1961 Oakland Raiders season
OwnerF. Wayne Valley
Head coachMarty Feldman
Home fieldCandlestick Park
Results
Record2–12
Division place4th AFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1961 Oakland Raiders season was the team's second in the American Football League.

The Raiders tried to improve on their 6–8 record from 1960. The team failed to do so and finished last in the AFL West with a 2–12 record.

The team was based out of Oakland, but they played their home games at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

The Raiders set an AFL record in 1961, posting a point differential of negative-221.[1] The Raiders surrendered 36 rushing touchdowns, a pro football record.

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 9 at Houston Oilers L 0–55 0–1 Jeppesen Stadium 16,231 Recap
2 September 17 at San Diego Chargers L 0–44 0–2 Balboa Stadium 20,216 Recap
3 September 24 Dallas Texans L 35–42 0–3 Candlestick Park 6,737 Recap
4 October 1 Denver Broncos W 33–19 1–3 Candlestick Park 8,361 Recap
5 Bye
6 October 15 at Denver Broncos L 24–27 1–4 Bears Stadium 11,129 Recap
7 October 22 San Diego Chargers L 10–41 1–5 Candlestick Park 12,014 Recap
8 October 29 New York Titans L 6–14 1–6 Candlestick Park 7,138 Recap
9 November 5 at Buffalo Bills W 31–22 2–6 War Memorial Stadium 17,027 Recap
10 November 11 at New York Titans L 12–23 2–7 Polo Grounds 16,811 Recap
11 November 17 at Boston Patriots L 17–20 2–8 Boston University Field 18,169 Recap
12 November 26 at Dallas Texans L 11–43 2–9 Cotton Bowl 14,500 Recap
13 December 3 Buffalo Bills L 21–26 2–10 Candlestick Park 6,500 Recap
14 December 9 Boston Patriots L 21–35 2–11 Candlestick Park 6,500 Recap
15 December 17 Houston Oilers L 16–47 2–12 Candlestick Park 4,821 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 12 2 0 .857 6–0 396 219 L1
Dallas Texans 6 8 0 .429 4–2 334 343 W2
Denver Broncos 3 11 0 .214 1–5 251 432 L7
Oakland Raiders 2 12 0 .143 1–5 237 458 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Players

1961 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Vacant

Unrestricted FAs

  • Vacant

Restricted FAs

  • Vacant

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • Vacant

Roster

References