2012 Oakland Raiders Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Time and TV Info

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Oakland Raiders have quite a streak going into the 2012 season.

They're three-for-three, as in three head coaches in three years, now that Dennis Allen will debut as Hue Jackson's replacement.

You know what else is interesting? It's the second time since 2006 that the Silver and Black have had such a run of turnover on the sidelines, after Norv Turner, Art Shell and Lane Kiffin played hot potato with a head set between 2005 and 2007.

But, the late, great Al Davis is gone, giving way to a new day in Oakland, in which GM Reggie McKenzie is starting fresh.

For real, this time.

Nonetheless, if Carson Palmer gets settled in and Darren McFadden can stay healthy, the Raiders should be in the hunt for a playoff berth at season's end, thanks to a schedule that ranks in the middle of the pack as far as difficulty is concerned.

Speaking of which, let's have a gander at that very slate the Raiders will be up against in 2012.


Week 1 9/10: San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders 10:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN 

Week 2 9/16: Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins 4:15 p.m. EDT, CBS

Week 3 9/23: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS

Week 4 9/30: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos 1:05 p.m. EDT, CBS

Week 5 BYE

Week 6 10/14: Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons 1:00 p.m. EDT, CBS

Week 7 10/21: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m. EDT, CBS 

Week 8 10/28: Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS

Week 9 11/4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX

Week 10 11/11: Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS

Week 11 11/18: New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX

Week 12 11/25: Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS

Week 13 12/2: Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m. EST, CBS

Week 14 12/6: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders 8:20 p.m. EST, NFL Network

Week 15 12/16: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m. EST, CBS 

Week 16 12/23: Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS

Week 17 12/30: Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m. EST, CBS

Like everyone else in the AFC West, the Raiders went 3-3 in divisional play on the way to an 8-8 record overall. Games against the AFC North and the NFC South won't be easy, though the Pittsburgh Steelers figure to regress a bit after an offseason full of roster cuts. The New Orleans Saints will be dogged by turmoil in the wake of the "Bountygate" scandal.

Dates against the Floridian trio of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars should all be eminently winnable as well.

Realistically then, the Raiders should be able to duplicate last year's eight-win result if the new coaching staff is able to establish the sort of commitment to excellence that Al Davis had long espoused.

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at O.co Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Most Pivotal Matchup

Oakland's games against the arch rival Denver Broncos are always meaningful, though the presence of Peyton Manning in orange and blue will raise the stakes significantly this season.

Manning makes the Broncos the team to beat in the AFC West, but if the Raiders can upend the Broncos at home in December, to kick off a stretch in which they'll play three divisional opponents over the final four weeks, the Black Hole may yet have a division crown to celebrate at season's end. 


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