The Oakland Raiders dropped their preseason schedule and 2017’s first opponents of the year are some familiar west coast faces. The schedule features the NFC West division with a couple of home games against the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.
Week one of the preseason sends the Raiders to University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. For the second season in a row, the Raiders’ first opponent of the year will be the Cardinals. Marking the third straight year these two teams have played each other in the preseason; facing former Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer no less.
Week two opens the Oakland Coliseum and pits the Raiders against the Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders and Rams, the NFL’s original “City of Angels” occupants have not locked horns since the Rams returned to L.A; interesting considering the Silver and Black almost called L.A. “home” again.
Week three has the Raiders making their first trip to AT&T Stadium, a.k.a. Jerry World, since 2010 for a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. A rare recurring non-divisional opponent the Raiders and Cowboys hook up in Arlington in the preseason and again in Oakland in a regular season matchup.
The preseason finale comes against longtime AFC West foe and former division rival back in the day, the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders and Seahawks have been finishing preseason for the last 12 years and for the second consecutive year the preseason ends for these two teams in the Oakland.
While most generally don’t make much of the actual importance of these games, fact is, many of the youngsters and backups will need pivotal playing time in these games. Also, the backup quarterbacks should be seeing plenty of playing time as to not rush Derek Carr and will help get some of the expected defensive rookies some on-field experience.