1987 Los Angeles Raiders season

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1987 Los Angeles Raiders season
Head coach Tom Flores
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field L.A. Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 5–10
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1986 1988 >

The 1987 Los Angeles Raiders season was the club’s 28th season in the NFL. They finished with a disappointing record of 5–10 (the team's worst finish since Al Davis arrived in 1963). It was only the sixth losing season in franchise history.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1987 NFL draft

Since he did not sign with a team by the 1987 draft, Bo Jackson's rights were forfeited by Tampa Bay and his name was thrown back into the draft. The Raiders selected Jackson in the seventh round with the 183rd overall pick.[1] Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson and his baseball career and got Jackson to sign a contract by offering him a salary that was comparable to a full-time starting running back but allowing Jackson to only play part-time until the baseball season was done.

1987 Los Angeles Raiders draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 John Clay  Offensive tackle Missouri
2 52 Bruce Wilkerson  Offensive tackle Tennessee
3 81 Steve Smith  Running back Penn State
4 110 Steve Beuerlein *  Quarterback Notre Dame
7 183 Bo Jackson *  Running back Auburn
9 238 Scott Eccles  Tight end Eastern New Mexico
10 254 Rob Harrison  Defensive back Sacramento State
10 265 John Gesek  Guard Sacramento State
10 273 Jim Ellis  Linebacker Boise State
11 288 Chris McLemore  Running back Arizona
11 294 Mario Perry  Tight end Mississippi
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 Los Angeles Raiders staff
Front office
  • President of the General Partner – Al Davis
  • Executive Assistant – Al LoCasale
  • Personnel Operations – Ron Wolf
  • Senior Executive – John Herrera

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


Roster[edit]

1987 Los Angeles Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • 10 Chris Bahr K
  •  3 Vincent Gamache P
  •  4 David Hardy K
  •  5 Stan Talley P


Rookies in italics

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Regular season[edit]

Joining the Raiders midway through the 1987 season, Bo Jackson rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries in just seven games. Over the next three seasons, Bo Jackson would rush for 2,228 more yards and 12 touchdowns: a remarkable achievement, in light of the fact that he was a "second string" player behind Raiders legend Marcus Allen.

Jackson turned in a 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football in 1987 against the Seattle Seahawks. During this game, he ran over Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth, who had insulted Jackson and promised in a media event before the game to contain Jackson. He also made a 91-yard run to the outside, untouched down the sideline. He continued sprinting until finally slowing down as he passed through the entrance to the field tunnel to the dressing rooms with teammates soon following. Jackson scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the game.

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Raiders points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sep 13 at Green Bay Packers Win 20 0 1–0
54,983
2 Sep 20 vs. Detroit Lions Win 27 7 2–0
50,300
Sep 27 at Houston Oilers Canceled 2–0
3 Oct 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs Win 35 17 3–0
10,708
4 Oct 12 at Denver Broncos Loss 14 30 3–1
61,230
5 Oct 18 vs. San Diego Chargers Loss 17 23 3–2
23,541
6 Oct 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks Loss 13 35 3–3
52,735
7 Nov 1 at New England Patriots Loss 23 26 3–4
60,664
8 Nov 8 at Minnesota Vikings Loss 20 31 3–5
57,150
9 Nov 15 at San Diego Chargers Loss 14 16 3–6
60,639
10 Nov 22 vs. Denver Broncos Loss 17 23 3–7
61,318
11 Nov 30 at Seattle Seahawks Win 37 14 4–7
62,802
12 Dec 6 vs. Buffalo Bills Win 34 21 5–7
43,143
13 Dec 13 at Kansas City Chiefs Loss 10 16 5–8
63,834
14 Dec 20 Cleveland Browns Loss 17 24 5–9
40,275
15 Dec 27 Chicago Bears Loss 3 6 5–10
78,019

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Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Raiders 0 7 7 6 20
Packers 0 0 0 0 0

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Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Raiders 7 20 10 0 37
Seahawks 7 0 7 0 14

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Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 10 4 1 .700 379 288
Seattle Seahawks 9 6 0 .600 371 314
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 253 317
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 301 289
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 273 388

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Awards and records[edit]

  • Howie Long, AFC Pro Bowl selection

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flatter, Ron. "Bo knows stardom and disappointment". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008. 
  2. ^ "1987 Los Angeles Raiders draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1987 Los Angeles Raiders starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1987-lai
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-03.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  7. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 382. Retrieved July 29, 2011.