|2011 Oakland Raiders season|
|Head coach||Hue Jackson|
|Owner||Al Davis (until death) |
Mark Davis (after October 8)
|Home field||O.co Coliseum|
|Division place||3rd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||Richard Seymour, DT|
Shane Lechler, P
Sebastian Janikowski, K
Jon Condo, LS
The 2011 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 52nd overall. 2011 also marked the final season under the ownership of Al Davis, who died on October 8, 2011. The Raiders matched their 8–8 record from 2010, finishing in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers for the AFC West division title, but lost tiebreakers to both teams, and missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
On January 4, 2011, it was announced that head coach Tom Cable's contract would not be extended. Cable would be replaced by Hue Jackson, the team's former offensive coordinator. The Raiders traded their first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (17th overall) to the New England Patriots. With their eighth win on December 24 over the Chiefs, the Raiders secured their second consecutive non-losing season. Although TV blackouts had been a persistent issue over the years, all eight regular season home games were sold out for the first time since moving from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995. The team set the record for being the most penalized team in NFL history, breaking the record previously held by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs. This season also marked the first consecutive non-losing season for the Raiders since 1998–2002.
The Raiders did not have a first-round selection. In September 2009, the team acquired DT Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots in exchange for its 2011 first-round selection (#17 overall).
|2011 Oakland Raiders draft|
|2||48||Stefen Wisniewski||C||Penn St|
|3||81||DeMarcus Van Dyke||CB||Miami (FL)|
|4||113||Chimdi Chekwa||CB||Ohio St|
|4||125||Taiwan Jones||RB||Eastern Washington|
|6||181||Richard Gordon||TE||Miami (FL)|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|Oakland Raiders 2011 staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
The Raiders' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.
|1||August 11||Arizona Cardinals||L 18–24||0–1||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|2||August 20||at San Francisco 49ers||L 3–17||0–2||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|3||August 28||New Orleans Saints||L 20–40||0–3||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|4||September 2||at Seattle Seahawks||L 3–20||0–4||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
Candlestick Park incident
The preseason game against the 49ers was marked by brawls in the stands and a major beating in a restroom at Candlestick Park. The NFL officially discontinued all future preseason games between the two teams.
|1||September 12||at Denver Broncos||W 23–20||1–0||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|2||September 18||at Buffalo Bills||L 35–38||1–1||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 25||New York Jets||W 34–24||2–1||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|4||October 2||New England Patriots||L 19–31||2–2||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|5||October 9||at Houston Texans||W 25–20||3–2||Reliant Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 16||Cleveland Browns||W 24–17||4–2||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|7||October 23||Kansas City Chiefs||L 0–28||4–3||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|9||November 6||Denver Broncos||L 24–38||4–4||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|10||November 10||at San Diego Chargers||W 24–17||5–4||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 20||at Minnesota Vikings||W 27–21||6–4||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
|12||November 27||Chicago Bears||W 25–20||7–4||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|13||December 4||at Miami Dolphins||L 14–34||7–5||Sun Life Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 11||at Green Bay Packers||L 16–46||7–6||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 18||Detroit Lions||L 27–28||7–7||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|16||December 24||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 16–13 (OT)||8–7||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|17||January 1||San Diego Chargers||L 26–38||8–8||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
The Raiders began their 2011 campaign at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, for a Week 1 AFC West duel with the Denver Broncos in the second game of Monday Night Football's doubleheader. Oakland trailed early in the first quarter as Broncos kicker Matt Prater got a 28-yard field goal. The Raiders answered in the second quarter as quarterback Jason Campbell found fullback Marcel Reece on a 3-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 37-yard, a 21-yard, and an NFL record tying 63-yard field goal from kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski's leg helped put the Raiders up 16–3 at halftime.
Denver answered in the third quarter as wide receiver Eric Decker returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, followed by Prater getting a 30-yard field goal. Oakland struck back in the fourth quarter with Campbell's 1-yard touchdown. The Broncos tried to rally with quarterback Kyle Orton completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Lance Ball, yet the Raiders' offense was able to run out the clock.
With the win, not only did Oakland begin their season at 1–0, but they also snapped their 8-straight opening day losing streak.
A day after owner Al Davis died, the Raiders fought back from an early deficit and defensive back Michael Huff made a pick in the end zone in the waning seconds for an emotional victory. On that final play, the Raiders only had ten men on the field on defense, and Huff emotionally stated that he believed the team's late owner, Al Davis, "had his hand on that ball." 
With the loss, the Raiders went into their bye week at 4–3. Also, the Raiders were shut out at home for the first time since Week 1 of the 2006 season when the team was shut out by the Chargers.
Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Raiders flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 10 AFC West duel with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. Oakland trailed early in the first quarter as Chargers kicker Nick Novak got a 20-yard field goal, yet the Raiders answered with a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Michael Bush. Oakland added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal from kicker Sebastian Janikowski, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer finding rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore on a 33-yard touchdown pass.
San Diego began the third quarter with quarterback Philip Rivers completing a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Brown, yet the Raiders struck back with Palmer hooking up with Moore again on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, the Chargers closed out the quarter with Rivers completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jacob Hester. From there, Oakland's defense held on to preserve the victory.
With the win, the Raiders improved to 5–4, and took the lead of the AFC West.
Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards and Michael Bush iced the game with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead the Raiders (7–4) to their third straight win against a Bears team missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
With the loss, the Raiders' season ended at 8–8 and their three-game winning streak over the Chargers was snapped.
|(4) Denver Broncos||8||8||0||.500||3–3||6–6||309||390||L3|
|San Diego Chargers||8||8||0||.500||3–3||7–5||406||377||W1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||3–3||4–8||212||338||W1|
Death of owner Al Davis
Acquisition of Carson Palmer
On October 18, 2011, the Raiders acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2012 first round draft pick and a conditional 2013 first round pick based on incentives. The trade was made two days after Jason Campbell suffered a potential season ending collarbone injury in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns.[full citation needed]
Firing of Hue Jackson
On January 10, 2012, the Raiders announced that head coach Hue Jackson would be fired.
Notes and references
- http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4450767 Seymour dealt to Raiders
- http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6884942/san-francisco-49ers-curb-tailgating-seek-indefinite-end-oakland-raiders-series 49ers to ban tailgating after kickoff
- "Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski joins NFL's 63-yard club". Denver Post. September 13, 2011.
- "Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – November 10, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d822ed9f9/article/al-davis-hall-of-fame-owner-of-raiders-passes-at-age-82?module=HP11_cp Al Davis, Hall of Fame owner of Raiders, passes at age 82
- "Sports Now". Los Angeles Times. October 17, 2011.
- "Raiders fire Hue Jackson". ESPN. January 11, 2012.