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A week-by-week glance at the Raiders’ 2020 schedule

Raiders Scrimmage at Allegiant Stadium


Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts during an NFL football training camp practice Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Week 1: at Carolina Panthers

Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Raiders minus-3

The Raiders open the season with their first of five road games this year featuring an early kickoff in the Eastern time zone, a slot in which they’ve traditionally struggled.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints

Monday, September 21, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Current line: Saints minus-4.5

The NFL didn’t give the Raiders any breaks in their first scheduled game at Allegiant Stadium; the Saints are the winningest regular-season team of the past two seasons with a combined 26-6 record.

Week 3: at New England Patriots

Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Patriots minus-5

The Patriots have defeated the Raiders in five straight meetings dating back to 2005. They’ll have to extend that streak behind quarterback Cam Newton, with longtime Raiders tormentor Tom Brady having left in the offseason.

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills

Sunday, October 4, 1:25 p.m., CBS

Current line: Pick’em

The Raiders’ offense might have its toughest test of the season in the team’s second home game. The Bills have arguably the NFL’s best defense behind players like cornerback Tre’Davious White and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, October 11, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Chiefs minus-10

Arrowhead Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Raiders the past two years, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes having led the Chiefs to 31- and 32-point victories over them.

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, October 25, 5:20 p.m., NBC

Current line: Buccaneers minus-2

The Raiders were once considered among the favorites to land prized free-agent quarterback Tom Brady, but the six-time Super Bowl champion will instead visit Allegiant Stadium for a Sunday Night Football affair that could draw one of the largest television audiences of the season.

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Sunday, November 1, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Browns minus-4

The Browns were among the most disappointing teams in the NFL last season but still have an exciting young core, including quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and edge rusher Myles Garrett.

Week 9: at Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Chargers minus-3.5

Las Vegas’ first trip to Inglewood, California, to play at SoFi Stadium—which will count the Rams and Chargers as co-tenants—is a key AFC West showdown that could go a long way in determining the fate of its playoff hopes.

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, November 15, 1:05 p.m., CBS

Current line: Raiders minus-2

This rivalry series has been as close as ever the past three seasons, with five of six showdowns decided by a touchdown or less and the teams splitting the games with three wins apiece.

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 22, 5:20 p.m., NBC

Current line: Chiefs minus-5.5

The defending Super Bowl champions make their first trip to Allegiant Stadium under the spotlight of the Raiders’ second Sunday Night Football appearance of the season.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, November 29, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Falcons minus-3

Las Vegas’ green secondary will need to have settled in by this point of the season; Atlanta led the NFL in pass-play percentage last season, going to the air on 67 percent of its offensive snaps.

Week 13: at New York Jets

Sunday, December 6, 10 a.m., CBS

Current line: Jets minus-2

On the surface, this could be the easiest road game of the year. The Jets haven’t made the playoffs in 10 seasons and are considered a long shot to break the drought in 2020.

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, December 13, 1:05 p.m., CBS

Current line: Pick’em

Colts offseason acquisition Philip Rivers is the all-time winningest quarterback against the Raiders, going 18-10 during a 17-year span with the Chargers that ended last season.

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Thursday, December 17, 5:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon

Current line: Raiders minus-2.5

After two Sunday Night Football assignments and one Monday Night Football appearance, the Raiders complete the prime-time triumvirate with the final Thursday Night Football game of the season.

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins

Saturday, December 26 or Sunday, December 27, Time TBD, TV TBD

Current line: Raiders minus-4

Rumors swirled that the Raiders loved former Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa going into this year’s NFL Draft before the quarterback prospect went to the Dolphins with the No. 5 overall pick.

Week 17: at Denver Broncos

Sunday, January 3, 1:25 p.m., CBS

Current line: Broncos minus-3.5

The Raiders close the regular season at Mile High for the second straight year, looking to avenge a narrow loss last season that saw a failed two-point conversion in the final seconds drop them to defeat.