1983 Los Angeles Raiders season

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1983 Los Angeles Raiders season
Head coach Tom Flores
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 38–10
Won Conference Championship (Seahawks) 30–14
Won Super Bowl XVIII (Redskins) 38–9
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders season began with the team trying to improve on their 8–1 record from 1982. The 1983 season was the second season in Los Angeles. The 1983 season is also the Raiders third Super Bowl winning season. To date, it was the team's most recent NFL championship season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1983 Los Angeles Raiders draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Don Mosebar *  C USC
2 54 Bill Pickel  DT Rutgers
3 82 Tony Caldwell  LB Washington
4 110 Greg Townsend  DE UCLA
5 138 Dokie Williams  WR UCLA
7 194 Jeff McCall  RB Clemson
8 222 Mike Dotterer  RB Stanford
9 249 Kent Jordan  TE St. Mary's
10 277 Mervyn Fernandez  WR San Jose State
12 333 Scott Lindquist  QB Northern Arizona
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1983 Los Angeles Raiders final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Vacant


Rookies in italic

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–10 Riverfront Stadium
50,956
2 Houston Oilers W 20–6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
37,526
3 Miami Dolphins W 27–14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
57,796
4 at Denver Broncos W 22–7 Mile High Stadium
74,289
5 at Washington Redskins L 35–37 RFK Stadium
54,106
6 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
40,492
7 at Seattle Seahawks L 36–38 The Kingdome
60,967
8 at Dallas Cowboys W 40–38 Texas Stadium
64,991
9 Seattle Seahawks L 21–34 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
49,708
10 at Kansas City Chiefs W 28–10 Arrowhead Stadium
75,497
11 Denver Broncos W 22–20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
51,945
12 at Buffalo Bills W 27–24 Rich Stadium
72,393
13 New York Giants W 27–12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
41,473
14 at San Diego Chargers W 42–10 San Diego Stadium
47,760
15 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–34 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
32,111
16 San Diego Chargers W 30–14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
57,235

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (1-0) 7 10 0 3 20
Bengals (0-1) 0 0 3 7 10

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • LA (9:05) – Marcus Allen 1-yard run (Chris Bahr kick) – Raiders 14–0
  • LA (4:59) – Chris Bahr 38-yard field goal – Raiders 17–0
Third Quarter
  • CIN (9:23) – Jim Breech 36-yard field goal – Raiders 17–3
Fourth Quarter
  • LA (12:25) – Chris Bahr 39-yard field goal – Raiders 20–3
  • CIN (1:00) – M.L. Harris 9-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick) – Raiders 20–10
Raiders
Bengals

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers (0-2) 0 3 3 0 6
Raiders (2-0) 6 7 0 7 20

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Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins (2-1) 0 0 0 14 14
Raiders (3-0) 7 6 7 7 27

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Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (4-0) 0 7 13 2 22
Broncos (2-2) 0 0 0 7 7

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Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (4-1) 0 7 14 14 35
Redskins (4-1) 7 10 3 17 37
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 54,106
  • Game weather: 65°F • Wind 4
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty

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Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs (2-4) 14 3 0 3 20
Raiders (5-1) 0 7 7 7 21

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Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (5-2) 7 10 5 14 36
Seahawks (4-3) 7 0 17 14 38

at Seattle Kingdome

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (6-2) 10 21 3 6 40
Cowboys (7-1) 7 17 0 14 38

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks (5-4) 0 17 7 10 34
Raiders (6-3) 0 7 7 7 21

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  • Date: Sunday, October 30, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 68 degrees, relative humidity 76, round(wind) 7.0 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (7-3) 7 0 0 21 28
Chiefs (4-6) 0 6 7 7 20

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Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos (6-5) 10 0 0 10 20
Raiders (8-3) 0 6 7 9 22

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Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (9-3) 7 3 7 10 27
Bills (7-5) 0 3 0 21 24

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Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants (3-9-1) 2 3 0 7 12
Raiders (10-3) 0 13 7 7 27

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  • Date: Sunday, November 27, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 54 degrees, relative humidity 41, round(wind) 6.9 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (11-3) 0 14 28 0 42
Chargers (5-9) 7 3 0 0 10

at Jack Murphy Stadium

  • Date: Thursday, December 1, 1983
  • Game time: 9:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 65 degrees, relative humidity 64%, round(wind) 12.4 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals (6-7-1) 0 20 7 7 34
Raiders (11-4) 17 7 0 0 24

