Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 28, 2012
The Raiders defensive line was largely believed to be a strong point of the team heading into the season but has not performed up to expectations for the most part.
Richard Seymour and the Raiders front seven were able to dominate the Chiefs offensive line and limit a struggling Chiefs offense.
The Raiders defensive line was able to consistently apply pressure on Chiefs quarterbacks and stop Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs rushing attack.
Starting quarterback Brady Quinn got knocked out of the game with a head injury when linebacker Rolando McClain rushed up the middle and hit Quinn on the Chiefs second drive of the game. McClain was able to force a fumble, the first of his career, but Quinn was able to recover.
Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy was able to get to him on the next play and apply pressure that forced a poor throw that was intercepted by safety Matt Giordano. Quinn would not return to the game after being replaced by Matt Cassel.
Overall, the Raiders defense sacked the Chiefs quarterbacks three times after coming into the game with just seven sacks on the season. They also recorded two interceptions to go along with a forced fumble and recovery.
The offense got to a rough start with quarterback Carson Palmer throwing an interception on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Palmer looked to find Darrius Heyward-Bey deep down the left sideline but Heyward-Bey didn’t attack the ball and the pass was intercepted by former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt.
Attacking Routt became a habit for the Raiders offense as Palmer continuously looked to target whatever receiver Routt was covering. Both of the Raiders touchdown, one to wide receiver Denarius Moore and one to Darrius Heward-Bey, were with Routt in coverage.
Palmer shook off his early interception to lead the offense to the red zone the next series, but the offense stalled there and the team had to settle for a field goal off the foot of Sebastian Janikowski for the early 3-0 lead. In fact, the Raiders had to settle for four field goals from Janikowski, who has hit 43 straight field goals from under 40 yards.
Palmer and the offense were able to capitalize on a muffed punt by Chiefs return man Javier Arenas that gave the ball to the Raiders on the Chiefs 12-yard line. There, Palmer found Moore in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. The touchdown reception marked the third straight game that Moore has hauled in a touchdown. The score also gave the Raiders a 13-6 lead heading into halftime.
Cassel and the Chief’s offense continued to struggle when Cassel fumbled the snap over to the Raiders on the opening play of the second half. Though the Raiders failed to get into the endzone, they were able to tack on another field goal by Janikowski.
Running back Darren McFadden was able to get the running game going some in the third quarter as he found a big hole behind left guard Mike Brisiel for a 19-yard gain. Tight end Brandon Myers contributed with a nice block downfield that springed McFadden deep into the second level. McFadden finished with 114 yards on 29 carries to go with four receptions for 23 yards.
Four plays later, Palmer was able to find Heyward-Bey on a comeback route who put a move on Routt and got to the end zone to put the Raiders up 23-9.
Oakland’s defense recorded its second interception on the ensuing drive when Pat Lee made a nice diving catch to record the interception on the Raiders own two-yard line.
Kansas City’s first touchdown of the game didn’t occur until about three minutes remained in the game when Cassel found utility player Dexter McCluster on a screen for a 10-yard touchdown to cut the Raiders lead to 26-16.
But the Raiders and McFadden were able to run the clock out from there, not allowing the Chiefs offense to get the ball back and securing the Raiders 26-16 victory. The win marked the sixth straight contest between the two teams at Arrowhead Stadium that the Raiders have been victorious.
Palmer finished just 14/28 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders were able to limit the penalties this week, finishing with just two penalties for 20 yards.
A key to the win was the Raider ability to prevent the Chiefs rushing attack. The Chiefs finished with just 102 rushing yards, 53 of which came from quarterback scrambles.
Oakland looks to make it three in a row as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 26, 2012
The Oakland Raiders head into the hostile Arrowhead Stadium to take on AFC West-rivals Kansas City Chiefs looking to climb closer to the division lead with a win.
Even with their poor start to the season, the Raiders are just one game out of first place in the division which is currently held by both the Chargers and Broncos.
Like last week, the Raiders face a team coming off of their bye week. This, along with facing a divisional foe will prove a tough task for a Raiders team that has struggled at times.
