Oakland Raiders Tickets
The Oakland Raiders are a professional football franchise which is a member of the National Football League (NFL). Based in Oakland, California, the Raiders compete in the NFL American Football Conference (AFC) West division. They were established in 1960 and now play their home games at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders are also popularly called Raider Nation and The Silver and Black. The latter is probably because of the fact that they wear silver, black and white color jersey. The Raiders have won three Super Bowls and numerous division and conference championships. The team is owned by Mark Davis and Jack Del Rio is their head coach.
During the 2016 season, the team played exceptionally well, making the playoffs for the first time since 2002. If you are looking for next seasons Oakland Raiders tickets, they are available here.
The Oakland Raiders started off as a member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. They would join the NFL a decade later with the AFL-NFL merger. They played dismal football for the first three seasons. Their 1962 season was the worst in which they lost 13 games and won only one. This led to the firing of Raiders first two head coaches. However, the team rebounded in 1963 and ended their regular season with a 10-4 record. The next three seasons were mediocre as they did not make the playoffs. However, things started to change for the Raiders after 1966.
There were two main reasons for the Raiders changing fortunes. First, Al Davis was hired as the team’s head coach. Davis, who was 33 at the time of his appointment as the head coach, was the youngest person to hold such title in professional football history. Under Davis, the Raiders turned into an aggressive offensive unit. However, Davis was appointed AFL’s Commissioner and as a result his assistant coach John Rauch was appointed the new head coach. This was the second main reason behind Raiders being a different team.
The Oakland Raiders – The Western Division Champions
From 1967 to 1970 and then from 1972 to 1976, the Raiders consistently won their division and as a result made the playoffs.
1967 was a special year for the team. This was the first time they had made the playoffs after finishing their regular season with a 13-1 record. In the playoffs, they defeated the Oilers 40-7 to win the AFL Championship game. This was their first and last AFL Championship win. After beating the Oilers, the Raiders advanced into their first Super Bowl, where they lost to Packers 14-33.
In 1968, the Raiders repeated their previous season’s record and won the divisional title. Once in the playoffs, they defeated the Chiefs in the Western Division playoff game. The Raiders then advanced into the AFL Championship game, where they lost to the Jets 23-27. This was also their last season with John Rauch.
The Raiders played their next 10 seasons under the legendary John Madden, their new head coach. The 1969 season was the first Raiders season with Madden. They finished their regular season with a 12-1-1 record and once again clinched the divisional title. Once in the playoffs, the Raiders were once again up against their old rivals, Oilers and Chiefs. They defeated the Oilers, but lost to the Chiefs in the AFL Championship game.
The franchise’s 1970 regular season record was interesting. They won 8, lost 4 and tied 2 games and yet clinched their divisional title. Once in the playoffs, the Raiders lost in the Conference Championship game. The next season is mentionable only because this was the only season when the Raiders didn’t make the playoffs under Madden. However, they were on top of their game in 1972.
From 1972 to 1975, the Raiders consistently made the playoffs, but it’s their 1976 season which deserves a special mention. The Oakland Raiders were firing all cylinders during 1976 and ended their regular season with a 13-1 record. Once in the playoffs, they defeated the Patriots and the Steelers to advance into Super Bowl XI.
Super Bowl Champions
Super Bowl XI was played in Pasadena, California, on January 9, 1977. The Raiders were up against the NFC champions, the Minnesota Vikings, who were hammered by the Raiders 32-14. This was the Raiders second Super Bowl appearance and the first Super Bowl win.
The Raiders would once again make the Super Bowl in 1981. Their 1980 regular season ended at 11-5, which was good enough for the Raiders to make the playoffs. Once in the playoffs, they again faced their arch rivals the Oilers, whom the Raiders defeated and advanced into the Divisional playoffs. They played against the Browns and won 14-12. Next they met the Chargers for the Conference Championship game. The Raiders won this game too and advanced into Super Bowl XV. Super Bowl XV was played between the Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles – the Raiders won the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The 1983 season would take the Raiders into another Super Bowl. Super Bowl XVIII was played on January 22, 1984, in Tampa, Florida. The Raiders were facing the Redskins, who were trounced when the Raiders won the game 38-9. This is despite the fact that the Redskins were the defending Super Bowl champions.
Post Championship Raiders
The Oakland Raiders since their last Super Bowl win has made appearances in many playoffs, including one Super Bowl appearance in 2003, but they have always failed to convert their post season victories into Super Bowl wins. They have recently come out of a long and rough patch where they did not make the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons. However, they couldn’t be better in their 2016 season, which ended with Raiders making a playoff appearance as a wild card team. With players such as Khalil Mack, Reggie Nelson, and Derek Carr, their coming seasons promise great games for their fans. If you are looking for the Oakland Raiders tickets, you can now get them here.