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  • Date: Sunday, December 11, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 56 degrees, relative humidity 70, round(wind) 5.4 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers (6-10) 7 0 7 0 14
Raiders (12-4) 7 6 3 14 30

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  • Date: Sunday, December 18, 1983
  • Game time: 4:00pm(ET)
  • Game weather: 56 degrees, relative humidity 75, round(wind) 6.4 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367

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Postseason[edit]

Divisional[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers (10-7) 3 0 7 0 10
Raiders (13-4) 7 10 21 0 38

The Raiders scored 3 touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 38–10 win over the Steelers. In the first quarter, Pittsburgh advanced on a 78-yard drive, but when faced with fourth down and inches near the goal line, they opted for kicker Gary Anderson's 17-yard field goal. But the Raiders controlled the rest of the game, as Lester Hayes returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. A 4-yard touchdown by running back Marcus Allen and a 45-yard field goal gave the Raiders a 17–3 lead. The Raiders then scored three touchdowns in the third period, including Allen's 49-yard run. Allen finished the game with 121 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on just 13 carries, while also catching 5 passes for 38 yards. The Steelers' lone score in the second half was wide receiver John Stallworth's 58-yard touchdown reception.


AFC Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks (11-8) 0 0 7 7 14
Raiders (14-4) 3 17 7 3 30
  • Date: January 8
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 88,734
  • Game weather: Light rain • 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen

Seattle had defeated Los Angeles twice during the regular season, but this game had a very different outcome.

The Raiders jumped to a 20–0 halftime lead en route to a 30–14 victory. The Seahawks were held to 65 rushing yards while Raiders Running back Marcus Allen ran for 154 yards, caught 7 passes for 62 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. Lester Hayes' interception on Seattle's first drive of the game set up a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Raiders running back Frank Hawkins then scored two touchdowns. In the second half, Seahawks starting quarterback Dave Krieg was benched and replaced by Jim Zorn. Zorn threw two touchdown passes, but it was not enough as Allen's 3-yard touchdown reception and another Raiders field goal put the game away. Seahawks running back Curt Warner, the AFC's leading rusher during the regular season, was held to just 26 yards on 11 carries.


Super Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins (16-3) 0 3 6 0 9
Raiders (15-4) 7 14 14 3 38

Less than five minutes into the game, Derrick Jensen blocked Redskins Jeff Hayes punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Raiders a 7–0 lead. On their ensuing drive, Washington was forced to punt, but Los Angeles punt returner Ted Watts muffed the kick and Washington safety Greg Williams recovered the ball at the Raiders 42-yard line. However, the Redskins could only advance to 27-yard line.

The Redskins regrouped in the second half, and scoring on their opening drive by marching 70 yards in 9 plays. First, Garrett returned the opening kickoff 35 yards from 5 yards deep in the end zone to the Washington 30-yard line. Then, Theismann completed a 23-yard pass to receiver Charlie Brown to the Raiders' 47-yard line. Eight plays later, fullback John Riggins finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. (Riggins became the second player to run for touchdowns in back-to-back Super Bowls. He had one in Super Bowl XVII en route to winning that game's Super Bowl MVP). Moseley's extra point attempt was blocked by Don Hasselbeck, but the Redskins had cut the score to 21–9 and were just 2 touchdowns away from taking the lead.

However the Raiders completely took over the rest of the game, preventing any chance of a Washington comeback. On the ensuing drive, Washington defensive back Darrell Green was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty while trying to cover Raiders receiver Malcolm Barnwell, setting up running back Marcus Allen's 5-yard touchdown run 7 plays later to make the score 28–9.

On the next Raiders possession, the last play of the third quarter, Plunkett handed the ball off to Allen, who started to run left. But then he saw a lot of defenders in front of him so he cut back to the middle and took off for a then Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown run, increasing Los Angeles' lead to 35–9.

In the final period, the Raiders sacked Theismann 3 times, forcing him to fumble once, and intercepted a pass. Meanwhile, a 39-yard run from Allen set up a 21-yard field goal from kicker Chris Bahr to make the final score of the game 38–9.


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