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Overview of the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders were a foundation member of the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The Raiders were the dominant franchise in the initial years after the merger qualifying for the playoffs in seven of the first eight seasons and winning the Super Bowl in 1976. The Raiders won another Super Bowl in 1980, moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and won their third Super Bowl in 1983. The franchise returned to Oakland in 1995 and despite some early success has struggled. The Raiders have not qualified for the playoffs since 2002.

Statistics Overview of the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders were established in 1960. The franchise returned to Oakland in 1995 and have played their home matches at O.co Coliseum ever since. The Raiders are three time Super Bowl champions and have won four AFC Conference Championships. They have won the AFC West on fifteen occasions and qualified for the playoffs twenty-one times. The Raiders have an overall record of 434-375-11 and an impressive playoffs record of 25-18. The Raiders rivalry with the Denver Broncos is one of the most intense in the AFC.

Conference: AFC
Established: 1960
Stadium: O.co Coliseum (1966-1981, 1995- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 3 (1976, 1980, 1983)
Conference Championships: 4 (1976, 1980, 1983, 2002)
Division Championships: 15 (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Playoff Appearances: 21 (1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Overall Record: 434-375-11
Playoff Record: 25-18
Biggest Rivals: Denver Broncos
Head Coach: Dennis Allen
Legenday Players: Ken Stabler, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Gene Upshaw

Oakland Raiders: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor was the starting QB for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2008-2010. The Oakland Raiders chose Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplement Draft. Considered the most recruited high school football-basketball athlete in southwestern Pennsylvania since Tom Clements, Pryor was widely regarded as the nation's top football prospect of 2008, and was named "Junior of the Year" by Rivals.com. Pryor had originally hoped to be a two-sport athlete, as he was also one of the nation's most heralded high school basketball players, but he later chose football. He struggled in his first two seasons, standing in QB Carson Palmer's shadow. But after Palmer was traded to Arizona, Pryor started as QB. In the first game against the Colts he broke the Raiders' rushing record for a quarterback with 13 carries for 112 yards. In Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor opened the game with a 93-yard run for touchdown, the longest in NFL history for a quarterback.

Offensive Star: Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden was selected with the 4th pick in the 2008 NFL draft. McFadden's NFL career has been plagued by injuries but when fully fit he is one of the best running backs in the league. McFadden's best season was in 2010, when he played a career high thirteen games and rushed for 1157 yards. McFadden was the number one ranked running back after six weeks of the 2011 NFL season but was struck down with injury in week seven and didn't play for the rest of the year. 2012 saw McFadden register his second-best season to date and he will be hoping to build further on this over the 2014 calendar.

Defensive Star: Nick Roach

Linebacker Nick Roach was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. After being cut he later signed with the Chicago Bears. 2009 saw Roach make his biggest impact on defense, starting 15 games for the Bears. He had 54 solo tackles, 28 assists, two sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Roach signed with the Raiders in March 2013. He played in all 16 games of the season and the team in tackles. He ended the season with a career high 83 solo tackles, 29 assists, and 5.5 sacks. Roach has hit his stride with the Raiders, and will hope to continue getting better in 2014.

Head Coach: Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen has been head coach of the Raiders since 2012. Before that he worked in defensive positions with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Denver Broncos. Allen is known for his aggressive "bend but don't break" defensive play calling that gives up a lot of yards, but also forces many sacks and turnovers. In 2009 in New Orleans, the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game. Allen is the first defense-orientated head coach at Oakland since 1978, since longtime former owner Al Davis preferred offensive-minded coaches. Allen had a rough start, with all draft picks being traded away before the beginning of 2012 season, which did not allow Allen to establish his system with the right players. He ended the season with a 4-12 record. Unfortunately, he also finished 2013 with the same poor record. Hopefully he can improve in 2014.

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