There's no doubt that offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will keep trying to get Darren McFadden and the rushing attack going. McFadden is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and only 54 yards per game.
Knapp's offense faces a Chiefs defense that is giving up 125 yards per game on the ground, the 11th worst in the National Football League.
The offensive line will need to play better than it did last week to open up holes for McFadden and keep quarterback Carson Palmer off his back. McFadden continuously ran into a wall of defenders as he attempted to find running room against the Jaguars last week.
The offensive line faces a tough test in a strong Chiefs defensive line that features pass-rushing specialist Tamba Hali. Hali and the Chiefs will undoubtedly look to pressure Palmer to affect the timing of the Raiders passing game.
Palmer will test a familiar face on the outside in cornerback Stanford Routt. Routt, who played for the Raiders for his first seven NFL seasons, is susceptible to giving up a big play as Raiders fans know. Routt and the secondary have done a formidable job defending the pass thus far, allowing just 224.5 passing yards per game, 13th best in the NFL.
Should the Raiders rushing attack continue to stall, it will be necessary for Denarius Moore and the wide receivers to get open for Palmer.
On defense, the Raiders will face their toughest running test yet with a Chiefs offense that features explosive running back Jamaal Charles. Charles and the Chiefs feature the third best rushing attack in the NFL with 164.0 rushing yards per game. Linebacker Miles Burris and the Raiders defense will have to maintain their gaps to prevent any big plays from Charles.
Kansas City's passing attack lacks the explosiveness of the ground attack. After taking over for an injured Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn was named the starter this week by head coach Romeo Crennel despite Cassel being back from injury.
Quinn has largely been a letdown in the NFL since being drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2007. He has completed just 52.9 percent of his passes attempted for 2,114 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 games played.
Oakland's secondary will have to keep an eye on wide receiver Dewayne Bowe who always seems to have a big game against the Raiders. Despite a shaky quarterback situation, Bowe has always accumulated 427 yards and three touchdowns on 34 receptions.
The Raiders will look to pressure Quinn in hopes of continuing their recent success in producing turnovers. After forcing three interceptions against Atlanta, the Raiders were able to force a crucial fumble last week that helped lead to the overtime victory.
OUT: T Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Desmond Bryant (elbow), LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), LB Travis Goethel (back), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), DE Dave Tollefson (shoulder)
PROBABLE: LB Miles Burris (elbow), WR Juron Criner (hip), RB Mike Goodson (hip), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), DT Tommy Kelly (shoulder), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), TE Brandon Myers (knee), C Alex Parsons (back), DT Richard Seymour (knee), WR Rod Streater (knee)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jalil Brown (groin), DE Glenn Dorsey (calf), TE Steve Maneri (ankle)
PROBABLE: QB Matt Cassel (concussion), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), WR Devon Wylie (hamstring)
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 24, 2012
Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL.
Houston earned the honors with his stellar play as the Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 26-23 overtime win. Houston made his biggest play on the Jaguars’ first drive in overtime when he punched the ball out of wide receiver Cecil Shorts arms to force a fumble. The fumble was recovered by cornerback Joselio Hanson and gave the Raiders the ball in Jaguars territory, setting up Sebastian Janikowski for the game-winning field goal.
The 6-foot-three, 300-pound defensive end made big play after big play throughout the game while recording seven tackles, one sack and the aforementioned forced fumble. Houston’s sack started the fourth quarter as he got to Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne and wrapped him up around the ankles.
After recording five sacks in his rookie season, Houston had a disappointing sophomore campaign with just one sack.
The award marks the first time Houston has earned conference honors.
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 21, 2012
The Oakland Raiders defense came through when it was needed most as the Raiders snuck away with a 26-23 overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After surrendering 17 points to the Jaguars in the first half, the defense gave up just two field goals in the second half and, more importantly, forced a turnover in overtime that put the Raiders in field goal range for the game-winning field goal against an injured Jaguars team.
Linebacker Philip Wheeler attributes the turnaround at halftime to the difference in execution from the players on the field.
