2011 Oakland Raiders season

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2011 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Hue Jackson
Owner Al Davis (until death)
Mark Davis (after October 8)
Home field O.co Coliseum
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Richard Seymour, DT
Shane Lechler, P
Sebastian Janikowski, K
Jon Condo, LS
Timeline
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The 2011 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 52nd overall. 2011 also marked the final season under the ownership of Al Davis, who died on October 8, 2011. The Raiders matched their 8–8 record from 2010, finishing in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers for the AFC West division title, but lost tiebreakers to both teams, and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season.[1]

On January 4, 2011, it was announced that head coach Tom Cable's contract would not be extended. Cable would be replaced by Hue Jackson, the team's former offensive coordinator. The Raiders traded their first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (17th overall) to the New England Patriots. With their eighth win on December 24 over the Chiefs, the Raiders have secured their second consecutive non-losing season. Although TV blackouts have been a persistent issue over the years, all eight regular season home games were sold out for the first time since moving from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995.[2] The team set the record for being the most penalized team in NFL history, breaking the record previously held by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.[3][4] This season also marked the first consecutive non-losing season for the Raiders since 1998–2002.

Offseason[edit]

2011 draft board[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft

The Raiders did not have a first-round selection. In September 2009, the team acquired DT Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots in exchange for its 2011 first-round selection (#17 overall).[5]

Round Selection Player Position College
2 48 Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State
3 81 DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Miami (FL)
3 92 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU
4 113 Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State
4 125 Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington
5 148 Denarius Moore WR Tennessee
6 181 Richard Gordon TE Miami (FL)
7 241 David Ausberry WR USC

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Raiders' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:00 p.m. PDT Arizona Cardinals L 18–24 0–1 O.co Coliseum KICU-TV Recap
2 August 20 5:00 p.m. PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 3–17 0–2 Candlestick Park KICU-TV Recap
3 August 28 5:00 p.m. PDT New Orleans Saints L 20–40 0–3 O.co Coliseum NBC Recap
4 September 2 7:30 p.m. PDT at Seattle Seahawks L 3–20 0–4 CenturyLink Field KICU-TV Recap
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Candlestick Park incident[edit]

The preseason game against the 49ers was marked by brawls in the stands and a major beating in a restroom at Candlestick Park. The NFL has officially discontinued all future preseason games between the two teams.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 7:15 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos W 23–20 1–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 18 10:00 a.m. PDT at Buffalo Bills L 35–38 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 1:05 p.m. PDT New York Jets W 34–24 2–1 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
4 October 2 1:15 p.m. PDT New England Patriots L 19–31 2–2 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
5 October 9 10:00 a.m. PDT at Houston Texans W 25–20 3–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 16 1:05 p.m. PDT Cleveland Browns W 24–17 4–2 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
7 October 23 1:05 p.m. PDT Kansas City Chiefs L 0–28 4–3 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 1:05 p.m. PST Denver Broncos L 24–38 4–4 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
10 November 10 5:20 p.m. PST at San Diego Chargers W 24–17 5–4 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN[b] Recap
11 November 20 10:00 a.m. PST at Minnesota Vikings W 27–21 6–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:05 p.m. PST Chicago Bears W 25–20 7–4 O.co Coliseum FOX Recap
13 December 4 10:00 a.m. PST at Miami Dolphins L 14–34 7–5 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 11 1:15 p.m. PST[7] at Green Bay Packers L 16–46 7–6 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
15 December 18 1:05 p.m. PST Detroit Lions L 27–28 7–7 O.co Coliseum FOX Recap
16 December 24 10:00 a.m. PST at Kansas City Chiefs W 16–13 (OT) 8–7 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 1 1:15 p.m. PST San Diego Chargers L 26–38 8–8 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on KPIX-TV.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on KBCW.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week One: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 16 0 7 23
Broncos 3 0 10 7 20

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – Matt Prater 28 yard field goal, Broncos 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 0:55.
Second quarter
  • OAK – Marcel Reece 3 yard pass from Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 7–3, Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:34.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 37 yard field goal, Raiders 10–3, Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 2:09.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 21 yard field goal, Raiders 13–3, Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 2:45.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 63 yard field goal, Raiders 16–3, Drive: 3 plays, 31 yards, 0:24.
Third quarter
  • DEN – Eric Decker 90 yard punt return (Matt Prater kick), Raiders 16–10
  • DEN – Matt Prater 30 yard field goal, Raiders 16–13, Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:56.
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – Jason Campbell 1 yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 23–13, Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, 1:38.
  • DEN – Lance Ball 9 yard pass from Kyle Orton (Matt Prater kick), Raiders 23–20, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 3:56.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Raiders began their 2011 campaign at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, for a Week 1 AFC West duel with the Denver Broncos in the second game of Monday Night Football's doubleheader. Oakland trailed early in the first quarter as Broncos kicker Matt Prater got a 28-yard field goal. The Raiders answered in the second quarter as quarterback Jason Campbell found fullback Marcel Reece on a 3-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 37-yard, a 21-yard, and an NFL record tying 63-yard field goal from kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski's leg helped put the Raiders up 16–3 at halftime.[8]

Denver answered in the third quarter as wide receiver Eric Decker returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, followed by Prater getting a 30-yard field goal. Oakland struck back in the fourth quarter with Campbell's 1-yard touchdown. The Broncos tried to rally with quarterback Kyle Orton completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Lance Ball, yet the Raiders' offense was able to run out the clock.[citation needed]

With the win, not only did Oakland begin their season at 1–0, but they also snapped their 8-straight opening day losing streak.

