2011 Oakland Raiders season

2011 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach Hue Jackson
Owner Al Davis (until death)
Mark Davis (after October 8)
Home field O.co Coliseum
Record 8–8
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 an ninth consecutive season.[1]

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 have secured their second consecutive non-losing season. Although TV blackouts have 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.[2] 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.[3][4] This season also marked the first consecutive non-losing season for the Raiders since 1998–2002.



Main article: 2011 NFL Draft

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).[5]

2011 Oakland Raiders draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 48 Stefen Wisniewski  C Penn St
3 81 DeMarcus Van Dyke  CB Miami (FL)
3 92 Joseph Barksdale  OT LSU
4 113 Chimdi Chekwa  CB Ohio St
4 125 Taiwan Jones  RB Eastern Washington
5 148 Denarius Moore  WR Tennessee
6 181 Richard Gordon  TE Miami (FL)
7 241 David Ausberry  WR USC
      Made roster       Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career



The Raiders' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:00 p.m. PDT Arizona Cardinals L 18–24 0–1 O.co Coliseum KICU-TV Recap
2 August 20 5:00 p.m. PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 3–17 0–2 Candlestick Park KICU-TV Recap
3 August 28 5:00 p.m. PDT New Orleans Saints L 20–40 0–3 O.co Coliseum NBC Recap
4 September 2 7:30 p.m. PDT at Seattle Seahawks L 3–20 0–4 CenturyLink Field KICU-TV Recap
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

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 has officially discontinued all future preseason games between the two teams.[6]

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 September 12 7:15 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos W 23–20 1–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 18 10:00 a.m. PDT at Buffalo Bills L 35–38 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 1:05 p.m. PDT New York Jets W 34–24 2–1 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
4 October 2 1:15 p.m. PDT New England Patriots L 19–31 2–2 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
5 October 9 10:00 a.m. PDT at Houston Texans W 25–20 3–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 16 1:05 p.m. PDT Cleveland Browns W 24–17 4–2 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
7 October 23 1:05 p.m. PDT Kansas City Chiefs L 0–28 4–3 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 1:05 p.m. PST Denver Broncos L 24–38 4–4 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
10 November 10 5:20 p.m. PST at San Diego Chargers W 24–17 5–4 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN[b] Recap
11 November 20 10:00 a.m. PST at Minnesota Vikings W 27–21 6–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:05 p.m. PST Chicago Bears W 25–20 7–4 O.co Coliseum FOX Recap
13 December 4 10:00 a.m. PST at Miami Dolphins L 14–34 7–5 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 11 1:15 p.m. PST[7] at Green Bay Packers L 16–46 7–6 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
15 December 18 1:05 p.m. PST Detroit Lions L 27–28 7–7 O.co Coliseum FOX Recap
16 December 24 10:00 a.m. PST at Kansas City Chiefs W 16–13 (OT) 8–7 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 1 1:15 p.m. PST San Diego Chargers L 26–38 8–8 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap


^[a] The game was simulcast locally on KPIX-TV.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on KBCW.

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Raiders 0 1607 23
Broncos 3 0107 20

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.[8]

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.

Week 2

1 234Total
Raiders 0 21014 35
Bills 0 31421 38

Week 3

1 234Total
Jets 7 1007 24
Raiders 7 10710 34

Week 4

1 234Total
Patriots 7 1077 31
Raiders 3 736 19
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • Game start: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 62,572
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy; 71°F
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

Week 5

1 234Total
Raiders 3 9310 25
Texans 7 733 20

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.

Week 6

1 234Total
Browns 0 7010 17
Raiders 7 7100 24

Week 7

1 234Total
Chiefs 14 077 28
Raiders 0 000 0

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.

Week 9

1 234Total
Broncos 7 01714 38
Raiders 3 1470 24

Week 10

1 234Total
Raiders 7 1070 24
Chargers 3 0140 17

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.[9]

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.[9]

With the win, the Raiders improved to 5–4, and took the lead of the AFC West.

Week 11

1 234Total
Raiders 3 2130 27
Vikings 7 0014 21
Oakland at Minnesota in week 11

Week 12

1 234Total
Bears 0 7013 20
Raiders 6 667 25

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals and the Raiders took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago's Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25–20 Sunday.

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.

Week 13

1 234Total
Raiders 0 0014 14
Dolphins 6 7210 34
  • Date: December 4
  • Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 57,225
  • Game weather: Sunny; 80°F
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf

Week 14

1 234Total
Raiders 0 079 16
Packers 14 17123 46
  • Date: December 11
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
  • Game start: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,524
  • Game weather: Clear; 43°F
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

Week 15

1 234Total
Lions 7 7014 28
Raiders 7 10010 27


Week 16

1 234OTTotal
Raiders 3 0733 16
Chiefs 3 0370 13
  • Date: December 24
  • Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,803
  • Game weather: Sunny; 38°F
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

Week 17

1 234Total
Chargers 7 1777 38
Raiders 7 667 26

With the loss, the Raiders' season ended at 8–8 and their three-game winning streak over the Chargers was snapped.


AFC West
(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
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

Death of owner Al Davis

On October 8, one day before the team's Week 5 game at the Houston Texans, owner Al Davis died in his Oakland, California home at the age of 82. The Raiders won the game 25–20.[11]

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.[12] The trade was made two days after Jason Campbell suffered a potential season ending collarbone injury in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns.[13]

Firing of Hue Jackson

On January 10, 2012, the Raiders announced that head coach Hue Jackson would be fired.[14]


Oakland Raiders 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Brad Roll
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Chris DiSanto
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Chris Pearson

Final roster

2011 Oakland Raiders final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Notes and references

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