1961 Washington Redskins season
OwnerGeorge Preston Marshall
Head coachBill McPeak
General managerDick McCann
Home fieldD.C. Stadium
Results
Record1–12–1
Division place7th NFL Eastern
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1961 Washington Redskins season was the team's 30th in the National Football League. The team tried to improve on their 1–9–2 record from 1960. However, under their first-year coach Bill McPeak, their 1-12-1 performance during the season placed the Redskins in last-place in the NFL Eastern Conference. Their lone victory of the season came in the final game of the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys, 34–24. The 1961 campaign remains the worst season record in Redskins history.[1]

This season was also the first one in their new stadium, D.C. Stadium, later renamed RFK Stadium.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1961 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 17 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–35 0–1 Kezar Stadium 43,142 Recap
2 September 24 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–14 0–2 Franklin Field 50,108 Recap
3 October 1 New York Giants L 21–24 0–3 D.C. Stadium 36,767 Recap
4 October 8 at Cleveland Browns L 7–31 0–4 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 46,186 Recap
5 October 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 0–20 0–5 Forbes Field 15,072 Recap
6 October 22 St. Louis Cardinals L 0–24 0–6 D.C. Stadium 28,037 Recap
7 October 29 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–27 0–7 D.C. Stadium 31,066 Recap
8 November 5 at New York Giants L 0–53 0–8 Yankee Stadium 56,077 Recap
9 November 12 Cleveland Browns L 6–17 0–9 D.C. Stadium 28,975 Recap
10 November 19 at Dallas Cowboys T 28–28 0–9–1 Cotton Bowl 17,500 Recap
11 November 26 Baltimore Colts L 6–27 0–10–1 D.C. Stadium 41,062 Recap
12 December 3 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–38 0–11–1 Busch Stadium 16,204 Recap
13 December 10 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–30 0–12–1 D.C. Stadium 21,134 Recap
14 December 17 Dallas Cowboys W 34–24 1–12–1 D.C. Stadium 21,451 Recap

Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 9–2–1 368 220 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 8–4 361 297 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 8–3–1 319 270 T1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 7–5 279 267 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 295 287 L1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 2–9–1 236 380 L4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 174 392 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

  1. ^ As of the 2019 season