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The 2018 season was the Oakland Raiders' 49th in the National Football League, their 59th overall, their 24th since their return to Oakland, and their first under head coach Jon Gruden since his rehiring by the organization (fifth overall). The Raiders finished the season with a 4–12 record, failing to improve upon their previous season's record of 6–10, and their worst since 2014.

2018 Oakland Raiders season
Head coachJon Gruden
General managerReggie McKenzie (until Week 14)
Shaun Herock (Week 15-17)
OwnerMark Davis
Home fieldOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record4–12
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersTE Jared Cook
Uniform
Raiders uniform update 1-03-2017.png

With a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, the Raiders were the first AFC team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention and were eliminated from playoff contention for the second consecutive season. With their week 15 loss to the Bengals, the Raiders failed to improve their record from the previous season. The loss also secured their spot at last in the AFC West.[1]

On December 10, the Raiders fired general manager Reggie McKenzie who had been with the Raiders since 2012.[2][3]

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Stadium issuesEdit

Although the league approved the Raiders' eventual relocation to Las Vegas on March 27, 2017, the team maintained its lease at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and used the stadium for at least the 2018 season, after which the lease expired.[4] The Raiders' Las Vegas Stadium is not expected to be completed until 2020. In April 2017, the operators of the Coliseum stated they would be unwilling to sign an extension;[5] by September of that year, the Coliseum operators expressed willingness to negotiate, but insisted on concessions to compensate for the million-dollar deficit the Coliseum runs by hosting Raiders games.[6] The Raiders are believed to have substantial cash flow problems that could prevent them from making the necessary concessions.[7] Owner Mark Davis has stated he would prefer to stay in Oakland for the 2019 season but is considering other options, including Las Vegas's Sam Boyd Stadium, Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium,[6] Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada;[8] the San Francisco 49ers's Levi's Stadium and even the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, a venue thought to have been ruled out in 2014.[6] Davis acknowledged that if fans failed to support the team similarly to the 1996 Houston Oilers, it could hasten the relocation.[6] Team management also indicated they would relocate after 2018 if there were any lawsuits filed against the team; the city of Oakland sued the Raiders and all other teams in the league on December 11, 2018, triggering a likely relocation after the 2018 season ends.[9]

OffseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

On January 6, 2018, the Raiders hired their former head coach, Jon Gruden, who returned to the Raiders and coaching from ESPN's Monday Night Football.[10] Gruden received a 10-year, $100-million contract to return to the Raiders.[11] Gruden last coached in the NFL in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last coached the Raiders in 2001.[12] At the press conference announcing the hiring of Gruden on January 9, Gruden announced that Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson had been hired as offensive coordinator, though Gruden would call plays, while former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was hired as the new defensive coordinator.[13] Gruden also announced that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was hired to serve as special teams coordinator.[14] On January 29, the Raiders named Brian Callahan, son of their former head coach Bill Callahan, as the new quarterbacks coach.[15]

Khalil Mack holdout and trade to ChicagoEdit

On September 1, 2018, the Raiders traded defensive star Khalil Mack along with their 2020 2nd round pick to the Chicago Bears for two first round picks, a 2019 6th round pick and a 2020 3rd round pick. after he had held out of training camp.[16]