"Halftime we came out swinging. We took their best punch then we countered with our own punch and we swung hard," Wheeler said of the defensive turnaround. "We didn't have to make adjustments, all we had to do was do what the coaches prepared us to do all week. They did a great job this week in preparing us and it was one of those games where we had to come out hard. We had to come out and do it, just the players."
Jacksonville lost both their starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert and star running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the first half for the remainder of the game. Jones-Drew went down with a foot injury on the Jaguars' first drive of the game, while Gabbert injured his shoulder in the second quarter.
Just one week after losing to the Atlanta Falcons due to a game-winning field goal, it was the Raiders turn to win at the foot of their kicker.
Already facing a third-and-21 from their own nine-yard line, backup quarterback Chad Henne hit wide receiver Cecil Shorts underneath but Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston was there to knock the ball loose. Cornerback Joselio Hanson recovered the fumble on the Jaguars 21-yard line and Janikowski knocked in the field goal after quarterback Carson Palmer took a knee to center the kick attempt.
The Raiders struggled for much of the game offensively while running back Darren McFadden was unable to get going once again. McFadden finished with just 53 yards on 19 attempts.
Oakland got on the scoreboard first after quarterback Carson Palmer was able to find Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 59-yard pass to get the Raiders down to the nine-yard line. But with first and goal, the offense stalled and the Raiders were forced to settle for a field goal to give them the early 3-0 lead.
The Jaguars answered right back as the Raiders defense blew a coverage assignment and gave up a 42-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert to Shorts on the ensuing drive. Raiders safety Tyvon Branch bit on the double move by Shorts and the wide receiver ran right by Branch for the wide-open touchdown.
"We didn't play that exactly like we needed to," Allen said about the play following the game. "We really should had that guy doubled up. I think Ty [Tyvon Branch] kind of bit up a little on the double-move part of it. We didn't execute."
Meanwhile, the Raiders offense continued to struggle to move the ball and Palmer made a poor decision to give the Jaguars the ball back with a short field. On 2nd and one Palmer scrambled out to his left and attempted a shovel pass but the ball was tipped and intercepted to give the Raiders defense tough field position.
But like last week, Palmer was able to shake it off and execute well during the remainder of the game and when the game was on the line.
The Raiders turned to their no-huddle offense coming out of halftime and found success against the Jaguars defense. Allen believes going to the no-huddle offense ignited the Raiders comeback.
"That's been something that we've had in our offense for a while now," Allen said. "We're not going to be just a no-huddle offense and use it exclusively, but it will be something that we're going to use form time to time to maybe help us get in a little more rhythm or give us a little spark. I felt like it did that today."
Down 20-6 early in the second half, Palmer found wide receiver Denarius Moore for an eight-yard touchdown pass that cut the Jaguars lead to just one touchdown.
Palmer was once again able to get the Raiders into the endzone to tie the game up late in the game after both teams traded a couple of field goals.
Down 23-16 with a little over six minutes remaining, Palmer orchestrated a 10-play, 58-yard drive to tie the game.
Palmer drove to the Jacksonville 25-yard line before encountering problems. Palmer threw a ball up to the corner to rookie wide receiver Rod Streater on 3rd and 10 that was almost picked off, forcing a crucial 4th and 10 for the Raiders while down by seven with a little over three minutes remaining.
Allen initially sent out the field goal unit but then burned a timeout to send the offense back on the field.
"With it being 4th and 10, my thought process was initially to kick the field goal, knowing that we'd played pretty good defense there in second half," Allen said. "Felt like we were going to get another opportunity to get the ball back."
As it turns out Allen made the right decision to go for it as offensive coordinator Greg Knapp called the same play on 4th down and Darrius Heyward-Bey was able to draw a pass interference penalty on Jaguars defensive back Aaron Ross.
Palmer punched the ball into the endzone on a quarterback keeper two plays later to tie the game up at 23 with a 3:34 remaining.
Even with no timeouts due to poor game management, Palmer was able to give the Raiders a chance to win the game in regulation on a last-second field goal.
Palmer found Streater on a 23-yard pass that gave Janikowski a chance at what would have been an NFL-record 64-yard field goal. Janikowski's kick came up well short and sent the game to overtime.
