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Recalling Mark Rypien’s Amazing 48-Point Fantasy Performance

Here with a guest post is drewtabaga, who won our Redskins-Jets Predictions contest a while back.

This past August ESPN ran a story claiming that Michael Vick’s 2010 MNF destruction of the Redskins was the greatest fantasy performance by a quarterback since 1950, besting even George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle’s seven-touchdown games from the 1960s. (Blanda and Tittle each would’ve earned 48 fantasy points by standard ESPN and Yahoo! scoring; Vick had 49.) That story had one glaring omission.

On 11/10/1991, about 19 years prior to the 11/15/2010 Monday Night Massacre, Mark Rypien put up a stat line that looked like this: 16/31, 442 yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions, four yards rushing and one rushing touchdown. So, if we bust out the calculator (25 passing yards = one point, one passing touchdown = four points, 10 rushing yards = one point, one rushing TD = six points), Ryp won some manually scoring fantasy nerd 48.08 points that day.

Rypien’s day is more impressive when you consider his opponent. Jerry Glanville’s Atlanta Falcons featured Deion Sanders in the secondary, and this was their lone loss in a 6-1 stretch in the middle of a good ’91 season. The Hogs gave Rypien time, and Rypien wrecked the Falcons’ shit until the final gun sounded and the score was 56-17. It’s scary to think about what would have happened if he had completed more than 52 percent of his passes. He averaged over 27 yards per completion.

Let’s not forget the other fantasy studs from that day. Gary Clark caught four passes for 203 yards and three TD; his only non-scoring catch went for 41 yards. Monk had seven receptions, 164 yards, two touchdowns. You would have also been happy with the Skins D, which got six sacks and six turnovers, including a pick-six on Brett Favre’s first career pass attempt for Washington’s one Rypien-less touchdown.

Gibbs called 36 running plays yet demolished the opponent through the air. It was such a crushing performance that when the Skins beat Glanville’s ass again in the playoffs (the seat cushion game), the douchebag ran off the field without shaking Joe’s hand. Glanville was out of the NFL two losing seasons later. He’s now coaching the Hartford Colonials.

Bonus: Highlights of that game, courtesy of YouTube user Topgunna99:

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Shekb

    December 27, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    I’m gonna niggle, since Deion was out of that game with an injury. Otherwise awesome job.

  2. Puttz

    December 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    I was at that game. It was my first Skins game. I was 14 and got to sit with my grandfather in his awesome seats. Oh yeah, how could I forget, it was the game my Aunt got tipped over while in a Port-A-John!

  3. Jamie Mottram

    December 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    That port-a-potty story is the worst thing I’ve ever heard.

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