Although the NFL Draft is one week away, the NFL released 2018 Raiders schedule. While most fans rejoice, not much can be initially gleaned in late-April. However, knowing opponents and times will set travel plans in motion for many.
|Mon., Sept. 10||LOS ANGELES RAMS||7:20 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sun., Sept. 16||at Denver Broncos||1:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Sept. 23||at Miami Dolphins||10:00 a.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Sept. 30||CLEVELAND BROWNS||1:05 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Oct. 7||at Los Angeles Chargers||1:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Oct. 14||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS#||10:00 a.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Oct. 28||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||1:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Thu., Nov. 1||at San Francisco 49ers||5:20 p.m.||FOX/NFLN|
|Sun., Nov. 11||LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||1:05 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Nov. 18||at Arizona Cardinals||1:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Nov. 25||at Baltimore Ravens||10:00 a.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Dec. 2||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||1:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Dec. 9||PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., Dec. 16||at Cincinnati Bengals||10:00 a.m.||CBS|
|Mon., Dec. 24||DENVER BRONCOS||5:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sun., Dec. 30||at Kansas City Chiefs||10:00 a.m.||CBS|
Jon Gruden begins his second stint in Oakland at home, as the Raiders face the suddenly scary Rams. After two games on the road, the Silver and Black close the month out with an afternoon tilt with the Browns and former coach Hue Jackson.
When the Raiders enter the second quarter of the season, two of their three games will be away from O.co. In addition, the Raiders fly to the United Kingdom for a “home” game versus the Seattle Seahawks.
The second half of 2018 begins with the Battle of the Bay. As a result, look for the heat and trash talk to increase between these storied franchises. After the Raiders host the Chargers, they battle the Ravens and Cardinals away from Oakland.
Finally, to close out the regular season, the Raiders play three division games and two other conference battles.
In reality, forecasting wins and losses before the draft and camp is nearly impossible. However, what we can see is the Gruden Effect. Four of the games see the Raiders enjoying a primetime matchup.