1991 Washington Redskins season
Head Coach Joe Gibbs
Home Field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 14-2
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24-7
Won NFC Championship (Lions) 41-10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (Bills) 37-24
Timeline
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1990 1992

The 1991 Washington Redskins season was the team's 60th in the National Football League, and it's 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.[1] (As of the 1991 season, this was the third-highest total in NFL history; it still ranks in the top 20 all-time.)[2] 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.[3] The Redskins had two wide receivers who went over 1,000 yards receiving in 1991: Gary Clark (1,340) and Art Monk (1,049).[4]

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.[5] The Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI win was their first in a non-strike season.[6] With the championship, coach Joe Gibbs also became the first head coach to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.[7]

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1991 Redskins as the fourth-greatest team in NFL history,[8] 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."

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record
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 RFK Stadium 1-2
4 New York Jets L 13-9 Williams-Brice Stadium 1-3

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record TV Time
1 September 1, 1991 Detroit Lions W 45-0 RFK 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 RFK 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 RFK 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 RFK Stadium 7-0 NBC 1:00pm
8 Bye week
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 RFK Stadium 9-0 NBC 1:00pm
11 November 10, 1991 Atlanta Falcons W 56-17 RFK 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 RFK 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 RFK 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 RFK Stadium 15-2 CBS 12:30pm
NFC Championship Detroit Lions W 41-10 RFK Stadium 16-2 CBS 4:15pm
Super Bowl XXVI Buffalo Bills W 37-24 Metrodome 17-2 CBS 6:15pm

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 485 224
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 342 310
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 285 244
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 281 297
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 196 344

Roster[edit | edit source]

Defense
[1]


FS
Brad Edwards


WLB MLB SLB
Matt Millen
SS
Danny Copeland
CB
Martin Mayhew


DE DT DT DE
Fred Stokes Tim Johnson Eric Williams Charles Mann
Markus Koch
CB
Darrell Green
Offense
[2]
WR
Gary Clark
TE
Don Warren
LT LG C RG RT
Jim Lachey Raleigh McKenzie Jeff Bostic Mark Schlereth Joe Jacoby
TE
Ron Middleton
WR
Art Monk
Ricky Sanders
QB
Mark Rypien
Special Teams
PK Chip Lohmiller
P Kelly Goodburn
KR Brian Mitchell
PR Brian Mitchell


RB
Earnest Byner

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Passing[edit | edit source]

Player G Comp. Att. Pct. Yds. TD INT
Mark Rypien 16 249 421 59.1 3,564 28 11
Jeff Rutledge 16 11 22 50.0 189 1 0

Rushing[edit | edit source]

Player G Att. Yards Avg. TD
Earnest Byner 16 274 1,048 3.8 5
Ricky Ervins 15 145 680 4.7 3
Gerald Riggs 16 78 248 3.2 11

Receiving[edit | edit source]

Player G Rec. Yards Y/G Avg. TD
Art Monk 16 71 1,049 65.6 14.8 8
Gary Clark 16 70 1,340 83.8 19.1 10
Ricky Sanders 16 45 580 36.3 12.9 5
Earnest Byner 16 34 308 19.3 9.1 0
Ricky Ervins 16 16 181 11.3 11.3 1
Terry Orr 16 10 201 12.6 20.1 4

Kicking[edit | edit source]

Player FGM FGA Pct. XPM XPA Pct.
Chip Lohmiller 31 43 72.1 56 56 100.0

See also[edit | edit source]

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

  • November 10, 1991 – Mark Rypien threw for 442 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. On that same day, Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers threw for over 400 yards as well.

Best team ever?[edit | edit source]

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.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

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