|1969 Oakland Raiders season|
|Owner||F. Wayne Valley|
|Head coach||John Madden|
|Home field||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum|
|Division place||1st AFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFL Championship Game|
The 1969 Oakland Raiders season was the team's tenth as a franchise, and tenth in both Oakland and the American Football League. The campaign saw the team attempt to improve upon its 12–2 record from 1968. The season is notable for being the last for the AFL, which merged into the NFL in 1970.
The Raiders stormed to a 12–1–1 record in 1969. They led the league in wins for a third consecutive season; in doing so, they posted a staggering 37–4–1 record over their final three years of AFL play. The season would end with an upset loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL Championship Game.
Additionally, the season marked the debut of Hall-of-Fame head coach John Madden, previously the linebacker coach, promoted after the January departure of John Rauch for Buffalo. Madden led the Raiders to seven division titles, seven AFL/AFC Championship Games, and a Super Bowl championship before leaving after 1978, his tenth as head coach, with a 112–39–7 (.731) regular season record.
|1||September 14||Houston Oilers||W 21–17||1–0||49,361|
|2||September 20||Miami Dolphins||W 20–17||2–0||50,277|
|3||September 28||at Boston Patriots||W 38–23||3–0||19,069|
|4||October 4||at Miami Dolphins||T 20–20||3–0–1||35,614|
|5||October 12||at Denver Broncos||W 24–14||4–0–1||49,511|
|6||October 19||Buffalo Bills||W 50–21||5–0–1||54,418|
|7||October 26||at San Diego Chargers||W 24–12||6–0–1||54,008|
|8||November 2||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 17–31||6–1–1||27,927|
|9||November 9||Denver Broncos||W 41–10||7–1–1||54,416|
|10||November 16||San Diego Chargers||W 21–16||8–1–1||54,372|
|11||November 23||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 27–24||9–1–1||51,982|
|12||November 30||at New York Jets||W 27–14||10–1–1||63,865|
|13||December 7||Cincinnati Bengals||W 37–17||11–1–1||54,427|
|14||December 13||Kansas City Chiefs||W 10–6||12–1–1||54,443|
- Saturday night (September 20, October 4), Saturday (December 13)
|AFL Western Division|
|Kansas City Chiefs||11||3||0||.786||5–3||359||177||L1|
|San Diego Chargers||8||6||0||.571||2–6||288||276||W4|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Daryle Lamonica 21/36, 313 Yds, 6 TD
|Playoff||December 21, 1969||Houston Oilers||W 56–7||54,539|
|AFL Championship||January 4, 1970||Kansas City Chiefs||L 7–17||54,544|
AFL championship game
Kansas City Chiefs 17, Oakland Raiders 7
- OAK – Smith 3 run (Blanda kick)
- KC – Hayes 1 run (Stenerud kick)
- KC – Holmes 5 run (Stenerud kick)
- KC – Field goal Stenerud 22
|1969 Oakland Raiders football team roster|
Awards and honors
- Daryle Lamonica, Co-AFL MVP
- "Madden is named new Raider coach". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. February 5, 1969. p. 21, part 2.
- "Ex-Duck Madden takes Raider reins". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 5, 1969. p. 1D.
- "Oakland's Rauch shuffles off to Buffalo - stealthily". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. January 17, 1969. p. 15, part 2.
- "Raiders' Rauch leaves, accepts job with Bills". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 17, 1969. p. 3B.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-Nov-03.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-15.