The Redskins won their fifth straight road game when they went up I-95 and beat the Ravens. Last year they won in Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas in December and this season they have wins in the Meadowlands and in Baltimore. That sounds like a nice accomplishment but it actually is a more impressive that just nice.
The Redskins have not had a regular season road winning streak of five games or longer since 1991. That year the eventual Super Bowl champs won their first seven road games. Their longest road win streak since the merger was nine games over three seasons. It covered the end of 1981, all of the strike-shortened 1982 season, and it didn’t end until the Redskins suffered a wild 48-47 loss in Green Bay.
They had another seven-game road winning streak from 1985-1986 and a six-game streak from 1977-1978. And that is all in terms of road winning streaks of five games or longer in the last 46 years.
How does the Redskins road success compare to what other teams have accomplished recently? Washington does have the longest active streak of road wins. Since 2010 eight teams have road winning streaks of six games or longer. The Cowboys have the longest, 10 games that started late in the 2013 season and ended early in 2015.
Going back further, the all-time longest road winning streak is 18 games. The vintage 49ers went over two calendar years, from November of 1988 to December of 1990, without a road loss. How impressive is that streak? The next longest is 12 by the 2006-2008 Patriots.
Back to the Redskins’ current streak, they will have just one more chance to extend it before Thanksgiving. They have a game in Detroit October 23. After that, it’s the Bengals in a neutral site game in London, the bye, and home games against the Vikings and Packers before going to Dallas for the first of three straight on the road.
One other note on this—the current road winning streak is coming directly after a nine-game road losing streak. That skid tied for the team’s longest road losing streak since the merger.