|1987 Los Angeles Raiders season|
|Head coach||Tom Flores|
|General manager||Al Davis|
|Home field||L.A. Memorial Coliseum|
|Division place||4th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1987 Los Angeles Raiders season was the club’s 28th season in the NFL. They finished with a disappointing record of 5–10 (the team's worst finish since Al Davis arrived in 1963). It was only the sixth losing season in franchise history.
Since he did not sign with a team by 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 seventh round with the 183rd overall pick. 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 until the baseball season was done.
|1987 Los Angeles Raiders draft|
|1||15||John Clay||Offensive tackle||Missouri|
|2||52||Bruce Wilkerson||Offensive tackle||Tennessee|
|3||81||Steve Smith||Running back||Penn State|
|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 State|
|10||265||John Gesek||Guard||Sacramento State|
|10||273||Jim Ellis||Linebacker||Boise State|
|11||288||Chris McLemore||Running back||Arizona|
|11||294||Mario Perry||Tight end||Mississippi|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1987 Los Angeles Raiders staff|
Special teams coaches
|1987 Los Angeles Raiders roster|
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 dressing rooms with teammates soon following. Jackson scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the game.
|1||Sep 13||at Green Bay Packers||Win||20||0||1–0||
|2||Sep 20||vs. Detroit Lions||Win||27||7||2–0||
|–||Sep 27||at Houston Oilers||Canceled||2–0|
|3||Oct 4||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Win||35||17||3–0||
|4||Oct 12||at Denver Broncos||Loss||14||30||3–1||
|5||Oct 18||vs. San Diego Chargers||Loss||17||23||3–2||
|6||Oct 25||vs. Seattle Seahawks||Loss||13||35||3–3||
|7||Nov 1||at New England Patriots||Loss||23||26||3–4||
|8||Nov 8||at Minnesota Vikings||Loss||20||31||3–5||
|9||Nov 15||at San Diego Chargers||Loss||14||16||3–6||
|10||Nov 22||vs. Denver Broncos||Loss||17||23||3–7||
|11||Nov 30||at Seattle Seahawks||Win||37||14||4–7||
|12||Dec 6||vs. Buffalo Bills||Win||34||21||5–7||
|13||Dec 13||at Kansas City Chiefs||Loss||10||16||5–8||
|14||Dec 20||Cleveland Browns||Loss||17||24||5–9||
|15||Dec 27||Chicago Bears||Loss||3||6||5–10||
|San Diego Chargers||8||7||0||.533||3–4||6–7||253||317||L6|
|Los Angeles Raiders||5||10||0||.333||2–6||3–8||301||289||L3|
|Kansas City Chiefs||4||11||0||.267||3–5||3–9||273||388||W1|
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