1968 Oakland Raiders season

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1968 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach John Rauch
Owner F. Wayne Valley
Home field Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record 12–2–0
Division place 1st AFL Western
Playoff finish Lost AFL Championship

The 1968 Oakland Raiders season was the team's ninth season in both Oakland and the American Football League. It saw the team try to improve upon its 13–1 record from 1967. They ultimately finished one game short of matching that year's result; their 12–2 finish still ensured that they would lead the league in wins for a second consecutive year. They were led by third-year coach John Rauch.

The season would feature a growing rivalry between the Raiders and the New York Jets (the latter led by superstar quarterback Joe Namath). The two teams would meet twice in 1968. The first meeting, a regular-season contest, saw the Raiders complete a stunning fourth-quarter comeback over the Jets. The contest, known today as the Heidi Game, remains one of the most famous in AFL/NFL history. The two teams would also meet in the 1968 AFL Championship Game; Namath's Jets would emerge victorious in a 27–23 upset. The Jets would ultimately upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

The 1968 season is also notable for a few changes to the team including the additions of George Atkinson, Art Shell, and Ken Stabler. All three players would eventually win a championship with the Raiders in 1976. Additionally, Shell in 1989, and Stabler in 2016, were both inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Roster[edit]

1968 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1968 at Buffalo Bills W 48–6
43,057
2 September 21, 1968 at Miami Dolphins W 47–21
30,021
3 September 29, 1968 at Houston Oilers W 24–15
46,098
4 October 6, 1968 Boston Patriots W 41–10
44,253
5 October 13, 1968 San Diego Chargers L 23–14
53,257
6 October 20, 1968 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–10
50,015
7 October 27, 1968 Cincinnati Bengals W 31–10
37,083
8 November 3, 1968 Kansas City Chiefs W 38–21
53,357
9 November 10, 1968 at Denver Broncos W 43–7
50,002
10 November 17, 1968 New York Jets W 43–32
53,118
11 November 24, 1968 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–0
27,116
12 November 28, 1968 Buffalo Bills W 13–10
39,883
13 December 8, 1968 Denver Broncos W 33–27
47,754
14 December 15, 1968 at San Diego Chargers W 34–27
40,698

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Playoff December 22, 1968 Kansas City Chiefs W 41–6
53,357
AFL Championship December 29, 1968 at New York Jets L 27–23
62,627

Standings[edit]

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 6–2 453 233 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 12 2 0 .857 7–1 371 170 W5
San Diego Chargers 9 5 0 .643 5–3 382 310 L2
Denver Broncos 5 9 0 .357 1–7 255 404 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 3 11 0 .214 1–7 215 329 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 6 6 7 13 32
Raiders 7 7 8 21 43

"The Heidi Game"

Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 7 10
• Raiders 0 3 10 0 13

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Thanksgiving Day

Staff[edit]

HC: John Rauch

Ast: John Polonchek (RB), Ollie Spencer (OL), Tom Dahms (DL), John Madden (LB), Charlie Sumner (DB), Marv Marinovich (Str)

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References[edit]