Yesterday the Oakland Raiders let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. Instead of talking about next season we could have spent our Monday still talking about this one.
But hey, that is the game. Don’t play it unless you’re ready for everything that comes with it.
Safe to say we’ll be looking at plenty of changes in the coming months as Hue Jackson will again attempt to get this franchise to take the next step. Today we got a small taste of what the road to redemption will look like.
The Oakland Raiders released their slate of opponents for the 2012 season. So while we await the dates we at least know who to have on the radar this offseason.
Next season the AFC West will play games outside of the division against the AFC North and NFC South. Aside from the usual suspects from the division the Raiders will play host to the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When Oakland hits the road they’ll visit the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
Of course had the Raiders taken care of business we’d be talking about the silver and black renewing their rivalry with the Steelers in early 2012. But that is all what if talk. What we know for a fact is that this season is over and the next one will upon us soon enough.