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2022 Season

2022 Season Roundup: After a slow start, the Commanders replaced quarterback Carson Wentz with little-known Taylor Heinicke and the team came alive. Although Washington fell short of the playoffs, its 8-8-1 record was the first time since 2016 the team did not have a losing record. Among the other standouts were Terry McLaurin, who led the team with 77 catches, and punter Tress Way, who both had Pro Bowl seasons. Jonathan Allen, Jeremy Reaves, and Daron Payne led a defense that missed Chase Young, who missed most of the year with a knee injury.

2022 Season Preview: Rough, tough football is the name of the game for the newly named Commanders. The Washington defense can be scary, especially when the December weather rolls in. The offense—now led by Carson Wentz—has some holes to plug on the offensive line. No one is picking the Commanders to win the division but this is the NFC East, which means anything is possible.

2021 Season

2021 Season Roundup: After losing starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the season, the team struggled to put points on the scoreboard and finished 7–10. Running back Antonio Gibson and receiver Terry McLaurin did their best to pick up the slack with 1,000-yard seasons. It was the first time since 2014 that Washington teammates gained 1,000 yards in the same season. A four-game winning streak showed promise, but the team lost four in a row before and after that stretch if the success. A mid-season injury to defensive star Chase Young ended any chance of a winning season.

February 02, 2022: The Washington Football Team, which had been called the Redskins since the 1930s, finally picked a new name: The Commanders.

2021 Season Preview: As NFL fans continue to wait for a new team name, Washington’s football team tries to make the playoffs for a second year in a row. Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweet, and Chase Young will have something to say about it. They anchor a defense that could be a Top 10 unit. If the offensive line can match the defensive line—and veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick stays sharp all season—Washington fans will have plenty to cheer about in 2021.

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: Washington only won seven games but that was enough to sneak into the playoffs. The team recovered from a five-game losing streak early in the year and beat the Eagles on the final Sunday to win the NFC East. The defense was the star in DC, allowing only 20 points a game. Defensive ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat kept pressure on enemy quarterbacks all season long.

October 25, 2020: In Washington’s 25–3 win over the Cowboys, the defense held Dallas under 100 rushing yards and 100 passing yards. It was the first time in history an opponent had done that to the Cowboys.

2020 Season Preview: The name of the game in Washington for 2020 will be defense. The team’s defensive line is young and big and strong. First-round draft pick Chase Young, a great pass rusher, is already being called a possible Rookie of the Year. The offense will go as far as quarterback Dwayne Haskins takes it. He should be much better in his second season in the NFL, especially if running back Adrian Peterson has another big season left in him. Terry McLaurin, also in his second year as a pro, leads a group of young receivers.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: After an 0–5 start, head coach Jay Gruden was fired and injuries struck the club almost every week. Washington turned to quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who looked better as the season wore on. The defensive line, which was supposed to be the team’s strength, didn’t do a good job and the Redskins finished 3–13. Following the season, the team announced it would no longer use its name or logo, which had long been criticized for being insulting to Native Americans.

December 29, 2019: Adrian Peterson gained 78 yards against the Cowboys to pass Hall of Famer Edgerrin James for 8th place on the all-time rushing list. Peterson finished with 898 yards for the season and 14,216 for his career.

2019 Season Preview: Washington fans are expecting a season-long quarterback controversy in 2019, as rookie sensation Dwayne Haskins fights for playing time with a couple of NFL veterans. The running back picture is equally unclear, since Adrian Peterson is a year older and young Derrius Guice seems ready to bounce back from knee surgery. The signing of Landon Collins should have a big impact on the defense. There is a lot of talent on the roster; it may take some time to sort it all out.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Redskins got off to a 6–4 start, but lost five in a row after quarterback Alex Smith suffered a season-ending leg injury. His replacement also went out for the season. The result was a 7–9 record despite great years from veteran running back Adrian Peterson, tight end Jordan Reed, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Peterson rushed for over 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.

September 9, 2018: Adrian Peterson scored the 100th touchdown in his career during a win over the Arizona Cardinals. He became just the 7th player in history with 100 touchdowns and 12,000 rushing yards.

2018 Season Preview: New quarterback Alex Smith will run a less aggressive offense in 2018, but it is still likely to keep other teams on edge. With good blockers and sure-handed receivers, Smith will pick opponents to pieces. Will this be enough to improve on last year’s 7–9 record? The defense will have to show a huge improvement for that to happen.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: Kirk Cousins threw for over 4,000 yards and Washington averaged 21 points a game. Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith had good years, but their defensive teammates failed to make plays at key moments. The result was a disappointing 7–9 season.

