Raiders announce 2017 Schedule
RAIDERS TO PLAY IN FIVE PRIME-TIME GAMES IN 2017, MOST SINCE AFL/NFL MERGER
In their 58th season of play, the Raiders will play in five prime-time games in 2017, the most the team has played in since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. The schedule includes six games against playoff teams from 2016. The Raiders have three back-to-back road trips in 2017 (Sept. 24 at Washington and Oct. 1. at Denver; Oct. 29 at Buffalo and Nov. 5 at Miami; Dec. 25 at Philadelphia and Dec. 31 at LA Chargers). The Raiders have three straight home games twice (Weeks 5-7 and Weeks 11-13), but the team’s Week 11 game vs. New England is a home game in Mexico City.
- This year will mark the the third straight season that the Raiders will play at Tennessee, and the third consecutive season they will play the Baltimore Ravens.
- Three of the team’s first four games will come on the road for the second consecutive year.
- Three of the team’s last four games will come on the road for the second straight year.
- Three of the team’s four games against the NFC East will come in December.
- The Raiders will open the season at the Tennessee Titans for the fourth time since the Titans franchise moved from Houston to Tennessee (1997, 2003, 2010 and 2017). This is the 10th time overall that the Raiders have played the franchise in the season opener.
- The Raiders will have a Week 10 bye followed by a home game in Mexico City for the second straight year.
- The Raiders will play in Philadelpha and in Washington this year, the first time in each of those cities since 2005.
- The Raiders will host the Cowboys and Giants for the first time since 2005.
- The Dec. 25 game at Philadelphia is the Raiders’ first Christmas Day game since 2004 when they played at the Kansas City Chiefs. The game is also the Raiders first appearance on Monday Night Football on Christmas Day.
- The season finale will be at the Chargers for the first time since 2012, and it marks the fourth straight season that the Raiders will finish up on the road. It will also be the first time since 2012 that the Raiders will finish with two straight away games.
RETURNING TO MEXICO
On Nov. 19, the Raiders will return to Mexico City for the second straight season to play the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots. Last year, the Raiders and Houston Texans played on Monday Night Football, while this year’s contest will be a 1:25 p.m. PT start on a Sunday. The game will mark the Silver and Black’s third international game in four years and seventh overall in the team’s history. It will be the Raiders third game at Estadio Azteca (preseason included) since 2001. Here is a look at the team’s international contests, dating back to 1990.