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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.

1979 Oakland Raiders season
Head coachTom Flores
General managerAl Davis
OwnerAl Davis
Home fieldOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
The Raiders hosting the Miami Dolphins at the Coliseum in 1979

Contents

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

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]

RosterEdit

1979 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 {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 24:00 p.m.at RamsW 24–1759,000
September 9at ChargersL 10–3050,255
September 16at SeahawksL 10–2761,602
September 23at ChiefsL 7–3567,821
September 30BroncosW 27–352,632
October 8Dolphins
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
W 13–352,419
October 14Falcons
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
W 50–1952,900
October 21at JetsL 19–2855,802
October 25Chargers
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
W 45–2253,709
November 449ers
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
W 23–1052,764
November 11at OilersL 17–3148,614
November 18Chiefs
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
L 21–2453,596
November 254:00 p.m.at BroncosW 14–1074,186
December 39:00 p.m.at SaintsABCW 42–3565,541
December 9Browns
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
W 19–1452,641
December 16Seahawks
  • Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • Oakland, California
L 24–2953,177

Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
• Raiders 0 10140 24
Rams 7 1000 17

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Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 370 10
• Chargers 14 727 30

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 073 10
• Seahawks 7 3107 27
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Kingdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 007 7
• Chiefs 14 0714 35

Week 5Edit

1 234Total
Broncos 0 300 3
• Raiders 7 7013 27

[4]

Week 6Edit

1 234Total
Dolphins 0 030 3
• Raiders 0 0130 13

[5]

Week 7Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 0 0127 19
• Raiders 10 91021 50

[6]

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 1036 19
• Jets 7 0714 28

Week 9Edit

1 234Total
Chargers 0 6160 22
Raiders 14 10714 45

Week 10Edit

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

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Week 11Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 7 703 17
• Oilers 7 7143 31

Week 12Edit

1 234Total
• Chiefs 7 3140 24
Raiders 0 777 21
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Week 13Edit

1 234Total
• Raiders 0 770 14
Broncos 0 0010 10

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Week 14Edit

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

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 15Edit

1 234Total
Browns 0 077 14
• Raiders 7 606 19

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Week 16Edit

1 234Total
• Seahawks 10 793 29
Raiders 7 1007 24
  • Date: December 16
  • Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

StandingsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979 Oakland Raiders Statistics & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com".
  2. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2015-Dec-16.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-12.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-22.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-23.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-24.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-25.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-26.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-26.