The last time the Raiders enjoyed a winning season, the Silver and Black went all the way to the Super Bowl. That was in 2002, when the Raiders wore the AFC West crown thanks to an 11-5 regular-season mark and then marched through the playoffs to Super Bowl XXXVII, where the were crushed 48-21 by the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. It was a sign of things to come. Thirteen successive NFL seasons have passed since the Raider were AFC Champions and none of those 13 seasons have seen the team win more games than they’ve lost.
Back-to-back 8-8 campaigns in 2010 and 2011 marked the only recent occasions when the Raiders were able to keep their heads at sea level. The Raiders have averaged 4.8 wins per season since 2003.
As bad as it’s been for the Oakland Raiders over the past decade, there were indications during the 2015 NFL season that things are beginning to trend upward for the Silver and Black.
A team that prided itself on playing explosive football and moving the ball vertically during their glory years, that type of threatening passing attack looks to have returned to this part of the Bay Area.
Quarterback Darren Carr was 13 yards shy of 4,000 passing yards and both he and receiver Amari Cooper headed to the Pro Bowl. Oakland’s offensive line is among the best in the NFL. This is a team that should be a persistent threat through the air in 2016.
The Oakland Raiders were the first team in the Super Bowl era to win championships in three successive decades. In 1967 the Raiders captured the AFL title with a 40-7 rout of the Houston Oilers.
Although they lost Super Bowl II by a 33-14 count to the Green Bay Packers, it would be the start of four straight apperances in either the AFL or AFC Championship Game for the Raiders. In 1976, Oakland won Super Bowl XI via a 32-14 verdict over the Minnesota Vikings.
In 1980, the Raiders made the NFL playoffs as a wildcard and went all the way to Super Bowl XV, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10. Three years later, this time as the Los Angeles Raiders, they won Super Bowl XVIII 38-9 over the Washington Redskins.
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Oakland Raiders Game Schedule
Here is where you will find the Oakland Raiders complete game schedule and they will be required to channel their inner Mad Max, opening and closing the campaign as road warriors.
Three of Oakland’s first four games are away from home, including trips to New Orleans to face the Saints and Baltimore to meet up with the always-tough Ravens.
If the Raiders are in the hunt for the AFC West title, their fate will be in their own hands at season’s end, though it will be a tough test of their mettle, with road games against division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos surrounding a home date against the Indianapolis Colts.
Oakland Raiders Standings Today
This is the location for all of the up-to-the-minute information on where the Oakland Raiders are located in the current AFC West Division standings.
Since taking the AFC West crown with an 11-5 record in 2002, the Raiders haven’t finished higher than third in the division standings. That’s included seven fourth-place finishes and six fourth-place finishes.
Other than a three-year run of AFC West titles from 2000-2002, it’s been a real dry spell for the Raiders, who missed the NFL playoffs 19 times between 1994 and 2015.
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The 7-9 mark of the Oakland Raiders in 2015 under first-year coach Jack Del Rio has apperently impressed upon the betting public that the Raiders are a team on the rise in the NFL, words that haven’t been spoken about this team in quite a long period of time.
A poll of 25 different sportsbooks listed the Raiders’ odds of qualifiying for postseason play, something that they haven’t done since 2002, as 6-4.
The Raiders are listed as an 8-15 bet to miss the playoffs. The over/under on wins for the Raiders, who haven’t won more than eight games since 2002, was established at 8.5.
While, betting on the Oakland Raiders to continue to be an improved team during the 2016 NFL season looks to be a popular choice, wagering on where the Raiders will call home in the future, where that’s the near or far future, isn’t as easy a bet to make.
Still awaiting a new stadium to be constructed in Oakland, the Raiders, who share O.co Coliseum with the Oakland Athletics, the only NFL-MLB stadium sharing arrangement remaining in either league, left Oakland for Los Angeles in 1982 and then returned to the Bay Area in 1995.
They are currently linked to a number of potential new homes, including a possible return to Los Angeles. Las Vegas and Carson, Calif., all of which are options on the table as is a stadium-sharing set-up in Santa Clara, Calif. with the San Francisco 49ers.