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1965 Oakland Raiders season

1965 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Al Davis
Home field Frank Youell Field
Record 8–5–1
Division place 2nd AFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season      Next season
< 1964      1966 >

The 1965 Oakland Raiders season was the team's sixth in both Oakland and the American Football League. The campaign saw the team attempt to improve upon the prior year's disappointing 5-7-2 record. The Raiders would ultimately finish with a record of 8-5-1. While the effort was a definite improvement over the prior year's result, it was not enough to win the division and secure a postseason berth. The season would be Al Davis' last as head coach, as he would be named Commissioner of the AFL in April 1966. He would be replaced by John Rauch in 1966.

The 1965 season was the first of sixteen consecutive winning seasons for the Raiders. It is also notable for the debut of Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff. Biletnikoff would be the first of several legendary Raiders drafted in the late-1960's and early 1970's. He would be an integral part of the team's 1967 and 1976 Super Bowl runs.

The season was also the team's last at Frank Youell Field. They would move to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for the following season.


1965 Raiders Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
2 0 Fred Biletnikoff WR Florida State


Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1965 Kansas City Chiefs W 37–10
2 September 19, 1965 San Diego Chargers L 17–6
3 September 26, 1965 Houston Oilers W 21–17
4 October 3, 1965 at Buffalo Bills L 17–12
5 October 8, 1965 at Boston Patriots W 24–10
6 October 16, 1965 at New York Jets T 24–24
7 October 24, 1965 Boston Patriots W 30–21
8 October 31, 1965 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14–7
9 November 7, 1965 at Houston Oilers W 33–21
10 November 14, 1965 Buffalo Bills L 17–14
11 November 21, 1965 at Denver Broncos W 28–20
12 December 5, 1965 Denver Broncos W 24–13
13 December 12, 1965 New York Jets W 24–14
14 December 19, 1965 at San Diego Chargers L 24–14

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Chiefs 7 030 10
• Raiders 0 101017 37



Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA 1965 
San Diego Chargers 9 2 3 .818 340 227 Details
Oakland Raiders 8 5 1 .615 298 239 Details
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 322 285 Details
Denver Broncos 4 10 0 .286 303 392 Details

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against



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