The Oakland Raiders are in a holding pattern until the off season starts. The time to build will be upon them very soon. This is a good time to look back at the storied history of this franchise.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end, “Mean” Joe Greene said it best when he said: “The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC went through Oakland. To achieve your dreams as a team, you had to slay the Oakland Raiders. They were the barometer of what it took to be a championship team.”
The Raiders stats in the playoffs shows that he was quite correct. Here is the evidence:
Since the 1970 merger the Raiders have been to eleven AFC championship games. They are 4-7. Five of their seven losses were to the eventual Super Bowl winner while the remaining two were to the runner-up. In their five Super Bowl appearances, they hold a 3-2 record. In the big game, they have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 132 to 114.
The 16 seasons in which they went to the playoffs, only four of the teams they lost to failed to make it to the Superbowl.
Including the pre-merger years from 1960 to 1969, the Raiders have appeared in the league championship game seven times. That includes only the 1967 AFL championship and not Super Bowl II, since before the merger, the Super Bowl was AFL versus NFL as opposed to being the league championship for either league. Both times they lost the AFL championship, the team which defeated them went on to win the Superbowl against the NFL (’67 Jets & ’68 Chiefs).
Counting AFL, the Raiders have appeared in 43 playoff games since their expansion in 1960, counting both the 1967 AFL Championship and Super Bowl II. They hold a 25-18 record. In those games they outscored their opponents by a combined score of 1007-835.
Despite their eleven straight non-winning seasons and an 11 year absence from the playoffs, the Raiders have made the post season in 40% of their 53 seasons in existence, and have the 5th most playoff wins. They also hold a winning record in head to head match ups against 22 of the other 31 NFL teams. Out of the remaining nine franchises, only two are former AFL teams.
The fact that after eleven straight non winning seasons they still hold the head to head advantage against so many teams and are still 5th overall in playoff wins speaks for the past domination the Raiders enjoyed.
The new regime is looking to start a new era of domination. They are set up do just that with the money and draft picks they need to build up this team into a dominant force for years to come. They have to get this right. The fans have waited long enough.