Top Ten Best Years for the Oakland Raiders

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1 1976 The United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, marking 200 years since the Declaration of Independence. The Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Canada, featuring memorable moments like Nadia Com─âneci's perfect gymnastics score. The Viking 1 spacecraft successfully landed on Mars, providing... read more

Here's your answer EpicJake The Raiders weren't good, they we're SUPER! 13-1 regular season record best in the NFL, beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on opening day 31-28 in overtime after trailing 28-14 in a game now called in Raider Lore as the Comeback Classic of 1976. The Raiders' Ken Stabler was named the Bert Bell Award for NFL MVP. The Postseason saw the Raiders beat the Patriots and the Raiders to avenge their earlier defeats in the past against those teams. The Raiders then beat the Minnesota Vikings to finally become World Champions!
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2 1983 1983 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations.

When the Raiders began their 2nd season in Los Angeles, they we're high expectations to pick up where they left off in '82 when they we're eliminated too early in the playoffs. All they did was winning 12 games and easily capturing the AFC West Championship. In the postseason they we're red hot. First they eliminate The Pittsburgh Steelers thanks to an excellent defense and Marcus Allen. then the clock struck midnight as the Seattle Seahawks fell into the black hole known as the Raiders and even Frank Hawkins helped out in the Raiders win. Then it was Black Sunday as Marcus Allen capped a fantastic postseason for him as the Silver and Black beat the Washington Redskins to become Super Bowl XVIII Champions.
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3 1980

Jim Plunkett was once a promising quarterback when he was a Patriot, but after 1971 his career was riddled with bad teams, bad protection,bad coaching decisions and a lot of brutal hits. By 1980, he was a member of the Oakland Raiders, but he was just a backup quarterback with very little chance to recapture his 1971 rookie year. Then fate came in, Dan Pastorini got injured in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He took over as the quarterback and then the Raiders began to win AND win again, for Plunkett it was a unexpected magical ride that led his team to the playoffs and then came something NO NFL team has done, a wild card team winning pro football's biggest event The Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XV the Raiders beat the Eagles and Plunkett became the Super Bowl MVP, it was truly a magical year in Raiders history.
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4 1982 In 1982, the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina highlighted geopolitical tensions. The debut of the Commodore 64 computer marked a significant milestone in home computing. The Michael Jackson album "Thriller" achieved unprecedented success, becoming one of the best-selling albums... read more
5 2000 The year 2000 (MM) was a century leap year that started on a Saturday according to the Gregorian calendar. It marked the 2000th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. It was the last year of the 2nd millennium and the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 2000s decade.

The beginning of the 21st century saw the Raiders' professional football's winningest team since 1963 return to the playoffs. The offense was led by quarterback Rich Gannon who passed for 3,430 yards and was one of 4 Raiders that year who played in the Pro Bowl, the others we're Lincoln Kennedy, Steve Wisniewski and Charles Woodson. Tyrone Wheatley rushed for 1,046 yards and Shane Lechler was a ALL-Pro punter in his rookie season, the Raiders then shut out The Miami Dolphins 27-0 in the playoffs added another win for the fabled silver and black.
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6 2001 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2001st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 1st year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2000s decade.
7 2002 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2002nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2000s decade.
8 2010 2010 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year based on Anno Domini/Common Era designations. It is the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s decade.
9 1990 In 1990, the reunification of East and West Germany marked a historic moment in the aftermath of the Cold War. Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, introduced the concept of the World Wide Web, revolutionizing the way people access and share information. Nelson Mandela's release from prison... read more
10 2011 2011 (MMXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2011th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.
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12 1975

It was sad to see that despite making the AFC Championship for the 3rd straight year, they fell to the underdog Pittsburgh Steelers and missed a chance to go to the Super Bowl. But rewind back to a great regular season when once again The Raiders we're the top dog in the AFC West for the 4th straight year. Their passing defense was incredible as they had a 37.2 passing rating against opposing quarterbacks. The Raiders victory over The Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Playoffs was great as Ken Stabler was on his game passing for 3 touchdowns. 1975 also was the final year for Raider legend George Blanda and he contributed greatly for the silver and black in 1975.
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13 1968

