Raiders are Back in Primetime


It doesn’t take much to get the Oakland Raiders back into the national consciousness. By my counts it only takes about 8 wins to make that happen.

Today the NFL released the potentially meaningless regular schedule and the Silver and Black have two primetime games. If you’ll recall, last season the Raiders were blacked out of primetime. Too bad because a lot of Raider haters out there missed out on the chance to see their favorite team run all over by Darren McFadden.

If we do have a season in 2011 then the nation will get early exposure to Hue’s crew as the Raiders travel to Donkey Land to open the season on Monday Night. Let’s not talk about the last time these two rivals clashed on a Monday Night opener. If you listen closely enough you can still hear Eddie Royal laughing at DeAngelo Hall.

For good measure the NFL has slated the first installment of the 2011 Raiders/Chargers clash as a Thursday Night game as well. Again…let’s not talk about what happened the last time these two met on a Thursday Night game. Having finally snapped the Charger streak in style things are going to be different this time around. Plus anytime you drop 300-pounds of dead weight from the QB position things stand to improve.

Time to face facts, Raider Haters, the Silver and Black still can move the needle and the proof is in the double dose of primetime love shown by the league office.

Now, I’m not one of these types that like to debate the schedule in April. At this point in the season you know nothing about the NFL. Amid a lockout you know even less.

Last April, if you saw Dallas and Minnesota on your schedule you probably assumed those were two tough games. Well, that’s what happens when you assume or when your QB is a huge douchebag that suffers a broken clavicle or likes to send out penis pics to sideline skanks.

But I digress…

The 2011 schedule is below so if you get off on imagining what might happen then there is your porn. I would say the time is now to start buying airline tickets, making hotel reservations and getting ready to tailgate but since we don’t even have a CBA I’m just going to get back to my season on Madden.

Raiders 2011 Preseason Schedule
Date Time* Opponent TV
Thursday, August 11 TBA Arizona Cardinals TBA
August 18-22 TBA at San Francisco 49ers TBA
Sunday, August 28 5:00 pm New Orleans Saints NBC
Friday, September 2 TBA at Seattle Seahawks TBA
Raiders 2011 Regular Season Schedule
Date Time* Opponent TV
Monday, September 12 7:15 pm at Denver Broncos ESPN
Sunday, September 18 10:00 am at Buffalo Bills CBS
Sunday, September 25 1:05 pm New York Jets CBS
Sunday, October 2 1:15 pm New England Patriots CBS
Sunday, October 9 10:00 am at Houston Texans CBS
Sunday, October 16 1:05 pm Cleveland Browns CBS
Sunday, October 23 1:05 pm Kansas City Chiefs CBS
BYE WEEK
Sunday, November 6 1:05 pm Denver Broncos CBS
Thursday, November 10 5:20 pm at San Diego Chargers NFLN
Sunday, November 20 10:00 am at Minnesota Vikings CBS
Sunday, November 27 1:05 pm Chicago Bears FOX
Sunday, December 4 10:00 am at Miami Dolphins CBS
Sunday, December 11 10:00 am at Green Bay Packers CBS
Sunday, December 18 1:05 pm Detroit Lions FOX
Saturday, December 24 10:00 am at Kansas City Chiefs CBS
Sunday, January 1 1:15 pm San Diego Chargers CBS
*All Times Are Pacific

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Tags: Darren McFadden Deangelo Hall Denver Broncos Eddie Royal Hue Jackson NFL Schedule San Diego Chargers

  • Slam

    Whenever I see “Raiders open season on Monday Night”, I shudder thinking back to 2007, when Art Shell stood on the sideline in a daze, and the Bed and Breakfast offense didnt get a single first down. That was the lowest of low points.

    Maybe this is the year we win our prime time opener. It’s not like Denver will be World beaters.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    I’m with you Slam. I’ll never forget that game either.

    Now don’t overlook the Donkeys. They do have Touchdown Jesus on their roster so they’re always a threat…ok…I can’t even say that without laughing aloud.

  • Slam

    Don’t you love how vague Elway is when talking about Tebag ? Hilarious. Reminds me of the Singletary-Alex Smith fiasco.

    If it was my team, I would start Orton, and install a hybrid Wildcat offense for Tebow and in red zone situations.

  • slvrblk4evr

    1 more SUPER BOWL for AL DAVIS