1981 Oakland Raiders Season
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1981 Oakland Raiders Season

1981 Oakland Raiders season
OwnerAl Davis
Head coachTom Flores
General managerAl Davis
Home fieldOakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record7-9
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1981 season was the Oakland Raiders' 22nd since they were founded, their 12th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Tom Flores. The team failed to improve on their 11-5 record from 1980, and the Raiders went 7-9 and became the fourth team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champions and miss the playoffs. The 1981 Raiders set an NFL record by being shut out three consecutive times. The passing game fell off badly being 26th and throwing 28 interceptions. After the defense led the NFL in interceptions and takeaways in 1980, they were dead last in 1981 and were - 16 in turnover differential. It was also their last season in Oakland until 1995 and their losing record snapped a streak of 16 consecutive winning seasons.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1981 Raiders Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
1 21 Ted Watts CB Texas Tech
1 23 Curt Marsh OT Washington
2 48 Howie Long DE Villanova
4 111 Johnny Robinson DT Louisiana Tech
5 118 James Davis CB Southern
9 248 Curt Mohl OT UCLA
10 276 Frank Hawkins HB Nevada
11 304 Chester Willis HB Auburn
12 332 Phil Nelson TE Delaware

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Raiders 7 000 7
• Broncos 6 300 9
  • Date: September 6
  • Location: Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 74,796
  • Game weather: 67°F; wind 9
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Len Dawson

[2]

Week 2

1 234Total
• Raiders 3 13713 36
Vikings 0 730 10

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Week 3

1 234Total
Seahawks 0 370 10
• Raiders 7 607 20

[4]

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(3) 10 6 0 .625 6-2 8-4 478 390 W2
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 5-3 7-5 321 289 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 5-3 7-5 343 290 W1
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 2-6 5-7 273 343 L2
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 2-6 6-8 322 388 W1

References

  1. ^ "1981 NFL Draft at databaseFootball.com". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Feb-10.

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