Heading into the 2014 campaign, the Oakland Raiders have a lot to prove. With head coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie likely on their last legs as parts of the Silver and Black organization, they both need big increases in the win column this season to keep their jobs in 2015.
A big part of whether or not the Raiders will be somewhat successful in 2014 depends on their schedule, which was released today. Here’s your first look at their slate of games this upcoming season.
Week 1: @ New York Jets, Sunday, Sept 7 at 1PM Eastern
Week 2: vs Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept 14 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 3: @ New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept 21 at 1PM Eastern
Week 4: vs Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept 28 at 1PM Eastern
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: vs San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Oct 12 at 4:05PM Eastern
Week 7: vs Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct 19 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 8: @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct 26 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 9: @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov 2 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 10: vs Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov 9 at 4:05PM Eastern
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Nov 16 at 4:05PM Eastern
Week 12: vs Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday, Nov 20 at 8:25PM Eastern
Week 13: @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov 30 at 1:00PM Eastern
Week 14: vs San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec 7 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 15: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec 14 at 1PM Eastern
Week 16: vs Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec 21 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 17: @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec 28 at 4:25PM Eastern
Unfortunately for the Raiders, it doesn’t look pretty. They start the season off with a three-team tour of the AFC East, with a visit from a Texans team that should be much better than last year. After an early bye, Oakland gets a few more tough matchups before a Week 9 visit to Century Link Field and the Seahawks kicks off a brutal second half of the season.
Apart from a showdown with the Bills in Week 16, the Raiders’ final nine games should offer few opportunities for wins. Unless their suddenly a much better team than we saw last year, it’s going to be another long road for the Raiders. It also doesn’t help that they end the regular season with a road game against the division’s top team.
There’s a lot for the Raiders to be worried about this season. We’ll see if McKenzie and Co. can muster some of that Al Davis magic or if Reggie and his HC will be job hunting in 2015.