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Two: Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 21 0 14 35
Bills 0 3 14 21 38

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter None
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 3: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Three: New York Jets at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 10 0 7 24
Raiders 7 10 7 10 34

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 61,546
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • OAK – Denarius Moore 23 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 24–17
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Four: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 10 7 7 31
Raiders 3 7 3 6 19

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:15 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,572
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 5: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Five: Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 9 3 10 25
Texans 7 7 3 3 20

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 71,420
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

A day after owner Al Davis passed away, the Raiders fought back from an early deficit and defensive back Michael Huff made a pick in the end zone in the waning seconds for an emotional victory.[citation needed]

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Six: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 0 10 17
Raiders 7 7 10 0 24

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 7: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Seven: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 14 0 7 7 28
Raiders 0 0 0 0 0

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 79 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,361
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Raiders went into their bye week at 4–3. Also, the Raiders were shut out at home for the first time since Week 1 of the 2006 season when the team was shut out by the Chargers.

Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Nine: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 17 14 38
Raiders 3 14 7 0 24

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,125
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • DEN – Eric Decker – 3 receptions for 47 yards, 1 TD
  • OAK – Jacoby Ford – 5 receptions for 105 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 10: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Ten: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 7 0 24
Chargers 3 0 14 0 17

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD – Philip Rivers 30 Yard Pass to Vincent Brown (Nick Novak kick), Raiders 17–10
  • OAK – Carson Palmer 26 Yard Pass to Denarius Moore (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 24–10
  • SD – Philip Rivers 7 Yard Pass to Jacob Hester (Nick Novak kick), Raiders 24–17
Fourth quarter

No Scoring

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Oakland at Minnesota in week 11

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Raiders flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 10 AFC West duel with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. Oakland trailed early in the first quarter as Chargers kicker Nick Novak got a 20-yard field goal, yet the Raiders answered with a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Michael Bush. Oakland added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal from kicker Sebastian Janikowski, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer finding rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore on a 33-yard touchdown pass.[9]

San Diego began the third quarter with quarterback Philip Rivers completing a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Brown, yet the Raiders struck back with Palmer hooking up with Moore again on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, the Chargers closed out the quarter with Rivers completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jacob Hester. From there, Oakland's defense held on to preserve the victory.[9]

With the win, the Raiders improved to 5–4, and took the lead of the AFC West.

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Eleven: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 21 3 0 27
Vikings 7 0 0 14 21

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,748
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 12: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Twelve: Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 13 20
Raiders 6 6 6 7 25

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals and the Raiders took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago's Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25–20 Sunday.[citation needed]

Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards and Michael Bush iced the game with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Raiders (7–4) to their third straight win against a Bears team missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler.[citation needed]

Week 13: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Thirteen: Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 14 14
Dolphins 6 7 21 0 34

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,225
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 7 9 16
Packers 14 17 12 3 46

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 70,524
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Fifteen: Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 14 28
Raiders 7 10 0 10 27

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 50°F (Overcast)
  • Game attendance: 59,069
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap
    Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • OAK – Louis Murphy 12-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 7–0, Drive: 4 plays, 76 yards, 1:20.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 51-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:45.
Second quarter
  • OAK – Darrius Heyward-Bey 43-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 14–7, Drive: 6 plays, 94 yards, 3:26.
  • DET – Nate Burleson 39-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Tied 14–14, Drive: 7 plays, 68 yards, 2:27.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 46-yard field goal, Raiders 17–14, Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 1:14.
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 51-yard field goal, Raiders 20–14, Drive: 8 plays, 33 yards, 4:00.
  • OAK – Aaron Curry 6-yard fumble return (Sebastian Janikowski kick), Raiders 27–14, Drive info: 3 plays, −8 yards, 0:25.
  • DET – Titus Young 3-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Raiders 27–21, Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards, 2:48.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 6-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 28–27, Drive: 7 plays, 98 yards, 1:35.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Sixteen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Raiders 3 0 7 3 3 16
Chiefs 3 0 3 7 0 13

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 38°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 70,803
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • OAK – Carson Palmer – 16/26 for 237 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • KC – Kyle Orton – 21/36 for 300 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 17: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Seventeen: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 17 7 7 38
Raiders 7 6 6 7 26

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Raiders' season ended at 8–8 and their 3-game winning streak over the Chargers was snapped.

Final standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

Death of owner Al Davis[edit]

On October 8, one day before the team's Week 5 game at the Houston Texans, owner Al Davis died in his Oakland, California home at the age of 82. The Raiders won the game 25–20.[10]

Acquisition of Carson Palmer[edit]

On October 18, 2011, the Raiders acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2012 first round draft pick and a conditional 2013 first round pick based on incentives.[11] The trade was made two days after Jason Campbell suffered a potential season ending collarbone injury in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns.[12][full citation needed]

Firing of Hue Jackson[edit]

On January 10, 2012, the Raiders announced that head coach Hue Jackson would be fired.[13]

Staff[edit]

Oakland Raiders 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2011 Oakland Raiders final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Notes and references[edit]