During the offseason the Raiders signed quarterback Jeff Hostetler from the New York Giants to lead the offense. Joe Kelly a former first round pick of the Bengals was signed to fill the middle lineback slot. Left tackle Gerald Perry was signed from the Rams to solidify the left tackle position which the Raiders had struggled to fill since the retirement of former Raider left tackles Bruce Davis and Art Shell. Marcus Allen the teams all-time leading rusher was allowed to leave as a free agent and later signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. To fill his spot the Raiders signed running back Gaston Green formally of the Denver Broncos. Green did not make the team and was cut prior to the 1993 season. The Los Angeles Raiders also brought back James Lofton from the Buffalo Bills. Lofton played for the Raiders during the 1987–1988 seasons. Like Green he was cut prior to the 1993 season.
The 1993 draft for the Los Angeles Raiders eventually produced several starters. With the 12th pick in the first round the Raiders drafted safety Patrick Bates from Texas A&M. The Raiders did not have a second round pick. In the third round with the 58th pick the team drafted quarterback Billy Joe Hobert from Washington. Also in the third round with the 72nd pick the Raiders took defensive back James Trapp from Clemson. In the fifth round the team drafted wide receiver Olanda Truitt from Mississippi State. The Raiders next pick occurred in the seventh round and with the 181st pick the team took linebacker Greg Biekert from Colorado. The Raiders final pick of the 1993 draft occurred in the 8th round. The Raiders drafted running back Greg Robinson from La-Monroe. Greg Biekert was the best of the group. He went on to become a primary starter in 1994 and was a starter for the Raiders until 2001. He started 123 out of a possible 144 games with the Raiders with 15 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions. As the Raiders middle linebacker he also recorded 704 tackles and 212 assists with the Raiders. As a rookie running back Greg Robinson started 12 games and led the 1993 Los Angeles Raiders in rushing with 591 yards and a touchdown. He also added 15 receptions for 142 yards. James Trapp was the third best of the bunch and he stayed on the Raiders roster as a sometime starter and as a reserve until the end of the 1996 season. He then spent four years with the Ravens and helped Baltimore achieve their first Super Bowl victory. With the Raiders he started 26 out of 88 games that he appeared in which included 4 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Olanda Truitt ended up leaving Los Angeles prior to the 1993 season and spent one year with the Vikings before spending two straight seasons with Washington. During that time he caught just 15 passes for 283 yards. In 1996 he returned to the Raiders and played two more years for them. He ended his career with just 22 catches. Hobert appeared in just 12 games for the Raiders between 1993–1996 which included 5 starts. Hobert went 0–5 as the Raiders starter in 1995–1996 and eventually left the team. He passed for 3,371 yards with the Raiders, Saints and Bills. Safety Patrick Bates was the Raiders first round choice in the 1993 draft. He played for the Raiders for only two years (93–94) recording just 69 tackles in 29 game appearances with the Raiders. In 1996 he played one season with Atlanta.Week 1 – September 5 W 24–7 vs Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Hostetler completed 15 straight passes during the game which included a touchdown pass to Tim Brown. Cornerback Terry McDaniel intercepted a Jim McMahon pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. Rookie running back Greg Robinson scored his only regular season touchdown as a Raider. Hostetler also rushed for 34 yards and defensive end Anthony Smith recorded 2 sacks.Week 2 – September 12 W 17–13 at Seattle Seahawks
Defensive End Anthony Smith sacked Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer four times. Rookie Patrick Bates and Terry McDaniel each intercepted a pass and Jeff Hostetler rushed for a touchdown and tossed a touchdown pass to Tim Brown. Wide receivers Alexander Wright and Tim Brown totalled 13 receptions combined to pace the win.Week 3 – Sep 19 L 19–16 vs Cleveland Browns