Jacksonville never got anything going in the first drive of overtime as middle linebacker Rolando McClain stopped a rush for no gain and veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour sacked Henne for an 11-yard loss, forcing a 3rd and 21. Houston then forced the fumble by Shorts that gave the Raiders the ball well in range for the game-winning field goal.
Though it wasn't the prettiest of wins, the Raiders will take it after playing a solid game last week against Atlanta but still coming away with the loss.
"We understand that we have to play better but we'll take the win," Seymour said of the hard-fought win. "We'll take any win in this league. In my book there's no such thing as an ugly win. Anytime you get a win in this league it's a big deal so we're very fortunate."
Palmer, who finished 26-46 for 298 yards, one touchdown and one rushing touchdown, appreciated the play of the defense and the resiliency he saw from the team.
"An ugly win is better than a pretty loss, I know that," Palmer said in the locker room. "[I'm] just proud of the game we fought because it wasn't pretty but we did not play up to our standard or play the way that we were coached at times but guys hung in there. Defense played great. They kept getting us the ball back and it was to get out of here with a win."
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 20, 2012
Though they have won just one game so far this season, Dennis Allen and the Raiders showed promise as they fell to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons due to a last-second 55-yard field goal.
The Raiders host a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars team that is also 1-4 coming into the contest on Sunday.
While running back Darren McFadden was only able to 70 yards on 27 carries (2.6 yards per carry), he ran hard and appeared to be seeing the holes much better in the new zone-blocking scheme being installed to the Oakland offense.
McFadden is yet to have a breakout game season but will look to succeed against a Jaguars defense that is giving up 163.0 rushing yards per game, third-worst in the NFL.
McFadden broke loose the last time the Raiders faced the Jaguars, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while hauling in three receptions for another 86 yards and one receiving touchdown.
Getting the rushing attack going will help alleviate the stress being put on quarterback Carson Palmer and the passing game for much of this young season.
With injuries decimating the wide receiving corps for much of the season, Palmer has been able to produce and will look to get wide receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey incorporated early, in hopes of opening up the running lanes for McFadden.
Jacksonville has their own weapon at running back in Maurice Jones-Drew, former De La Salle High School standout and Oakland native.
Jones-Drew returned to the team just in time for season following an offseason holdout and has struggled as well. Jones-Drew has broken the 100-yard rushing line just once this season and only has one rushing touchdown recorded.
Though he has struggled somewhat, Jones-Drew always has the potential to break loose and will be a tough battle for the Raiders defense in the rushing and passing game.
Jones-Drew isn't the only player struggling on the offensive side of the Jaguars. Jacksonville's offense is averaging a league-worst 241.2 yards per game and 13.0 points per game.
The struggling Jaguars offense is a welcomed sight by a Raiders defense that has struggled much of the season but played hard last week.
With both starting cornerbacks still out to injury, Michael Huff has been forced to sub in at corner and showed solid instincts last week and came away with his first interception of the year. Huff has played solely safety in his seven-year career.
Oakland will look to pressure young quarterback Blaine Gabbert in hopes of either recording a sack or forcing a bad decision.
Allen and the Raiders will need to cut down on the penalties to come away with a win against the Jaguars. Oakland reverted back to their ways from last season as they committed 12 penalties against the Falcons last week.
A win on Sunday against the Jaguars will help put the Raiders back into the race for the AFC West Division.
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 14, 2012
The Oakland Raiders fought all game against an undefeated Atlanta Falcons team and had a chance at victory but faltered late as the Raiders ultimately fell to a last-second field goal that gave the Falcons the 23-20 win.
Oakland came out energetic and made an impact quickly as the cornerback Joselio Hanson undercut a pass from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to give the Raiders their first interception of the season.
Unfortunately the Raiders had their own problems holding on to the ball as running back Darren McFadden gave the ball back to the Falcons on a fumble as he tried to take the ball up the middle on the ensuing drive.