1968 saw the continuing winning of the Oakland Raiders. Their 12 wins included one game forever in Raiders lore. The November 17 game against the New York Jets would later be best described by NFL Films' John Facenda. "While Charlie Smith gained 20 yards, the network televising the game made a classic blunder that seeded a new expression into the American Language. NBC turned off the uncompleted game in favor of a kiddie special called Heidi". It credited mayhem all across America (except those on the West Coast). While Heidi invaded the TV screens, no one saw the Raiders came back from a 32-29 deficit into a an amazing 43-32 victory and The Heidi Game was born. As for the Raiders afterwards, they beat the Chiefs in a tiebreaking game to become the toast of the AFL West again. The End
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14 1963

When it all began. It began when F. Wayne Valley hired Al Davis, a former assistant coach of the San Diego Chargers as head coach and general manager. At 33, he was the youngest in pro football. Davis immediately changed the team colors to silver and black and began to implement what he termed "The Vertical Game", an aggressive offensive strategy based on the West Coast Offense developed by Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Sid Gilliam. Davis' Raiders shocked the pro football world by finishing 10-4 and Davis was named the AFL Coach of the Year, it was a start of a 40 year run as pro football's winningest team.
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15 1970 1970 saw the first celebration of Earth Day, raising awareness about environmental conservation and sustainability. The Beatles officially disbanded, marking the end of an era in music history. The Apollo 13 mission faced a crisis but ultimately returned safely to Earth, demonstrating NASA's expertise... read more

1970 can be best described as 2 words: George Blanda. In one five week stretch with 43-year old Blanda around The Raiders gone 4-0-1 and the difference in the wild AFC West race with the defending World Champions Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders' amazing stretch drive to their AFC West Title was highlighted by a spectacular 53-yard field goal by Blanda over the Cleveland Browns. A 17-17 tie with the Chiefs as Blanda's amazing 48-yard tying field goal. The Raiders beat the Jets at Shea with a 14-13 win that recalls the Infamous 1968 Heidi Game. The Raiders' George Blanda would later win the Bert Bell Award and the Raiders went on to the AFC Championship Game for 4th year in a row.
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16 1967

1967 was Al Davis' 5th year as a member of the Raiders franchise. It turned out to be The Raiders' best year yet. Going 13-1 and running away as the AFL West Champs. The Raiders welcomed Daryle Lamonica as quarterback as he greatly energized the Raiders' vertical passing game. 3 future Hall of Famers joined the team: Willie Brown, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw. 2 victories stand out this season. Week 13 saw the Raiders avenged their only regular season loss by beating the New York Jets at their home 2) The AFL Championship Game saw The famed silver and black dominate the game as they beat The Houston Oilers 40-7 and go to Super Bowl II. It was a beginning of a 19-year run of Raiders' titles and world championships
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17 1977 1977 was a year of cultural significance with the release of the groundbreaking film "Star Wars," which sparked a global phenomenon and reshaped the science fiction genre. New York City's iconic Studio 54 nightclub became synonymous with disco culture and celebrity glamour. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were... read more
18 2021 2021 (MMXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 21st year of the third millennium, the 21st year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2020s. 2021 was scheduled to host many major events that were originally scheduled for 2020... read more
19 2015 2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.
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21 1969 In 1969, humanity achieved a monumental milestone as NASA's Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, on the Moon. The Woodstock Festival, a symbol of the counterculture movement, brought together hundreds of thousands of people for a celebration... read more

1969 saw a dawn of an new era in Raiders football as John Madden became the new head coach of the team. He preached in 3 important rules 1) Arrive on time 2) Listen to what he says and 3) Play Like Hell. The Raiders listened and the result an easy AFL Western Division Title with a 12-2-1 record. Quarterback Daryle Lamonica was named the co-AFL Most Valuable Player. Even NFL Films began to notice the winning tradition that the Raiders are having. In the first AFL Divisional Playoffs, the Raiders blew away The Houston Oilers 56-7 and made it to the Conference Championship game for the 3rd year in a row.
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22 1972
23 1973 The year 1973 was marked by significant global and cultural events. In the United States, the Watergate scandal reached a critical point, leading to investigations that would eventually culminate in President Richard Nixon's resignation the following year. The Vietnam War officially ended for the U.S... read more
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