News and Notes
The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are among the Raiders' 2013 home opponents, the NFL announced Dec. 30. The Redskins and Eagles last played the Raiders in Oakland in 2009; the Raiders beat the Eagles 13-9 and Oakland lost to Washington 34-13.
Here are the Raiders' 2013 home opponents — Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Jacksonville, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Washington.
The Raiders' road opponents will be Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, New York Jets, Dallas and New York Giants.
Dates and times will be released by the NFL, typically in April before the NFL Draft.
Caught In A Draft
The Raiders have the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the first of six draft choices in 2013.
The Raiders have had three top five picks this decade — offensive lineman Robert Gallery (No. 2 overall in 2004), quarterback JaMarcus Russell (No. 1 overall in 2007) and running back Darren McFadden (No. 4 overall in 2008). Gallery and Russell are out of the NFL.
Good Hands Award
Tight end Brandon Myers finished the season with 79 catches — the most catches by a Raiders player since wide receiver Jerry Rice had 92 receptions in the 2002 season. Myers’ total was the most by a Raiders tight end since Todd Christensen had 95 catches in 1986.
Penalties On The Decline
One of the few positives for the Raiders during their 2012 season was a reduction in penalties. They finished with 108 penalties (tied for eighth most in the league), and their 939 penalty yards also tied for eighth highest. It's the fewest penalties for Oakland since 2001, when it had 107 infractions in Jon Gruden's final season as Raiders coach.
In 2011, the Raiders set NFL single-season record for penalties (163) and penalty yards (1,358),
Wide receiver Rod Streater made his 39th reception against San Diego on Dec. 30, passing Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (1982) for the fourth-most catches by a Raiders rookie.
Stuck In A Rut
With their 17-6 loss at Carolina in Week 16, the Raiders are assured of at least 11 losses in a season for the eighth time the past 10 seasons. Oakland set an NFL record of seven straight seasons with at least 11 losses from 2003 to 2009. The Raiders went 8-8 in 2010 and 2011.
The Raiders added to their league record of consecutive seasons (seven) with at least 11 losses in 2009.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers previously held the record of five straight seasons with 11 or more losses from 1985 to 1989 before being passed by Oakland in 2008.
Palmer Reaches 4,000
With 31 passing yards against Carolina on Dec. 23, Carson Palmer became only the second Raider to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in a season. Palmer reached 4,018 yards before being sidelined with reported cracked ribs and a bruised lung late in the first period of a 17-6 Raiders loss.
Rich Gannon set the Raiders record of 4,689 passing yards in 2002. Palmer threw for a career-high 4,131 yards in the 2007 season as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL record for passing yards in a season is 5,476 yards by Drew Brees in 2011.
With a 21- and 31-yard field goals against Carolina on Dec. 23, Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski has made 54 straight field goals from 40 yards or less. The Polish Cannon last missed an attempt from under 41 yards when he was unsuccessful on a 32-yard attempt against Arizona on Sept. 26, 2010.
Janikowski has hit 58 of 59 field-goal attempts from 40 yards or less since missing a 35-yarder against Denver on Dec. 2, 2007.
Dialing Long Distance
With 50- and 57-yard field goals against Kansas City on Dec. 16, the Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski moved into a tie for second place on the NFL's career list for field goals of 50 or more yards. The Polish Cannon has 42 field goals of 50 yards or longer, tying John Kasay on the league's career list.
Myers Ties Record
Tight end Brandon Myers tied a Raiders' single-game record with 14 catches against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 2. Myers finished with 130 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Browns, who won the game 20-17.
Tim Brown set the Raiders' single-game record with 14 catches against Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 1997. The NFL record for most catches in a game is 21 receptions by Denver's Brandon Marshall against Indianapolis on Dec. 13, 2009.
With two games remaining this season, Myers has 72 receptions. The club record for most catches in a season by a tight end in is 95 receptions by Todd Christiansen in 1986. Myers' 70 receptions are the most by a Raider since wide receiver Jerry Porter had 76 passes in the 2005 season.
Dubious Streak Continues
The Raiders are assured of a 10th straight non-winning season after their 34-10 loss to the host Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 25. Oakland has not had a winning season since going 12-4 in 2002. The Raiders went 8-8 each of the past two seasons.
The 169 points the Raiders allowed during a four-game stretch this season from Nov. 4 to Nov. 25 are the second most in a four-game span since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Tennessee allowed 177 points over four games in the 2004 season. The Raiders franchise record for points allowed over four games is 171 points the first four games of the 1961 season.
With 414 passing yards and 4 touchdowns during Oakland's 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 4, Carson Palmer joined Cotton Davidson and Tom Flores as the only Raiders players to have 400 or more passing yards and four or more touchdowns in a game.
By beating Kansas City 26-16 on Oct. 28, the Raiders improved to 8-1 the past nine road games against AFC
West opposition. Oakland had a seven-game win streak snapped when it lost 37-6 to the host Denver Broncos on Sept. 30.
The Raiders won their fourth straight overtime game with a 26-23 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 21. Oakland last lost an overtime game in Week 2 of the 2007 season, a 23-20 loss at Denver.
George Blanda Tribute
REMEMBER the AFL.com has a tribute to former Raiders quarterback and kicker George Blanda, who passed on Sept. 27, 2010. To view the Blanda tribute, please click here
AFL Lives On
The Raiders are among eight NFL franchises that began play in 1960 as original members of the American Football League.
Along with the Raiders, the other seven AFL originals are:
Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots), Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) Chiefs, New York Titans (now New York Jets) and Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego Chargers).
To read about the history of the AFL, please click here
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