The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced for every game, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Oakland Raiders:
Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) at Arizona Cardinals
Comment: The Cardinals are coming off a breakout season in which they went a franchise-record 13-3, advanced to the NFC title game and scored a franchise-best 489 points behind quarterback Carson Palmer, the former Raiders signal-caller. This early in the preseason, though, it’s tough to imagine either team’s first-stringers playing more than a single series.
Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) at Green Bay Packers
Comment: The Raiders next get the team that had its season ended in the playoffs by the Cardinals in the Packers, who were a wild-card entry at 10-6 and gave Arizona a scare with two-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers under center. Call it a homecoming, of sorts, for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who came to Oakland from Green Bay in 2011.
Week 3 (Aug. 27, 5 p.m.) vs. Tennessee Titans
Comment: And in the exhibition week in which teams use as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Raiders finally get a home game and a prime-time start on CBS. The Titans have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, but they also have QB Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft.
Week 4 (Sept. 1) vs. Seattle Seahawks
Comment: Keep this in mind: It was against the Seahawks in the preseason two years ago at the Coliseum when then-rookie Derek Carr essentially wrestled the Raiders’ starting quarterback gig away from high-priced free agent Matt Schaub. Now, it's a chance for free-agent signee Bruce Irvin to renew acquaintances with his old teammates.