|1967 Oakland Raiders season|
|Head Coach||John Rauch|
|Home Field||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum|
|Place||1st AFL Western|
|Playoff Finish||Won AFL Championship|
Lost Super Bowl II
|Previous Season||Next Season|
The 1967 Oakland Raiders season was a breakthrough one for the franchise. The team captured their first Western Division title, and advanced to the American Football League Championship game for the first time. Head coach John Rauch led the team to a 13–1 finish and an appearance in Super Bowl II.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Preseason
- 3 Regular season
- 3.1 Schedule
- 3.2 Team leaders
- 3.3 Final standings
- 3.4 Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos
- 3.5 Week 3: vs. Boston Patriots
- 3.6 Week 5: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- 3.7 Week 6: at New York Jets
- 3.8 Week 7: at Buffalo Bills
- 3.9 Week 8: at Boston Patriots
- 3.10 Week 9: vs. San Diego Chargers
- 3.11 Week 10: at Denver Broncos
- 3.12 Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins
- 3.13 Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs
- 3.14 Week 14: at San Diego Chargers
- 3.15 Week 15: at Houston Oilers
- 3.16 Week 16: vs. New York Jets
- 3.17 Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills
- 3.18 Regular season team statistics
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Sources
Offseason[edit | edit source]
1967 AFL draft[edit | edit source]
Preseason[edit | edit source]
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|August 5||San Diego||W||24-23||1-0||24,855|
|August 19||Kansas City at Portland OR||L||48–0||2-1||13,352|
|August 27||Denver at North Platte NE||L||21-17||2-2||6,600|
|September 3||San Francisco||L||13-10||2-3||53,254|
Regular season[edit | edit source]
Over the course of a fourteen-game regular season schedule, the Raiders faced six of the other eight AFL teams twice, with one game against the Eastern Division's Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins. The AFL had no playoff rounds; only a championship game between the league's two division winners.
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|4||October 1||Kansas City||W||23–21||3-0||50,268|
|5||October 7 (Sat)||at NY Jets||L||14–27||3-1||63,106|
|6||October 15||at Buffalo||W||24–20||4-1||45,758|
|7||October 22||at Boston||W||48–14||5-1||25,057|
|8||October 29||San Diego||W||51–10||6-1||53,474|
|9||November 5||at Denver||W||21–17||7-1||29,043|
|12||November 23 (Thu)||at Kansas City||W||44–22||9-1||44,020|
|13||December 3||at San Diego||W||41–21||10-1||53,474|
|14||December 10||at Houston||W||19–7||11-1||36,375|
|15||December 17||NY Jets||W||38–29||12-1||53,011|
Team leaders[edit | edit source]
Daryle Lamonica – 3,228 yds., 30 TD, 20 INT, 80.8 rating
Clem Daniels – 130 att., 575 yds., 4 TD
Fred Biletnikoff – 40 rec., 876 yds., 5 TD
Final standings[edit | edit source]
Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]
With only one game played during the AFL's opening week, the Raiders' season began on September 10, 1967, with a 51–0 wipeout of the Denver Broncos in front of a home crowd of just more than 25,000. Running back Hewritt Dixon caught one touchdown pass and ran for another. Warren Powers capped the scoring with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Week 3: vs. Boston Patriots[edit | edit source]
Newly acquired quarterback Daryle Lamonica threw three touchdowns and ran for another as Oakland's high-powered offense easily handled the Boston Patriots. Former Raiders quarterback Babe Parilli connected with Art Graham on a 19-yard touchdown pass for Boston's only score.
Week 5: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]
The Raiders stayed undefeated on the young season on the strength of two Daryle Lamonica touchdown passes and three field goals from 40-year-old George Blanda. A late touchdown run by Mike Garrett was not enough for Kansas City, who lost their first game of the season.
Week 6: at New York Jets[edit | edit source]
In front of a crowd of more than 63,000 at Shea Stadium, the New York Jets spoiled Oakland's perfect season. New York's running game provided three touchdowns—two by Emerson Boozer and one by Bill Mathis. Daryle Lamonica connected with Bill Miller and Warren Wells for two second-half touchdowns.
Week 7: at Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]
Oakland rebounded from the previous week's defeat by edging the Buffalo Bills in War Memorial Stadium. The Raiders built a 17–7 halftime lead on a George Blanda field goal, a Fred Biletnikoff touchdown catch, and a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Dan Conners. Daryle Lamonica found Billy Cannon for a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, which provided the margin of victory.