Ryan was then able to drive the Falcons down the field for a field goal attempt but kicker Matt Bryant missed it just wide left from 43 yards out, keeping the score at 0-0.
Luckily for the Raiders, Ryan wasn't done turning the ball over. In all, the Raiders would pick off the Falcons quarterback three times in the first half.
Ryan's second interception would occur on the next Falcons drive as he attempted to find his young standout wide receiver Julio Jones but was picked off by safety-playing-corner Michael Huff at the two-yard-line to give the ball back to the Raiders.
Quarterback Carson Palmer was able to orchestrate a scoring drive from that point, getting it all started with a 49-yard pass to Denarius Moore from out of his own end zone.
Palmer would drive the offense down to the Falcons 33-yard line but would have to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal after a couple of critical penalties.
The Raiders really struggled with penalties. After having committed only 21 penalties this season in all coming into the game, the Raiders committed 12 for 110 yards.
Ryan's third interception of the day led to the Raiders' first touchdown of the game. Linebacker Philip Wheeler came up the middle on a blitz and rocked Ryan as he was releasing the ball and safety Tyvon Branch just had to wait under the ball as he hauled in the interception on the Atlanta 28-yard line with just under three minutes remaining in the first half.
On the second play of the drive, Palmer found Moore who slipped a tackle for a 25-yard touchdown scamper to give the Raiders the 13-7 lead at the half.
The Falcons would add on two field goals in the third quarter to set the stage for a wild fourth quarter starting tied 13-13.
With a little over six minutes remaining in the game, Palmer and the offense got the ball back looking to take the lead with a drive starting from their own 10-yard line. The offense was doing a solid job of taking time off the clock while moving the ball until Falcons corner Asante Samuel undercut an out route and picked Palmer and returned it back 79-yards for a touchdown, giving the Falcons a 20-13 lead.
But the Raiders weren't going to quit. With still 2:40 remaining on the clock and all timeouts left, there was still plenty of time for Palmer and the Raiders to answer.
Palmer orchestrated a perfect 2:00 drive to get the Raiders back into the end zone when they needed it most.
McFadden punched the ball into the end zone with a two-yard touchdown to tie the game with just 40 seconds left. The touchdown marks just the second rushing touchdown by the Raiders this season.
But the 40 seconds proved to be too much to leave Ryan and the Falcons offense.
Following a touchback forcing them to start on their own 20-yard line, Ryan completed four passes worth less than 10 yards to get his team to the 50-yard line with 12 seconds remaining. On what would prove to be the most crucial play of the game, Ryan found the ever-dependable tight end Tony Gonzalez for 13 yards down to the Oakland 37-yard line, allowing a 55-yard field goal attempt that Bryant would make for the victory.
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 8, 2012
Allen "Al" Davis was a head coach of the Oakland Raiders; he was the general manager of the Raiders; he was an iconic owner of the Raiders; in a lot of ways, Al Davis was the Raiders.
One year ago today, on Oct. 8, 2011, the Raider Nation and the NFL lost iconic owner Al Davis to "an abnormal heart rhythm, congestive heart failure, and a heart disease" at the age of 82.
Davis was an integral part of making the NFL what it is today, both as a coach, an owner and a commissioner of the former American Football League (AFL).
Davis attended college at the University of Syracuse and upon graduation began his coaching career with the U.S. Army team, Citadel and then as an offensive line coach with the University of Southern California.
Al Davis first became part of the Raiders organization when he was named the head coach and general manager of the team at the age of 33 in 1963, leaving his position as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Davis inherited a Raiders team that went 9-23 through its first three seasons, but Davis quickly turned the team around with Davis' trademark "Just Win, Baby" philosophy.
The Raiders went 10-4 in their first season under Al Davis, finishing just one game out of the playoffs and earning Davis the AFL Coach of the Year award. With the Raiders finishing just 1-13 the season before, the turnaround is the best in professional football history.
Davis remained as the head coach of the Raiders for three seasons, finishing with a record of 23-16-3 before being named the commissioner of the AFL. It was as the commissioner of the AFL where Davis began working towards a merger of the AFL and their rival league, the National Football League (NFL).
