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Raiders schedule 2022: Ranking games by difficulty

Let’s look at the 2022 slate from toughest to easiest

NFL: DEC 12 Raiders at Chiefs
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Much is expected from the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022 and a lot will be determined by the schedule that was released last month.

The key to any schedule is when the games are played. There is so much at play, including injuries on both sides, whether a team is hot or not and weather conditions. When the schedule was released, our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook made initial odds, making the Raiders favorites in nine games, the underdogs in six games while two games were deemed pick ‘ems.

Let’s look at the Raiders’ schedule, ranked from the most difficult to the easiest. Of course, things will change, so this is merely a long-term projection:

Oct. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs* 5:15 p.m. ESPN

This is the team to beat in the AFC West and it is on the road. It’s the toughest game of the season. Again.

Super Bowl LVI - Los Angele Rams v Cincinnati Bengals
Aaron Donald
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Dec. 8 at Los Angeles Rams 5:15 p.m. Prime Video

It’s a road game at the defending Super Bowl champion and it’s a short week.

Nov. 20 at Denver Broncos 1:05 p.m. FOX

This could be a big AFC West game and the weather could be tricky in the Rocky Mountains in late November.

Sept. 11 at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25 p.m. CBS

The Chargers should be really good and Week 1 is always a crap shoot.

Sept. 25 at Tennessee Titans 10:00 a.m. FOX

The Titans are an AFC playoff contender and the weather could be quite humid in beautiful Nashville that time of year.

Jan. 7 or Jan. 8 Kansas City Chiefs TBD

Who knows what the circumstances of this game will be, but it’s the Chiefs, so it won’t be easy.

Dec. 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers 5:15 p.m. NFLN

The weather could be a complete game changer on this Christmas Eve game. Plus, the Steelers have a good defense and that plays in poor weather.

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Dec. 4 Los Angeles Chargers 1:25 p.m. CBS

Yes, it’s home, but the Chargers are good and it’s a tough task four days before the Raiders take the short trip to meet the Rams.

Jan. 1 San Francisco 49ers 1:05 p.m. FOX

This is going to be a wild atmosphere. The Raiders and 49ers on New Year’s Day in Las Vegas. Are you kidding me?

Oct. 2 Denver Broncos 1:25 p.m. CBS

The Raiders first look at Russell Wilson is an underrated big game.

Nov. 13 Indianapolis Colts 1:05 p.m. CBS

Matt Ryan and a solid overall roster. This won’t be an easy home game.

Patriots vs 49ers
Josh McDaniels Bill Belichick
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Dec. 18 New England Patriots 5:20 p.m. NBC

Who knows how good the Patriots will be, but you know Bill Belichick will be ready to face his protégée, Josh McDaniels.

Sept. 18 Arizona Cardinals 1:25 p.m. CBS

The level of difficulty from the previous games to this one is fairly large. This is a gift first home game.

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence
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Nov. 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10:00 a.m. CBS

This the toughest of the three easiest road games because it’s the longest trip and Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback the Raiders will face in this stretch.

Nov. 27 at Seattle Seahawks 1:05 p.m. CBS

This is tougher than the Saints game because it would be a rainy mess in Seattle during Thanksgiving weekend.

Oct. 30 at New Orleans Saints 10:00 a.m CBS

The Saints can play defense and New Orleans is always a wild atmosphere, so it won’t be easy. But this is a winnable game for the visitors.

Oct. 23 Houston Texans 1:05 p.m. CBS

Raiders 45, Texans 9.