Week 8: at Boston Patriots[edit | edit source]
In a Week 3 rematch at Fenway Park the Raiders once again easily defeated the Patriots. Daryle Lamonica threw for four touchdowns, while George Blanda accounted for one touchdown pass and two field goals. Roger Hagberg caught one touchdown and ran for another for Oakland.
Week 9: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]
Oakland broke the 50-point mark for the second time in 1967, as the Raiders crushed the San Diego Chargers in their first meeting of the season. Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda combined for three touchdown passes, while Lamonica ran for two more scores. Lance Alworth caught a 71-yard touchdown for the Chargers.
Week 10: at Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]
Oakland held off a late comeback by the Broncos to preserve a narrow victory at Bears Stadium. The Raiders built an 18–7 halftime lead on the strength of two touchdown receptions by Bill Miller, but could only manage one field goal in the second half. Jim LeClair ran for a 1-yard Denver touchdown in the final period.
Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]
The Raiders scored 17 points in the final period to pull away from the expansion Miami Dolphins. Daryle Lamonica connected with Billy Cannon for three scores, while Clem Daniels ran for another. Bob Griese threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Doug Moreau in the second quarter to give the Dolphins a three-point lead at halftime.
Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]
Oakland improved to 9–1 by doubling up on the Chiefs in front of more than 44,000 in Municipal Stadium. Five different Raiders (Fred Biletnikoff, Willie Brown, Pete Banaszak, Warren Powers, and Larry Todd) scored touchdowns, while the Chiefs got touchdown receptions from Frank Pitts and Otis Taylor.
Week 14: at San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]
The Raiders' offense continued to pile up points on the season, as Daryle Lamonica threw for four more touchdowns. Billy Cannon caught two, while Bill Miller and Fred Biletnikoff caught one each. Charger quarterback John Hadl passed for two scores and ran for another.
Week 15: at Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]
Four George Blanda field goals and a 27-yard touchdown run by Hewritt Dixon lifted Oakland to its eleventh win of the season, while the Raiders defense held the Houston Oilers to just one touchdown. The game was played at Rice Stadium.
Week 16: vs. New York Jets[edit | edit source]
The Raiders avenged their only loss of the season in front of a home crowd of 53,011. The Jets scored first on a 28-yard pass from Joe Namath to Don Maynard. Daryle Lamonica threw for three touchdowns, while Roger Hagberg and Hewritt Dixon ran for one touchdown each.
Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]
A 6-yard touchdown run by Hewritt Dixon broke a 21–21 tie in the fourth quarter, as the Raiders edged the Bills to end their regular season with a 13–1 mark, the best in franchise history. The Oakland defense capitalized on Buffalo turnovers, converting two fumble recoveries into touchdowns in the second and third quarters. Daryle Lamonica found Billy Cannon for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the first period.
Regular season team statistics[edit | edit source]
In the 1967 regular season, the defense led the league with 67 sacks and 665 yards lost, the latter still an all-time record, the Raiders leading the league in sacks from 1966 to 1968, also an all-time record.
Postseason[edit | edit source]
With a 13–1 record, the Raiders captured their first AFL Western Division title and advanced to the 1967 AFL Championship against the Eastern Division champion Houston Oilers. Oakland edged Houston in a Week 15 matchup on December 10. By virtue of the game's annual rotation, the game was played in Oakland.
Postseason results[edit | edit source]
|AFL Championship||December 31||Houston||W||40–7|
|Super Bowl II||January 14||Green Bay Packers||L||33–14|
AFL championship game[edit | edit source]
- December 31 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Scoring Summary[edit | edit source]
- OAK – FG George Blanda 37
- OAK – Hewritt Dixon 69 run (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Dave Kocourek 17 pass from Daryle Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Lamonica 1 run (Blanda kick)
- OAK – FG Blanda 40
- OAK – FG Blanda 42
- HOU – Frazier 5 pass from Pete Beatherd (Wittenborn kick)
- OAK – FG Blanda 36
- OAK – Bill Miller 12 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
Super Bowl II[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Super Bowl II
- January 14, 1968 at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
Scoring summary[edit | edit source]
- GB – FG [Don Chandler]] 39
- GB – FG Chandler 20
- GB – Boyd Dowler 62 pass from Bart Starr (Chandler kick)
- OAK – Bill Miller 23 pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
- GB – FG Chandler 43
- GB – Donny Anderson 2 run (Chandler kick)
- GB – FG Chandler 31
- GB – Herb Adderley 60 interception return (Chandler kick)
- OAK – Miller 23 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)