2015 Oakland Raiders season

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2015 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Jack Del Rio
General manager Reggie McKenzie
Owner Mark Davis
Home field O.co Coliseum
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Derek Carr, QB
Amari Cooper, WR
Khalil Mack, DE
Latavius Murray, RB
Marcel Reece, FB
Charles Woodson, SS
AP All-Pros Khalil Mack (1st-team)
Charles Woodson (2nd-team)

The 2015 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall, the 21st of their second stint in Oakland, and the first under new head coach Jack Del Rio. Coming off a 3–13 season the prior year, the Raiders improved to 7–9 on the season. Despite their improvement, the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15 with a loss to the Green Bay Packers at home. They once again failed to finish with a winning record, not having done so since 2002.

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2015 draft class[edit]

[1]

2015 Oakland Raiders Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 4 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
2 35 Mario Edwards, Jr. DE Florida State
3 68 Clive Walford TE Miami (FL)
4 128 Jonathan Feliciano OG Miami (FL)
5 140 Ben Heeney ILB Kansas
161 Neiron Ball OLB Florida
6 179 Max Valles DE Virginia
7 218 Anthony Morris OT Tennessee State
221 Andre Debose WR Florida
242 Dexter McDonald CB Kansas

Staff[edit]

2015 Oakland Raiders staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Roster[edit]

2015 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, 10 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 St. Louis Rams W 18–3 1–0 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 August 22 at Minnesota Vikings L 12–20 1–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 30 Arizona Cardinals L 23–30 1–2 O.co Coliseum Recap
4 September 3 at Seattle Seahawks L 21–31 1–3 CenturyLink Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 Cincinnati Bengals L 13–33 0–1 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 September 20 Baltimore Ravens W 37–33 1–1 O.co Coliseum Recap
3 September 27 at Cleveland Browns W 27–20 2–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 October 4 at Chicago Bears L 20–22 2–2 Soldier Field Recap
5 October 11 Denver Broncos L 10–16 2–3 O.co Coliseum Recap
6 Bye
7 October 25 at San Diego Chargers W 37–29 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
8 November 1 New York Jets W 34–20 4–3 O.co Coliseum Recap
9 November 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–38 4–4 Heinz Field Recap
10 November 15 Minnesota Vikings L 14–30 4–5 O.co Coliseum Recap
11 November 22 at Detroit Lions L 13–18 4–6 Ford Field Recap
12 November 29 at Tennessee Titans W 24–21 5–6 Nissan Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Kansas City Chiefs L 20–34 5–7 O.co Coliseum Recap
14 December 13 at Denver Broncos W 15–12 6–7 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
15 December 20 Green Bay Packers L 20–30 6–8 O.co Coliseum Recap
16 December 24 San Diego Chargers W 23–20 (OT) 7–8 O.co Coliseum Recap
17 January 3 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–23 7–9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week One: Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 7 17 9033
Raiders 0 0 01313

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

The Bengals jumped on the Raiders early and often, leading 24–0 at the half. Derek Carr left the game in the first half with an injury to his throwing hand, which resulted in Matt McGloin taking over. The Raiders mustered two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late, losing the game 33–13 to start their season 0–1. The loss marked the first ever loss by the Raiders to the Bengals at home (10–1).

Week 2: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Two: Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 10 10 01333
Raiders 10 10 10737

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

A high-scoring first half, highlighted by Amari Cooper's 68-yard touchdown catch resulted in a 20–20 tie at halftime. A field goal and touchdown catch by Michael Crabtree put the Raiders up 10 going in the fourth quarter. However, Baltimore stormed back with 13 points to take the lead. A late interception thrown by Derek Carr appeared to be the end, but with 30 seconds left in regulation, Carr threw a touchdown pass to Seth Roberts to take the lead. With the win, the Raiders improved to 1–1 on the season and 2–7 all-time against the Ravens.

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Three: Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 14 3727
Browns 0 3 71020

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

The Raiders jumped out early on the Browns with two touchdown passes by Carr in the first half. A Latavius Murray touchdown run early in the fourth quarter seemed to seal it for the Raiders. However, the Browns made a comeback late, but Charles Woodson intercepted Josh McCown's pass in the final minute to seal the win. The Raiders snapped an 11-game road losing streak with the win and improved to 2–1 on the season.

Week 4: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Four: Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 14 3320
Bears 6 10 0622

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Two first-half touchdown passes by Carr gave the Raiders a one-point lead at the half. The teams exchanged field goals in the second half. Following a late Jay Cutler interception, the Raiders took a late lead on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal with just over two minutes remaining. However, the Bears stormed down the field, and Robbie Gould hit a 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to seal the win. With the loss, the Raiders dropped to 2–2 on the season.

Week 5: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Five: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 6716
Raiders 0 7 0310

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 11
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,500
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Charles Woodson said days prior to Week 5 that he always wanted to intercept a pass from Peyton Manning as he had not accomplished this feat in his entire 18-year career. He lived up to his word, intercepting Manning twice, but it was Carr's interception and the resulting return for a touchdown by Chris Harris that was the difference in the game. The Raiders fell to the Broncos 16–10 as the team dropped to 2–3 going into their bye week.

