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1987 Los Angeles Raiders season
Head Coach Mike Shanahan
Home Field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Record 5–10
Place 4th AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1987 Los Angeles Raiders season was the club’s 18th season in the NFL, and 28th overall. 1987 was a huge disappointment, as the team fell to a 5-10 record.


Since he did not sign with a team before the 1987 draft, Bo Jackson’s rights were forfeited by Tampa Bay and his name was thrown back into the draft. The Raiders selected Jackson in the 7th round with the 183rd overall pick.[1] Raiders owner Al Davis supported Jackson and his baseball career and got Jackson to sign a contract by offering him a salary that was comparable to a full-time starting running back but allowing Jackson to only play part-time, by waiting until the baseball season was complete.

NFL Draft[]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 15 John Clay Tackle Missouri
2 52 Bruce Wilkerson Tackle Tennessee
3 81 Steve Smith Running Back Penn St
4 110 Steve Beuerlein Quarterback Notre Dame
7 183 Bo Jackson Running Back Auburn
9 238 Scott Eccles Tight End Eastern New Mexico
10 254 Rob Harrison Defensive Back Sacramento St
10 265 John Gesek Guard Sacramento State
10 273 Jim Ellis Linebacker Boise St
11 288 Chris McLemore Running Back Arizona
11 294 Mario Perry Tight End Mississippi


Regular season[]

Joining the Raiders midway through the 1987 season, Bo Jackson rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries in just seven games. Over the next three seasons, Bo Jackson would rush for 2,228 more yards and 12 touchdowns: a remarkable achievement, in light of the fact that he was a "second string" player behind Raiders legend Marcus Allen.

Jackson turned in a 221-yard rushing performance on Monday Night Football in 1987 against the Seattle Seahawks. During this game, he ran over Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth, who had insulted Jackson and promised in a media event before the game to contain Jackson. He also made a 91-yard run to the outside, untouched down the sideline. He continued sprinting until finally slowing down as he passed through the entrance to the field tunnel to the locker rooms with teammates soon following. Jackson scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the game.


Week Date Opponent Result Score Record
1 September 13 at Green Bay W 20-0 1–0
2 September 20 Detroit W 27-7 2–0
3 September 27 Canceled
4 October 4 Kansas City W 35-17 3–0
5 October 12 (Mon) at Denver L 30-14 3–1
6 October 18 San Diego L 23-17 3–2
7 October 25 Seattle L 35-13 3–3
8 November 1 at New England L 26-23 3–4
9 November 8 at Minnesota L 31-20 3–5
10 November 15 at San Diego L 16-14 3–6
11 November 22 Denver L 23-17 3–7
12 November 30 (Mon) at Seattle W 37-14 4–7
13 December 6 Buffalo W 34-21 5–7
14 December 13 at Kansas City L 16-10 5–8
15 December 20 Cleveland L 24-17 5–9
16 December 27 Chicago L 6-3 5–10



Template:1987 AFC West standings


Awards and records[]

  • Howie Long, AFC Pro Bowl selection