Could The 1991 Washington Redskins Truly Be The Best Team In Franchise History?

The Washington Redskins have not won a Super Bowl in nearly 30 years, but their legendary teams of the past have been brought up in this discussion; Who is the best team to ever win a Super Bowl?

When the best sports teams of all time come to mind, the 1997 Chicago Bulls and 1927 New York Yankees seemingly have a sizable lead ahead of others in the court of public opinion. 

The 1991 Washington Redskins may not come to mind as one of the best football teams - especially to millennials - but according to Football Outsiders, who released the list of top 30 teams on Thursday, the '91 Redskins are the clear choice. 

Using a measurement tool called DOVA (defense adjusted value over average), Football Outsiders found the '91 Redskins had a top 30 offense, defense and special teams in the last 30 years. 

The numbers that team posted certainly speak volumes. The '91 Redskins finished first in points per game and fourth in yards, while their defense was equally impressive, second in points allowed and third in yards allowed. 

But before we crown them as the best of all time, lets take a step back and examine if they were the best Redskins team of all time. 


A humble 11-0 start to the season was halted by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. With a playoff spot firmly secured, the Redskins only other loss came to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. Both losses were by a combined five points. 

Quarterback Mark Rypien finished the year fourth in passing yards (3,564) with wide receivers Art Monk and Gary Clark both having 1,000 yard seasons. 

Not only were the Redskins efficient on both sides of the ball in the regular season, but they steamrolled through the playoffs. They outscored the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills by a combined 61 points, held them to just 260 total yards per game and forced 14 turnovers, while giving away just two. 


Although this year's team had a tougher time reaching the Super Bowl, what many remember them for is one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in history. A 42-10 beat down of the Denver Broncos, which featured over 600 yards of total offense from Washington, was one of the most lopsided games in franchise history.

Broncos quarterback John Elway completed only 14 of 38 pass attempts in that Super Bowl, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns.

As far as regular season numbers, the 11-4 Redskins finished fourth in points per game and sixth in points allowed per game. 


Perhaps not considered one of the best teams of all time because of the shortened season and smaller sample size, the 8-1 Redskins, led by quarterback Joe Theismann, had no problems outside of their division. A 24-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys knocked them down to 4-1, but the top ranked defense in terms of points per game shut down opponents in the playoffs, allowing just 12 points per game. 

The Redskins offense was ranked 12th in points per game and seventh in yards per game during the nine-game regular season. 

This is just a small snapshot of their seasons and playoff runs, but we want you to weigh in. Stats or not, maybe use that good old fashioned eye test (if you are old enough to have seen them play), which Redskins team was the best to ever win a Super Bowl?

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