Why focus on the negative? All I see are these posts on the worst Raider moments since 1987. What about the greatest Raider moments. Here are a few unranked ones that I remember that I hope you enjoy.
1) November 30, 1987 Bo Jackson destroys the Seattle defense for 3 combined touchdowns and sets a then team record with 221 yards rushing in 18 carries. His 91 yard touchdown run is still unmatched in Raiders history in the sense that he sprinted nearly the entire length of the field untouched for the score.
2) The 1988 NFL Draft--The Raiders selected Tim Brown out of Notre Dame in the first round. The former Heisman Trophy winner went on to win rookie of the year honors with the silver and black. Brown went on to spend 16 seasons with the silver and black and currently holds nearly all of the Raiders recieving records included career receptions, career yards and career touchdowns.
3)The 2002 AFC Championship Game. Who can forget this one? The Raiders holding onto their lead in the fourth quarter following a Titans touchdown. Rich Gannon drove us down field and ran it in for the game clinching touchdown from 10+ yards out to send the Raiders to their first Super Bowl since 1983.
4) On the final day of the 1993 season the Raiders needed to win to secure a playoff spot. Their opponent was the playoff bound Denver Broncos. In a dramatic, come from behind overtime victory the Raiders prevailed 33-30. The game trying touchdown came on a nice drive led by quarterback Jeff Hostetler. The late second pass with 0 seconds on the clock to WR Alexander Wright tied the game at 30-30. One week later the Raiders destroyed Denver in the playoffs capping off three wins against the Broncos in one season.
5) January 2, 2000. The Raiders traveled to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. The Raiders hadn't won in Kansas since SINCE 1988. The Raiders were 7-8 and out of the playoffs but the Chiefs still had a shot. If they won at home against a team that had only beaten them a handful of times since that 1988 game they were in the playoffs. I will never forget the dejected look on Tony Gonzalaz's face as the final seconds ticked away on this Raiders victory. The game itself had its roots in 1994 when the similar situation happened to the Raiders. Kansas City traveled to Los Angeles to play the 9-6 Raiders with the winner of that game going to the post season. Marcus Allen and Joe Montana got it done and sent the Raiders home. In 2000 the Raiders got their revenge with a dramatic 17-0 come from behind win with a key and impressive highlight reel run by running back Tyrone Wheatley from 26 yards away. The game ended in overtime with Raiders kicker Joe Nedney kicking the game winning field goal. Raiders 41 Chiefs 38!
6) October 28, 2006--The 2006 season is not one that will be well remembered by the Raider faithful and a 2-14 record leaves no doubt about that. However, one of their two victories came at home against the defending world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. During that week nobody gave the then 2-5 Raiders a chance against a Steelers team that had the same exact record. Defensive backs Nnamdi Asomough and Chris Carr both intercepted Ben Roethlisberger passes and returned them for touchdowns. The Raiders offense led by quarterback Andrew Walter did nothing that day but 20-13 win is one of the most exciting Raider contests in terms of victory when nobody gave us a shot that I know of.
The 2010 season---The Raiders bounced back to post a ,500 record for the first time since 2002 after years of 10+ loss seasons. Moreover during the before mentioned 2006 season the Raiders finished 0-6 in their division for the first time in decades. In 2010 the Raiders finished 6-0 in their division thus gaining a measure of revenge for 2006. The year included an awesome victory at home against San Diego in which the Raiders special teams blocked two punts which led to a safety and a touchdown.
October 19, 1997--The 1997 Raiders may have just been slightly better than their 2006 counterparts but on this day Napoleon Kaufman broke Bo Jacksons single game rushing record as the Raiders beat Denver 28-25. On defense safety Eric Turner had a 65 yard fumble return for a touchdown for a defense that allowed Broncos running back Terrell Davis to score twice and gain over 130 total offensive yards. The win also ended a four game losing streak to the Broncos.
October 11, 1992--Those pesky Buffalo Bills teams of the late 80s and early 90's had the Raiders number during that time frame. In fact the Bills beat Los Angeles during the 1990 regular season on a dramatic comeback which was followed by a 51-3 destruction of the Raiders in the 1990 AFC Championship game. In 1991 the two teams played a dramatic overtime game in Los Angeles with the Bills prevailing in the end. In 1992 the Raiders got their revenge on Buffalo. Led by defensive ends Greg Townsend and Howie Long the Raiders defense held the high powered Bills offense which possessed three future hall of famers to turn the ball over three times. The Raiders took the lead early with quarterback Todd Marinovich leading the Raiders downfield and capping off the drive with a short touchdown pass to running back and future hall of famer Eric Dickerson. Tim Brown later extended the Raiders lead with a 52 yard catch and run for the Raiders second touchdown of the day. The Raiders prevailed and got their revenge with a 20-3 victory which also included 5 Raider sacks Howie Long, Anthony Smith and Audray Bruce. One year later in DEcember of 1993 the Raiders beat the Bills again in a final minute victory 25-24 to cap off two straight wins versus their old AFL rivals.