1965 Oakland Raiders season
The 1965 Oakland Raiders season was the team's sixth in both Oakland and the American Football League. The campaign saw the team attempt to improve upon the prior year's disappointing 5–7–2 record, and finished at 8–5–1. While the effort was a definite improvement, it was not enough to win the division and secure a postseason berth. This was the third and last season for Al Davis as head coach, as he became the AFL commissioner in April 1966; he was succeeded by offensive backs coach John Rauch in 1966.
|1965 Oakland Raiders season|
|Owner||F. Wayne Valley|
|Head coach||Al Davis|
|General manager||Al Davis|
|Home field||Frank Youell Field|
|Division place||2nd AFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
This was the first of sixteen consecutive winning seasons for the Raiders. It is also notable for the debut of Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, the first of several legendary Raiders drafted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an integral part of the team's 1967 and 1976 Super Bowl runs.
|2||0||Fred Biletnikoff||WR||Florida State|
|1||September 12||Kansas City Chiefs||W 37–10||1–0||Frank Youell Field||18,569||Recap|
|2||September 19||San Diego Chargers||L 6–17||1–1||Frank Youell Field||21,406||Recap|
|3||September 26||Houston Oilers||W 21–17||2–1||Frank Youell Field||18,116||Recap|
|4||October 3||at Buffalo Bills||L 12–17||2–2||War Memorial Stadium||41,246||Recap|
|5||October 8||at Boston Patriots||W 24–10||3–2||Fenway Park||24,824||Recap|
|6||October 16||at New York Jets||T 24–24||3–2–1||Shea Stadium||54,890||Recap|
|7||October 24||Boston Patriots||W 30–21||4–2–1||Frank Youell Field||20,585||Recap|
|8||October 31||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 7–14||4–3–1||Municipal Stadium||18,354||Recap|
|9||November 7||at Houston Oilers||W 33–21||5–3–1||Rice Stadium||35,729||Recap|
|10||November 14||Buffalo Bills||L 14–17||5–4–1||Frank Youell Field||19,352||Recap|
|11||November 21||at Denver Broncos||W 28–20||6–4–1||Bears Stadium||30,369||Recap|
|13||December 5||Denver Broncos||W 24–13||7–4–1||Frank Youell Field||19,023||Recap|
|14||December 12||New York Jets||W 24–14||8–4–1||Frank Youell Field||19,013||Recap|
|15||December 19||at San Diego Chargers||L 14–24||8–5–1||Balboa Stadium||26,056||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
- Friday night (October 8), Saturday night (October 16)
|AFL Western Division|
|San Diego Chargers||9||2||3||.818||4–1–1||340||227||W3|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||5||2||.583||4–1–1||322||285||W1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- "Football standings". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 20, 1965. p. 3C.
- "Appoint Davis as AFL czar". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 1, part 2.
- "Clinch second". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 13, 1965. p. 3B.
- "1965 AFL Draft at databaseFootball.com". Archived from the original on February 6, 2007.