In winning their second home game on Sunday against the Cardinals, the Redskins matched their home win total for all of 2010. Their miserable 2-6 home record last year, the team’s worst since FedEx Field opened in 1997, was obviously a big factor in their disappointing 6-10 record and it undoubtedly put Redskins fans who spend a lot of hard-earned money to attend games at FedEx Field in a sour mood.
Winning at home has been a key to the limited success the Redskins have enjoyed since moving into FedEx Field. Since then, the Redskins have made the playoffs three times, in 1999, 2005, and 2007. They had a 5-3 home record in ’99 and ’07 and they were 6-2 at FedEx in ’05.
Only twice have the Redskins had a winning home record in FedEx and failed to make the playoffs. During that inaugural 1997 season they went 5-2-1 at home but missed the postseason at 8-7-1. In 2002 they were 5-3 at home but finished 7-9 overall.
They are now 60-54-1 overall at FedEx Field.
The Redskins now go on the road for four of their next five games. After going to Dallas they will take a trip to St. Louis to play the Rams. They then have their bye week and a home date with the Eagles on October 16. They then got to Charlotte to play the Panthers and then to Toronto to play the Bills. Five of their final nine games are at home, including three of their last five.
The last time they played four out of five games on the road was in 2007. They only beat the Jets during that road stretch and they lost to the Patriots, Cowboys, and Buccaneers.
Last year they were 4-4 on the road, an acceptable performance. If they can match that this year, success at home will be the key to a winning record or, possibly, a postseason berth.
That is getting way ahead of things, of course. But getting two home wins in your pocket before the leaves start to turn is a good start.
60-54-1 at FedEx Field all time
- 2009 3-5 at home (5-11 overall)
- 2008 4-4 (8-8)
- 2007 5-3 (9-7 playoffs)
- 2006 3-5 (5-11)
- 2005 6-2 (10-6 playoffs)
- 2004 4-4 (6-10)
- 2003 3-5 (5-11)
- 2002 5-3 (7-9)
- 2001 3-5 (8-8)
- 2000 4-4 (8-8)
- 1999 5-3 (10-6 playoffs)
- 1998 4-4 (6-10)
- 1997 5-2-1 (8-7-1)