The Raiders dominated the Browns early and led 13–0. Defensive tackle Chester McGlockton intercepted a Bernie Kosar pass which set up one of the Raiders two field goals. After that the Browns defense pressured Hostetler by sacking him six times and holding him to just 94 yards passing. The Raiders gained one first down in the second half and committed eight penalties. Browns running back Eric Metcalf scored the game-winning touchdown with just seconds remaining.Week 4 – Bye week
Week 5 – Oct 3 L 24–9 at Kansas City Chiefs
Former Raider Marcus Allen scored his 100th career rushing touchdown against his former team. Hostetler missed the game due to a knee injury and with veteran Vince Evans serving in his place the Raiders were unable to beat their chief rivals. The Raiders aided the Kansas City cause by committing 16 penalties for 173 yards.Week 6 Oct 10 W 24–20 vs New York Jets
Raiders overcame a 17–0 Jet lead to win. Head coach Art Shell pulled a struggling Hostetler and Evans replaced him and the aging quarterback completed 14 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. During the third period and trailing 17–7 Evans hit Alexander Wright for a 68-yard touchdown pass. The Jets scored on a field goal to retake the lead 20–17. During a two-minute drill Evans drove the Raiders downfield. A third down was converted into a first down on a pass to James Jett. With four seconds remaining and with the ball inside the Jets one-yard line the Raiders ran a risky run play and running back Nick Bell scored a touchdown to defeat the New York Jets.Week 7 Oct 18 W 23–20 at Denver Broncos
On Monday Night Football quarterback Jeff Hostetler went 15 of 24 for 2 touchdowns. The Raiders dominated the first half and led 13–0 off two Jaeger field goals and a Hostetler touchdown pass to Alexander Wright. Denver fought their way back and scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17–13 lead. Raider James Jett scored on a 74-yard pass from Hostetler and the Raiders took the lead back from the Broncos. John Elway drove Denver downfield and rookie kicker Jason Elam kicked a field goal to tie the game 20–20. The Raiders responded with just seconds remaining with a Jeff Jaeger field goal from 53 yards away to beat the Broncos.Week 8 Bye Week
Week 9 Oct 31 L 30–23 vs San Diego Chargers
Halloween was all tricks for the Raiders and all treats for the Chargers as San Diego beat Los Angeles in a key game. This didn't stop Jeff Hostetler from passing for a Raider record 424 yards. The Raiders started the scoring on their first play from scrimmage with Tim Brown hauling in a Hostetler pass and racing 71 yards for a touchdown. Later and with the score tied 10–10 both Hostetler and Brown hooked up again for a 38-yard touchdown. San Diego retied the score 17–17 on a touchdown run by running back Marion Butts. The Raiders drove down the field and with the ball inside the San Diego 10-yard line, defensive back Donald Frank intercepted a Hostetler pass and ran back the interception 102 yards for a touchdown and a 24–17 San Diego lead. The Raiders could not get back into the game and despite 156 receiving yards by Brown the Raiders were defeated by the Chargers.Week 10 – November 7 W 16–14 at Chicago Bears
For the third time in five games the Raiders led early but saw their lead evaporate. Greg Robinson rushed for 70 yards and Napoleon McCallum added 50 more and one touchdown to overcome 11 penalties and 3 sacks of Hostetler. Los Angeles led 13–0 at halftime and just like the Cleveland game the Bears got themselves back in the game. The Raiders lead was cut to 13–7 on a Neal Anderson touchdown run but Jeff Jaeger saved the day by adding a field goal later in the fourth quarter. Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh tossed a touchdown pass with just minutes remaining in the game to pull Chicago within two points. The Bears recovered their onside kick and drove within field goal range. Bears kicker Kevin Butler missed the field goal that would have won the game for Chicago.Week 11 – November 14 L 31–20 vs Kansas City Chiefs
Once again the Raiders led early on a Hostetler touchdown pass to Ethan Horton and a touchdown run by Napoleon McCallum. Leading 14–0, the Raiders allowed Kansas City to go on a 31–6 run to beat the Raiders for the second straight time. Horton caught 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against his old team.Week 12 – November 21 W 12–7 at San Diego Chargers
