2017 Oakland Raiders Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders throws the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter on December 24, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 33-25.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Things are looking up for the Oakland Raiders.

After a 14-year playoff drought, the Raiders finished 12-4 and reached the postseason in 2016. While they lost their Wild Card Round matchup against the Houston Texans, they also were forced to play without franchise quarterback Derek Carr, who broke his leg in late December. 

Carr led the Raiders to the league's No. 6 offense in yards per game and No. 7 offense in points per contest. With Carr, wideouts Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Cordarrelle Patterson, and tight end Jared Cook, the Raiders will again terrorize opponents through the air.

Add in an excellent offensive line and a defense that continues to improve, led by superstar Khalil Mack, and the future is bright for the Raiders. Carr is certainly ready to hit the ground running.

"I feel more driven, and that’s always a good thing around this time of year," he told Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com in early March. "For me, I’m more driven now than I ever have been, if that was possible, and I guess it is, so I’m trying to dominate my recovery, and come back stronger than ever, that way, when we hit the football field, we’re a better football team, and that’s what’s important to me."

Frankly, they should be considered one of the true Super Bowl contenders in the NFL this season, and they should compete for the AFC West crown with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

Below, we'll break down the team's schedule and analyze the biggest matchups they'll face.

 

2017 Oakland Raiders Schedule
WeekDateOpponentTime (ET)TV
1Sept. 10at Titans1 p.m.CBS
2Sept. 17vs. Jets4:05 p.m.CBS
3Sept. 24at Redskins8:30 p.m.NBC
4Oct. 1at Broncos4:25 p.m.CBS
5Oct. 8vs. Ravens4:05 p.m.CBS
6Oct. 15vs. Chargers4:25 p.m.CBS
7Oct. 19vs. Chiefs8:25 p.m.CBS, NFLN
8Oct. 29at Bills1 p.m.CBS
9Nov. 5at Dolphins8:30 p.m.NBC
10BYE
11Nov. 19vs. Patriots4:25 p.m.CBS
12Nov. 26vs. Broncos4:25 p.m.CBS
13Dec. 3vs. Giants4:25 p.m.FOX
14Dec. 10at Chiefs1 p.m.CBS
15Dec. 17vs. Cowboys8:30 p.m.NBC
16Dec. 25at Eagles8:30 p.m.ESPN
17Dec. 31at Chargers4:25 p.m.CBS
Raiders.com

Analysis

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in action against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Raiders don't have an easy schedule, with six games against teams that made the postseason last year and a number of other contests against playoff contenders. Two matchups against the Broncos and Chiefs apiece will be major tests, while the team will face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, albeit at home.

Facing the AFC East means a tricky road game against the Miami Dolphins, while facing the NFC East means taking on two playoff teams from a year ago (Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants), a Washington team that just missed the postseason and a Philadelphia Eagles group that should be improved in 2017.

Add in contests against playoff contenders like the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens and the always tough matchups against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers, and the Raiders really don't have any gimmes on the schedule. 

 

Pivotal Matchups

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 08:  Defensive back Steven Nelson #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs brakes up a pass intended for wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders during the second half on December 8, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Ci
Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Without question, the four most important games on the schedule will come against the Chiefs and Broncos, as the three teams should once again battle for the AFC West title.

The Raiders split with the Broncos in 2016, while their 0-2 record against the Chiefs ultimately cost them a division title. Oakland's second loss against the Broncos was particularly painful, as it came in the last game of the season and cost them both a bye week in the playoffs and the AFC West crown.

That was without Carr in the lineup, of course. But it was a tough way to close the regular season nonetheless.

Both the Chiefs and Broncos should be a threat again, as both teams feature excellent defenses and playmakers on offense. Neither the Broncos nor Chiefs improved dramatically in the offseason, though the Raiders didn't make any enormous moves, either.

Certainly, the three-team race in the AFC West (sorry, Chargers fans) will largely come down to how each team plays against one another. The Raiders will be hard-pressed to wear the crown if they go 1-3 against the Chiefs and Broncos once again.