So we already know who the Raiders will play this upcoming season and where. We just don't know when, right?
It will all be rectified this coming Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT when the NFL announces its 2010 regular season schedule. ESPN will broadcaster a three-hour "SportsCenter Special: Schedule Release" show on sister network ESPN2 from 4-6 p.m. and continue from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN. According to an ESPN release, "Trey Wingo will host the "SportsCenter Special" with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Tim Hasselbeck and Darren Woodson, as well as NFL Insider Adam Schefter. A number of NFL players and other guests are also expected to participate in live interviews. The program will be aired in a compressed format similar to ESPN's NFL Draft presentation with scrolling team-by-team updates."
So why the delay in getting the schedule out to the starving masses? The conspiracy theory says the schedule-makers want to wait and see what kind of suspension, if any, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets for his role in the alleged sexual assault in Georgia. Wouldn't want to put the Steelers on national TV early if their golden boy is suspended, right?
The other theory - that the schedule-makers were diligently trying to acquiesce to Commissioner Roger Goodell's request at the recent owners meetings to ramp up the playoff-type atmosphere by having only intra-divisional games in Week 17, thus dealing with stadium availability and the like.
In years past, the national TV games were announced at the late-March meetings but nothing has been leaked yet.
As far as the Raiders are concerned, they have home games against Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, St. Louis, Seattle and AFC West opponents Denver, Kansas City and San Diego. They travel to Arizona, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City and San Diego.