A new season brings hope, optimism, and possibility to the fans. The previous season is now behind them, anything is possible. The Raiders 2020 schedule has been released and along with it some exciting fixtures for the silver and black. This article will take an in depth look at match-ups and predictions for the 2020 season. Without further ado, the Raiders schedule for their inaugural season in Las Vegas.
|Team||Date & Time (PST)|
|Carolina Panthers (A)||Sun 13th Sept 20 | 10:00AM|
|New Orleans Saints (H)||Mon 21st Sept 20 | 5:15PM (MNF)|
|New England Patriots (A)||Sun 27th Sept 20 | 10:00AM|
|Buffalo Bills (H)||Sun 4th Oct 20 | 1:25PM|
|Kansas City Chiefs (A)||Sun 11th Oct 20 | 10:00AM|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers (H)||Sun 25th Oct 20 | 5:20PM (SNF)|
|Cleveland Browns (A)||Sun 1st Nov 20 | 10:00AM|
|Los Angeles Chargers (A)||Sun 8th Nov 20 | 1:05PM|
|Denver Broncos (H)||Sun 15th Nov 20 | 1:05PM|
|Kansas City Chiefs (H)||Sun 22nd Nov 20 | 5:20PM (SNF)|
|Atlanta Falcons (A)||Sun 29th Nov 20 | 10:00AM|
|New York Jets (A)||Sun 6th Dec 20 | 10:00AM|
|Indianapolis Colts (H)||Sun 13th Dec 20 | 1:05PM|
|Los Angeles Chargers (H)||Thu 17th Dec 20 | 5:20PM (TNF)|
|Miami Dolphins (H)||Sat/Sun-26/27th Dec 20 | TBD|
|Denver Broncos (A)||Sun 3rd Jan 21 | 1:25PM|
Week 1 – Carolina Panthers (A)
The Raiders start their season by heading to Charlotte, where they will face Matt Rhule’s Panthers for his first game as a head coach in the NFL. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is set to make his first start for the Panthers after signing a 3 year, $63 million contract this offseason. The Panthers arguably have one of the weakest defensive rosters in the league. GM Marty Hurney tried to address this in the draft, using all seven of their picks on defense. Even if all of these picks hit, there will likely be a couple of weak spots for Gruden to target with his new offensive pieces. This will be a fun opening to 2020 for the Raiders.
Las Vegas Raiders 35 – 24 Carolina Panthers
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Week 2 – New Orleans Saints (H)
Week 2 see the Raiders face a tough matchup against a talented Saints team in their first game at the Allegiant stadium. The Saints are loaded on both sides of the ball. If the Raiders want to win this game, they are going to have to dominate the trenches and keep the ball away from Drew Brees. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are a couple of the top players at their respective positions which is going to be a good test for the Raiders new defensive pieces. The Raiders will be outmatched in their first game in Las Vegas, but they do themselves proud on Monday Night Football.
New Orleans Saints 34 – 24 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 3 – New England Patriots (A)
Gameweek 3 takes the Raiders to Boston to face a new era of football in New England. Their offseason saw a large amount of talent on both sides of the ball left for pastures new, of course, the main one being Tom Brady. It seems as though the Patriots will be taking their chances with Jarrett Stidham at quarterback. This has led some to believe that the Patriots will be tanking in the 2020 season. Yes, you read that right. This is going to be the easiest game the Raiders will have played at the Gillette Stadium since the turn of the millennium.
Las Vegas Raiders 24 – 17 New England Patriots
Week 4 – Buffalo Bills (H)
The Bills were an extremely underrated team going into the 2019 season. A dominant defense helped them finish 10-6 last season to clinch a wild card spot. With the Patriots seemingly out of the way, the Bills should have a nice run in the AFC East. After trading for talented wide-out Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen now has a decent group of receivers to play with. Along with this, a defense that hasn’t been weakened and only gave up 298 yards a game last season will prove to be a difficult task for the Raiders to overcome.
Las Vegas Raiders 14 – 31 Buffalo Bills
Week 5 – Kansas City Chiefs (A)
For their first game against the Chiefs, since they picked up a first Superbowl win since Super Bowl IV, the Raiders travel to Arrowhead stadium. Notoriously, Derek Carr struggles at Arrowhead where he has failed to win a game in six attempts. This time around, things aren’t going to be any easier. Las Vegas has spent an offseason attempting to put a roster together to combat the Chiefs firepower, along with matching them if they have to. They aren’t quite there yet, but the numbers certainly look better than last season’s blowout loss.
Las Vegas Raiders 21 – 34 Kansas City Chiefs
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Week 6 – Bye Week
Week 7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (H)
A Tom Brady led Tampa Bay head to Sin City to face the Raiders on Sunday Night Football. This is going to be another tough matchup for Las Vegas. No matter how you think Brady is going to play in his age 43 season, there is no doubt he has the weapons to succeed. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and 2020 fifth round pick Tyler Johnson is a scary receiving core before you factor in the return of Rob Gronkowski. However, the Raiders do have the firepower and this has the makings of an excellent game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 – 42 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 8 – Cleveland Browns (A)
Baker Mayfield’s 2019 season didn’t go to plan. An offseason of hype led to disappointments all over the field. Things have been quiet this year though, and maybe this will be the year that the Browns can finally make a talented roster come together. Kevan Stefanski’s first season as a head coach should help the offense to succeed. Yet again, the Raiders are presented with a tough matchup all over the field. The running game will be key in this one.
Las Vegas Raiders 21 – 28 Cleveland Browns
Week 9 – Los Angeles Chargers (A)
Here comes a three week AFC West stretch. In their first game at the Chargers new SoFi stadium, the Raiders will face a Chargers team who are trying to build around new quarterback Justin Herbert. The Chargers are likely to start the season with Tyrod Taylor under center. Depending on how their season goes, this could be the first time we see Herbert start in a Chargers uniform. The Raider Nation turn up strong to their first game in the SoFi stadium.
Las Vegas Raiders 21 – 18 Los Angeles Chargers
Week 10 – Denver Broncos (H)
The Denver Broncos have had a great offseason and their formidable roster will be a tough matchup for the first divisional clash in Las Vegas. However, Drew Lock is a big question for this team and if he falters, then the team will likely stall. The Raiders will need to bring lots of pressure to make him hurry his decisions.
Denver Broncos 24 – Las Vegas Raiders 35
Week 11 – Kansas City Chiefs (H)
Yes, the Chiefs are a tough team to beat. However, you can do it. Matching their offensive firepower is a must as they rarely have a bad day. The home advantage plays a large part in the Raiders first win over Kansas City since 2017.
Kansas City Chiefs 34 – 35 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 12 – Atlanta Falcons (A)
Along with their divisional rivals the Panthers, the Falcons are lacking in defensive talent. However, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley make up one of the best offensive cores in the league. The Raiders will do well to stop them scoring, and to win this game will need to score a bunch themselves. They seem to have a down game each year under Gruden though, this could be it.
Las Vegas Raiders 10 – 34 Atlanta Falcons
Week 13 – New York Jets (A)
The worst game for the Raiders in 2019 came against the Jets in New Jersey. They got blown out in one of the worst performances in recent years from the silver and black. Sam Darnold clearly has a lot of talent, helped this year by freak athlete Mekhi Becton out of Louisville along the OL. They also added WR Denzel Mims from Baylor who will likely be Darnold’s top target in 2020 with the absence of Robby Anderson. Another high scoring game for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Raiders 27 – 35 New York Jets
Week 14 – Indianapolis Colts (H)
This game against the Colts marks the start of a three-home game run in December for the Raiders, the first time since 1975. After trading a first round pick for Deforest Buckner, the Colts are set up to have a decent defense. Phillip Rivers faces the Raiders for the first time since moving away from the Chargers. The Raiders know him well and will scheme well for him.
Indianapolis Colts 10 – 34 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 15 – Los Angeles Chargers (H)
The Chargers face the Raiders for the first time in Las Vegas and it’s likely to be another difficult test for Justin Herbert. The Raiders take this one as well to win twice against the Bolts.
Los Angeles Chargers 21 – 28 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 16 – Miami Dolphins (H)
The Las Vegas Raiders finish their first season at the Allegiant Stadium against a much changed Dolphins team. Miami has improved its roster significantly with a haul of three draft picks in 2020. Tua Tagovailoa will be finishing his rookie season and is no doubt a great fit for the Dolphins. However, they still have a relatively weak roster and won’t be able to keep up with the Raiders firepower – who have something to prove.
Miami Dolphins 10 – 42 Las Vegas Raiders
Week 17 – Denver Broncos (A)
This is going to be a huge game. The Broncos and Raiders will be fighting it out for the final wild card spot. The rosters are pretty evenly matched and have a plethora of talent. But it’s not going to be easy for the Raiders. Mile High stadium is another tough place to play and the home advantage means the Raiders lose their final regular season game of the 2020 season.
Las Vegas Raiders 28 – 45 Denver Broncos
The inaugural season in Las Vegas is a successful one for the Raiders. They finish 9-7 on the year and make the playoffs, taking the final wildcard spot over the Broncos in the process, for the first time since 2016.