Shortly after taking office, Davis started a bidding war for players with the NFL and got eight of the NFL’s top quarterbacks to join the AFL.
Davis’ bidding war worried the NFL, as they contacted the AFL in hopes of being able to work out a deal. Just two months after Davis had taken the job of commissioner, the AFL and NFL decided to merge and keep the NFL name on June 8, 1966.
After successfully implementing the merger, Davis resigned as the AFL commissioner in July of 1966, just three months into his tenure. Following his resignation, Davis bought 10 percent of the Oakland Raiders for $18,000 and became the general manager of the team once again.
The Raiders won 248 games from 1963-1985, the most of any other pro football team. During this time, the Raiders also won three Super Bowls and had 16 consecutive winning season, an NFL record at the time.
Davis was eventually honored for his work by being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Davis has also presented nine people into the Hall of Fame, the most out of anybody.
Overall, Davis saw 18 of his former players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
Throughout Davis’ tenure as the Raiders owner, he made his coaching philosophies known and present on the team throughout his reign of ownership.
“When people we came out of the huddle, we didn’t want first downs and move the chains, we wanted touchdowns; the quick strike. We were going to take what we wanted, that was Raiders football,” Davis said. “The defensive theory evolved early on in the ’60s. Number one: pressure. Put pressure on the pocket; put pressure on the quarterback; diversification of defense; and the utilization of your corner backs in a bump and run principle. The idea is to disrupt the offense; disrupt the flow of the offense, disrupt the continuity.”
Al Davis became known as a self-proclaimed “maverick” of the NFL, coining phrases such as “Just win, baby” along with his “Commitment to Excellence.” Davis is well respected across the league as a pioneer of the NFL, along for his influence on rule changes and his trailblazing tactics in hiring personnel.
Davis was the first general manager to hire an African American and a Latino head coach in Art Shell and Tom Flores, respectively. Both coaches had played for the Raiders previously. Davis also named Amy Trask the first CEO of an NFL team.
Largely known as an innovator across the league, Al Davis will forever live in the Silver & Black jerseys that he created. One of the first moves Davis made when he came to the Raiders in 1963 was to change the Oakland Raider uniforms to silver & black, still the colors of the franchise today. Before this move, the Raiders wore jerseys that were black, gold and white.
Since Davis' passing, Reggie McKenzie has taken on the role as general manager, working under Mark Davis, the Raiders new owner and son of Al. McKenzie was drafted by Davis in the 10th round of the 1985 NFL draft and played linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1986-1988.
Though Davis has passed, he still remains an icon of not only the organization, but also the NFL. The team still dons an "AL" shield on the back of their helmets in honor of the late iconic owner. In addition, the organization lights a torch in the O.Co Coliseum prior to every Raiders home game. The torch symbolizes Davis' burning desire to win.
“The fire that burns brightest in the Raiders organization is the will to win.” — Al Davis (July 4, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2011)
Originally published on SBReport.net on Oct. 5, 2012
The Oakland Raiders' cheerleading squad, the Raiderettes, are set to reunite for a celebration of the 50th year of <em>Football's Fabulous Females</em>.
Raiderettes representing six different decades will reunite and contribute in pre-game and halftime performances on Oct. 21 as the Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Raiders are also hosting a gala dinner and dance that allows former and current members of the Raiderettes to reminisce on memories while donning the Raiderette uniform. The dinner will also contain an exhibit featuring old Raiderette uniforms and collages made up of pictures of former Raiderettes and their performances.
The performance will feature separate performances from each decade's Raiderettes followed up by a finale that unites all participants, with ages ranging from teenagers up to 70 years old.
"Only those who have had the opportunity to be a Raiderette know the excitement, friendship and hard work that are all a part of being a member of this team,” said Raiderette Director Jeanette Thompson, herself a one-time member of the squad. “Having the chance to reunite and celebrate that with six decades of women is phenomenal. It's like a family reunion!"
Any former Raiderettes that have not signed up to participate in the celebration are encouraged by the organization to sign up immediately at: http://www.raiders.com/raiderettes/raiderette-reunion.html