Oakland Raiders schedule analysis

Breakdown: The Oakland Raiders are trying to improve their secondary. The group will be tested immediately. Oakland starts the 2013 season at Indianapolis and faces quarterback Andrew Luck in Week 1. In Week 3, the Raiders travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning in a Monday night game. In Week 4, Oakland faces Robert Griffin III and Washington. In Week 5, the Raiders play Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. So, we will learn a lot about this evolving defense early in the season. If the Raiders can hang on, they could control their own destiny late in the season. They play each AFC West foe in the final three weeks of the season, including a home date against defending AFC West champion Denver in Week 17.

Complaint department: The Raiders do a ton of traveling from Weeks 10-14. In that time span, the Raiders have one home game squeezed between four road games. The Raiders visit the New York Giants on Nov. 10 and go back to visit the Jets on Dec. 8. In that month span they travel more than 16,000 miles. Last season, 21 teams traveled fewer miles than that the entire season. But that’s kind of the way it goes for a team on the West Coast.

Turkey Day time: The Raiders will play at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. The Raiders lost at Dallas on Thanksgiving in 2009. The Dallas game and the Monday night game at Denver are Oakland’s only nationally televised games.

Raiders Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 8, at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM

Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 15, Jacksonville, 4:25 PM

Week 3: Monday, Sep. 23, at Denver, 8:30 PM

Week 4: Sunday, Sep. 29, Washington, 4:25 PM

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, San Diego, 4:25 PM

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, at Kansas City, 1:00 PM

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27, Pittsburgh, 4:05 PM

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Philadelphia, 4:05 PM

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10, at NY Giants, 1:00 PM

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, at Houston, 1:00 PM

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Tennessee, 4:05 PM

Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 28, at Dallas, 4:30 PM

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, at NY Jets, 1:00 PM

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Kansas City, 4:05 PM

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, at San Diego, 4:25 PM

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Denver, 4:25 PM