Judging from the way the rest of the season lays out, it looks like the best (and possibly only) chance the Raiders have to be flexed into a prime time Sunday night game would be Dec. 26 against Indianapolis.
Many of the Sunday night matchups look as if they’ll hold up.
Week 11: New York Giants at Philadelphia. Announcement has already been made that this game won’t be flexed. Teams must be notified 12 days in advance if they’re game time is changing to Sunday evening.
Week 12: San Diego at Indianaplis. Resurgent Chargers vs. Peyton Manning on the same day Miami is at Oakland.
Week 13: Pittsburgh at Baltimore. Potential AFC championship game preview. Oakland is at San Diego.
Week 14: Philadelphia at Dallas. Possibility of a flex here, but Raiders at Jacksonville? League is hesitant to flex to sites that could have blackouts. That’s an issue with the Jaguars as well as the Raiders. The Chiefs are at San Diego (another place where blackouts have been prevelant) that day, the New York Giants at Minnesota.
Week 15: Green Bay at New England. This game looks solid. Raiders host Denver.
Week 16: San Diego at Cincinnati. Bengals will be out of the running and Peyton Manning visits the Black Hole.
There is no Sunday night game in Week 17.
(Correction: Although the NFL schedule as posted in NFL.com does not refer to a Week 17 game, the scheduling guidelines posted on the same site account for a night game with six days notice. That would mean Raiders-Chiefs would indeed be in play for the final game)
Rolando McClain, Tyvon Branch and Louis Murphy were all suited up and going through warmups and drills as the Raiders began a bye week practice.
McClain didn’t finish the Kansas City game with a hip pointer, Branch had “concussion symptoms” (he said he didn’t have a concussion) and Murphy missed the game with a bruised lung.
Not present were cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and tight end Zach Miller (arch).