Oakland Raiders: Reclaiming the Franchise's Glory and Honor in 2011

Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IIMay 26, 2011

Let's take a good look at some of the selected top performance years of the Oakland Raiders in the category of yards of total offense. Here is a table, showing the yards of total offense in each game during the selected years:

yearopponentRaiders wonyds of total offense
1960 Broncosyes532 
1964 Broncosyes637 
1968 Bengalsyes604 
1968 Dolphinsyes542 
1968 Chiefsyes539 
1969 Bengalsyes544 
1975 Saintsyes523 
1977 Chiefsyes539 
1996 Chargersno553 
2010 Seahawksyes545 

Next, I computed the mean and median of the Oakland Raiders' data:

yds of total offense 
544 xx
553 xx
545 xx

One observation is that the yards for total offense in 1964 and 1968 exceed both the mean and the median of the data. Those were very strong years for the Oakland Raiders, according to this measure.

The data for performance in this category shows outstanding accomplishments in 2010 and in 1969. It's impressive that 2010 has data in this category that is close to the data of 1969. It indicates that things are moving upward.

There is an impressive list of players who helped to distinguish the Oakland Raiders during those selected years and in the selected category. They are:

  • Art Powell
  • Billy Cannon
  • Charlie Smith
  • Fred Biletnikoff
  • Warren Wells
  • Tim Brown
  • James Jett
  • Napoleon Kaufman
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey
  • Marcel Reece
  • Darren McFadden
  • Hewitt Dixon
  • Pete Banazak
  • Mike Siani
  • Morris Bradshaw
  • and others

One observation is that Fred Biletnikoff and Warren Wells were cited multiple times in this list compiled from an article on www.raiders.com. This supports the argument that the contributions of Biletnikoff and Wells stand out when you take a close look at the data.

It is also impressive that Heyward-Bey, Reece, McFadden and a few other active players show up in the list with outstanding numbers.

Without a doubt, the talent and potential for greatness is on the current team. Transforming the potential to the kinetic energy to get enough wins to make it to the playoffs and to a Super Bowl is our grand vision.

Go Raiders!