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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.