News and Notes
With an interception in the first quarter of Oakland's season opener against the New York Jets, Raiders free safety Charles Woodson joins Darrell Green (19) as the only players with an interception in at least 17 consecutive seasons.
With his next interception, Woodson will tie Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas for No. 11 on the all-time list. Thomas had 58 career interceptions.
Opening Game Blahs
After losing to the host New York Jets 19-14 on Sept. 7, the Raiders are 1-11 in their past 12 season openers. Their only win during this dismal stretch was a 23-20 victory over host Denver on Sept. 12, 2011.
East Coast Curse
Oakland has dropped 14 straight games in the Eastern time zone. The Raiders have not won a game in the ETZ since Dec. 6, 2009 when Bruce Gradkowski threw for three TDS in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh. The Raiders have two other games this season in the ETZ — New England (Sept. 21) and Cleveland (Oct. 26).
Raiders Top Strength of Schedule
The Raiders rank first in 2014 NFL strength of schedule. Oakland's opponents had a .548 winning percentage and a 148-108 record for the 2013 season. Entering last season, Oakland ranked 29th in NFL strength of schedule and finished 4-12, its 11 straight non-winning season.
To view the 2014 NFL strength of schedule, 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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