- Super Bowl Championships: 3
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 37
- Claim to Fame: From 1963 to 1992, the Raiders had the best winning percentage among all major sports teams (66.1%)
- Claim to Shame: Did not post one winning season from 2003-2015
The Oakland Raiders are one of the NFL’s flagship franchises with a rich and storied history, which is a polite way of saying they’ve been terrible over the last 15 seasons.
The Raiders lack of on-field credibility and close proximity to the beloved San Francisco 49ers has proved challenging for the small market club. Former coach-turned-owner Al Davis moved them down Highway 1 for greener pastures in Los Angeles from 1982 – 1994.
However, LA got bored and the Raiders returned to Oakland with their tails between their legs. Now, many years later, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas – likely in 2020.
Although they are directly responsible for giving us the poster boy of the greatest sports video game of all-time in John Madden, the Raiders have struggled to cultivate home grown talent since the glory days of the 1970’s.
After a brutal six-win season (5-9-2 ATS) in 2017, new owner Mark Davis went out and signed the best coach in broadcasting, John Gruden.
Gruden is assembling a team (Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, Tahir Whitehead & Marcus Gilchrist) that will contend for the 2014 AFC West title. Unfortunately, this is 2018.
Either Coach Chucky is the greatest talent evaluator of all time, or the Raiders’ second half of the 2018 draft haul will dramatically overperform their first three round selections.
Michigan’s Maurice Hurst fell to them in the fifth round, but everyone else they selected is replacement level.
The Raiders’ 2018 season depends upon this “island of misfit toys” exceeding all expectations. Smart money says the Raiders are trying to make this a divorce that neither they, nor the city of Oakland, will lament.