2017 Season Preview: Washington’s offense lost key players, but it is still one of the hardest in the NFL to defend. Kirk Cousins will need to play well every week for the ’Skins to make the playoffs. They will also need big years from rookie pass rushers Ryan Anderson and Jonathan Allen.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Redskins posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1990s, but fell a victory short of making the playoffs. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had a good year behind a solid offensive line, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards. Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed were his favorite targets. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was the leader of the defense.

2016 Season Preview: Kirk Cousins should have fun throwing to a strong group of pass-catchers in 2016. But what happens when he hands the ball off? The answer to that question may be the key to Washington’s season. The Redskins will need a much better running game to make it back to the top of the NFC East. The team’s defense is better thanks to the addition of free agent Josh Norman.

2015 Season

2015 Season Preview: The RGIII Era looks to be over in Washington, as Kirk Cousins goes into 2015 as the team’s starting QB. The club has a lot of talent, but not quite enough to challenge for a playoff spot unless Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson make huge plays week after week.

2014 Season

September 1, 2014: As Robert Griffin III goes, so goes Washington. If he can stay healthy, RGIII will have two exciting new targets in DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. The defense has lost veteran London Fletcher, but his replacement, Kennan Robinson, looks like a good fit with Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orapko on a solid defense.

2013 Season

December 22, 2013: Pierre Garcon broke Art Monk’s team record of 106 receptions in a season. Garcon ended up leading the NFL with 113 catches for the year.

November 17, 2013: London Fletcher became just the fourth player in history to play in 250 games in a row. In the same game, Fletcher broke the record for most consecutive starts by a linebacker, with 209.

September 4, 2013: Few teams depend more on the health of one player than the Redskins, who need Robert Griffin III to stay injury-free in his second NFL season. RG3 has quality help in Alfred Morris, Joshua Morgan, and Pierre Garcon. The Washington defense is excellent up front and at linebacker, but the play of cornerback DeAngelo Hall and his fellow defensive backs will need to improve if the ‘Skins expect to return to the playoffs.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Quarterback Robert Griffin III was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The last Redskin to win this award was Mike Thomas, in 1975. The team went 10–6 and finished first in the NFC East for the first time in the 21st century—but lost to the Seahawks 24–14 in the playoffs

Summer, 2012: The Washington defense was good in 2011 and should be better in 2012. If Robert Griffin III has a big rookie season, the Redskins could be tough to beat. Playing in the same division as the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys is no fun, but it keeps the players focused and the fans on the edge of their seats.

More Go-To Guys

This old postcard of Andy Farkas was given out as a souvenir in the 1940s. (Author’s Collection)

This old postcard of Andy Farkas was given out as a souvenir in the 1940s. (Author’s Collection)

I went to a couple of games that Stephen Davis played. When the big man ran through the line, it sounded like a car wreck. (Author’s Collection)

  • Andy Farkas — Running Back
    Born: 5/2/1916
    Died: 4/10/2001
    Played for Team: 1938 to 1944
    Andy Farkas was a punishing runner who led the league in scoring in 1939. That season he became one of the only players in history to catch a 99-yard touchdown pass. Farkas helped the ‘Skins win the championship in 1942. He was also the first pro to use eye black to help him see on sunny days.

  • Billy Kilmer — Quarterback
    Played for Team: 1971 to 1978
    Billy Kilmer played 10 so-so seasons in the NFL before finding a home in Washington. He made up for lost time by leading the Redskins to the NFC title in his first full year as a starter. Kilmer was an All-Pro twice in his career.

  • Jerry Smith — Receiver
    Born: 7/9/1943
    Died: 10/15/1986
    Played for Team: 1965 to 1977
    Jerry Smith was one of the NFL’s top tight ends during the 1960s and 1970s. He could hang on to passes in traffic but also catch balls on the run and sprint to the end zone. His 60 touchdowns were a record for tight ends when he retired.

  • Joe Jacoby — Offensive Lineman
    Born: 7/6/1959
    Played for Team: 1981 to 1993
    No team drafted Joe Jacoby after he graduated from the University of Louisville, but the Redskins agreed to give him a chance. He made the team and went on to help Washington reach four Super Bowls.

