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The Washington Redskins 2001 Season Recap

Redskins Helmet R E G U L A R   S E A S O N
Week 1: San Diego Chargers 30, Redskins 3
The Marty Schottenheimer era in Washington got off to an embarrassing start as starting quarterback Jeff George was benched and the Redskins committed four turnovers.

Week 2: Green Bay Packers 37, Redskins 0
The Redskins were humiliated in front of a national television audience on Monday night as the offense was again inept, producing just 137 net yards.

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs 45, Redskins 13
Tony Banks took over as the starting quarterback for Jeff George, who was released during the week, but the season continued its downward spiral with another dispiriting loss in the Redskins' home-opener.

Week 4: New York Giants 23, Redskins 9
Washington finally put together a competitive effort with a patchwork defense against their NFC East foes, but little-used running back Damon Washington rushed for 90 yards and a score as the Giants dropped the Redskins to 0-4.

Week 5: Dallas Cowboys 9, Redskins 7
The Redskins had the lead and their first victory within their grasp late in the fourth quarter, but Stephen Davis fumbled the ball and ultimately the game away with 2:40 to go as Dallas beat Washington for the eighth straight time.

Week 6: Redskins 17, Carolina Panthers 14 (OT)
The Redskins got some much-needed help from the Panthers to secure their first win of the season as LaVar Arrington returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown that ignited an improbable Washington comeback.

Week 7: Redskins 35, New York Giants 14
The Redskins found alternative means to putting points on the board, scoring on an 89-yard punt return by the newly-signed Eric Metcalf and on a pass by wide receiver Kevin Lockett as Washington delivered an all-around effort.

Week 8: Redskins 27, Seattle Seahawks 14
Stephen Davis ran for 142 yards and his first touchdown of the season on 32 carries as the Redskins rushed for a season-high 230 yards against one of the NFL's top rushing defenses while rolling to their third consecutive victory.

Week 9: Bye Week

Week 10: Redskins 17, Denver Broncos 10
Kent Graham took over for injured quarterback Tony Banks, who left with a concussion, and engineered a comeback with two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Redskins rallied from a 10-0 deficit to win their first road game.

Week 11: Redskins 13, Philadelphia Eagles 3
Linebacker LaVar Arrington was the designated spy on Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb as the Redskin defense bottled up one of the NFL's most explosive quarterbacks as Washington climbed back to the .500 mark.

Week 12: Dallas Cowboys 20, Redskins 14
With talk of playoffs and division titles on the agenda of all Washingtonians, the Redskins reverted to early-season form as their five-game winning streak fell by the wayside with another loss to the inferior Cowboys.

Week 13: Redskins 20, Arizona Cardinals 10
Stephen Davis rushed for 110 yards to become the first Redskin with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and Tony Banks had his most proficient game as Washington kept the competitive portion of its season alive.

Week 14: Philadelphia Eagles 20, Redskins 6
Kicker Brett Conway missed two field goals, Eric Metcalf fumbled a punt return, Tony Banks threw two costly interceptions and Washington receivers dropped eight passes as the Redskins came up empty in a must-win game.

Week 15: Chicago Bears 20, Redskins 15
Brian Urlacher was on the receiving end of a 27-yard touchdown pass off of a fake field goal and the Redskins failed on two plays from Chicago's three- yard line as Washington was officially eliminated from the playoff race.

Week 16: Redskins 40, New Orleans Saints 10
The Redskins rallied from a 10-0 deficit to score 40 unanswered points as they clobbered the Saints in a meaningless game for both teams.

Week 17: Redskins 20, Arizona Cardinals 17
Tailback Stephen Davis carried the ball 38 times for 148 yards to break his own single-season team rushing record as the Redskins came back from a 17-6 halftime deficit to avoid its first losing season since 1998 to finish 8-8.

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