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1980 Oakland Raiders season

1980 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Tom Flores
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 27–7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 14–12
Won AFC Championship (Chargers) 34–27
Won Super Bowl XV (Eagles) 27–10
Previous season Next season
< 1979 1981 >

The 1980 Oakland Raiders season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record from 1979. It was the 20th anniversary of the Oakland Raiders franchise and ended with their second Super Bowl victory.


1980 Raiders Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
1 15 Marc Wilson QB Brigham Young
2 43 Matt Millen LB Penn State
5 125 Kenny Lewis HB Virginia Tech
5 126 John Adams LB LSU
5 128 William Bowens LB North Alabama
7 173 Malcolm Barnwell WR Virginia Union
8 194 Kenny Hill S Yale
10 231 Walter Carter DT Florida State
11 264 Mike Massey LB Arkansas
12 322 Calvin Muhammad WR Texas Southern


Depth chart

1980 Oakland Raiders roster

Lester Hayes

Monte Jackson
Dwayne O'Steen
1980 Oakland Raiders roster
Cliff Branch
Art Shell Gene Upshaw Dave Dalby Mickey Marvin Henry Lawrence
Raymond Chester
Dave Casper
Bob Chandler
Jim Plunkett
Dan Pastorini
Kenny King
Mark van Eeghen
Special Teams
PK Chris Bahr

P Ray Guy

KR Ira Matthews
PR Ira Matthews


Head Coach: Tom Flores

Ast: Ray Willsey (RB), Lew Erber (WR), Sam Boghosian (OL), Earl Leggett (DL), Charlie Sumner (LB), Chet Franklin (DB), Steve Ortmayer (ST), Bob Mischak (OfA, pro sct), Joe Madro (OfA, sct), Willie Brown (DfA)


Regular season

Five weeks into the Raiders season, starting QB Dan Pastorini broke his leg in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. 33-year-old Jim Plunkett came off the bench to relieve Pastorini and had a terrible performance, throwing 5 interceptions in a 31–17 loss. The Raiders, thinking that Marc Wilson did not have the experience they wanted, called on Plunkett to start for the remainder of the year. In his first game as a starter, he completed eleven of fourteen passes with a touchdown and no interceptions, beginning one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of the sport. Plunkett guided Oakland to nine victories in eleven games and a playoff berth as a wild-card. Then, even more remarkably, rather than suffering an early defeat which marks the typical fate of NFL wild card teams, Plunkett led the Raiders to four playoff victories, including the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27–10, in Super Bowl XV. Throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns, Plunkett was named the game's MVP.

At wide receiver, Cliff Branch re-emerged again as one of the games deep threats and had his best season since 1977. Bob Chandler, the other WR, had one of his best seasons, leading the team in receptions (49) and TDs (10).

All – Pro veteran Raymond Chester at tight end also contributed with timely big plays throughout the year and in the post season. On defense, the Raiders were led by Lester Hayes who arguably had the best season for a cornerback in NFL history – 18 interceptions, 2 TDs in 19 games played. Oakland led the NFL in interceptions (35) and takeaways (52) and 2nd in sacks with 54. Hayes was known for using "stickum" and would have stickem all over his upper body. After the season, the NFL prohibited its use.

The Raiders' Super Bowl win was the first by an NFL wild card team and the second by a non-division champion. The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV after finishing second to the Raiders in the AFL West Division during the 1969 season.


Week Opponent Result Game site
1 at Kansas City Chiefs W 27–14 Arrowhead Stadium
2 at San Diego Chargers L 24–30 OT San Diego Stadium
3 Washington Redskins W 24–21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
4 at Buffalo Bills L 7–24 Rich Stadium
5 Kansas City Chiefs L 17–31 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
6 San Diego Chargers W 38–24 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
7 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–34 Three Rivers Stadium
8 Seattle Seahawks W 33–14 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
9 Miami Dolphins W 16–10 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
10 Cincinnati Bengals W 28–17 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
11 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–17 The Kingdome
12 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–10 Veterans Stadium
13 Denver Broncos W 9–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
14 Dallas Cowboys L 13–19 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
15 at Denver Broncos W 24–21 Mile High Stadium
16 at New York Giants W 33–17 Giants Stadium


AFC West
San Diego Chargers(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 418 327
Oakland Raiders(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 364 306
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–8 319 336
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–5 5–7 310 323
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 .250 1–7 3–9 291 408

Game summaries

Week 1: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 2: San Diego Chargers

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

Week 5: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 6: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 9: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas cornerback Aaron Mitchell intercepted Jim Plunkett in the end zone with 1:44 remaining to seal the victory.[4]

Week 15: at Denver Broncos

Week 16: at New York Giants

The Raiders clinched a wild card spot and a home playoff game with the win over the Giants. Oakland was now 9–2 since Jim Plunkett had taken over as the team's starting quarterback.[5] "I'm not really amazed," Plunkett said. "I felt that this team had a chance to make it into the playoffs. I'm just thankful I had these opportunities to play. I just kept plugging away and I think it turned out OK."[6]

Chris Bahr opened scoring midway through the first quarter with a 41-yard field goal. Ted Hendricks blocked Dave Jennings' punt and Jeff Barnes fell on the ball at the New York 11 on the ensuing possession. Two plays later, Arthur Whittington swept around right end for Oakland's first score.[7]

Three plays into the Giants' next drive, Gary Shirk caught a Scott Brunner pass but fumbled it away. Luckily, the Raiders couldn't capitalize as Bahr's 52-yard field goal attempt was short.[7]

A Joe Danelo field goal put New York on the scoreboard but Plunkett completed passes of 12 and 11 yards to Bob Chandler before finding Cliff Branch caught a pass between Eric Felton and Steve Henry at the Giants' 10 and strode in to give Oakland a 17–3 lead with 6:29 left in the first half. Three plays following the kickoff, Lester Hayes picked off Brunner and returned it 50 yards to the New York 19. The Raiders failed to move and Bahr kicked a 38-yard field goal to increase the lead to 20–3 with 2:55 left.[7]

New York scored their first touchdown on a touchdown pass from Scott Brunner to Leon Perry before halftime but Oakland took control on a 37-yard bomb from Plunkett to Raymond Chester late in the third quarter. Billy Taylor scored in the closing seconds following a pass interference penalty by Hayes in the end zone but an onside kick attempt by Joe Danelo went right to Derrick Jensen, who sprinted into the end zone.[7]



Week Opponent Result Game site Notes
Wild Card Houston Oilers W 27–7 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum AFC Wild Card
Divisional at Cleveland Browns W 14–12 Cleveland Stadium AFC Divisional
Conference at San Diego Chargers W 34–27 San Diego Stadium AFC Championship
Super Bowl Philadelphia Eagles W 27–10 Louisiana Superdome Super Bowl XV


Game summaries

Wild Card


AFC Championship

Super Bowl



  1. ^ 1980 NFL Draft "at". 
  2. ^ Raiders coaches – Silver and Black Report
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 385. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dallas Downs Oakland." The Robesonian. December 8, 1980.
  5. ^ "Plunkett in control; Raiders back on top." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 22, 1980
  6. ^ "Raiders Whip Giants to Clinch Playoff Berth." Palm Beach Post. December 22, 1980.
  7. ^ a b c d e ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ 1980 Oakland Raiders season at
  10. ^ Retrieved November 20, 2011.

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