For the second time in four games the Raiders faced the San Diego Chargers. Jeff Jaeger kicked four field goals for the win but the Raiders had another nail biting game when San Diego scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Rookies Greg Robinson and James Jett had stellar games. Robinson accounted for 89 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving. Jett caught 7 passes for 138 yards. Also, future hall of famer Howie Long record two sacks.Week 13 – November 28 L 16–10 at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were 0–10 entering the game and led the Raiders 13–0 as the fourth quarter began. The Raiders offense was unable to get anything going all day and two turnovers by Los Angeles granted them their fifth loss of the 1993 season. Chester McGlockton had three sacks.Week 14 – Dec 5 W 25–24 at Buffalo Bills
Needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive the Raiders overcame the three time AFC Champion Buffalo Bills. Jeff Hostetler rushed for a touchdown and threw for another. Jeff Jaeger added four field goals and Tim Brown caught 10 passes for 183 yards and a TD. During the fourth quarter the Bills led the Raiders 24–19. The Raiders defense forced Buffalo to punt. The Raiders ran just three plays, the first coming on a short completion to running back Nick Bell and a second to wide receiver James Jett. Then Hostetler knifed the football between three Buffalo defenders to receiver Tim Brown for a touchdown. Buffalo was driving for a game winning field goal when Nolan Harrison forced Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas to fumble and the Raiders defense recovered to seal a 25–24 win.Week 15 Dec 12 W 27–23 vs Seattle Seahawks
Tying to maintain their playoff dreams the Raiders defeated Seattle with the help of Cornerback Terry McDaniel who had a key interception. Hostetler, Jett and Brown all scored touchdowns after Seattle established a 9–3 lead. Leading 27–9 the Raiders allowed Seattle to reenter the game and the Seahawks scored the final 14 points of the game to cut the Raider lead 27–23. After their second touchdown the Seahawks were unable to recover their onside kick which preserved a Raider win.Week 16 Dec 19 W 27–20 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Raiders established a 14–0 lead before Tampa Bay forced their way back into the game. Alexander Wright recorded his first 100+ yard game as a Raider and Jeff Hostetler rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season. The Raiders defense recorded five sacks and forced 2 turnovers to preserve the victory. Tampa Bay's final ditch effort to win ended on a botched onside kick attempt and the Raiders prevailed.Week 17 Dec 26 L 28–0 at Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre beat the Raiders for the first of what would be four wins versus the Silver and Black. Sterling Sharpe torched the Raiders defense for 119 yards and a touchdown and the Packers running game burned the Raiders for 148 yards. Trailing 14–0 quarterback Jeff Hostetler suffered a concussion during a sack and was forced to leave the game. Vince Evans replaced him but fared no better than Hostetler as both men completed just 18 of 38 passes. This is the game that gave birth to the "Lambeau Leap" when LeRoy Butler received a lateral from Reggie White, whom recovered a fumble. Tim Brown did add 80 yards receiving but a 25-yard fumble return and a long touchdown run gave the Packers an important 28–0 victory.Week 18 Jan 2 W 33–30 vs Denver Broncos (OT)
Needing a win to make the playoffs the Los Angeles Raiders came back from a 17-point deficit twice in the game. Late in the fourth quarter the Raiders trailed Denver 30–23 but Jeff Hostetler and his offense drove Los Angeles down the field. On the final play of regulation Hostetler completed a third down pass to Alexander Wright for a 4-yard touchdown to force overtime. Denver won the overtime coin toss and John Elway drove Denver to a field goal opportunity. Rookie kicker Jason Elam missed his kick and the Raiders were granted new life. Hostetler drove Los Angeles down field again and Jeff Jaeger kicked a 47-yard field goal to send the Raiders to the 1993 playoffs. One week later the Raiders would host Denver again in the 1993 WildCard Playoffs.
