Redskins top moments of the 2010s
Redskins top moments of the 2010s
There were no Super Bowls for the Redskins in the 2010s, but plenty of memorable moments remain. Here's a look back at the best of the decade.
10. Colt McCoy pulls off the upset on Monday Night Football
In Week 8 of 2014, the 2-5 Washington Redskins, with backup Colt McCoy slated to start, traveled to Dallas to face the 6-1 Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Nobody gave Washington much of a chance.
Then, Colt McCoy happened.
McCoy threw for 299 yards and ran for a touchdown while Alfred Morris added a score on the ground. In the end, the Redskins walked out of Dallas with an improbable 20-17 overtime win.
9. Redskins trade for Alex Smith
Following the 2017 season, it became apparent that the Redskins and Kirk Cousins were most likely going to part ways. That whole situation is mentioned in lowest moments of the decade.
However, knowing they needed a solution under center, Washington opted to trade for quarterback Alex Smith, sending cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round pick back to the Chiefs. The trade looked to be a success, as Smith led the Redskins to a 6-3 record to begin 2018.
Yet, a gruesome leg injury has forced Smith to miss extended time. As he continues to recover, the hope is that he will suit up again. Still, the somewhat surprising trade for Smith showed that the Redskins still wanted to compete, which made the beginning of the 2018 season an exciting one.
8. Cousins shines in primetime
Kirk Cousins has a reputation for not being the best in primetime games. With the world watching, he hasn't always had the most success.
But on Sunday Night Football against the Packers in 2016, Cousins broke the mold. Finishing with 375 passing yards and three touchdowns, Washington beat Green Bay 42-21 and Cousins outperformed All-Pro Aaron Rodgers (351 yards, three touchdowns).
7. RG3's 76-yard scamper against Vikings
Leading the 4-1 Vikings 31-26 late in Week 6 of the 2012 season, the Redskins were in need of one more big play to seal the victory.
Enter: Robert Griffin III.
The rookie quarterback got out in the open, got an edge down the sideline and showed off his track-star speed rushing for a 76-yard score to put the game on ice. When thinking of RG3's athletic ability, this is always a play that comes to mind.
6. "You like that?!"
On the worst moments of the decade, Bruce Allen provided some pretty memorable one-liners. As for the positive side, nothing may be engrained in Redskins fans than "you like that?!"
Cousins and the Redskins were trailing 24-0 in the second quarter against the Buccaneers in Week 7 of 2015. Fast forward to the end of the game, and Washington had pulled off a miraculous 31-30 win behind Cousins' 317 yards and three scores.
Fired up postgame, Cousins let out a loud "you like that?!" while heading to the locker room. The rest is history.
5. Cousins and company clinch NFC East in Philly
Much like RG3's division-clinching game against the Cowboys in 2012, Kirk Cousins has a chance to do the same in Week 16 of 2015 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In a hostile environment, things once again went the Redskins way as Cousins' 365 yards and four touchdowns led Washington to a 38-24 victory.
For the second time in four years, the Redskins were kings of the NFC East.
4. RG3 makes his debut against the Saints
Sensing a theme here? RG3 and the 2012 season was pretty much good as it got during the decade.
In the first regular-season game of his NFL career, Griffin did not disappoint. Over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns in the Superdome, the Redskins got the victory and the magical season for RG3 got its beginning.
3. Drafting RG3
None of the great moments Robert Griffin III provided during the decade wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for one night in April.
With the second pick, the Redskins selected what they hoped would be their QB of the future in the former Heisman winner. In the season that immediately followed, he provided many exciting, show-stopping moments.
While the fun times with Griffin were short-lived, none of the great moments exist without the pick.
2. RG3 dominates against Dallas on Thanksgiving
Already putting together a strong rookie campaign, Griffin's coming-out party was against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2012.
With 304 yards and four passing touchdowns, the quarterback led the Redskins to an exciting 38-31 win in Dallas. The second win in a row, the team would ride the momentum to a seven-game win streak to get into the playoffs while Griffin picked up Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
1. RG3 helps clinch NFC East against Cowboys
In Week 17 of 2012, rookie Robert Griffin III played in the biggest game of his young career. Under the lights, dealing with injuries and taking on the Dallas Cowboys with a chance to give the Redskins the NFC East title, it was all up to the young quarterback.
What did he do? Deliver. Throwing for a touchdown and allowing the Alfred Morris and the ground game to thrive, Griffin and the Redskins picked up a 28-18 win to earn a spot in the playoffs.
Though things would go downhill for Griffin, 2012 was an exciting and hopeful time for the Redskins.