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1983 Los Angeles Raiders season
Owner Al Davis
Head Coach Tom Flores
General Manager Al Davis
Home Field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 38–10
Won AFC Championship (vs. Seahawks) 30–14
Won Super Bowl XVIII (vs. Redskins) 38–9
Pro Bowlers TE Todd Christensen
CB Lester Hayes
OLB Ted Hendricks
OT Henry Lawrence
DE Howie Long
OLB Rod Martin
FS Vann McElroy
RS Greg Pruitt
AP All-Pros TE Todd Christensen
CB Lester Hayes
DE Howie Long
OLB Rod Martin
S Vann McElroy
Timeline
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1982 1984

The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders season was the team's 14th season in the National Football League (NFL), their 24th season overall, and their second season in Los Angeles.

The team began by attempting to improve on their 8–1 record from 1982 and went on to win the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history. Prior to the Los Angeles Rams' victory in Super Bowl LVI, the 1983 Raiders were the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl while based in Los Angeles.

NFL Films produced a documentary about the team's season entitled Just Win, Baby!; it was narrated by John Facenda, the 16th and final Raiders highlight film narrated by Facenda, who died on September 26, 1984. On November 24, 2006, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, in which they ranked the 1983 Raiders at #20; the film was narrated by Alec Baldwin and featured commentary from players Marcus Allen, Todd Christensen and Howie Long.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

1983 Raiders Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
1 26 Don Mosebar C USC
2 54 Bill Pickel DT Rutgers
3 82 Tony Caldwell LB Washington
4 110 Greg Townsend DE TCU
5 138 Dokie Williams WR UCLA
7 194 Jeff McCall HB Clemson
8 222 Mike Dotterer HB Stanford
9 249 Kent Jordan TE St. Mary's
10 277 Mervyn Fernandez WR San José State
12 333 Scott Lindquist QB Northern Arizona

Personnel[]

Front Office Staff / Coaches[]

1983 Los Angeles Raiders final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Quarterbacks – Larry Kennan
  • Running backs – Ray Willsey
  • Assistant running backs – Terry Robiskie
  • Wide receivers – Tom Walsh
  • Tight ends – Bob Mischak
  • Offensive line – Sam Boghosian
  • Assistant offensive line – Art Shell
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive line – Earl Leggett
  • Linebackers – Charlie Sumner
  • Defensive backs – Willie Brown
  • Defensive backs – Chet Franklin

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Steve Ortmayer

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Bob Mischak

Roster[]

1983 Los Angeles Raiders final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 32 Marcus Allen HB
  • 27 Frank Hawkins HB
  • 33 Kenny King FB
  • 28 Cleo Montgomery HB/KR
  • 34 Greg Pruitt HB
  • 38 Chester Willis HB

Wide receivers

  • 80 Malcolm Barnwell
  • 21 Cliff Branch
  • 82 Calvin Muhammad
  • 85 Dokie Williams

Tight ends

  • 46 Todd Christensen
  • 87 Don Hasselbeck
  • 31 Derrick Jensen
Offensive linemen
  • 50 Dave Dalby C
  • 79 Bruce Davis OT
  • 73 Charley Hannah G
  • 64 Shelby Jordan OT
  • 70 Henry Lawrence OT
  • 65 Mickey Marvin G
  • 72 Don Mosebar C
  • 66 Steve Sylvester C

Defensive linemen

  • 77 Lyle Alzado DE
  • 62 Reggie Kinlaw DT
  • 75 Howie Long DE
  • 68 Johnny Robinson DT
  • 61 Dave Stalls DE
  • 71 Bill Pickel DT
  • 93 Greg Townsend DE
Linebackers
  • 56 Jeff Barnes
  • 54 Darryl Byrd
  • 57 Tony Caldwell
  • 83 Ted Hendricks
  • 53 Rod Martin
  • 55 Matt Millen
  • 51 Bob Nelson
  • 58 Jack Squirek

Defensive backs

  • 45 James Davis CB
  • 36 Mike Davis S
  • 26 Vann McElroy S
  • 37 Lester Hayes CB
  • 22 Mike Haynes CB/PR
  • 48 Kenny Hill S
  • 23 Odis McKinney CB
  • 20 Ted Watts CB

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Vacant


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Opponent Result Record Game site
1 at Cincinnati W 20–10 1-0 Riverfront Stadium
2 Houston W 20–6 2-0 LA Coliseum
3 Miami W 27–14 3-0 LA Coliseum
4 at Denver W 22–7 4-0 Mile High Stadium
5 at Washington L 35–37 4-1 RFK Stadium
6 Kansas City W 21–20 5-1 LA Coliseum
7 at Seattle L 36–38 5-2 The Kingdome
8 at Dallas W 40–38 6-2 Texas Stadium
9 Seattle L 21–34 6-3 LA Coliseum
10 at Kansas City W 28–10 7-3 Arrowhead Stadium
11 Denver W 22–20 8-3 LA Coliseum
12 at Buffalo W 27–24 9-3 Rich Stadium
13 NY Giants W 27–12 10-3 LA Coliseum
14 at San Diego W 42–10 11-3 San Diego Stadium
15 St. Louis L 24–34 11-4 LA Coliseum
16 San Diego W 30–14 12-4 LA Coliseum

Standings[]

1983 AFC West standings
W L T Win
Pct. (%)
DIV Conf. PF PA Streak
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338 W1
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397 W2
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327 L1
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367 W1

Postseason[]

Los Angeles Raiders 38, Pittsburgh Steelers 10[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 7 0 10
Raiders 7 10 21 0 38



The Raiders scored 3 touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 38–10 win over the Steelers. In the first quarter, Pittsburgh advanced on a 78-yard drive, but when faced with fourth down and inches near the goal line, they opted for kicker Gary Anderson's 17-yard field goal. But the Raiders controlled the rest of the game, as Lester Hayes returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. A 4-yard touchdown by running back Marcus Allen and a 45-yard field goal gave the Raiders a 17–3 lead. The Raiders then scored three touchdowns in the third period, including Allen's 49-yard run. Allen finished the game with 121 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on just 13 carries, while also catching 5 passes for 38 yards. The Steelers' lone score in the second half was wide receiver John Stallworth's 58-yard touchdown reception.

