1979 Oakland Raiders season

1979 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Tom Flores
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1979 Oakland Raiders season was their 10th in the league, and 20th overall. They matched their previous season's output of 9–7.[1] Oakland started off 1–3, rallied to 6–4, then fell to 6–6 after an upset loss to the Kansas City chiefs. Oakland then went on a three-game winning streak that featured a 14–10 defensive struggle in Denver, a comeback win in New Orleans after trailing 35–14 in the 3rd quarter, and a 19–14 win over the Cleveland Browns. In the season finale the Raiders stood at 9–6 in need of a win at home against the Seattle Seahawks to have a shot at a wildcard playoff spot. However, it was not to be, and Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn's 314 yards and 2 TD passes eliminated the Raiders, 29–24.

Offseason

Draft

1979 Oakland Raiders draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 42 Willie Jones  DE Florida State
6 142 Ira Matthews  RB Wisconsin
6 156 Henry Williams  DB San Diego State
7 175 Jack Matia  DT Drake
8 209 Robert Hawkins  RB Kentucky
9 238 Jim Rourke  OT Boston College
10 259 Ricky Smith  DB Tulane
11 294 Bruce Davis  OT UCLA
12 316 Dirk Abernathy  DB Bowling Green
12 320 Reggie Kinlaw  DT Oklahoma
      Made roster       Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

Roster

1979 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Schedule

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 4:00 p.m. at Rams Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles W 24–17   59,000
September 9 at Chargers San Diego StadiumSan Diego L 10–30   50,255
September 16 at Seahawks KingdomeSeattle, WA L 10–27   61,602
September 23 at Chiefs Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, Missouri L 7–35   67,821
September 30 Broncos Oakland–Alameda County ColiseumOakland, California W 27–3   52,632
October 8 Dolphins Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California W 13–3   52,419
October 14 Falcons Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California W 50–19   52,900
October 21 at Jets Shea StadiumQueens, New York L 19–28   55,802
October 25 Chargers Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California W 45–22   53,709
November 4 49ers Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California W 23–10   52,764
November 11 at Oilers AstrodomeHouston L 17–31   48,614
November 18 Chiefs Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California L 21–24   53,596
November 25 4:00 p.m. at Broncos Mile High StadiumDenver, Colorado W 14–10   74,186
December 3 9:00 p.m. at Saints Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans ABC W 42–35   65,541
December 9 Browns Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California W 19–14   52,641
December 16 Seahawks Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum • Oakland, California L 24–29   53,177
All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
Raiders 0 10140 24
Rams 7 1000 17

[3]

Week 5

1 234Total
Broncos 0 300 3
Raiders 7 7013 27

[4]

Week 6

1 234Total
Dolphins 0 030 3
Raiders 0 0130 13

[5]

Week 7

1 234Total
Falcons 0 0127 19
Raiders 10 91021 50

[6]

Week 9

1 234Total
Chargers 0 6160 22
Raiders 14 10714 45

Week 10

1 234Total
49ers 0 1000 10
Raiders 9 770 23

[7]

Week 13

1 234Total
Raiders 0 770 14
Broncos 0 0010 10

[8]

Week 14

1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 7 72142
Saints 0 28 7035

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 15

1 234Total
Browns 0 077 14
Raiders 7 606 19

[9]

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 411 246 W2
Denver Broncos(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–4 7–5 289 262 L2
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 3–5 6–6 378 372 W2
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 365 337 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 4–4 7–7 238 262 L1

References

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