After a promising season that saw them climb out of the AFC’s basement, Oakland now knows which teams they will be facing next season. Full fixtures are below.
Easiest Game: @ Tennessee
The Titans are the most talent-devoid team in the NFL, except for quarterback Marcus Mariota. But Mariota lacks weapons, meaning that Oakland’s defense has a good chance of keeping the Titans in check. Khalil Mack can be a one-man wrecking ball against a poor offensive line. Tennessee’s defense also struggles against good offenses, which is bad news against Derek Carr and the Raiders. Rookie standout Amari Cooper should be even better next season and should be able to work with Michael Crabtree and Clive Walford to tear apart Tennessee’s secondary.
Hardest Game: vs Carolina
The Panthers could very well be the defending Super Bowl champions, and are a very talented team. With Cam Newton under centre, the Panthers have torn apart the league despite missing their best receiver. Once Kelvin Benjamin returns next year, teams with poor secondaries like the Raiders won’t stand a chance against Carolina. The Panthers also have more than enough talent on defense to shut down the Raiders. Josh Norman versus Amari Cooper should be a mouth-watering contest. Carolina can also overpower the Raiders on the ground with both Newton and Jonathan Stewart.
Most likely primetime game: vs San Diego
One of the clashes between Oakland and the Chargers is often a primetime match-up. With both the Chargers and Raiders possibly moving to LA, a primetime showdown to decide the city’s best team should make for fascinating viewing. This game would also see the young rising star Derek Carr take on one of the league’s best veterans in Philip Rivers.