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Oakland Raiders
Raiders helmet Raiders
Helmet Logo
Information
League NFL NFL
Conference AFC AFC
Division AFC West
Established 1960 (joined NFL in 1970)
Home field Oakland Alameda Coliseum
City Oakland, California
Uniforms
Raiders color uniform Raiders white uniforms
Color White
Championships
League
AFL 1
NFL 3
1967†
1976 • 1980 • 1983
Super Bowls
Lombardi Trophy logo gray 3
XI • XV • XVIII
Conference
Conference Championship logo2 4
1976 • 1980
1983 • 2002
Division
15
1967 • 1968 • 1969
1970 • 1972 • 1973
1974 • 1975 • 1976
1983 • 1985 • 1990
2000 • 2001 • 2002

The Oakland Raiders are a professional football team based in Oakland, California. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the AFC West division. Home games are played at Oakland Coliseum.

As a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960, they won one AFL championship in 1967 and appeared in Super Bowl II, losing to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 33-14. The team joined the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger. Since joining the NFL, the Raiders have won three Super Bowls (XI, XV, XVIII). The Raiders relocated to Los Angeles from 1982-1994, then moved back to Oakland in 1995. They will move to Las Vegas by 2020.

After the Raiders lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II, the Raiders avenged the loss by winning the first five regular season contests between the teams in head-to-head contests from 1972 through 1987. Since then, the Packers have won all six regular season games, taking the overall head-to-head series, 7-5.

Among additional memorable moments, the Lambeau Leap was first introduced when Reggie White picked up a loose fumble and lateralled the ball to LeRoy Butler, who ran for touchdown score and jumped into the stands in a 1993 meeting that spawned the "Lambeau Leap". In 2003, one day after his father's passing, Brett Favre played a career game against Oakland by passing for 399 yards and four touchdown passes.

NFL Team historyEdit

FoundingEdit

A few months after the first AFL draft in 1959, the owners of the yet-unnamed Minneapolis franchise accepted an offer to join the established National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team (now the Minnesota Vikings) in 1961, sending the AFL scrambling for a replacement. At the time, Oakland seemed an unlikely venue for a professional football team. The city had not asked for a team, there was no ownership group and there was no stadium in Oakland suitable for pro football and there was already a successful NFL franchise in the Bay Area in the San Francisco 49ers. However, the AFL owners selected Oakland after Los Angeles Chargers owner Barron Hilton threatened to forfeit his franchise unless a second team was placed on the West Coast. Accordingly, the city of Oakland was awarded the eighth AFL franchise on January 30, 1960, and the team inherited the Minneapolis club's draft picks.

Upon receiving the franchise, Oakland civic leaders found a number of businesspeople willing to invest in the new team. A "name the team" contest was held by the Oakland Tribune, and the winner was the Oakland Señors. After a few weeks of being the butt of local jokes (and accusations that the contest was fixed, as managing general partner Chet Soda was fairly well-known within the Oakland business community for calling his acquaintances "señor", the franchise (and its owners) changed the team's name nine days later to the Oakland Raiders, which had finished third in the naming contest. The now-familiar team emblem of a pirate (or "raider") wearing a football helmet was created, reportedly a rendition of actor Randolph Scott.

MembershipEdit

League affiliations
AFL American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Western Division (1960–1969)
NFL National Football League (1970-present)

AchievementsEdit

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1974 Stabler1 Ken Stabler 1974 Stabler1 Ken Stabler 1980 LHayes1 Lester Hayes 1976 Biletnikoff2 Fred Biletnikoff
1985 MAllen1 Marcus Allen 1985 MAllen1 Marcus Allen 2016 Raiders52 Khalil Mack 1980 Plunkett2 Jim Plunkett
2002 Stabler1 Rich Gannon 1983 MAllen1 Marcus Allen

Packers RivalryEdit

Raiders
Packers
Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers
Packers lead series 7–5
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1967 Super Bowl II Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 33–14 Miami Orange Bowl 1–0 Football icon
1972 Sep. 24 Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders L 14–20 Lambeau Field 1–1 Football icon
1976 Oct. 24 Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders L 14–18 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 1–2 Football icon
1978 Sep. 17 Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders L 3–28 Lambeau Field 1–3 Football icon
The Oakland Raiders moved before the 1982 season, renamed the Los Angeles Raiders.
1984 Sep. 9 Raiders helmet Los Angeles Raiders L 7–28 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 1–4 Football icon
1987 Sep. 13 Raiders helmet Los Angeles Raiders L 0–20 Lambeau Field 1–5 Football icon
1990 Nov. 11 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 29–16 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 2–5 Football icon
1993 Dec. 26 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 28–0 Lambeau Field 3–5 Football icon
The Los Angeles Raiders moved back to Oakland before the 1995 season, renamed the Oakland Raiders.
1999 Sep. 12 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 28–24 Lambeau Field 4–5 Football icon
2003 Dec. 22 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 41–7 Network Associates Coliseum 5–5 Football icon
2007 Dec. 9 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 38–7 Lambeau Field 6–5 Football icon
2011 Dec. 11 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 46–16 Lambeau Field 7–5 Football icon

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