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1987 Los Angeles Raiders season

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1987 Los Angeles Raiders season

1987 Los Angeles Raiders season
Head coach Tom Flores
Owner Al Davis
Home field L.A. Memorial Coliseum
Record 5–10
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season      Next season
< 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.


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 Los Angeles Raiders selected Jackson in the 7th 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.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1987 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 15 John Clay Tackle University of Missouri
2 52 Bruce Wilkerson Tackle University of Tennessee
3 81 Steve Smith Running Back Penn State University
4 110 Steve Beuerlein Quarterback Notre Dame University
7 183 Bo Jackson Running Back Auburn University
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

Regular season

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.


Game Date Opponent Result Raiders points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 13 at Green Bay Packers Win 20 0 1–0
2 Sept. 20 vs. Detroit Lions Win 27 7 2–0
Sept. 27 at Houston Oilers Canceled 2–0
3 Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs Win 35 17 3–0
4 Oct. 12 at Denver Broncos Loss 14 30 3–1
5 Oct. 18 vs. San Diego Chargers Loss 17 23 3–2
6 Oct. 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks Loss 13 35 3–3
7 Nov. 1 at New England Patriots Loss 23 26 3–4
8 Nov. 8 at Minnesota Vikings Loss 20 31 3–5
9 Nov. 15 at San Diego Chargers Loss 14 16 3–6
10 Nov. 22 vs. Denver Broncos Loss 17 23 3–7
11 Nov. 30 at Seattle Seahawks Win 37 14 4–7
12 Dec. 6 vs. Buffalo Bills Win 34 21 5–7
13 Dec. 13 at Kansas City Chiefs Loss 10 16 5–8
14 Dec. 20 Cleveland Browns Loss 17 24 5–9
15 Dec. 27 Chicago Bears Loss 3 6 5–10




Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams


Awards and records

  • Howie Long, AFC Pro Bowl selection


  • Raiders on Pro Football Reference
  • Raiders on
  • Raiders stats on

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