Oakland Raiders 2013 Schedule: Team’s Losing Ways Will Likely Continue
The Oakland Raiders will once again head into the 2013 season with little-to-no expectations. The franchise has been in a rut for a decade now, and with the release of the new regular season schedule, it appears that trend will likely continue.
Here’s a look at the Raiders’ 2013 slate of games:
Week 1 – @ Indianapolis Colts
Week 2 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 – @ Denver Broncos (MNF)
Week 4 – Washington Redskins
Week 5 – San Diego Chargers
Week 6 – @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 7 – BYE
Week 8 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 9 – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 – @ New York Giants
Week 11 – @ Houston Texans
Week 12 – Tennessee Titans
Week 13 – @ Dallas Cowboys
Week 14 – @ New York Jets
Week 15 – Kansas City Chiefs
Week 16 – @ San Diego Chargers
Week 17 – Denver Broncos
Now clearly, it’s way too early to make any predictions for the upcoming season, but just by glancing at the schedule, it’s clear the Raiders’ will have their work cut out for them. While the AFC West isn’t exactly stacked, there are still no easy games. The Chiefs figure to be much improved, and any clashes with the Broncos and Chargers will be difficult.
Oakland also drew four average-to-good opponents from the NFC, but avoided any of the top-tier teams. The best thing they have going for them – they play in the AFC. That’s the only thing giving the Raiders a chance in 2013. I don’t mean a chance at the playoffs, either. I mean a chance at respectability.
Just being realistic, if Oakland can earn five victories in 2013, I think that’s at least a step in the right direction.
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