  • Gary Clark — Receiver
    Born: 5/1/1962
    Played for Team: 1985 to 1992
    Gary Clark was one of the smallest players in the NFL, but he made one big catch after another for Washington. He teamed with Art Monk and Ricky Sanders to form “The Posse” —one of the league’s best group of receivers. Unlike many receivers, Clark was happy to block much bigger opponents on running plays.

  • Stephen Davis — Running Back
    Born: 3/1/1974
    Played for Team: 1996 to 2002
    It took Stephen Davis three years to become the team’s main running back, but once he did there was no stopping him. He set a new Washington record and led the NFC with 1,405 yards in 1999, and then broke his own record with 1,407 yards in 1999. At six feet and 230 pounds, Davis was one of the most powerful backs in the NFL.

More Fun Facts

Terry Allen ran on two injured knees with Washington, but he had two of the best seasons in team history in 1995 and 1996. (Author’s Collection).

    Four different Redskins have scored more than 15 rushing touchdowns in a season—John Riggins (24), Terry Allen (21), George Rogers (18), and Stephen Davis (17).

    Washington won its first division title on the very last day of the 1937 season. Cliff Battles led the Redskins to victory over the New York Giants with touchdown runs of 75 yards and 76 yards.

    During the 1950s, Gene Brito hosted The Gene Brito Show, which aired every Sunday afternoon before the team’s games. He was one of the first pro athletes to have his own TV show.

League Leaders

This old press photo shows Cliff Battles tossing a pass during warm-ups. (Author’s Collection)

Sammy Baugh was near the end of his career when this Bowman card came out in 1948. (Bowman Gum Co.)

Sam Baker was a punter, kicker, and running back. When he retired, he held the NFL record for scoring at least one point in 110 straight games. (Topps, Inc.)

    1932 — Cliff Battles — 576 (as a member of the Boston Redskins)
    1933 — Jim Musick — 809 (as a member of the Boston Redskins)
    1937 — Cliff Battles — 874
    1970 — Larry Brown — 1,125

    1935 — Charley Malone — 433 (as a member of the Boston Redskins)
    1962 — Bobby Mitchell — 1,384
    1963 — Bobby Mitchell — 1,436

    1937 — Sammy Baugh — 1,127
    1940 — Sammy Baugh — 1,367
    1947 — Sammy Baugh — 2,599
    1966 — Sonny Jurgensen — 3,209
    1967 — Sonny Jurgensen — 3,747
    1969 — Sonny Jurgensen — 3,102

    1937 — Cliff Battles — 5 (tied for NFL lead)
    1938 — Andy Farkas — 6
    1951 — Rob Goode — 9
    1983 — John Riggins — 24
    1984 — John Riggins — 14 (tied for NFL lead)
    1986 — George Rogers — 18
    1996 — Terry Allen — 21
    1999 — Stephen Davis — 17

    1964 — Bobby Mitchell — 10 (tied for NFL lead)

    1939 — Frank Filchock — 11
    1940 — Sammy Baugh — 12
    1944 — Frank Filchock — 13
    1947 — Sammy Baugh — 25 (tied for NFL lead)
    1967 — Sonny Jurgensen — 31
    1972 — Billy Kilmer — 19 (tied for NFL lead)

    1939 — Andy Farkas — 68
    1957 — Sam Baker — 77 (tied for NFL lead)
    1983 — Mark Moseley — 161
    1991 — Chip Lohmiller — 149

    1943 — Sammy Baugh — 11
    1948 — Dan Sandifer — 13
    1964 — Paul Krause — 12
    1983 — Mark H. Murphy — 9
    1987 — Barry Wilburn — 9

    No Redskin has led the league in sacks.

Playing for the Championship

1936 NFL Championship New York Giants Won 23-17 (OT)

1937 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 28–21
1940 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 73–0
1942 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 14–6
1943 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 41–21
1945 NFL Championship Cleveland Rams Lost 15–14
1972 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 26–3
1972 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins Lost 14–7
1982 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 31–17
1982 Super Bowl XVII Miami Dolphins Won 27–17
1983 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 24–21
1983 Super Bowl XVIII Los Angeles Raiders Lost 38–9
1986 NFC Championship New York Giants Lost 17–0
1987 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Won 17–10
1987 Super Bowl XXII Denver Broncos Won 42–10
1991 NFC Championship Detroit Lions Won 41–10
1991 Super Bowl XXVI Buffalo Bills Won 37–24

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