Week 6: BYE WEEK[edit]

Week 7: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Seven: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 10 20 7037
Chargers 3 3 02329

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

The Raiders jumped out to an early lead on the Chargers scoring on their first seven possessions. Three Janikowski field goals and two Carr touchdown passes led the way to a 30–6 lead at the half. The Chargers attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late as the Raiders won 37–29. With the win, the Raiders improved to 3–3 on the season.

Week 8: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Eight: New York Jets at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 3 3 7720
Raiders 7 14 10334

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Carr threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and totaled 333 yard passing against the Jets' highly ranked defense. The Raiders took a 21–6 lead half time. Murray added 113 yards on the ground as the Raiders won easily 34–20. With the win, the Raiders improved to 4–3, marking the first time since 2011 the Raiders had a winning record this late in the season.

Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Nine: Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 7 71435
Steelers 3 18 01738

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Carr threw for 301 yards with four touchdowns and one interception and Murray ran for 96 yards before leaving with concussion-like symptoms. But, the Raiders defense could not stop Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams. The two Steelers combined for 531 total yards. Despite Ben Roethlisberger leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a foot injury, the Steelers could not be stopped. Williams led the Steelers to the Raiders one-yard line before the winning field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. With the loss, the Raiders dropped to 4–4 on the season.

Week 10: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Ten: Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 10 01030
Raiders 0 14 0014

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Minnesota paid a visit to Oakland for Week 10. Adrian Peterson tied a record for most 200-yard rushing games by rushing for 203 yards against the Raiders beleaguered rush defense. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes, but also two interceptions. Peterson's 80 yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining sealed the victory for the Vikings. The Raiders fell to 4–5 on the season.

Week 11: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eleven: Oakland Raiders at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 13013
Lions 6 3 0918

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Looking to avoid a season-high three-game losing streak, the Raiders visited Detroit to face the 2–7 Lions. A defensive struggle in the first half led to three Detroit field goals and 9–0 deficit for Oakland. The Raiders came alive in third quarter, scoring 13 points on two Janikowski field goals and a Murray touchdown run. However, the Lions scored late on a Matthew Stafford touchdown run and the Raiders fell to 4–6.

Week 12: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Twelve: Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 3 7724
Titans 6 0 8721

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 58,075
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Raiders started well in Tennessee, taking a 13–6 lead at halftime over the Titans on a touchdown pass from Carr to Crabtree. The Raiders jumped out early in the third quarter on touchdown pass to Roberts. However, the Titans rallied scoring 15 points on two Marcus Mariota touchdown passes. Oakland drove late in the game looking for the winning score and appeared to have been stopped on an incomplete pass in the end zone on fourth down. However, the Titans were called for holding and Carr hit Roberts for the game-clinching touchdown two play later. The Raiders halted their three-game losing streak and moved to 5–6 on the season.

Week 13: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Thirteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 0 72034
Raiders 7 7 6020

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), overcast
  • Game attendance: 55,010
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 5-7.

Week 14: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fourteen: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 9615
Broncos 6 6 0012

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,824
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Khalil Mack tied the Oakland Raiders franchise record for most sacks in a game with 5 sacks in the Raiders' hard-fought 15-12 victory over the Broncos at Mile High. It also snapped their 8-game losing streak to the Broncos.

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 14 0 10630
Raiders 0 13 7020

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 55,087
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 6-8 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the 14th straight year. The Raiders also finished 0-4 against the NFC North.

Week 16: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chargers 7 10 03020
Raiders 7 3 28323

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

In Charles Woodson's last game at the Coliseum, the game was hard-fought and the Raiders won 23-20 in an overtime thriller in order to go to 7-8 in what could be their final game in Oakland. Woodson addressed to Oakland's home crowd after the game saying, "I will never leave you".

Week 17: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 10 0717
Chiefs 14 0 9023

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

This was Charles Woodson's last game in the NFL. With the loss, the Raiders ended their season 7-9 and clinched their 14th straight losing season.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 355 296 W2
(5) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 405 287 W10
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 359 399 L1
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 320 398 L2

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1[a] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 .500 .479 W2
2[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .473 .448 L2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 .477 .406 W1
4 Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .410 W3
Wild Cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 .496 .432 W10
6[b] Pittsburgh Steelers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .504 .463 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b] New York Jets East 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .441 .388 L1
8[c] Buffalo Bills East 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .508 .438 W2
9[c] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 .500 .406 W2
10 Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 .512 .366 L1
11 Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .469 .469 W2
12[c] Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .473 .375 L3
13[c] Baltimore Ravens North 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 .508 .425 L1
14 San Diego Chargers West 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 .527 .328 L2
15[c] Cleveland Browns North 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 .531 .271 L3
16[c] Tennessee Titans South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .492 .375 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of New England and Cincinnati for the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head sweep. New England finished ahead of Cincinnati for the No. 2 seed based
    on record vs. common opponents — New England's cumulative record against Buffalo, Denver, Houston and Pittsburgh was 4–1, while Cincinnati's cumulative record against
    the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b Pittsburgh finished ahead of the New York Jets for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Pittsburgh's cumulative
    record against Cleveland, Indianapolis, New England and Oakland was 4–1, while the Jets' cumulative record against the same four teams was 3–2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f The tiebreaker was based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raiders' playoffs hope ends". silverandblackpride.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 

External links[edit]