In 2012, the Oakland Raiders will take on two of the most difficult divisions in all of football: the AFC North and the NFC South.
Five of those eight teams made the postseason last year, and the Raiders are sure to have their hands full when they meet up with all of them head on.
According to NFL Nation Blog, (via ESPN.com), Oakland has the 18th-most difficult schedule in the NFL.
But the rest of their schedule is difficult. Oakland must take down some of the toughest teams, as well as some of the most improved teams in the NFL if the team finally wants to end its overdue playoff drought.
Let's take a look at five of the Raiders' most challenging games in 2012.