Examining the Oakland Raiders 2010 Schedule

By MikeBullock  |   Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Comments( 3 )

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For the first time in years, it appears as if the NFL schedule makers have given Al Davis and his band of misfits a bone. It seems nearly every year the Raider’s schedule is loaded down with the powerhouses of the NFL, but in 2010, the team faces only a few tough opponents, many middle of the road squads and a few lame ducks. With some hard work, excellent play from key ballers and just a smidge of luck, Oakland can find themselves in the hunt for the Division Crown at the midway point of the season and here’s how:

WEEK ONE – Oakland travels to Tennessee to face the Titans at LP Field. Since moving to Tennessee, the Oilers/Titans franchise has essentially owned the Raiders and odds are that will continue this year as Chris Johnson and the Titans offense knows all about exploiting holes in the run defense. Oakland 0-1.

WEEK TWO – In the home opener, the reeling St. Louis Rams travel to the Black Hole where Jason Campbell thrills Raider Nation by picking apart the Rams’ porous secondary. Rookie linebacker Rolando McClain proves he was worth the 8th pick in the draft by blowing up St. Louis players left and right and the city of Oakland celebrates like it’s 1976. Oakland 1-1

WEEK THREE – The Raiders are on the road again, this time to the desert where they destroyed the Cardinals 41-20 in 2002, one of the Raider’s last great games before the fall. This one could go either way, but based on Matt Leinart’s development and the sheer mass of Raider fans in Phoenix rocking the nest, we’ll go Raiders in a last minute nail biter. Oakland 2-1

WEEK FOUR- That other Houston team, the Texans, travels to the Black Hole this week. With all the controversy surrounding ROY Brian Cushing and all-pro wideout Andre Johnson, expect the Texans to have an off year. But, that won’t stop them from beating Oakland at home while they’re still on the high from last week’s win in the desert. Oakland 2-2.

WEEK FIVE – In the first back to back home games of 2010, the Chargers come to town. This time, minus LT and most likely minus Shawn Merriman. While Philip Rivers may still have several other weapons, the buck stops here and Rivers goes home crying one. Oakland 3-2.

WEEK SIX – The closest road game possible sees Oakland sail across the bay to San Francisco. While the 49ers win the battle in coaching and personnel, Cable, Jackson and Campbell are making believers out of their fellow Raiders and it shows. Oakland 4-2.

WEEK SEVEN – Forget the rest of the season, forget the playoffs, forget everything. When the Silver and Black rolls into the Mile High City, beating the Denver Broncos is all that matters. And, for the first time in a long time, Oakland strings together three wins, Al Davis smiles down from the owner’s box and Raider Nation starts chanting “SuperBowl”. Oakland 5-2.

WEEK EIGHT – Some may call this USC North versus USC West as the Pete Carroll led Seattle Seahawks travel to Oakland for a game predicted to be littered with offensive finesse but remembered as an ugly slobber knocker. Carroll goes back to the Pac-10 remembering why he left the NFL in the first place. Oakland 6-2.

To Be Continued…
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