The 1993 season saw an enormous amount of Raider comebacks. These comebacks included:
1) In week six versus the New York Jets. The Raiders trailed 17–0 before coming back to win 24–20
2) In week fifteen versus the Seattle Seahawks the Raiders trailed 9–3 before coming back to win 27–23.
3) In week seventeen the Raiders trailed Denver 17–0 and came back twice to tie and later win the game 33–30.
Both teams entered the game with poor running games and backfield injuries. This made the passing attacks of both squads very important. During the first half both John Elway and Jeff Hostetler dominated with each man throwing three touchdown passes. After a 21–21 tie at halftime, Raiders running back Napoleon McCallum scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half to lead his team to the victory. Quarterback Jeff Hostetler completed 13 of 19 passes for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns. James Jett caught 3 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Tim Brown caught 3 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. The game was tied 21–21 at halftime but the Raiders pulled away with McCallum's three touchdowns in the second half.
In one of the coldest games in NFL history, the Bills overcame a 17–6 Raiders lead by scoring three times in a span of 6:18 in the second half. During the second half the Bills defense dominated the Raiders offense by allowing the Raiders to earn just one first down. Tim Brown caught 5 passes for 127 yards which included an 86-yard pass for his lone touchdown of the game. The play is the Raiders longest postseason play ever. Running back Napoleon McCallum scored twice which brought his 1993 postseason touchdown total to five.Jeff Hostetler, Single Game Record, 424 passing yards, achieved on October 31 against the Chargers. That record was broken when Derek Carr passed for 513 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016.
Jeff Jaeger, Single Season Record, Most Field Goals in One Season, 35 and most field goals attempted in a season, 44.
Jeff Jaeger, Single Season Record, Most Points in One Season, 132. This record would remain a Raider record until the 2010 season.
Tim Brown recorded his first 1,000 yard receiving season
Jeff Hostetler became the first Raider since 1979 to pass for over 3,000 yards. He also became just the third Raider at that time to accomplish that feat.
Defensive end Howie Long retired following the season. In 2000 he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Pro Bowl: Cornerback Terry McDaniel, Wide Receiver Tim Brown, Guard Steve Wisniewski, Guard Max Montoya and Defensive End/Tackle Howie Long.
This season was so memorable that Raiders.com has devoted three 3 of 27 of its "Fantastic Finishes" stories to the 1993 season. The games that appear are the 12/5 game at Buffalo, the 10/10 game against the Jets and the 1/2/94 game against Denver.
Tim Browns 74-yard punt return for a touchdown was the second time that he returned a punt for a touchdown during his career. He would only score one more time on a punt return and that would not occur again until 2001. During the season, Brown became the Raiders all-time leader in punt return yardage by surpassing Neal Colize. Brown would eventually run his career punt return total to 3,272 yards and 3 touchdowns and a 10.2 average.
Jeff Hostetler became just the third Raider ever to pass for 3,000 yards in one season. At that time the others were Daryle Lamonica and Ken Stabler. Only five Raider quarterbacks have passed for 3,000 yards or more as a Raider since Hostetler. This includes Rich Gannon (four times), Kerry Collins (twice), Carson Palmer (once), Derek Carr (twice) and Jeff George (once). The 1993 playoffs also marked Hostetler's first and only loss as a playoff starter. Hostetler led the Giants to the Super Bowl championship in 1990 going 4–0 and the Raiders in 1993 with a 1–1 record. In five playoff games, he completed 72 of 115 passes (62.6 percent) for 1,034 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 112.0 passer rating while going 4–1.
Leading Passer Jeff Hostetler, with 3,242 yards & 14 touchdowns
Leading rusher: Greg Robinson with 591 yards
Leading receiver: Tim Brown with 80 receptions for 1,180 yards
Leading scorer: Jeff Jaeger with 132 points
Sack leader: Anthony Smith with 12.5 sacks
Leading Tackler: Winston Moss with 102 tackles
Interception leader: Terry McDaniel with 5 interceptions