Gruden Would Face an Easier Raiders Slate, With 2018 Opposition Finalized

Next season's schedule isn't out yet. That comes in April. The Raiders do know their opposition.

Their list of opponents was finalized with Sunday's action, and it looks a lot softer than the 2016 slate.

Jon Gruden will appreciate that. The man expected to coach the Raiders next season – an announcement could come early next week – only has three teams in this year's playoffs on the 2018 slate, though he'll play Kansas City twice.

That's a byproduct of 6-10 season. The Raiders were always set to play home-and-home series against the AFC West, the entire AFC North and the NFC West.

The Raiders finished third in their division, meaning that they'll place a team from the AFC East and AFC South from the corresponding place.

That adds a home game against Indianapolis and a road contest at Miami to the list.

The Raiders are expected to give up a home game to play in London. Season ticket holders are being asked to buy seven regular-season games this year with the Raiders giving up a home game to play internationally for the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons. That will be common until the team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Raiders will also play the 49ers for the last time while sharing a market, with that game being held at Levi's Stadium.

Raiders opponents

Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, L.A. Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, L.A. Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, L.A. Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers

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