Dec 27, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of an Oakland Raiders helmet at press conference at Oakland Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders have toughest schedule in 2014


The NFL schedules have yet to be released, but we’ve known for a while who will be playing who in 2014, it’s just a matter of when that we don’t know. When it comes to who teams will be playing, the Oakland Raiders seem to have gotten the short end of the stick, as the team currently has the toughest schedule of the season.

According to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, the Raiders have the hardest schedule as of right now, something that might not make fans too happy.

The Oakland Raiders of the mighty AFC West will face three playoff teams within their division, playing each twice in 2014 — and outside of practice, they don’t get to face the Oakland Raiders.

Those facts give the Raiders the toughest strength of schedule heading into the 2014 season, according to NFL Media’s research team.

The Raiders have the misfortune of being in the suddenly dominant AFC West where they play the Chargers, Broncos and Chiefs twice, all playoff teams in 2013.

Of course, free agency and the draft will change the strength of the schedule, and there’s no saying the Raiders won’t be tougher opponents in 2014 either. But for now, they’re facing an uphill climb that doesn’t seem too fair for a team that has a top-5 draft pick this year.

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  • KloverJane

    Whatever. More publicity may make them performance pioneers. No more mediocrity in 2014.

  • Dah Bone

    All we heard last two years were excuses. enough. Get rid of Allen. AND McKenzie. They’ve had 2 years to achieve what the two prior coahes each accomplished in 1. They are best at media manipulation and spin. Bottom line…Allen is lousy at in game adjustments. It is REALLY tough to stay with Raiders with him as coach. First, he’s had an unfair run… can’t believe they fired Hugh Jsckson for this fella. McKrnzie needed to to let go for that, alone. Okay…now the excuse is the difficulty of schedule… that’s conceding mediocrity. Fire both and go back and get Hugh Jackson! Or any number of other coaches who are heads up better!