Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

April 20, 2010
Raiders open at Tennessee, at home against Rams; no night games for second time in franchise history

The Raiders will begin the 2010 season on the road, facing the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 12, and open at home on Sept. 19 against the St. Louis Rams.

The NFL released its schedule this afternoon and, for just the second time since the 1970 merger (2007 being the other time), the Raiders are not scheduled to appear on a primetime national T.V. game. In fact, it is only the second time in the franchise's history it will not play a night game.

Before last year's Monday Night Football opener at home against San Diego, a last-minute Chargers victory, the Raiders had been beaten by an average score of 25-6 in the previous six games under the lights, by a cumulative 268-101 in their previous 10 such games.

Although, keep in mind the NFL reserves the flex scheduling the last seven weeks so if the Raiders are in contention, they could potentially show up in a night game.

Also, because the A's regular-season home finale is Sept. 26, when the Raiders are at Arizona, the Raiders should only have one game at the Coliseum with the infield dirt in place. Unless the A's advance to the playoffs.

The Raiders will play nine games before their bye week, equaling the 1991 and 2004 seasons as the longest run of games before the break, which was instituted in 1990.

Last season, the Raiders had December and January games in such cold-weather climes as Pittsburgh, Denver and Cleveland. This time - San Diego, Jacksonville and Kansas City close out the road schedule.

The entire schedule:

Sunday, September 12 at Tennessee Titans 10:00 a.m. CBS
Sunday, September 19 ST. LOUIS RAMS 1:05 p.m. FOX
Sunday, September 26 at Arizona Cardinals 1:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 3 HOUSTON TEXANS 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 10 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 1:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 17 at San Francisco 49ers 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 24 at Denver Broncos 1:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, October 31 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:15 p.m. FOX
Sunday, November 7 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1:15 p.m. CBS
Sunday, November 14 BYE
Sunday, November 21 at Pittsburgh Steelers 10:00 a.m.* CBS
Sunday, November 28 MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:05 p.m.* CBS
Sunday, December 5 at San Diego Chargers 1:05 p.m.* CBS
Sunday, December 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10:00 a.m*. CBS
Sunday, December 19 DENVER BRONCOS 1:15 p.m.* CBS
Sunday, December 26 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:05 p.m.* CBS
Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Kansas City Chiefs 10:00 a.m.* CBS

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Also, the Raiders have confirmed dates and kickoff times for two of the four preseason games.

They open at Dallas on Thursday, Aug. 12 and close at home against Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 2.

They play at Chicago between Aug. 19-23 and play host to the 49ers between Aug. 26-29.

Teams cannot begin training camp more than 15 days before their first exhibition game. So circle July 28 in Napa on your calendars.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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