RAIDERS 2016 SCHEDULE – PREVIEW

Much has been said about the first half of the Oakland Raiders 2016 schedule being very easy. The fallacy of that is that it’s based on 2015 season records and not what teams have done in the offseason. Early 2016 Raiders opponents: @Jacksonville (5-11); @Tennessee (3-13); @Tampa Bay (6-10); and San Diego (4-12) will be much improved versus last year.

In contrast, the final 8 games of the Raiders 2016 schedule will be brutal. 5 out of those 8 games will be against 2015 playoff teams, including two against the 2015 Super Bowl winner Denver Broncos and one against the Super Bowl loser, Carolina Panthers. The only team in that stretch with a 2015 losing record is San Diego. That game will be played on the road.

Despite a tough schedule down the stretch, we’re optimistic about the 2016 Raiders season.  We’re not making predictions yet, though we have a general idea where the Raiders should or will end the year.

 

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RAIDERS 2016 SCHEDULE

Week 1: @ NEW ORLEANS

The Raiders opening on the road? No surprise there. The Oakland Raiders opening day record over the past 10 years is 2-8. They tend to play ugly on opening day and one way or another must change that.

 

Week 2: ATLANTA

An early season matchup of two teams with high expectations. Falcon coaches and players view last year’s 8-8 record as a major disappointment. Atlanta comes to Oakland with a chip on their shoulder.

 

Week 3: @ TENNESSEE

Back on the road. The Titans made big upgrades via Free Agency and the NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see how much QB Marcus Mariota progresses in his sophomore year. Raiders won last year at Tennessee, 24-21.

 

Week 4: @ BALTIMORE

The Baltimore Ravens were 5-11 last year. Much of that was due to the loss of QB Joe Flacco but the reality is, the Ravens have age and depth issues to deal with. A good test for the Raiders who came from behind last year to win at home, 37-33.

 

Week 5: SAN DIEGO

After being on the road three of the first four weeks of the 2016 season, the Oakland Raiders get the San Diego Chargers at home. San Diego had a good draft and will be much be better this year thanks to an improved defense.

 

Week 6: KANSAS CITY

Kansas City lost key players to retirement and free agency and their 2016 draft was underwhelming. This is a chance for the Oakland Raiders to set the tone in the AFC West. Game is in Mexico City.

 

Week 7: @ JACKSONVILLE

We figure the tag line for this game will be Derek Carr versus Blake Bortles. Both QBs were drafted in 2014. Carr was a 2nd rounder while Bortles was the 3rd overall pick. Both QBs need to pick it up this year.

 

Week 8: TAMPA BAY

Back to back games on the East Coast. The Buccaneers are doing good things but it will come down to how QB Jameis Winston develops in year 2. Temperature should not be a factor at the end of October.

 

Week 9: DENVER

Final game before the Bye. Raiders must sweep the Broncos to win the AFC West and it starts right here, right now. The 2016 season gets much harder from here on out.

 

Week 10: BYE

 

Week 11: HOUSTON

We know the Texans defense will be stellar. The question is how much better will the offense be with the additions of former Denver QB Brock Osweiler and Rookie WR Will Fuller.

 

Week 12: CAROLINA

2015 Super Bowl contender Carolina Panthers roll into Oakland. A big, big test for the Silver and Black.

 

Week 13: BUFFALO

Raiders need a big home win before playing three of their final four games on the road. Both teams should be eyeing the playoffs going into this game.

 

Week 14: @ KANSAS CITY

Watershed game. If Oakland can go into Arrowhead and knock off the Chiefs, then the team has definitely turned the corner for good. Expect the game to be an old fashioned brawl.

 

Week 15: @ SAN DIEGO

The Raiders swept San Diego last year and there’s no reason they can’t do it again, especially with the playoffs on the line. Could be Aldon Smith’s first game of the 2016 season.

 

Week 16: INDIANAPOLIS

Raiders will need to get after QB Andrew Luck. Despite losing Luck for much of the 2015 season, the Colts still finished 8-8 and are eager to get back into the playoffs.

 

Week 17: @ DENVER

This might be the battle that decides the 2016 AFC West Champion. Denver and Oakland split the series last year with each team winning on the road. Good chance QB Paxton Lynch is the starter for Denver.

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Todd

    June 26, 2016

    NFL analysts keep talking about how weak the Raider schedule is. I for one don’t see it that way. It may start off weak but it gets rough and tough by mid season. That said, I’m still optimistic that the Raiders will make the playoffs.

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    • BP

      June 30, 2016

      I’ll go a little further and say Oakland wins the AFC West. SD will be much better but still not a playoff team. KC got red hot and went on a great roll in 2015 but this year they will be a wildcard team at best. That leaves Denver. If not for a terrible Pick-6, the Raiders would have swept Denver last year. I think Oakland sweeps them this year and ultimately wins the AFC West.

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  • Charles Woodson Number One

    June 20, 2016

    Would like an article on how the Raider’s mini camps went!

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  • Manny

    June 8, 2016

    They saying playoffs for our Raiders but that they are not ready to compete with the big boys for the SB. I say “why not”??? Our offense looked explosive at times last year and our defense is much improved. With another year in the same system both sides of the ball should play alot better. I see 10+ wins this year, GO RAIDERS!!!

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  • Van

    June 1, 2016

    9-7 at worst, 10-6 most likely, 11-5 at best.

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  • rob

    May 24, 2016

    Football season can’t come soon enough

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  • Jon

    May 13, 2016

    Agree–those final games will be brutal but good teams win tough games.

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  • Christopher

    May 12, 2016

    Excited to see if the Raiders can step up and prove they are a playoff team in the season opener.

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