Las Vegas Raiders

National Football League franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team. They are in the National Football League. They play in Paradise, Nevada, USA. Their stadium is Allegiant Stadium. They were created in 1960 as an American Football League team. They play in the Western Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The other teams in the Western Division are the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders have won three Super Bowls.

Las Vegas Raiders
Current season
Established January 30, 1960; 64 years ago (1960-01-30)[1]
First season: 1960
Play in Allegiant Stadium
Paradise, Nevada[2]
Headquartered in the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center
Henderson, Nevada[3]
Las Vegas Raiders logo
Las Vegas Raiders logo
Las Vegas Raiders wordmark
Las Vegas Raiders wordmark
LogoWordmark
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Western Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
Team colorsSilver, black[4][5]
   
Fight song"The Autumn Wind"
MascotRaider Rusher
Personnel
Owner(s)Mark & Carol Davis
(majority)[6][7]
PresidentSandra Douglass Morgan[8]
General managerVacant
Head coachVacant
Team history
Team nicknames
  • Silver and Black
  • Men in Black
  • Team of the Decades
  • The World's Team
  • Malosos ("Bad Boys"; Mexican fan base)[9]
Championships
League championships (3†)
Conference championships (4)
Division championships (15) † – Does not include the AFL or NFL Championships won during the same seasons as the AFL–NFL Super Bowl Championships prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger
Playoff appearances (23)
Home fields

Team history change

American Football League years (1960-1969) change

A few months after the AFL's first draft in 1959, owners of the Minneapolis new team (later known as the Minnesota Vikings) accepted the invitation to join the National Football League. Needing a replacement, the AFL tried to find one quickly.[10][11] Oakland was thought to be an unlikely city to have a professional American football team. The AFL owners picked Oakland after Los Angeles Chargers owner Barron Hilton threatened to drop his team unless a second team was placed on the West Coast.[12] The city of Oakland was awarded the eighth AFL team on January 30, 1960, and the team took over the Minneapolis club's draft picks. The new Oakland team was called the "Raiders", which is used as a synonym for a pirate. The team logo includes an illustration of a pirate.

In the early years, the Raiders struggled. When Al Davis came in as head coach and general manager, the Raiders got better. Davis hired John Rauch and went to the their first AFL Championship against the Houston Oilers and won it 40-7. After winning their first AFL championship they earned a shot at Super Bowl II and lost to Green Bay Packers 33-14. The next two years, the Raiders again won Western Division titles, only to lose the AFL Championship to the eventual Super Bowl winners—the New York Jets (1968) and Kansas City Chiefs (1969).

National Football League years (1970-present) change

After the 1969 season, the AFL decided to merge with the NFL. The Raiders join the American Football Conference as a Western Division member. John Madden was hired as head coach. Madden took the Raiders to their first Super Bowl win against Minnesota Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI. Later, Madden left for a commentary career. The Raiders hired Tom Flores, the first Hispanic head coach in NFL history.[13] Flores took the Raiders for their second Super Bowl win against Philadelphia Eagles 27 10 in Super Bowl XV. The Raiders became the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl.[14]

Los Angeles Raiders (1982-1995) change

Al Davis signed a note to make the Raiders move to Los Angeles. The Raiders won their third Super Bowl against the Washington Redskins.

Oakland Raiders (1995-2020) change

The Raiders moved back to Oakland. The Raiders have struggled since 2003 season after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccanears in Super Bowl XXXVII. They returned to the playoffs in 2016, but lost in the first round to the Houston Texans. They played their final year in Oakland in 2019 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020. They finished their first season in Las Vegas with 8 wins and 8 losses.

