Raiders huddle before last game

Raiders Draw Monday Night Opener as NFL Schedule Unveiled

April 17, 2019 - 5:05 pm

The Raiders final season in Oakland will open and close with a traditional dance partner as the NFL released the full 2019 season schedule for every team on Wednesday night.

The Raiders will open the season at home on national TV, in the second game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader, September 9, against their AFC West rival Denver.  They will face the same Broncos team on the last Sunday of the regular season on the road December 29.

In between, the Raiders might have one of the tougher schedules on paper, despite last year’s miserable 4-12 record.  

The high octane Kansas City Chiefs visit the Black Hole for the final time on September 15.  Then it’s time to pack the bags.  The team will be away from the Bay Area from September 22 through November 3.  The Raiders will be at Minnesota in Week 3 (Sept 22), and in Indianapolis for Week 4 (Sept 29). 

October holds plenty of storylines.  The month begins with a trip to London to face former teammate Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears on October 6.   The BYE week follows the European Vacation, and then a trip to Green Bay looms on October 20 to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.   The Raiders stay east, to take on the New York Jets on October 27, with a LeVeon Bell/Antonio Brown reunion.

November brings a return home with a game on the 3rd against Detroit.   Four days later, the Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers for a Thursday Night Football game on November 7.  Ten days off and then they bring the Cincinnati Bengals to town.  It’s back to the East coast to take on the New York Jets on November 24, with a LeVeon Bell/Antonio Brown reunion.

December starts with a trip to Kansas City on the first.  The final two games in Oakland will see Tennessee on December 8, and Jacksonville on December 15.

The Raiders will close the season on the road, with a Week 16 (Dec 21/Dec 22) game at the Los Angeles Chargers, and then the finale a week later in Denver.   The Chargers game could be on NFL Network if placed on December 21.

Flex scheduling will be used by the league in weeks 11-17.