A look at the Raiders week by week

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 - 5:34 pm

WEEK 1

Sept. 7, at New York Jets, 10 a.m., Ch. 13: Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns at MetLife Stadium late last season, but mistakes helped the Jets stake a 20-3 lead en route to a 37-27 win. Matt Schaub fares no better. Loss (0-1)

WEEK 2

Sept. 14, vs. Houston Texans, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: Schaub faces Houston, with which he became a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Texans punter Shane Lechler returns to Oakland, where he posted Hall of Fame numbers. Houston defensive ends J.J. Watt and rookie Jadeveon Clowney steal the show. Loss (0-2)

WEEK 3

Sept. 21, at New England Patriots, 10 a.m., Ch. 13: Oakland enters the 2014 season having lost 13 consecutive games played in the Eastern time zone – the longest streak in the NFL and a Raiders record, according to ESPN.com. Loss (0-3)

WEEK 4

Sept. 28, vs. Miami Dolphins, 10 a.m., Ch. 13: If the Raiders have trouble winning games on the East Coast, what’s going to happen when they play the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London? It will be the Raiders’ first game in the International Series games. Loss (0-4)

WEEK 5: Bye week

WEEK 6

Oct. 12 vs. San Diego Chargers, 1:05 p.m., Ch. 13: No matter what their records are, these teams love to beat each other, especially at home, where each team won last season. If Schaub is still winless after this game, Derek Carr had better start warming up. Win (1-4)

WEEK 7

Oct. 19, vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: Much of the pregame hype will center on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who makes his return to Oakland, where he played in 2011 and 2012. The Raiders will show why they traded him to Arizona. Win (2-4)

WEEK 8

Oct. 26, at Cleveland Browns, 1:25p.m., Ch. 13: The Raiders could face rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel if Brian Hoyer struggles. The Raiders take advantage of the rookie to win in the Eastern time zone for the first time since 2009. Win (3-4)

WEEK 9

Nov. 2, at Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: The Raiders could be on a three-game winning streak heading into this game, but it won’t matter. Seattle simply has too much offense and defense for the Raiders to handle. Loss (3-5)

WEEK 10

Nov. 9, vs. Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m., Ch. 13: The Raiders haven’t beaten Denver at home since 2010, and it won’t be any easier if Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is using the AFC West as a practice league in preparation for the playoffs. Loss (3-6)

WEEK 11

Nov. 16, at San Diego Chargers, 1:05 p.m., Ch. 13: The Raiders have lost nine of the past 11 games in San Diego since Oakland played and lost in the Super Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Loss (3-7)

WEEK 12

Nov. 20, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 5:25 p.m., NFL: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles turned the Coliseum into his personal sandlot last December, scoring five touchdowns in a 56-31 blowout despite having just 20 rushing yards. Loss (3-8)

WEEK 13

Nov. 30, at St. Louis Rams, 10 a.m., Ch. 13: Expect the Raiders to be competitive after a few extra days to rest. It will be interesting to see what Schaub and running back Darren McFadden can do against the Rams’ vaunted defense. Win (4-8)

WEEK 14

Dec. 7, vs. 49ers, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: The Raiders will catch the 49ers in between heavyweight bouts against NFC West rival Seattle. This may bode well for Oakland since the 49ers usually come out of Seattle with injuries. Win (5-8)

WEEK 15

Dec. 14, at Kansas City Chiefs, 10 a.m., Ch. 13: Behind quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs ended the Raiders’ six-game winning streak at Arrowhead Stadium last season. Look for the same here. Loss (5-9)

WEEK 16

Dec. 21, vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: Will this be the final football game played at the Coliseum? If it is, the Raiders should go out winners against a lousy road team. Win ( 6-9)

WEEK 17

Dec. 28, at Denver Broncos, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 13: Will Carr be the Raiders’ quarterback by the season finale? Will this be Darren McFadden’s final game as a Raider? How much longer will Sebastian Janikowski keep kicking? Will Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie survive a six-win season? Loss (6-10)



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