This is history, folks.
Your Las Vegas Raiders’ first ever regular season schedule:
Looks pretty good, right?
It all starts in Week 1 at Carolina. Then on Monday Night Football, the Las Vegas era begins in new Allegiant Stadium against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
The schedule won’t be easy. According to our friends at DraftKings – who use their 2020 projections as their formula – the Raiders have the third toughest schedule in the NFL this season.
Some initial thoughts on the schedule:
Four primetime games: Via Las Vegas. All four of the games are home games. That is a huge advantage in games against strong competition.
Manageable road stretches: Last year, the Raiders went seven weeks in between playing at home. No such obstacles this year. Twice, the Raiders have back-to-back road games, but they’re not terrible situations. A trip to Cleveland is followed by a short trip to the Chargers. Then, late-season trips to Atlanta and the Jets. The Jets game in Week 13 and the Denver game in Week 17 are only potential bad-weather games.
Decent stretch run: The Raiders have three straight games at home spanning Weeks 14-16. All are winnable games. In all, this is not a bad schedule.
Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden is all in:
Check out the full schedule below and let us know which matchups you’re most excited about.
Week 1: at Carolina Panthers — Sunday, Sept. 13
Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints — Sunday, Sept. 20
Week 3: at New England Patriots — Sunday, Sept. 27
Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills — Sunday, Oct. 4
Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, Oct. 11
Week 6: bye week
Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, Oct. 25
Week 8: at Cleveland Browns — Sunday, Nov. 1
Week 9: at LA Chargers — Sunday, Nov. 8
Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday, Nov. 15
Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, Nov. 22
Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons — Sunday, Nov. 29
Week 13: at New York Jets — Sunday, Dec. 6
Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts — Sunday, Dec. 13
Week 15: vs. LA Chargers — Thursday, Dec. 17
Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins — TBD
Week 17: at Denver Broncos — Sunday, Jan. 3