The 2007 Oakland Raiders season
team's forty-eight season overall. The team finished the season
with a 4-12 record. It began with the team's fourth head coach in
six seasons. By virtue of the team's 2-14 finish in 2006 (the worst
in the NFL for that year), they acquired the first overall pick in
the 2007 NFL Draft
. As in 2005 and
2006, the Raiders faced both participants from the previous
season's Super Bowl. In 2007, they had home games scheduled against
the Chicago Bears
and Indianapolis Colts
from Super Bowl XLI
. They lost to both
The first casualty of the Raiders' disastrous 2006 season was head
coach Art Shell
, who was fired on January 4
. His career
record as head coach of the Raiders (including playoffs) was 58-56.
The team has interviewed a number of candidates since Shell's
firing, including San Diego
assistant coach James
, former New York Giants
head coach Jim Fassel
, and current
Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. USC assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian, considered to be the front
runner for the position, withdrew his name from consideration on
On January 22, the team announced the hiring of
31-year-old USC offensive coordinator Lane
, the youngest coach in franchise history and the
youngest coach in the NFL.
Kiffin's first staffing hire was former Atlanta Falcons
, who accepted the same
position in Oakland on January 28.
Oakland signed Super Bowl winning running back Dominic Rhodes
away from the Indianapolis Colts
on March 9, 2007. The
next day, the Raiders brought in Justin
from the Atlanta
to help the blocking game.
first overall pick in the 2007 NFL
Draft the Raiders selected quarterback JaMarcus Russell from LSU.
2007 Raiders Draft Selections
Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 at San Francisco 49ers
Park, San Francisco, California
Week 3 vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 4 at Seattle Seahawks
Field, Seattle, Washington
Week 1: vs. Detroit Lions
With Josh McCown
getting the start at
quarterback, the Raiders began their 2007 campaign at home in an
interconference fight with the Detroit
. After a scoreless first quarter, Oakland trailed early
as Lions QB Jon Kitna
completed a 13-yard
TD pass to WR Roy
. Detroit would increase its lead before halftime with
kicker Jason Hanson
getting a 46-yard
In the third quarter, the Lions continued with their early lead as
Kitna completed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson
Afterwards, the Raiders began to come back as McCown completed a
4-yard TD pass to WR Ronald Curry
followed by RB LaMont Jordan
12-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Detroit responded with
Hanson kicking a 46-yard field goal, while Oakland took the lead
with McCown completing a 7-yard TD pass to FB Justin Griffith
. However, as it seems to be
for the Raiders, their lead wouldn't hold as the Lions scored 17
unanswered points (32-yard TD pass from Kitna to WR Shaun McDonald
, Hanson getting a 23-yard
field goal, and RB Tatum Bell
14-yard TD run) to end the game.
With the loss, Oakland began their season at 0-1.
Week 2: at Denver Broncos
Field at Mile High, Denver,
rebound from their embarrassing home loss to the Lions, the Raiders
flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for an AFC West duel with the Denver Broncos.
In the first quarter,
Oakland trailed early as Broncos QB Jay Cutler
completed a 9-yard
TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley
the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Raiders
got on the board with kicker Sebastian Janikowski
getting a 38-yard
field goal. However, Denver continued to pound away as RB Cecil Sapp
got a 4-yard TD run, while kicker
got a 23-yard field
In the third quarter, Oakland began to come back as QB Josh McCown
(who was a gametime decision heading
into the game) completed a 46-yard TD pass to WR Jerry Porter
for the only score of the period.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders took the lead as DT Gerard Warren
sacked Cutler in the end zone
for a safety, while LB Thomas Howard
interception 44 yards for a touchdown (followed by a successful
2-point coversion pass from McCown to WR Ronald Curry
). However, the Broncos tied the
game up with Elam's 20-yard field goal. In overtime, Oakland
managed to make Denver go three-and-out on their first possession.
A 33-yard run by RB LaMont Jordan
helped set up Janikowski for a game-winning 52-yard field goal. The
Good News: The Kick was good. The Bad News: Broncos Head Coach
called timeout before
the kick could begin. Janikowski's second try hit off the very tip
of the left goal post and was no good, giving Denver a chance to
win the game. The Broncos would eventually win with Elam getting a
23-yard field goal.
With the loss, not only did the Raiders fall to 0-2, but they have
now lost 11-straight games (currently the NFL's longest losing
streak) dating back to Week 9 of the 2006 season.
Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns
Though the Raiders had lost eleven straight games dating back to
Week 9 of the 2006 season, they were favored to beat the Cleveland Browns
32-yard field goal with a 3-0 lead with 37 seconds left in the 1st
quarter. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 22-yard field goal, and the
Raiders lead 6-0 with 11 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Josh McCown
threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to
with a good point after touchdown
). The Raiders lead 13-0 with 4 minutes and 45
seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a
23-yard field goal. The Raiders lead 16-0 with 2 minutes and 5
seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Joshua
returns a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with a
good point after touchdown with the Raiders leading 16-7 with 1
minute and 53 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Phil Dawson
kicked a 23-yard field goal with the
Raiders still in the lead, 16-10 with 11 seconds left in the 2nd
quarter. After halftime, Derek Anderson
21-yard touchdown pass to Braylon
with an extra point, and the Browns lead 17-16 with 9
minutes and 16 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. LaMont Jordan runs
a 1-yard touchdown with an extra point, Raiders lead 23-17 with 11
seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a
48-yard field goal with the Raiders leading 26-17 with 8 minutes
and 11 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Derek Anderson runs a
1-yard touchdown and extra point with the Raiders still leading
26-24 with 3 minutes and 33 seconds left in the 4th quarter. After
getting the ball back with 1:04 left on the clock, Derek Anderson
drove the Browns down to the Oakland 22-yard line. However, as the
ball for Dawson's game winning field goal was snapped, Raiders
coach Lane Kiffin
called a timeout,
imitating the strategy used by the Denver
last week. On Dawson's second attempt, the ball was
blocked by Tommy Kelly
, ending the game
and ending an 11-game losing streak for the Raiders.
Week 4: at Miami Dolphins
Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
off a last-second home win over the Browns, the Raiders flew to
Stadium for a Week 4 duel with the winless Miami Dolphins.
With QB Josh McCown
out with an injury, QB Daunte Culpepper
got a chance to get
redemption against his former team. The game was delayed for 30
minutes due to thunderstorms in the Miami area.
In the first quarter, Oakland got off to a fast start with
Culpepper completing a 7-yard TD pass to WR Jerry Porter
, along with getting a 2-yard TD
run. In the second quarter, the Dolphins responded with RB Ronnie Brown
getting a 9-yard TD run for the
only score of the period. In the third quarter, Miami drew closer
with kicker Jay Feely
nailing a 29-yard
field goal. Fotunately, the Raiders continued their offensive
revival with Culpepper getting a 5-yard TD run. The Dolphins would
respond with QB Trent Green
3-yard TD pass to TE Justin Peelle
the fourth quarter, Oakland sealed its first road win since Week 11
of the 2005 season with Culpepper hooking up with Porter again on a
27-yard TD pass, along with getting a 3-yard TD run.
With the win, the Raiders entered their bye week at 2-2.
Week 6: at San Diego Chargers
Stadium, San Diego, California
off their bye week, the Raiders flew to Qualcomm Stadium for their Week 6 divisional duel with the San Diego Chargers.
In the first
quarter, Oakland trailed early as Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson
got a 3-yard and a
27-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Raiders would respond
with LB Thomas
returning an interception 66 yards for a touchdown,
along with the only score of the period.
In the third quarter, San Diego replied with Tomlinson getting a
13-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the fourth
quarter, Oakland tried to rally as QB Daunte Culpepper
completed a 1-yard TD pass
to rookie TE Zach Miller
the Chargers destroyed any remaining signs of hope with Tomlinson
getting a 41-yard TD run.
With the loss, the Raiders fell to 2-3.
Week 7: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Chargers,
the Raiders went home for a Week 7 divisional duel with their
arch-nemesis, the Kansas City
. In the first half, Oakland trailed as Chiefs kicker
got a 41-yard field goal in
the first quarter and a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Raiders got on the board with QB Daunte Culpepper
completing a 21-yard TD
pass to WR Ronald Curry
for the only
score of the period. In the fourth quarter, Kansas City retook the
lead with RB Larry
getting a 1-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point
conversion). Oakland managed to respond with kicker Sebastian Janikowski
getting a 37-yard
field goal, along with trying to turn a late-game drive into some
winning points. Unfortunately, the game ended with an
With the loss, not only did the Raiders fall to 2-4, but it also
marked their 17th-straight divisional loss, the most since
Week 8: at Tennessee Titans
Field, Nashville, Tennessee
snap a two-game skid, the Raiders flew to LP Field for a Week 8 interconference duel with the Tennessee Titans.
