Breakdown: The Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen era starts in style as the Raiders host San Diego on "Monday Night Football" in Week 1. It’s a rematch of a game that knocked the Raiders out of playoff contention last season in Hue Jackson's last game with the team. The Raiders start and end the 2012 season against San Diego. Oakland plays at San Diego in Week 17.
The Raiders host Denver and Peyton Manning on Dec. 6 in a Thursday night game in primetime.
The Denver game falls in the middle of a pivotal three-game home stretch in which the Silver and Black plays against the Browns, Broncos and Chiefs. The Raiders can make a playoff push during that stretch.
Complaint department: There really isn’t too much to complain about with this slate. Only once does Oakland have to play back-to-back weeks on the road and it’s at the end of the season, when it travels to Carolina and San Diego. So, the Raiders better be in good shape heading into the holidays.
Early wake-up call: The Raiders play five games in Eastern Time zone, beginning in Week 2 in Miami. It marks the first time in team history Oakland has to play five games in the Eastern time zone. West Coast teams have often talked about the challenges of playing on the East Coast.
Raiders Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 10, San Diego, 10:15 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at Miami, 4:15 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, Pittsburgh, 4:15 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at Denver, 4:05 PM
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, at Atlanta, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, Jacksonville, 4:15 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, at Kansas City, 4:05 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, Tampa Bay, 4:05 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, at Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, New Orleans, 4:05 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, Cleveland, 4:15 PM
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 6, Denver, 8:20 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, Kansas City, 4:15 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Carolina, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at San Diego, 4:15 PM