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Raiders open on road against Jets

The team with the toughest schedule in the NFL opens its season on the road Sept. 7 against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

The Raiders find themselves away from home for much of the first quarter of the season, traveling to New England in Week 3 and then leaving Boston for London and a “home game’’ at Wembley Stadium against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.

Oakland’s home opener will be against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14 at O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders, 4-12 last season, already knew they had the NFL’s most difficult schedule. They play nine times against 2013 playoff teams, including five games against last season’s participants in conference championship games (Denver twice, the Patriots, at Seattle and home against the 49ers).

Oakland’s opponents were a combined 148-108 last season, a .578 winning percentage that is the highest in the NFL.

They got their first look at the order of the games Wednesday, with only two of those coming in the first half of the season as they attempt to meld a roster of veteran free agents with returning young players.

The Raiders’ nine games against playoff teams comes in large part because the three other AFC West teams all made the playoffs, and Oakland faces the NFC West, which includes the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the 49ers.

Oakland visits Seattle to close out the first half of the season on Nov. 2, beginning a brutal stretch where seven of its last eight games will be against teams that were in the postseason in 2013.

The Raiders host the 49ers on Dec. 7, the first regular-season home game between the two teams at O.co Coliseum since 2002.

The terrain at MetLife Stadium for the opener will be familiar for the Raiders. They played in New Jersey twice last season, losing to the Giants 24-20 on Nov. 10 and the Jets 37-27 on Dec. 8.

Oakland has only one prime time game on the schedule, a Thursday night game at O.co Coliseum on Nov. 20 against Kansas City.

For the second straight season, the Raiders end the season against the Broncos, only this time the regular season finale on Dec. 28 is in Denver with potentially frigid conditions.

The NFL can decide to flex games into an evening time frame for better Sunday night matchups starting in Week 5.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 0ak R8rs

    Because they didn’t want to pay him $11 million dollars. And because they cleaned house in the front office, they r gonna clean out a vet starting QB that struggled too. That’s how it works. Doesn’t mean they were right.

  • AlDavisJr

    Some of the players cut from other teams during preseason may be of value too. We have enough cap space to land player or two with some good playing ability.

  • r8ter4evr

    It’s ok that’s my new response when I see his drooling comment

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    he is a bum.

  • r8ter4evr

    YOU ARE PATHETIC

  • The Big Banana

    BSPN with the smack. What say you, Dennis Allen?

    “At the end of the day, you are who you are. As long as we put ourselves in position to compete, I think we’ll be in good shape moving forward to complete the vision I have for this team. “

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Keep throwing the wood in the pit!

  • JV.

    We will shock some people this year. Go raiders !

  • Myopinion

    We need depth at cb, and we desperately need depth at both de positions, unless they’re counting Robinson and Crawford in the mix. Although Antonio smith might play some end.

  • r8ter4evr

    For you I will

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    8-24 is PATHETIC.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • r8ter4evr

    Amen

  • JV.

    An actual quote or your “answer” for what da has to say?

  • AlDavisJr

    Doc Kaahunter

  • r8ter4evr

    YOU ARE PATHETIC

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    lol!

  • The Big Banana

    Lol. That you had to ask is all too telling about our very own Dennis Allen.

  • JV.

    I agree but you also have to consider sio rushing the passer at times..

    If we get Mack.. Watch out! We will be legit.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    clever.

  • r8ter4evr

    Without the use of drool
    Try if you can

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I don’t like DA but DA has been given no TALENT.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    your mother drolls on my johnson.

  • JV.

    I didn’t hear “uhh..” Every two seconds or “from a *.. Standpoint” or “hey look.. ” to start off every sentence.. You got the at the end of the day part right.

  • The Big Banana

    That’s it. Embrace the hate. It will make the taste of victory that much sweeter.

  • irjonny

    what’s this? late talk about Lewan at #5? reminds me of DJ last year. hope we are able to get some picks out of a trade down if we like him that much

  • JV.

    Smokescreen… Just like us taking Floyd last season.

  • r8ter4evr

    You really are PATHETIC
    I WILL NOT COMMENT ON BEHALF OF MY DECEASED MOTHER
    THERE IS A GREATER JUDGE FOR YOU

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Al is GOD.

    Just Win Baby.

  • JV.

    Reggie has found two hidden gems in UDFA.. Make it three!!

  • RTF916

    What? No!

  • r8ter4evr

    Have a good eternity in the REAL PIT

  • the super genius dr robert

    New post bltches

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Do you believe in the tooth fairy?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Did the best I could, don’t know half the guys on the board.

  • irjonny

    hmm. true

  • sevensuns

    THEY CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH HERE….a bunch of myopic dopes

  • Just Win Baby

    yes, myopic

  • Lawrence Jahn

    Some people thought we’d do worse with what we were working with. Depends on your perspective. Have you ever played or coached?

  • Return

    Nope. Comes down to Penn.