The Raiders will play their first Thanksgiving Day game in 39 years in Dallas against the Cowboys and also will open the season on Monday night with a home game against the San Diego Chargers as the NFL announced its prime time schedule on its Web site.
The last time the Raiders played on Thanksgiving was on Nov. 26, 1970 at Tiger Stadium, when they jumped ahead 14-0 on a pair of touchdown passes from Daryle Lamonica to Fred Biletnikoff but lost 28-14 to the Detroit Lions and quarterback Greg Landry.
The last time they opened at home against San Diego on Monday night was the Art Shell debacle, a 27-0 embarrassment in 2006.
A Monday night opener at home against Denver last season was equally embarrassing, with the Broncos prevailing 41-14.
The opener provides Tom Cable to get the Raiders headed in a direction Shell and Lane Kiffin could not _ with something other than a nationwide face plant before a national television audience.