, but an offensive pass interference penalty nullified an apparent scoring catch and once again the Redskins settled for a Moseley field goal, this time from 31 yards.

Starting off the third quarter, the Packers struck quickly as they advanced 80 yards in just 42 seconds. Dickey threw to Coffman for 40 yards and then RB Gerry Ellis, taking advantage of a big hole, ran 24 yards for a touchdown. The home team had its biggest lead of the day at 31-20.

Washington seemed on the verge of responding with a touchdown, reaching the Green Bay four, but an offensive pass interference penalty nullified an apparent scoring catch and once again the Redskins settled for a Moseley field goal, this time from 31 yards.

Up by eight points, the Packers were forced to punt on their next series and Bucky Scribner’s kick was blocked to give the Redskins the ball at the Green Bay 19. Five plays later, Theismann threw to Joe Washington for a six-yard TD and, with Moseley’s PAT, the Green Bay lead was down to 31-30.

Washington’s defense again asserted itself as Dickey was sacked twice by DT Dave Butz. Nelms made a good return of the ensuing punt by Scribner to give the visitors possession at their 46. From there, the Redskins again moved deep into Green Bay territory, but after reaching the nine yard line, Douglass tackled Joe Washington for a loss and once again Washington was held to a field goal. Still, Moseley connected from 28 yards and put the visitors ahead by 33-31 with ten seconds left in the period.

RB Harlan Huckleby returned the ensuing kickoff for 54 yards to the Washington 39 and the fourth quarter started with Dickey throwing to Ellis for 32 yards. Shortly thereafter, TE Gary Lewis scored a touchdown from two yards out on an end-around that put the Packers back in front.

The Redskins came right back again as Theismann threw to Monk for 25 yards and WR Charlie Brown for another 15. Riggins blasted into the end zone from a yard out and the Washington was again in the lead of the wildly back-and-forth contest.

The Packers responded with another score of their own, with Dickey completing passes covering 19 yards to Jefferson and 17 yards to Lofton. An 11-yard touchdown pass to FB Mike Meade, followed by Stenerud’s extra point, again put Green Bay in front at 45-40.

Now it was Washington’s turn again. Theismann (pictured at right) threw to Monk for 21 yards and Joe Washington ran for two first downs. A sack of Theismann by DE Byron Braggs momentarily derailed the Redskins, but a pass to Giaquinto picked up 35 yards and set up a five-yard scoring toss to Washington. Moseley added the point and, with 2:50 left on the clock, the visitors were back on top at 47-45.

It looked bleak for the Packers when, following the kickoff, Dickey tossed two incomplete passes. But then he found Ellis on a short pass over the middle that turned into a 56-yard gain to the Washington eight and, after conservatively running the ball into the line three times, the dependable Stenerud came on to kick a 20-yard field goal. It was the fifth lead change of the final period and put the Packers ahead by a point.

There were still 54 seconds remaining in the contest, however, and while the Redskins had no timeouts remaining, they quickly moved the ball down the field. Theismann completed three passes to Joe Washington, gaining a total of 33 yards, and the running back made it out of bounds after each. Theismann then threw to Brown for 22 yards, but the clock was still running and the quarterback had to hurriedly toss a pass out of bounds with three seconds to go. On the last play of the game, Moseley missed a 39-yard field goal attempt, the fans erupted, and the Packers came away with the 48-47 win.

The combined 95 points was a new high for Monday Night Football. The teams also combined for 1025 yards of offense, with the Redskins topping Green Bay by 552 to 473. They had more first downs (33 to 23). Each team turned the ball over once, and there were just three punts in all (one by Washington, two for Green Bay, one of which was blocked by the Redskins).

“It was about the wildest thing I’ve ever been in,” said Lynn Dickey. “I wish I had been in the stands or at home watching on tv, it was that good.”

“It was a tremendously inspirational win because you could see the sort of enthusiasm and intensity that was on display tonight,” said Bart Starr. “You have to salute both teams because Washington, for the reasons demonstrated on the field, is a world-championship team. They are magnificent.”[1]

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Week 8

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
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Week 9

1 2 34Total
Redskins (7-2) 7 3 71027
Chargers (3-6) 7 0 01724

at Jack Murphy Stadium

  • Date: Monday, October 31, 1983
  • Game time: 9:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 71 degrees, relative humidity 73%, wind 9 mph
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Week 10

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

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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Week 11

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

at The Meadowlands

  • Date: Sunday, November 13, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 37 degrees, relative humidity 55%, wind 19 mph, wind chill 27
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

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Week 12

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
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Week 13

1 2 34Total
Eagles (4-9) 0 21 3024
Redskins (11-2) 7 21 0028

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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Week 14

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

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 1983
  • Game time: 1:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 9 mph
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Week 15

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Redskins (13-2) 14 0710 31
Cowboys (12-3) 7 300 10
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Week 16

1 2 34Total
Giants (3-12-1) 0 0 707
Redskins (14-2) 10 10 141751

at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

  • Date: Saturday, December 17, 1983
  • Game time: 12:30pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 40 degrees, relative humidity 50, round(wind) 8.2 mph
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First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Redskins - Charlie Brown 17 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick) - NYG 3, Wash 7
  • Giants - Ali Haji-Sheikh 39 yard field goal - NYG 6, Wash 7
  • Giants - Ali Haji-Sheikh 19 yard field goal - NYG 9, Wash 7
  • Giants - Ali Haji-Sheikh 45 yard field goal - NYG 12, Wash 7
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Vegas Spread
  • Vegas Line= Wash -15.5
  • Over/Under= 44.5(Over)

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Playoffs

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

NFC: Washington Redskins 51, Los Angeles Rams 7

Game summary
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Rams 0 7 007
Redskins 17 21 6751

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

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  • Scoring
    • WAS – Riggins 3 run (Moseley kick)WAS 7–0
    • WAS – Monk 40 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) 14–0
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 42 WAS 17–0
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 24–0
    • LA – Dennard 32 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick) WAS 24–7
    • WAS – Monk 21 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) WAS 31–7
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 38–7
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 36 WAS 41–7
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 41 WAS 44–7
    • WAS – Green 72 interception return (Moseley kick) WAS 51–7

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January 8, 1984

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

Game summary
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49ers 0 0 02121
Redskins 0 7 14324

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  • Scoring
    • WAS – Riggins 4 run (Moseley kick) WAS 7–0
    • WAS – Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) WAS 14–0
    • WAS – Brown 70 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick) WAS 21–0
    • SF – Wilson 5 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–7
    • SF – Solomon 76 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) WAS 21–14
    • SF – Wilson 12 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) 21–21
    • WAS – field goal Moseley 25 WAS 24–21

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

Further information: Super Bowl XVIII
Game summary
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Redskins (NFC) 0 3 609
Raiders (AFC) 7 14 14338

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Standings

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

References