In the first
quarter, Oakland struck first with kicker Sebastian Janikowski
getting a 50-yard
field goal. The Titans would respond with kicker Rob Bironas
getting a 35-yard field goal. In the
second quarter, the Raiders jumped back into the lead with
Janikowski kicking a 43-yard and a 54-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Tennessee drew close with RB Chris Henry
getting a 24-yard TD
run for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, the
Titans took the lead with Bironas getting a 23-yard field goal. QB
tried to lead
Oakland back into the lead, but Tennessee's defense held them
With their third-straight loss, not only did the Raiders fall to
2-5, but they have now lost 14 out of their last 15 road
Week 9: vs. Houston Texans
Trying to snap a three-game skid, the Raiders went home for a Week
9 intraconference duel with the Houston
. In the first quarter, Oakland's struggles continued as
Texans RB Ahman Green
got an 8-yard TD
run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, things
continued to get worse the Raiders as Houston increased its lead
with RB Ron Dayne
getting a 14-yard TD
run, while kicker Kris Brown
40-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Oakland finally managed to get on the board
as kicker Sebastian Janikowski
nailed a 22-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In
the fourth quarter, the Raiders drew closer as RB Justin Fargas
got a 1-yard TD run.
Unfortunately, the Texans pulled away as QB Sage Rosenfels
completed a 42-yard TD pass to
WR André Davis
. Oakland's only
response was QB Josh McCown
28-yard TD pass to WR Tim Dwight
With their fourth-straight loss, the Raiders fell to 2-6.
Week 10: vs. Chicago Bears
Trying to snap a four-game losing skid, the Raiders stayed at home
for a Week 10 interconference duel with the defending NFC
champions, the Chicago Bears
. In the
first quarter, Oakland struck first with kicker Sebastian Janikowski
getting a 37-yard
field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter,
the Bears would tie the game with kicker Robbie Gould
getting a 32-yard field goal for
the only score of the period.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Raiders regained the lead with
Janikowski nailing a 52-yard field goal. Unfortunately, Oakland's
struggles continued as QB Rex Grossman
completed a 59-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian
, along with RB Cedric Benson
getting a 3-yard TD run.
With their fifth-straight loss, the Raiders fell to 2-7.
Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings
H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
snap a five-game skid, the Raiders flew to the Hubert
H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Week 11 interconference duel with the
Minnesota Vikings, as QB Daunte Culpepper would be getting the start
against his former team.
In the first quarter, Oakland trailed early as Vikings RB Chester Taylor
managed to get a 10-yard TD
run, along with a safety (due to Culpepper committing a penalty
while in his own endzone). The Raiders would get on the board as
kicker Sebastian Janikowski
managed to get a 42-yard field goal. In the second quarter,
Minnesota increased its lead with kicker Ryan Longwell
getting a 30-yard field goal.
Afterwards, Oakland would take the lead as Culpepper completed a
10-yard TD pass to TE John Madsen
with Janikowski kicking a 30-yard field goal. The Vikings would
answer with Taylor getting a 38-yard TD run. Fortunately, the
Raiders would tie the game heading into halftime as Janikowski
kicked a 42-yard and a 49-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Minnesota regained the lead with Longwell
kicking a 38-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In
the fourth quarter, the Vikings ended its scoring day with Taylor
getting a 6-yard TD run. Oakland tried to comeback as Janikowski
nailed a 52-yard field goal. However, Minnesota would hold on for
With their sixth-straight loss, the Raiders fell to 2-8, securing
the team's fifth consecutive non-winning season.
Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs
Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
snap a six-game losing skid, the Raiders flew to Arrowhead
Stadium for a Week 12 AFC West rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the first
quarter, Oakland took the early lead as kicker Sebastian Janikowski
managed to get a
25-yard field goal. However, the Chiefs took the lead with RB
getting a 10-yard TD run. In
the second quarter, the Raiders drew closer as Janikowski kicked a
54-yard field goal. However, Kansas City managed to get one last
strike prior to halftime as kicker Dave
nailed a 30-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Oakland regained the lead with RB LaMont Jordan
getting a 5-yard TD run.
However, the Chiefs retook the lead with Smith getting a 5-yard TD
run. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders once again jumped into the
lead as RB Justin Fargas
got a 14-yard
TD run. This time, the defense managed to hold on for the
With the win, not only did the Raiders improve to 3-8, but they
managed to do four things with their one win. First, they snapped
their six-game losing skid. Second, they snapped a nine-game losing
skid to the Chiefs. Third, they snapped a 17-game losing streak
against divisional opponents with their first divisional win since
2004. And finally, they surpassed their regular season win total
from last season.
Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos
Coming off their divisional road win over the Chiefs, the Raiders
went home for a Week 13 AFC West rematch with the Denver Broncos
. In the first quarter, Oakland
stormed ahead early as QB Josh McCown
completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Tim
. Afterwards, the Broncos answered with RB Travis Henry
getting a 4-yard TD run. In the
second quarter, the Raiders regained the lead with McCown
completing a 13-yard TD pass to TE Zach
for the only score of the period.
