Oakland Raiders

Ready for some football? Raiders to open season again with Monday nightcap

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, right, passes against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 24, the last “Monday Night Football” game of last season. The AFC West rivals will meet again on ESPN to open the 2019 season.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, right, passes against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 24, the last “Monday Night Football” game of last season. The AFC West rivals will meet again on ESPN to open the 2019 season. AP

As last season neared its conclusion, it was unknown what city or venue the Raiders would call home in 2019. Their relocation to Las Vegas isn’t expected to happen until 2020, a move that’s leaving some of their fans at odds.

However, it was reported last month that Oakland will be the team’s home for one more season, and now the city’s fans will get to see their team open the 2019 campaign on “Monday Night Football.”

The Raiders’ 2019 schedule was released Wednesday. To kick off the season, they will host the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9 in the nightcap of the Week 1 doubleheader on ESPN. It’s the second consecutive year Oakland hosts a Monday opener. These teams also met in last season’s Monday finale, with the Raiders winning 27-14 on Dec. 24.

Oakland is scheduled for one other prime-time game, at home against the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 7, the Raiders’ only Thursday game.

The Raiders will play against the NFC North. The last time the Raiders faced Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota in the regular season was 2015, when they were swept by the division and finished 7-9 overall.

For the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall, the Raiders will play in the NFL’s International Series. They’ll play host to the Bears on Oct. 6 at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, home of the English Premier League soccer club.

Oakland will see the Packers twice, including a meeting at a undetermined venue for the Raiders’ first neutral-site preseason game since 2006, when they met the Philadelphia Eagles in the Hall of Fame Game.

The schedule rotation also has the Raiders lining up against the AFC South. Oakland swept through Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee in 2016 en route to a 12-4 season and their first playoff appearance in 14 years. They lost to the host Texans during Wild Card Weekend.

Their conference placement matchups will be against the Cincinnati Bengals at home and at the New York Jets. Like the Raiders, each team finished last in their division last season.

Before the regular season kicks off, the Raiders will play a four-game preseason slate that includes a nationally televised game against the Arizona Cardinals (5 p.m. Aug. 15 on ESPN) and closes with the Seattle Seahawks for the 14th year in a row.

The Raiders were 4-12 last season, tying the Jets and 49ers for the league’s second-worst record – one game better than the Cardinals, who have the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL Draft. Oakland went 3-9 versus the AFC, including 1-5 against AFC West foes, and 1-3 against the NFC West.

Raiders 2019 schedule

All times Pacific. Schedule subject to change.

Week 1 (Monday, Sept. 9): vs. Denver Broncos, 7:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 2 (Sunday, Sept. 15): vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Week 3 (Sunday, Sept. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 10 a.m. (Fox)

Week 4 (Sunday, Sept. 29): at Indianapolis Colts, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Week 5 (Sunday, Oct. 6): vs. Chicago Bears in London, 10 a.m. (Fox)

Week 6: Bye

Week 7 (Sunday, Oct. 20): at Green Bay Packers, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Week 8 (Sunday, Oct. 27): at Houston Texans, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Week 9 (Sunday, Nov. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:05 p.m. (Fox)

Week 10 (Thursday, Nov. 7): vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 5:20 p.m. (Fox, NFL Network)

Week 11 (Sunday, Nov. 17): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

Week 12 (Sunday, Nov. 24): at New York Jets, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Week 13 (Sunday, Dec. 1): at Kansas City Chiefs, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Week 14 (Sunday, Dec. 8): vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

Week 15 (Sunday, Dec. 15): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Week 16 (Saturday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22): at Los Angeles Chargers, TBD

Week 17 (Sunday, Dec. 29): at Denver Broncos, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

Noel Harris is a sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on the Kings. He’s been in professional journalism for more than 18 years. His roles have included sports editor at The Modesto Bee and news editor at two smaller California newspapers, as well as online producer and copy editor.