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1989 Los Angeles Raiders season
Head Coach Art Shell
Home Field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1988 1990

The 1989 Los Angeles Raiders season was the club’s 20th season in the NFL, and 30th overall. Art Shell replaced Mike Shanahan, and in the process became the first black head coach in the NFL since Fritz Pollard coached the Akron Pros in 1921.[1] The club finished with an 8–8 record.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

Transactions[]

  • NFL Plan B Free Agent signings
    • Bob Golic

Regular season[]

The Raiders started the season with one win and three losses. After hiring Art Shell in Week 5, the Raiders won seven of their next ten games. At the end of the season the Raiders suffered road losses to the Seahawks and to the Giants, and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bo Jackson scored a touchdown on a 92 yard run. He became the first player ever with two runs of 90 plus yards in a career.[2] Steve Wisniewski was the youngest player on the Raiders roster. At the age of 22, he was in the starting lineup at the Guard position. Steve Buerlein started seven games at quarterback and his best performance was against the New York Giants in week 16. Buerlein had 16 completions and 266 passing yards.

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record
1 September 10 San Diego W 40–14 1-0
2 September 17 at Kansas City L 24–19 1-1
3 September 24 at Denver L 31–21 1-2
4 October 1 Seattle L 24–20 1-3
5 October 9 (Mon) at NY Jets W 14–7 2-3
6 October 15 Kansas City W 20–14 3-3
7 October 22 at Philadelphia L 10–7 3-4
8 October 29 Washington W 37–24 4-4
9 November 5 Cincinnati W 28–7 5-4
10 November 12 at San Diego L 14–12 5-5
11 November 19 at Houston L 23–7 5-6
12 November 26 New England W 24–21 6-6
13 December 3 Denver W 16–13 7-6
14 December 10 Phoenix W 16–14 8-6
15 December 17 at Seattle L 23–17 8-7
16 December 24 at NY Giants L 34–17 8-8

Standings[]

AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 362 226
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7 1 .531 318 286
Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 .500 315 297
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 241 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 266 290

Roster[]

Awards and records[]

  • Mike Dyal, AFC Offensive Player of Week 13 (Caught 4 passes for 134 yards and 1 TD vs. Denver, caught 67 yard pass to send game into Overtime, caught 2 passes for 41 yards to set up game winning field goal.)[3]
  • Howie Long, AFC Pro Bowl selection

References[]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.286
  2. 1990 NFL Pro Set trading card, Bo Jackson, Card No. 155, Pro Set Properties
  3. 1990 NFL Pro Set trading card, Mike Dyal, Card No. 151, Pro Set Properties
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