In the third quarter, Oakland increased its lead with kicker
38-yard field goal, while McCown completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR
. Denver managed to keep
itself in the game with kicker Jason Elam
getting a 29-yard and a 44-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter,
the Broncos got close as Henry got a 3-yard TD run. Afterwards, the
Raiders pulled away with Janikowski connecting on a 44-yard field
goal, while RB Justin Fargas
to get a 5-yard TD run.
With the win, Oakland improved to 4-8.
For the Raiders, the win marked back-to-back divisional win after
losing their previous 17 AFC West games.
During the second quarter, rookie QB JaMarcus Russell
made his NFL debut as he
completed 4 of 7 for 56 yards.
Week 14 at Green Bay Packers
Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
look for their first three-game winning streak since 2002, the Raiders travel to
Bay to face the Packers.
Oakland and Green Bay did
not score in first quarter, but score in the second. Halfback
run a six-yard touchdown with
kicking an extra point. Later, Raiders' punter Shane Lechler punts
the ball to Will Blackmon
with a fifty seven-yard punt return
for a touchdown and Crosby kicks for
an extra point. Later on the second quarter, quarterback Josh McCown
throws a twenty five-yard touchdown
pass to wide receiver Jerry Porter
a Sebastian Janikowski point after touchdown. In the third quarter,
Mason Crosby kicks a forty four-yard field goal
. Quarterback Brett Favre
throws an eight-yard touchdown pass
to wide receiver Greg Jennings
Mason Crosby extra point. With a Raiders possession, quarterback
Josh McCown fumbles in Raiders' end zone and cornerback Will
recovers the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
And again, Crosby kicks an extra point. In fourth quarter, Brett
Favre throws a forty six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee
kicking an extra point.
With the loss, the Raiders fell to 4-9, marking their
fifth-straight losing season since their Super Bowl XXXVII
Week 15: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Packers, the Raiders
went home for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the defending
Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts
. In the first quarter,
Oakland trailed early as Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri
managed to get a 22-yard field
goal, while CB T.J. Rushing
returned a punt 90 yards for a
touchdown. In the second quarter, the Raiders got on the board with
QB Josh McCown
completing a 3-yard TD
pass to WR Ronald Curry
for the only
score of the period.
In the third quarter, Indianapolis increased its lead with
Vinatieri nailing a 19-yard field goal for the only score of the
period. In the fourth quarter, Oakland took the lead with RB
getting a 2-yard run.
However, the Colts sealed the win with QB Peyton Manning
completing a 20-yard TD pass
to WR Anthony Gonzalez
With the loss, not only did the Raiders fall to 4-10, but it also
marked their 5th-straight time in which Oakland had at least 10
losses in a season.
During this game Justin Fargas rushed for a season total of 1000
yards, despite being given the starting job for nine games.
Week 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars
Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
The Raiders were stymied almost totally by the Jaguars in Week 16.
The Raiders defense allowed seven touchdowns: two passing TDs each
from David Garrard
and Jaguars backup
QB Quinn Gray
, and three rushing TDs. The
Raiders only managed 215 yards of total offense.
The game was punctuated by an ugly incident with 21 seconds left in
the first half, where Warren Sapp
with officials over a penalty the team wanted to accept. The
argument led to four unsportmanlike conduct penalties against the
Raiders, three of them on Sapp, and Sapp was ejected from the game.
Although one of the officials accused Sapp of bumping him, he was
JaMarcus Russell entered the game in the middle of the first
quarter, and would play the rest of the game. Although he threw
three interceptions, he finally threw his first career touchdown
pass in the NFL, to Zach Miller
, with 11
seconds to go in the game. He followed it up with a pass to
for a two-point
conversion. Dominic Rhodes
115 yards. Kirk Morrison
intercept a pass by David Garrard, one of only three picks the
Jaguars QB would throw all season in 2007.
Week 17 vs. San Diego Chargers
Coliseum, Oakland, California
After a lackluster performance in Jacksonville, JaMarcus Russell
made his first career start at home against divisional rival San
Diego. Russell still had some difficulty with turnovers as he threw
an interception early in the game and fumbled the ball which was
recovered in the end zone by San Diego for a touchdown. He did,
however, improve his passing game by throwing for over 200 yards
including a touchdown to Jerry Porter, his first touchdown at home
as a Raider.
Oakland lost their final game of their season. They finished at
4-12, which was an improvement over last year's 2-14 record.