1991 Washington Redskins season
|1991 Washington Redskins season|
|Head coach||Joe Gibbs|
|Home field||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24-7
Won Conference Championship (Lions) 41-10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (Bills) 37-24
The 1991 Washington Redskins season was the team's 60th in the National Football League, and its 55th in Washington, D.C.. The Redskins dominated the league all season, winning their first eleven games. Their two losses were by margins of 3 and 2 points, respectively.
The Redskins led the league in scoring with 485 points, and allowed the second-fewest points (224) in the league in 1991. (As of the 1991 season, this was the third-highest total in NFL history; it still ranks in the top 20 all-time.) They had a +18 turnover ratio, also best in the NFL.
Quarterback Mark Rypien had an outstanding year. His 8.5 yards per pass attempt was second in the league, and his 3,564 passing yards were best in the NFC and fourth in the league. Running back Earnest Byner's 1,048 rushing yards were 5th best in the NFL. The Redskins had two wide receivers who went over 1,000 yards receiving in 1991: Gary Clark (1,340) and Art Monk (1,049).
The Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 to win Super Bowl XXVI. The team is the last Super Bowl champion to never trail in any of their playoff victories. The Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI win was their first in a non-strike season. With the championship, coach Joe Gibbs also became the first head coach to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.
In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1991 Redskins as the fourth-greatest team in NFL history, noting, "you can look at two stats to get a pretty good idea of just how great a team is: yards gained per pass attempt, and yards allowed per pass attempt. The 1991 'Skins topped the NFL in each category, with Mark Rypien averaging 8.5 yards per attempt, while his colleagues on Washington's defense allowed only 6 yards per attempt.... The 'Skins outscored their opponents 485-224, and they had a tough schedule. After going 14-2, they romped through the NFC playoffs, beating the Falcons 24-7 and demolishing the Lions 41-10 on their way to the Super Bowl. In the Big Game, the 'Skins beat the cursed early-1990s Bills 37-24."
Statistics site Football Outsiders has ranked the 1991 Redskins as the greatest team in their ratings history, stating that the team "may have been the most well-rounded team in NFL history. [...] A lot of the best teams in NFL history got a little extra boost by picking on an easy schedule, but not Washington. They had an average schedule, and a harder-than-average schedule of opposing defenses. One reason for that: 1991 was not only the year of the best overall team in [their rating system's] history. It was also the year of the best defense in DVOA history, which showed up on Washington's schedule twice: the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles."
|1||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 16-7||Three Rivers Stadium||0-1|
|2||New England Patriots||W 27-6||Foxboro Stadium||1-1|
|3||Cleveland Browns||L 24-21||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||1-2|
|4||New York Jets||L 13-9||Williams-Brice Stadium||1-3|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||Record||TV Time|
|1||September 1, 1991||Detroit Lions||W 45-0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||1–0||TNT 8:00pm|
|2||September 9, 1991||at Dallas Cowboys||W 33-31||Texas Stadium||2–0||ABC 9:00pm|
|3||September 15, 1991||Phoenix Cardinals||W 34-0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||3–0||CBS 1:00pm|
|4||September 22, 1991||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 34-27||Riverfront Stadium||4–0||CBS 1:00pm|
|5||September 30, 1991||Philadelphia Eagles||W 23-0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||5–0||ABC 9:00pm|
|6||October 6, 1991||at Chicago Bears||W 20-7||Soldier Field||6–0||CBS 1:00pm|
|7||October 13, 1991||Cleveland Browns||W 42-17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||7–0||NBC 1:00pm|
|9||October 27, 1991||at New York Giants||W 17-13||Giants Stadium||8–0||ESPN 8:00pm|
|10||November 3, 1991||Houston Oilers||W 16-13||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||9–0||NBC 1:00pm|
|11||November 10, 1991||Atlanta Falcons||W 56-17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||10–0||CBS 1:00pm|
|12||November 17, 1991||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 41-14||Three Rivers Stadium||11–0||CBS 1:00pm|
|13||November 24, 1991||Dallas Cowboys||L 24-21||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||11–1||CBS 1:00pm|
|14||December 1, 1991||at Los Angeles Rams||W 27-6||Anaheim Stadium||12–1||CBS 4:00pm|
|15||December 8, 1991||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 20-14||Sun Devil Stadium||13–1||CBS 4:00pm|
|16||December 15, 1991||New York Giants||W 34-17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||14–1||CBS 4:00pm|
|17||December 22, 1991||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 24-22||Veterans Stadium||14–2||CBS 4:00pm|
|NFC Divisional Playoffs||Atlanta Falcons||W 24-7||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||15–2||CBS 12:30pm|
|NFC Championship||Detroit Lions||W 41-10||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||16–2||CBS 4:15pm|
|Super Bowl XXVI||Buffalo Bills||W 37-24||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||17–2||CBS 6:15pm|
|Regular Season summaries|
Week 1: vs Detroit Lions
Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: vs Phoenix Cardinals
Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6: at Chicago Bears
Week 7: vs Cleveland Browns
Week 9: at New York Giants
Week 10: vs Houston Oilers
Week 11: vs Atlanta Falcons
Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13: vs Dallas Cowboys
Week 14: vs Los Angeles Rams
Week 15: at Phoenix Cardinals
Week 16: vs New York Giants
Week 17: at Philadelphia Eagles
NFC Championship: vs Detroit Lions
Super Bowl XXVI: vs Buffalo Bills
|New York Giants||8||8||0||.500||281||297|
Awards and records
- Mark Rypien, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
- Mark Rypien, UPI NFC Player of the Year
- Mark Rypien, Pro Bowl Selection
- November 10, 1991 – Mark Rypien threw for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns yards the Atlanta Falcons, despite being taken out of the game in the middle of the 4th quarter; when Atlanta did the same, their third-string quarterback, a rookie named Brett Favre, made his NFL debut - and his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. On that same day, Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers threw for over 400 yards as well.
Best team ever?
In 2010, ESPN conducted a "super league," consisting of the best Super Bowl winning teams of all time; the 1991 Redskins finished the regular season in first place with record of 14-2 and beat the 1992 Dallas Cowboys in the league finals to be named the greatest team of all time.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 Washington Redskins
- As of the 2011 season
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards
- Pro-Football-Reference: 1991 Washington Redskins
- As of 2011 season
- The Redskins previously won the Super Bowl after the 1982 and 1987 seasons, both shortened by strikes
- Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien
- ESPN.com, Page 2 - The List: Greatest NFL teams of all time, 2007
- Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary, published July 16, 2012, spanning 1991-2011 seasons.
- http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/promotions/nfl/superleague/?gameId=121 "Redskins win on dramatic final play"