Free agent signingsEdit

Position Player Age 2017 Team Contract
WR Jordy Nelson[17] 32 Green Bay Packers 2 years, $15 million
RB Doug Martin[18] 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 year, $1.475 million
TE Derek Carrier[19] 27 Los Angeles Rams 3 years, $5.55 million[20]
FB Keith Smith 25 Dallas Cowboys 2 years, $3 million[21]
S Marcus Gilchrist 29 Houston Texans 1 year, $4 million[22]
LB Tahir Whitehead[23] 27 Detroit Lions 3 years, $19 million[24]
DT Justin Ellis 27 Oakland Raiders 3 years, $6 million
TE Lee Smith[19] 30 Oakland Raiders 3 years, $9 million[25]
LS Andrew DePaola 30 Chicago Bears 4 years, $4.27 million[26]
QB Josh Johnson[27] 31 Houston Texans 1 year, $1.005 million[28]
CB Shareece Wright 30 Buffalo Bills 1 year, $1.005 million[29]
S Reggie Nelson[30] 34 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $2.5 million[31]
WR Dwayne Harris[32] 30 New York Giants 1 year, $880,000[33]
DE Armonty Bryant[34] 27 Detroit Lions released[35]
CB Senquez Golson 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 year, $555,000[36]
LB Shilique Calhoun[37] 26 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $555,000[38]
LB/DE James Cowser[37] 27 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $630,000[39]
S Erik Harris[37] 28 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $555,000[40]
G/T Denver Kirkland[37] 24 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $630,000[41]
K Giorgio Tavecchio[37] 27 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $555,000[42]
CB Daryl Worley[43] 23 Carolina Panthers (traded to Philadelphia before being released) 1 year, $630,000[44]
LB Derrick Johnson[45] 35 Kansas City Chiefs 1 year, $3 million[46]
S Dallin Leavitt[47]
LS Drew Scott[47]
G Cameron Hunt[47]
DT Ahtyba Rubin[48] 31 Atlanta Falcons
DT Frostee Rucker[48] 34 Arizona Cardinals
FB Ryan Yurachek

LossesEdit

Position Player Age 2018 Team
WR Michael Crabtree[17] 30 Baltimore Ravens[49]
OL Marshall Newhouse[50] 29 Buffalo Bills[51]
CB Sean Smith[50] 30
CB T. J. Carrie 27 Cleveland Browns
DE Denico Autry 27 Indianapolis Colts
LB Aldon Smith[52] 28
CB David Amerson[53] 26 Kansas City Chiefs[54]
K Sebastian Janikowski[55] 39 Seattle Seahawks[56]
P Marquette King[57] 29 Denver Broncos[58]
TE Clive Walford[59] 26 New York Jets[59]
LS Andrew East 26
DT Darius Latham[60] 23
DE Armonty Bryant[35] 27
LB Cory James[35] 24
QB Josh Johnson[47] 31
P Colby Wadman[47]
C Alex Officer[47]
QB Christian Hackenberg[61]
LB Brady Sheldon
FB Henry Poggi

TradesEdit

Player/picks received Player/compensation sent Team
5th round pick (2018 draft) (originally owned by KC) WR Cordarrelle Patterson
6th round pick (2018 draft)[62]
New England Patriots
5th round pick (2018 draft) FB Jamize Olawale
6th round pick (2018 draft)[63]
Dallas Cowboys
WR Martavis Bryant 3rd round pick (2018 draft)[64] Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Ryan Switzer DE Jihad Ward[65] Dallas Cowboys
QB Christian Hackenberg conditional 7th round pick (2019 draft)[66] New York Jets
1st round pick (2019 draft) (Josh Jacobs)

1st round pick (2020 draft)

3rd round pick (2020 draft)

6th round pick (2019 draft)

DE/OLB Khalil Mack

2nd round pick (2020 draft) conditional 5th round pick (2020 draft)

Chicago Bears
1st round pick (2019 draft) (Johnathan Abram) WR Amari Cooper Dallas Cowboys

DraftEdit

2018 Oakland Raiders Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 15 Kolton Miller OT UCLA From Arizona
2 57 P. J. Hall DT Sam Houston State From Tennessee
3 65 Brandon Parker OT NC A&T From Baltimore
87 Arden Key DE LSU From LA Rams
4 110 Nick Nelson CB Wisconsin
5 140 Maurice Hurst DT Michigan From Indianapolis
173 Johnny Townsend P Florida From Dallas
6 216 Azeem Victor LB Washington Compensatory pick
7 228 Marcell Ateman WR Oklahoma St.

NotesEdit

  • The Raiders finished with the same overall record and strength of schedule as the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2017 season, and their selecting order was determined by way of a coin flip at the NFL Scouting Combine in March 2018; the Raiders lost the coin toss and received the 10th selection. Both teams rotated with the Miami Dolphins, receiving the 9th, 10th and 11th pick in each round.

