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5 greatest rivals in Washington Redskins franchise history

The Washington Redskins entered the NFL all the way back in 1932. With that in mind, they have had a very long history.

In that time, the Redskins have had some incredible highs and some terrible lows. And those ups and downs have come at the expense of (and thanks to) certain teams.

Due to that, Washington has created quite a few enemies. They have some teams that have been long-time rivals and others with blossoming hatred.

There are teams that the Redskins have issues with due to proximity or because they are in the same division. Or even just some classic spats.

Who are the top five greatest rivals in Redskins history though? Let’s take a look back and try to figure it all out.

5. Los Angeles Rams

I considered putting the Arizona Cardinals here because of their extremely long history with the Redskins. However, most of that is in the past now.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams have a much more recent beef with Washington. It all stems from that blockbuster trade for Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins traded away a ton of assets to get their franchise quarterback. And the Rams love to remind them of it. They even had all the players they currently had from that trade walk out for the coin toss as captains against the Redskins once.

That was petty as hell, and honestly I’m here for it.

There are certainly teams with longer and more storied histories against Washington. The Rams are building a rivalry with the Redskins though. With that trade as the big landmark of the rivalry, the two teams will be linked for a long time.

And the fact that the Redskins are dominating the series (24-11-1) helps a little bit. The two teams face off in Week 5 of the 2020 season.

4. Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson, Ravens

The Rams are considered rivals because of the whole Griffin III trade situation. Meanwhile, the Ravens are rivals simply because of where they play.

Baltimore and Washington D.C. are right on top of each other. Therefore, the two teams have a pretty clear connection.

Now in baseball, between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, the rivalry is referred to as the “Beltway Series”. In football, there really isn’t a name, but that doesn’t mean the two fanbases are not constantly comparing teams and at each other’s throats.

At the moment, the Ravens have the upper hand. They went 14-2 last season and have the young rising star at quarterback in 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson.

The Redskins have a lot of exciting things happening too though. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has all types of potential and an extremely young group of weapons around him. Meanwhile, Chase Young is the most exciting defensive prospect we’ve seen in quite some time.

As of right now, the Redskins and Ravens are tied 3-3 in the series. They meet each other in Week 4 of the regular season though (and Week 4 of the preseason). So each team will have a chance to take the lead in the rivalry.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

Let’s move on to the NFC East. Starting off the three other teams from the division is the Philadelphia Eagles.

Here is a divisional rivalry that the Redskins are actually leading at the moment. Washington is 85-80-6 against Philadelphia to this point.

The Eagles and Redskins have had some great moments obviously. That includes Philadelphia’s massive win in 2013 that included Mike Vick showing off his absolutely ridiculous arm and DeSean Jackson showing off his blazing speed.

The NFC East is very competitive. Right now, it is far from the best division in football. However, that does not mean the teams love to put together some competitive games.

Last season, the Redskins dropped both of their contests with the Eagles. That 3-13 Washington team fought hard against division champ Philadelphia both games though. Losing by a combined 15 points in the two games.

Even when the teams are not evenly matched, expect to see some good games.

2. New York Giants

Daniel Jones, Giants

I struggled when trying to decide whether to put the Eagles or the New York Giants here. However, the Giants got the upper hand because of the current situation.

All four teams in the NFC East have young quarterbacks. Washington and New York both took their franchise quarterbacks in 2019 though. Not only that, they were both first-round picks.

If you want to go even further, the Giants took Daniel Jones at six. That was a spot that many thought Haskins would go. Instead, he fell to the Redskins at 15.

That situation right there makes this such an intriguing matchup. The two teams will be linked by that draft for the next two decades, and it adds an extra wrinkle into the rivalry.

Currently, the Giants are dominating the series. Washington is just 68-102-4 against New York. They hope to start chipping into that deficit in 2020 though.

1. Dallas Cowboys

Now we arrive at number one. And it could not be anyone other than the Dallas Cowboys. Like the Giants, the Cowboys have dominated the series. The Redskins are just 43-73-2 against the Cowboys so far.

However, Washington and Dallas hate each other. And it’s leaked over into the fans in a major way.

They’ve both had some incredible moments in this rivalry. And Redskins’ fans definitely love remembering that in “Monday Night Miracle” in September of 2005. Washington was down 13-0 late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Mark Brunell connected with wide receiver Santana Moss for two touchdowns that gave Washington a shocking 14-13 win.

In 2020, the two teams face off in one of their games on Thanksgiving. It’s a matchup that’s happened a few times, and one I personally believe should happen every year.

Seriously, why doesn’t Washington and Dallas face off on Thanksgiving every year? It just doesn’t make any sense.

The Redskins hope to start chipping away and making the rivalry a little more even in 2020. Even with the lopsided numbers though, it’s easy to consider this the best rivalry that Washington has.

In fact, it’s pretty clearly one of the best rivalries in all of football.