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Why the Raiders will have prime-time exposure despite a losing record

Take a look ahead at the Raiders’ 2018 schedule

The Oakland Raiders' 2018 season opens Sept. 10 with a home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Here's a look at the teams that the Raiders will take on this season.
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The Oakland Raiders' 2018 season opens Sept. 10 with a home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Here's a look at the teams that the Raiders will take on this season.

The Raiders are coming off a disappointing season, but that didn't deter the NFL from giving them good prime-time exposure for the second year in a row.

All 2018-19 regular-season schedules were released Thursday, and coach Jon Gruden's second stint in Oakland will kick off with a "Monday Night Football" matchup at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 10.

The Raiders have four prime-time games this year – just one fewer than 2017, when they were coming off a 12-4 season in which the team broke its 14-year playoff drought.

Included in this season's schedule is the Raiders' first trip to Levi's Stadium, when they play the 49ers on Thursday, Nov. 1. The last time the Bay Area rivals met was Dec. 7, 2014, when Oakland won 24-13 at the Coliseum.

The teams used to meet in the preseason each year, but fan violence after a game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 2011 caused the NFL to stop those contests indefinitely.

For their other prime-time tilts, the Raiders will host the Steelers on Dec. 9 at 5:20 p.m., unless the game is a victim of the NFL's Sunday night flex policy, and they have the last Monday night game of the season, which is at home against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 24.

Also, for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the Raiders will play a "home" game outside of the United States as part of the NFL's International Series. Oakland will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 in the first NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium in London. The Raiders played the last two years in Mexico City and at London's Wembley Stadium in 2014.

It was already known whom the Raiders would play in 2018. Oakland went 6-10 last season, including two four-game losing streaks. They were 2-4 against AFC West foes, 5-7 versus the AFC and 1-3 against the NFC East. This season, Oakland has games against the AFC North and NFC West.

Raiders' 2018-19 schedule

All games on Sunday, unless noted. All times Pacific.

Week 1, Sept 10 (Monday)

vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7:20 p.m.

Week 2, Sept. 16

at Denver Broncos, 1:25 p.m.

Week 3, Sept. 23

at Miami Dolphins, 10 a.m.

Week 4, Sept. 30

vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:05 p.m.

Week 5, Oct. 7

at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m.

Week 6, Oct. 14

vs. Seattle Seahawks in London, 10 a.m.

Week 7

Bye

Week 8, Oct. 28

vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:05 p.m.

Week 9, Nov. 1 (Thursday)

at 49ers, 5:20 p.m.

Week 10, Nov. 12

vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m.

Week 11, Nov. 18

at Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.

Week 12, Nov. 25

at Baltimore Ravens, 10 a.m.

Week 13, Dec. 2

vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:05 p.m.

Week 14, Dec. 9

vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5:20 p.m.

Week 15, Dec. 16

at Cincinnati Bengals, 10 a.m.

Week 16, Dec. 24 (Monday)

vs. Denver Broncos, 5:15 p.m.

Week 17, Dec. 30

at Kansas City Chiefs, 10 a.m.

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