Season-by-season records change

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Oakland Raiders (AFL)
1960 6 8 0 3rd AFL West --
1961 2 12 0 4th AFL West --
1962 1 13 0 4th AFL West --
1963 10 4 0 2nd AFL West --
1964 5 7 2 3rd AFL West --
1965 8 5 1 2nd AFL West --
1966 8 5 1 2nd AFL West --
1967 13 1 0 1st AFL West Won AFL Championship (Oilers) 40-7
Lost Super Bowl II (Packers) 33-14
1968 12 2 0 1st AFL West Won Western Division playoff (Chiefs) 41-6
Lost AFL Championship (Jets) 27-23
1969 12 1 1 1st AFL West Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 56-7
Lost AFL Championship (Chiefs) 17-7
Merged into NFL
1970 8 4 2 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 21-14
Lost Conference Championship (B. Colts) 27-17
1971 8 4 2 2nd AFC West --
1972 10 3 1 1st AFC West Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 13-7
1973 9 4 1 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 33-14
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 27-10
1974 12 2 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 28-26
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers) 24-13
1975 11 3 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 31-28
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers) 16-10
1976 13 1 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 24-21
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) 24-7
Won Super Bowl XI (Vikings) 32-14
1977 11 3 0 2nd AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (B. Colts) 37-31
Lost Conference Championship (Broncos) 20-17
1978 9 7 0 4th AFC West --
1979 9 7 0 3rd AFC West --
1980 11 5 0 2nd AFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 27-7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 14-12
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 34-27
Won Super Bowl XV (Eagles) 27-10
1981 7 9 0 4th AFC West --
Los Angeles Raiders
1982 8 1 0 1st AFC Conf.+ Won First Round (Browns) 27-10
Lost Second Round (Jets) 17-14
1983 12 4 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 38-10
Won Conference Championship (Seahawks) 30-14
Won Super Bowl XVIII (Redskins) 38-9
1984 11 5 0 3rd AFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 13-7
1985 12 4 0 1st AFC West Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 27-20
1986 8 8 0 4th AFC West --
1987 5 10 0 4th AFC West --
1988 7 9 0 3rd AFC West --
1989 8 8 0 3rd AFC West --
1990 12 4 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 20-10
Lost Conference Championship (Bills) 51-3
1991 9 7 0 3rd AFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 10-6
1992 7 9 0 4th AFC West --
1993 10 6 0 2nd AFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 42-24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 29-23
1994 9 7 0 2nd AFC West --
Oakland Raiders
1995 8 8 0 4th AFC West --
1996 7 9 0 4th AFC West --
1997 4 12 0 4th AFC West --
1998 8 8 0 2nd AFC West --
1999 8 8 0 4th AFC West --
2000 12 4 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 27-0
Lost Conference Championship (Ravens) 16-3
2001 10 6 0 1st AFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 38-24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 16-13
2002 11 5 0 1st AFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 30-10
Won Conference Championship (Titans) 41-24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVII (Buccaneers) 48-21
2003 4 12 0 3rd AFC West --
2004 5 11 0 4th AFC West --
2005 4 12 0 4th AFC West --
2006 2 14 0 4th AFC West --
2007 4 10 0 4th AFC West --
Totals 422 326 11 (1960-2006, including AFL & NFL playoffs)

+ = Due to a strike-shortened season in 1982, all teams were ranked by conference instead of division.

Notes and References change

  1. "Timeline - Raiders Historical Highlights". Raiders.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  2. "Contact Us". Raiders.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  3. "Raiders Headquarters and Intermountain Health Performance Center". Raiders.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  4. "Quick Facts" (PDF). 2021 Las Vegas Raiders Media Guide (PDF). NFL Enterprises, LLC. July 24, 2021. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. "Las Vegas Raiders Team Capsule" (PDF). 2021 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book (PDF). NFL Enterprises, LLC. August 11, 2021. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  6. "Davis family will keep ownership of Raiders, executive says". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. October 8, 2011. Archived from the original on March 31, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  7. "Administration". Raiders.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  8. Bergman, Jeremy (July 7, 2022). "Raiders hire Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president; first Black female president in NFL history". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  9. "Raiders Are the Real Stars in Mexico". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. August 27, 2001. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  10. "Pro Football Hall of Fame - Oakland Raiders". Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
  11. Dickey, Just Win, Baby, p. 7.
  12. Dickey, Just Win, Baby, pp. 7–8.
  13. Newhouse, Dave. ""1980 Raiders were outcasts, champions"". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
  14. Phillips, B.J. (1981-02-09). "The Wild Cards Run Wild". Time. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-01-28.

Other websites change

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 and 1975
Super Bowl Champions
Oakland Raiders

1976
Succeeded by
Dallas Cowboys
1977
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
1978 and 1979
Super Bowl Champions
Oakland Raiders

1980
Succeeded by
San Francisco 49ers
1981
Preceded by
Washington Redskins
1982
Super Bowl Champions
Los Angeles Raiders

1983
Succeeded by
San Francisco 49ers
1984