The first home game in Las Vegas Raiders’ history last season was on Monday Night Football.
The first game with fans in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will also be aired on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The NFL teased the release of the entire 17-game NFL regular season schedule (it will be announced at 5 p.m. PT), by revealing the entire Week 1 slate early on Wednesday morning.
The Raiders close out opening weekend by hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT. and the game will also be shown on ESPN.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the MNF matchup in a tweet early Wednesday morning.
Before the next NFL Draft is held in Las Vegas, the season’s opening Monday Night game will be.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2021
This season’s MNF opener: Ravens at Raiders. pic.twitter.com/bCY5WuwE2R
The Raiders’ plan is for a full house at Allegiant Stadium (the Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints in their first game there in Week 2 in 2020) for all games this season although details are still being worked out. Of course, the Raiders spent their first season in Las Vegas playing in an empty home stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is a big-time matchup to open the fan era in Las Vegas. The Ravens went 11-5 and made the AFC playoffs as a wild card in 2020. Facing Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson in Week 1 will be a stiff task for the new-look Raiders’ defense.
Several other games are currently being leaked:
Running list of what we think we know so far on Raiders schedule:— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) May 12, 2021
Sept. 13 vs. Ravens (MNF)
Oct. 10 vs. Bears
Oct. 17 at Broncos
Oct. 24 vs. Eagles
Nov. 7 at Giants
Nov. 25 at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 26 vs. Broncos
The games that stick out are against the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Former Raiders’ star Khalil Mack will reportedly play in Las Vegas for the first time on Oct. 10 and the Raiders will play at the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. So, we all have to adjust our holiday plans around this matchup.
Here’s an eighth game leaked:
Week 13: Sun, Dec. 5 - Washington @ Las Vegas at 4:05 ET, source confirmed. (@JPFinlayNBCS 1st).— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) May 12, 2021
Week 1: vs. Chargers 1p
Week 2: vs. Giants TNF
Week 4: at Atlanta 1p
Week 7: at Packers 1p
Week 8: at Broncos 4:25p
Week 13: at Las Vegas 4:05
Week 18: at Giants 1p
A ninth game leaked, and it’s a big one:
#Chargers will host the Raiders on Monday Night Football in Week 4 (Oct. 4), per source. AFC West showdown at SoFi Stadium in primetime.— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) May 12, 2021
Check back for more updates. We will have the full Raiders’ schedule when it is announced later this afternoon.