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

The 1978 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 19th season, and ninth as an NFL member.

1978 would prove to be an up and down year for the silver and black. During a pre-season game, Jack Tatum paralyzed New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley from the chest down while making a hit. Overall, 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 14–6 loss in Denver. The Raiders would rally to a 5–3 start, then climbed to 8–4. As a result of a last-minute defeat to the Seattle Seahawks 17–16, the Raiders lost twice to a single team in the same season for the first time since 1965. The following week, the Broncos completed their sweep of the Raiders with a 21–6 victory in Oakland, which was followed by a 23–6 defeat in Miami which eliminated Oakland from the playoffs for the first time since 1971. 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 tenth and final season as head coach of the team. He was replaced by his wide receivers coach, Tom Flores.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1978 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

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 season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 3 at Denver Broncos L 6–14 0–1 Mile High Stadium 75,092
2 September 10 at San Diego Chargers W 21–20 1–1 San Diego Stadium 51,653
3 September 17 at Green Bay Packers W 28–3 2–1 Lambeau Field 55,903
4 September 24 New England Patriots L 14–21 2–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 52,904
5 October 1 at Chicago Bears W 25–19 3–2 Soldier Field 52,848
6 October 8 Houston Oilers W 21–17 4–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 52,550
7 October 15 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–6 5–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 50,759
8 October 22 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–27 5–3 Kingdome 62,529
9 October 29 San Diego Chargers L 23–27 5–4 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 52,612
10 November 5 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–10 6–4 Arrowhead Stadium 75,418
11 November 13 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–21 7–4 Riverfront Stadium 51,374
12 November 19 Detroit Lions W 29–17 8–4 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 44,517
13 November 26 Seattle Seahawks L 16–17 8–5 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 52,978
14 December 3 Denver Broncos L 6–21 8–6 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 53,932
15 December 10 at Miami Dolphins L 6–23 8–7 Miami Orange Bowl 73,003
16 December 17 Minnesota Vikings W 27–20 9–7 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 44,643
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 2

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

[1]

The Holy Roller

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 3

1 234Total
Raiders 0 14014 28
Packers 0 300 3

[2]

Week 6

This game started with nearly all Oilers as future Raider Dan Pastorini throw touchdown passes of 58 yards to Mike Renfro and 17 yards to Mike Barber and Toni Fritsch kicked a 35-yard field goal. The only Raiders points in the first 3 quarters was a 4-yard touchdown run by Arthur Whittington. Then with the Oilers leading 17-7 lead and driving deep in Raiders' territory, Oiler running back Earl Campbell ran around left tackle and lost the ball when Oakland's Dave Browning hit him, and Charles Phillips picked up the ball and ran it 96 yards to cut the Oilers lead to 3. Then in quarter four, and late Ken Stabler who had 3 interceptions prior to this drive suddenly came to life as he successfully passes 71 of the 80 yards ending with a pass to Dave Casper. Oiler defender Greg Stemrick got his hands on the short winning pass, but Casper yanked the ball loose and held on for the score. His four-yard touchdown reception helped the Raiders go to 4-2 and a tie for first with Denver in the AFC West standings.

Standings

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 honors

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References