The Raiders had the NFL’s toughest strength of schedule in 2014. That was before the Silver and Black were given two East Coast trips and London game in the first four weeks.
This year’s slate won’t be quite as tough. It’s graded as the seventh-toughest strength of schedule, with six playoff opponents over seven games. They obviously play AFC West rival Denver Broncos twice in a home-and-home series. That also pits head coach Jack Del Rio against the defense he coordinated the last three seasons. It happens the first time at home on Oct. 11, and again at Denver on Dec. 13.
Del Rio will go head-to-head with former Broncos, current Bears head coach John Fox in an Oct. 4 contest in Chicago.
The Raiders host San Diego in a Christmas Eve edition of Thursday Night Football, the team’s only primetime game.
In terms of disadvantageous road trips, there aren’t many. At least not like last year. The Raiders travel to Pittsburgh, Detroit and Tennessee within a four week span later in the season.
They have a Week 6 bye, that succeeds games against three of four AFC North teams. They only have one AFC West game before the bye, though the finish the season largely within the division.
Outside a Dec. 20 game against Green Bay, the Raiders play four of their final five games against AFC West rivals.
Here's a comment on all 16 Raiders regular-season games.
Raiders 2015 regular-season schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, vs. Cincinnati, 1:25 p.m.
Comment: Jack Del Rio’s homecoming should be a fun one, maybe closer than many think.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, vs. Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.
Comment: Raiders get two straight home games to start the season. That hasn’t happened since 1969.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, at Cleveland, 10 a.m.
Comment: This is an East Coast at 10 a.m., but Raiders better compete in Cleveland.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Comment: Del Rio goes head-to-head with mentor John Fox.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, vs. Denver, 1:25 p.m.
Comment: The Raiders’ first division game comes at this stage. Won’t be an easy one.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, bye
Comment: Good spot for a break.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, at San Diego, 1:05 p.m.
Comment:The Raiders get extra rest before travelling to the Chargers.
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, vs. New York Jets, 1:05 p.m.
Comment:Jets come West after the Raiders have travelled to the Meadowlands the last two seasons.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, at Pittsburgh 10 a.m.
Comment: It’s always a physical affair in Pittsburgh. Raiders must match that intensity.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, vs. Minnesota 1:05 p.m.
Comment: Derek Carr matches up against fellow 2014 draft class QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, at Detroit, 10 a.m.
Comment: Tough game in a tough game to play. Raiders secondary better be ready for this one.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, at Tennessee, 10 a.m.
Comment: This marks the Raiders’ third road game in four weeks. All of them start at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. That’s a tough stretch.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, vs. Kansas City, 1:05 p.m.
Comment: This begins a run of four AFC West games in five weeks. Raiders need to win division games at home. That starts here.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, at Denver, 1:05 p.m.
Comment: Peyton Manning always gives the Raiders fits. Even in the cold. It could be frigid at this stage of the season.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20, vs. Packers, 1:05 p.m.
Comment: The only remaining break in AFC West action comes against Cal alum Aaron Rodgers. That’s no fun.
Week 16: Thursday, Dec. 24, vs. San Diego, 5:25 p.m.
Comment: The Chargers and Raiders clash on a short week for both. Merry Christmas Eve.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, at Kansas City, 10 a.m.
Comment: The season finale comes at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Raiders have struggled in recent years.