  • Scoring
    • PIT – field goal Anderson 17 PIT 3–0
    • LAD – Hayes 18 interception return (Bahr kick)LAD 7–3
    • LAD – Allen 4 run (Bahr kick) LAD 14–3
    • LAD – field goal Bahr 45 LAD 17–3
    • LAD – King 9 run (Bahr kick) LAD 24–3
    • LAD – Allen 49 run (Bahr kick) LAD 31–3
    • PIT – Stallworth 58 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick) LAD 31–10
    • LAD – Hawkins 2 run (Bahr kick) LAD 38–10

Los Angeles Raiders 30, Seattle Seahawks 14[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 7 14
Raiders 3 17 7 3 30



Seattle had defeated Los Angeles twice during the regular season, but this game had a very different outcome.

The Raiders jumped to a 20–0 halftime lead en route to a 30–14 victory. The Seahawks were held to 65 rushing yards while Raiders Running back Marcus Allen ran for 154 yards, caught 7 passes for 62 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. Lester Hayes' interception on Seattle's first drive of the game set up a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Raiders running back Frank Hawkins then scored two touchdowns. In the second half, Seahawks starting quarterback Dave Krieg was benched and replaced by Jim Zorn. Zorn threw two touchdown passes, but it was not enough as Allen's 3-yard touchdown reception and another Raiders field goal put the game away. Seahawks running back Curt Warner, the AFC's leading rusher during the regular season, was held to just 26 yards on 11 carries.

  • Scoring
    • LAD – field goal Bahr 20 LAD 3–0
    • LAD – Hawkins 1 run (Bahr kick) LAD 10–0
    • LAD – Hawkins 5 run (Bahr kick) LAD 17–0
    • LAD – field goal Bahr 45 LAD 20–0
    • LAD – Allen 3 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick) LAD 27–0
    • SEA – Doornink 11 pass from Zorn (Johnson kick) LAD 27–7
    • LAD – field goal Bahr 35 LAD 30–7
    • SEA – Young 9 pass from Zorn (Johnson kick) LAD 30–14

Super Bowl XVIII[]

Less than five minutes into the game, Derrick Jensen blocked Redskins Jeff Hayes punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Raiders a 7–0 lead. On their ensuing drive, Washington was forced to punt, but Los Angeles punt returner Ted Watts muffed the kick and Washington safety Greg Williams recovered the ball at the Raiders 42-yard line. However, the Redskins could only advance to 27-yard line.

The Redskins regrouped in the second half, and scoring on their opening drive by marching 70 yards in 9 plays. First, Garrett returned the opening kickoff 35 yards from 5 yards deep in the end zone to the Washington 30-yard line. Then, Theismann completed a 23-yard pass to receiver Charlie Brown to the Raiders' 47-yard line. Eight plays later, fullback John Riggins finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. (Riggins became the second player to run for touchdowns in back-to-back Super Bowls. He had one in Super Bowl XVII en route to winning that game's Super Bowl MVP). Moseley's extra point attempt was blocked by Don Hasselbeck, but the Redskins had cut the score to 21–9 and were just 2 touchdowns away from taking the lead.

However the Raiders completely took over the rest of the game, preventing any chance of a Washington comeback. On the ensuing drive, Washington defensive back Darrell Green was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty while trying to cover Raiders receiver Malcolm Barnwell, setting up running back Marcus Allen's 5-yard touchdown run 7 plays later to make the score 28–9.

On the next play, the last play of the third quarter, Plunkett handed the ball off to Allen, who started to run left. But then he saw a lot of defenders in front of him so he cut back to the middle and took off for a then Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown run, increasing Los Angeles' lead to 35–9.

In the final period, the Raiders sacked Theismann 3 times, forcing him to fumble once, and intercepted a pass. Meanwhile, a 39-yard run from Allen set up a 21-yard field goal from kicker Chris Bahr to make the final score of the game 38–9.

Scoring summary[]

  • LAD – TD: Derrick Jensen recovered blocked punt in end zone (Chris Bahr kick) 7–0 LAR
  • LAD – TD: Cliff Branch 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick) 14–0 LAR
  • Was – FG: Mark Moseley 24 yards 14–3 LAR
  • LAD – TD: Jack Squirek 5 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick) 21–3 LAR
  • Was – TD: John Riggins 1 yard run (kick blocked) 21–9 LAR
  • LAD – TD: Marcus Allen 5 yard run (Chris Bahr kick) 28–9 LAR
  • LAD – TD: Marcus Allen 74 yard run (Chris Bahr kick) 35–9 LAR
  • LAD – FG: Chris Bahr 21 yards 38–9 LAR

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