Washington Redskins: Top 10 Teams in Franchise History

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 6, 2017

Washington Redskins: Top 10 Teams in Franchise History

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    Even though the Washington Redskins have been one of the most maligned football teams in the NFL for the past few seasons, they are still one of the leagues greatest franchises.

    Some people forget, or may have not ever known, that the Redskins were one of the most dominant teams of the 80s and early 90s, and have three Super Bowl’s and two Hall of Fame head coaches under their belt.

    Surprising eh?

    Let’s dust off the history books and for old times’ sake and check out the top ten teams in Washington’s franchise history:

10. 2005 Washington Redskins

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    After a stint away from Washington and the NFL, Joe Gibbs finally returned to the Redskins, and things started to look up for the franchise. The team finished the season 10-6 and qualified as a wildcard team in the playoffs.

    They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the next round.

    2005 was good for the ‘Skins though, including franchise records broken by Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.

9. 1969 Washington Redskins

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    I’m not sure how many people are aware that famed Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, actually coached the Washington Redskins for a brief time period in 1969.

    He led Washington to a 7-5-2 record, but unfortunately died the night of the 1970 season.

    Record wise it wasn’t the best, but any team coached by Lombardi deserves to be on this list.

8. 1984 Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins went 11-5 under Joe Gibbs in 1984 and finished first in the NFC East for the third consecutive season in a row.

    The season highlights include Art Monk setting an NFL record for most receptions in a season, which has since been broken.

7. 1986 Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins drafted future Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien as a sixth rounder in the ’86 draft, which automatically makes this team a winner. The team finished with a 12-4 regular season record and made it to the NFC Championship game.

    On the way Gibbs picked up his 70th career win, making him the winningest head coach in the franchise’s history.

6. 1983 Washington Redskins

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    The 1983 NFL Draft was very good to the Redskins, who ended up drafting both Darrell Green and Charles Mann.

    The season also brought many highlights including the top two scoring players on one team, Mark Moseley and John Riggins, and a dominating 14 win season.

    The Redskins made another appearance in the Super Bowl, but unfortunately lost to the Oakland Raiders 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.

5. 1942 Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins were the Eastern Division champions and came to the championship game to face the undefeated 11-0 Bears with their record at 10-1.

    Washington was led by coach Ray Flaherty and quarterback Sammy Baugh.

    They beat the Bears 14-6 to win their second championship.

4. 1937 Washington Redskins

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    This was the first year that the ‘Skins were in Washington D.C. They were formally known as the Boston Braves and then the Boston Redskins before 1937, but when they moved to D.C. they promptly won their first league championship beating the Chicago Bears 28-21.

3. 1982 Washington Redskins

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    After a strike shortened season the NFL adapted to a special 16-team playoff tournament in which the Redskins won six of seven games to make the playoffs.

    With Joe Gibbs as the head coach the Redskins went on to win their first Super Bowl by defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII

2. 1987 Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins won their second Super Bowl by defeating the Denver Broncos 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII.

    Doug Williams threw four touchdowns in the second quarter, and became the first black quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl win.

    This also marked Joe Gibbs’ second Super Bowl win.

1. 1991 Washington Redskins

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    The ’91 season started off with the Redskins rattling off 11 straight wins.

    They also only allowed an astonishing nine sacks throughout the regular seasons.

    The ‘Skins went 14-2 in the regular season, sent eight players to the pro-bowl, and defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 to win coach Joe Gibbs and the franchise their third Super Bowl ring.

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