Draft tradesEdit

  • The Raiders traded their fifth-round selection (146th overall) to Seattle in exchange for Seattle's sixth-round selection (192nd overall) and running back Marshawn Lynch.
  • The Raiders traded a sixth-round selection (210th overall) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to New England in exchange for Kansas City's fifth-round selection (159th overall).
  • The Raiders traded a sixth-round selection (192nd overall) and fullback Jamize Olawale to Dallas in exchange for Dallas's fifth-round selection (173rd overall).
  • The Raiders were awarded four sixth-round compensatory picks (210th, 212th, 216th and 217th overall).

Undrafted free agent signingsEdit

Source[67]

StaffEdit

2018 Oakland Raiders staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 Oakland Raiders final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 20 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

The Raiders' preseason opponents and schedule were released on April 11.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 Detroit Lions W 16–10 1–0 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
2 August 18 at Los Angeles Rams L 15–19 1–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3 August 24 Green Bay Packers W 13–6 2–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
4 August 30 at Seattle Seahawks W 30–19 3–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Schedule and resultsEdit

On January 11, the NFL announced that the Raiders will play host to the Seattle Seahawks in a London Game in London, England. The game site, originally slated for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was later moved to Wembley Stadium. This marked the fourth time in five seasons in which the Raiders played a game outside the United States, as well as their second visit to London (the other being 2014).[68]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 Los Angeles Rams L 13–33 0–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
2 September 16 at Denver Broncos L 19–20 0–2 Broncos Stadium at Mile High Recap
3 September 23 at Miami Dolphins L 20–28 0–3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
4 September 30 Cleveland Browns W 45–42 (OT) 1–3 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
5 October 7 at Los Angeles Chargers L 10–26 1–4 StubHub Center Recap
6 October 14 Seattle Seahawks L 3–27 1–5   Wembley Stadium (London) Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 Indianapolis Colts L 28–42 1–6 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
9 November 1 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–34 1–7 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 11 Los Angeles Chargers L 6–20 1–8 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
11 November 18 at Arizona Cardinals W 23–21 2–8 State Farm Stadium Recap
12 November 25 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–34 2–9 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Kansas City Chiefs L 33–40 2–10 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
14 December 9 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21 3–10 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
15 December 16 at Cincinnati Bengals L 16–30 3–11 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Denver Broncos W 27–14 4–11 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
17 December 30 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–35 4–12 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week One: Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 3 101333
Raiders 7 6 0013

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 2: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Two: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 9 7019
Broncos 0 0 101020

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 3: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Three: Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 3 7320
Dolphins 0 7 71428

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 90 °F (32 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,667
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 4: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Four: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Browns 3 14 1114042
Raiders 7 7 721345

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 5: at Los Angeles ChargersEdit

Week Five: Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 0710
Chargers 3 14 3626

at Stubhub Center, Carson, California

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 25,362
  • Referee: Alex Kemp
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

NFL London Games

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 3727
Raiders 0 0 033

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 8: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Eight: Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 10 3 82142
Raiders 0 14 14028

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

This game was the first game for the Raiders without wide receiver Amari Cooper, as the Dallas Cowboys traded their 2019 1st round draft pick in exchange for Cooper the week before the game.

Week 9: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Nine: Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 0 003
49ers 7 10 14334

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

Week 10: vs. Los Angeles ChargersEdit

Week Ten: Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 10 7320
Raiders 3 0 036

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 11: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Eleven: Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 7 6323
Cardinals 14 0 0721

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

Week 12: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Twelve: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 3 7017
Ravens 3 10 71434

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,035
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and Amanda Balionis
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Thirteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 10 9 14740
Raiders 0 7 91733

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Fourteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 14 0721
Raiders 7 3 01424

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 15: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Fifteen: Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 7 6316
Bengals 7 13 01030

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), overcast
  • Game attendance: 44,568
  • Referee: Alex Kemp
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon and James Lofton
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Sixteen: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 7714
Raiders 7 10 01027

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 17: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 003
Chiefs 14 7 7735

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 77,550
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 565 421 W1
(5) Los Angeles Chargers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 428 329 W1
Denver Broncos 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 329 349 L4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 290 467 L1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

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