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The 1978 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 19th season. During a pre-season game, Jack Tatum paralyzed New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley from the chest down while making a hit.

1978 Oakland Raiders season
Head coachJohn Madden
General managerAl Davis
OwnerAl Davis
Home fieldOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

1978 would prove to be an up and down year for the silver and black. The Raiders were plagued by one of quarterback Kenny Stabler's worst seasons, tossing 16 TD's, while throwing 30 interceptions. The running game also fell off from seasons past. Even the great wide receiver Cliff Branch, only caught one touchdown. The season started off with a 14 to 6 loss in Denver. The Raiders would rally to a 5 – 3 start, then climbed to 8 – 4. After a last minute loss to the Seattle Seahawks 17 – 16, a team beat the Raiders twice in the same season for the first time since 1965. Then the Broncos completed their sweep of the Raiders with a 21 – 6 victory in Oakland, followed by a 23 – 6 defeat in Miami. A meaningless 27 – 20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings kept the Raiders consecutive seasons with a winning record streak alive. This was head coach John Madden's last season as head coach of the team. He was replaced by new coach Tom Flores.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

RosterEdit

1978 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Denver Broncos L 14–6
75,092
2 September 10, 1978 at San Diego Chargers W 21–20
51,653
3 September 17, 1978 at Green Bay Packers W 28–3
55,903
4 September 24, 1978 New England Patriots L 21–14
52,904
5 October 1, 1978 at Chicago Bears W 25–19
52,848
6 October 8, 1978 Houston Oilers W 21–17
52,550
7 October 15, 1978 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–6
50,759
8 October 22, 1978 at Seattle Seahawks L 27–7
62,529
9 October 29, 1978 San Diego Chargers L 27–23
52,612
10 November 5, 1978 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–10
75,418
11 November 13, 1978 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–21
51,374
12 November 19, 1978 Detroit Lions W 29–17
44,517
13 November 26, 1978 Seattle Seahawks L 17–16
52,978
14 December 3, 1978 Denver Broncos L 21–6
53,932
15 December 10, 1978 at Miami Dolphins L 23–6
73,003
16 December 17, 1978 Minnesota Vikings W 27–20
44,643

Game summariesEdit

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
• Raiders 0 7014 21
Chargers 0 1307 20

[1]

The Holy RollerEdit

During this game, one of the most famous plays known as the Holy Roller occurred. Kenny Stabler fumbled the ball and Pete Banaszak moved it forward allowing Dave Casper to finish the job for a touchdown. It is one of the most controversial plays in the history of the NFL.

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 14014 28
Packers 0 300 3

[2]

StandingsEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 282 198 L1
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 311 283 W1
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 345 358 W1
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 355 309 W3
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 1–7 4–10 243 327 L2

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit