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Raiders 2020 Schedule Released, Home Opener in Week 2 Vs New Orleans

The Raiders 2020 schedule is out – and the team will celebrate its new home in Las Vegas with a meeting with future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the Saints in week two on Monday night.

Here’s the complete slate for Las Vegas.

Week 1: @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 13 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Monday, Sept. 21 @ 8:15 p.m. ET

Week 3: @ New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 27 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sunday, Oct. 4 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

Week 5: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 6: Bye Week

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 25 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 8: @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 9: @ Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 8 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 15 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 22 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 12: @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 29 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 13: @ New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 13 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Thursday, Dec. 17 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Dec. 26 OR Sunday, Dec. 27, Time TBD

Week 17: @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 3 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Raiders Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Las Vegas Raiders schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Raiders will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Raiders will play:

Home: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Colts
Away: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Browns

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Raiders in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Atlanta
Sunday 9/20 Week Two vs Tampa Bay (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday 10/4 Week Four at New York Jets
Sunday 10/11 Week Five vs Denver Broncos
Thursday 10/14 Week Six at New England (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven at Cleveland
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight vs Miami
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Buffalo
Monday 11/31 Week Twelve vs Kansas City (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Denver
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen vs New Orleans
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Carolina
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Indianapolis
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Kansas City

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Oakland Against the NFL and Raiders

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland against the Raiders and the NFL over the team’s move to Las Vegas, ESPN reports.

In the lawsuit, first filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in December 2018, Oakland was seeking damages that resulted from the Raiders’ move, including lost revenue and taxpayer money, among other costs. The lawsuit said the NFL was “boycotting Oakland” and violating antitrust laws in allowing the move. The other 31 owners were also named in the suit.

In his decision, Judge Joseph Spero said Oakland’s complaints were not eligible for compensation and ordered the case closed. Spero noted that the city failed to improve its case from a July decision that had dismissed the complaint but allowed the city to file an amended complaint.

Raiders Grab Speedy WR Henry Ruggs III with 12th Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

The Raiders needed to get faster at the receiver spot, and on Thursday they did that with wide out Henry Ruggs III with the 12th pick in the draft.

Paul Gutierrez of ESPN talks about why the Raiders went this route in the first round with the 12th pick:

Speed. Pure, unadulterated speed. Because with all three of the consensus top three wideouts still on the board, the Raiders went with the fastest player at the scouting combine (a nod to the late team owner Al Davis, perhaps?) as Ruggs ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash. Coach Jon Gruden realizes that to battle the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, he needs a similar team, a fast one. And in Ruggs, he has a complement to Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill. He hopes.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock talks about the drafting of the super quick wide out:

Raiders GM Mayock Says Team Needs More at the Wide Receiver Spot

The Raiders have two first-round picks at their disposal at the 2020 draft and have plenty of areas they could look to shore up when they are officially on the clock in a little over a week, Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports reports.

Quarterback has been a position up for discussion throughout this offseason as the club has, at times, appeared wishy-washy on franchise signal caller Derek Carr.

Despite signing veteran Marcus Mariota in free agency, there have been rumblings that Vegas could be interested in a quarterback at the draft, specifically Utah State’s Jordan Love. In his latest two-round mock draft, CBS Sports NFL Draft expert Ryan Wilson makes note of those murmurs and even has Love slotted to the Raiders at No. 12 overall.

During his pre-draft conference call with the media on Tuesday, however, general manager Mike Mayock relayed that he’s pleased with the collection of quarterbacks he’s put together.

“We’re excited about the quarterback room,” said Mayock.

One spot that the GM was quick to make notice of, however, was wide receiver. Despite tight end Darren Waller enjoying a breakout, 1,000-yard receiving season last year, the team’s receiver group were less than prolific in 2019. Veteran Tyrell Williams was the position’s leading receiver with 651 yards. Rookie Hunter Renfrow was right behind him with 605 receiving yards and led the position group in receptions with 49. Even with an elite tight end involved in the passing game, Mayock was pretty candid that they need to improve.

“[It’s] no secret that we need to get better at wideout,” Mayock said, while highlighting this year’s class has great top-tier talent and quality depth to it.

At their No. 12 spot, Vegas is right in the sweet spot of where the cream of the crop receivers like CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy are pegged to come off the board. It’s not unfathomable that the Raiders could swoop in there to take one of the top guys and address another need — like corner — at No. 19 overall.

“I think you need to let it come to you a little bit,” Mayock said of their approach when targeting a receiver. “Whether it’s in the first round, second round, third round, fourth round, fifth round, I’m hoping we can find a wideout that fits what the Raiders need and fits out culture.”

Jon Gruden Peppered with Questions About Tom Brady, Says Team Trying to Improve at Every Position

The Raiders are one of the top potential destinations for impending free agent quarterback Tom Brady. Coach Jon Gruden was asked about the team’s interest in Brady on Tuesday, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“You’re killing me, man” while making a Chucky face. He went on, “We love our quarterback. Our quarterback’s a really good player, Derek Carr. I want to reiterate that to everybody here in Vegas. We’ve got a good, young quarterback, and the film, the statistics and analytics prove it.”

Pivoting to the team’s other players, Gruden added, “We’re going to be in the market to try to improve at every position. That’s what we’re gonna do.”

Raiders Release Veteran Linebacker Tahir Whitehead

The Raiders on Monday released veteran linebacker LB Tahir Whitehead.

Whitehead originally signed with the club as a free agent ahead of the 2018 season.

In two years with the Silver and Black, Whitehead started in all 32 contests, compiling back-to-back 100-plus-tackle campaigns, leading the team in both seasons.

Over his eight-year career with the Detroit Lions (2012-17) and Raiders, Whitehead has appeared in 125 contests with 86 starts, recorded 600 tackles (435 solo), three sacks, five interceptions, 24 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Former Raiders Second-Round Pick Lamarr Houston Announces Retirement

After two years out of football, Lamarr Houston is officially walking away from the game, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The former second-round pick announced Wednesday that he is retiring after eight active seasons in the NFL. Houston, drafted by the Raiders in 2010, signed a one-day contract with the team Wednesday and will be placed on the club’s reserve/retired list.

Houston spent his first four seasons in Oakland, where he played in 64 games, logged 16.5 sacks and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2010. After his rookie contract expired in 2014, Houston signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Bears. The edge rusher, however, failed to live up to the contract and spent more time off the field dealing with injuries than on the field.

Houston’s injury woes began in his first year in Chicago when he tore his ACL during a sack celebration while the Bears were down 25 points to the Patriots. Houston returned in 2015 to play 16 games and pick up eight sacks, but struggled to stay on the field thereafter, playing in just 12 games over the next two years.

The Bears cut Houston in Sept. 2017, only for the pass rusher to end up in Houston. The Texans waived him in November, and Houston landed back with Chicago, with whom he spent his final five games.