On This Date In Raiders History: Hostetler Leads Raiders Over Lions

Jeff Hostetler

On This Date In Raiders History:

October 13, 1996

The Oakland Raiders began the 1996 season at 2-4 and were set to face the 4-2 Detroit Lions.

Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostetler led the team by throwing four touchdowns and 295 yards. The Raiders went on to win the game, 37-21.

Hostetler found wide receiver James Jett seven times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Rickey Dudley and running back Napoleon Kaufman also had receiving touchdowns.

The Lions were led by star running back Barry Sanders but the Raiders defense held him to just 36 yards on the ground on nine carries.

The Raider defense also had two interceptions by linebacker Aundray Bruce and defensive back James Trapp.

At one point, the Raiders were up 34-7 before allowing 14 points in the fourth quarter, but a fourth quarter field goal by kicker Cole Ford made it 37-21.

That year, the Raiders would finish 7-9 and fail to make the playoffs.