Raiders' 2013 schedule includes Thanksgiving game in Dallas

Raiders' 2013 schedule includes Thanksgiving game in Dallas
April 18, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Dennis Allen's Raiders open on the road against Andrew Luck and the Colts and close out the season hosting Peyton Manning's Broncos in Oakland. (USA TODAY IMAGES) 

The Raiders open Year 2 of the McKenzie-Allen era on the road in 2013, playing their season opener at Indianapolis on Sept. 8, before playing host to Jacksonville at the Coliseum on Sept. 15 in Oakland's home opener. Other highlights to the schedule, announced by the NFL Thursday afternoon, include a Monday Night Football appearance at Denver in Week 3, the bye week after six games, a stretch of four road games in five weeks in November and early December, a Thanksgiving game at Dallas and closing with three straight division games, including the season finale at home against Denver on Dec. 29.

Week 1
Sept. 8, 10 a.m., CBS
Raiders at Indianapolis
It will be the Raiders' first-ever visit to Lucas Oil Stadium, though the Raiders last traveled to play the Colts in 2004. In facing Andrew Luck, it will be the first time Oakland faces a Colts QB other than Peyton Manning since 1995. And the Raiders see a familiar face in Darrius Heyward-Bey. Not a bad way to open a season, right?

Week 2
Sept. 15, 1:25 p.m., CBS
Raiders vs. Jacksonville
New Raiders running back Rashad Jennings will have something to prove against his old team in Oakland's home opener, even if he is a backup to Darren McFadden. The Raiders held off the Jags last season at the Coliseum, 26-23, in overtime.

Week 3
Sept. 23, 5:40 p.m., ESPN
Raiders at Denver
What had been the Raiders' home away from home -- Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- the previous four years was reclaimed by Peyton Manning last year in a 37-6 Broncos blowout. Raiders DE Jason Hunter makes his return to Denver, with a chip on his shoulder. It is the lone scheduled prime time appearance for the Raiders this season.

Week 4
Sept. 29
Raiders vs. Washington, 1:25 p.m., Fox
The Black Hole should get its first up, close and personal look at Robert Griffin III. That is, so long as his knee is healthy enough after he shredded it in the playoffs. And the A's baseball dirt infield should still be in use. Will that affect RGIII's effectiveness?

Week 5
Oct. 6
Raiders vs. San Diego, 1:25 p.m., CBS
The teams met in Oakland to open the 2012 season on Monday Night Football, the Chargers emerging with a 22-14 victory. One question -- who's the backup long snapper?

Week 6
Oct. 13
Raiders at Kansas City, 10 a.m., CBS
The last time the Raiders lost at Arrowhead Stadium? Try 2006. Last year's 26-16 Oakland victory was the Raiders' sixth straight in the Chiefs' home. The bye week awaits.

Week 7
Oct. 20
BYE

Week 8
Oct. 27
Raiders vs. Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m., CBS
The Steelers visit the Raiders for the second time in as many years as these two old rivals play for the fourth time since 2009. Last year's 34-31 Raiders victory was their most impressive of a four-win season. The bye week should allow the Raiders to lick their wounds.

Week 9
Nov. 3
Raiders vs. Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m., Fox
War Pigeon first showed up for a Raiders game against the Eagles back in 2009, a 13-9 Raiders victory at the Coliseum. Will he find his way back for the rematch?

Week 10
Nov. 10
Raiders at New York Giants, 10 a.m., CBS
The Raiders last played the New York football Giants in their home in 2009, and limped away on the wrong end of a 44-7 score. Of course, this will be the first time they meet at MetLife Stadium, as well as the first time seeing tight end Brandon Myers in a different uniform.

Week 11
Nov. 17
Raiders at Houston, 10 a.m., CBS
Surely, Shane Lechler will welcome the Raiders with open arms, right? Even if he does not, the Raiders return to the scene of one of their most emotional victories -- the Immaculate Interception, one day after Al Davis' death, in 2011.

Week 12
Nov. 24
Raiders vs. Tennessee, 1:05 p.m., CBS
The Titans have won the past two meetings between the teams, in 2010 and 2007, by a combined score of 51-22. They last played in Oakland in 2004.

Week 13
Nov. 28
Raiders at Dallas, 1:30 p.m., CBS
Happy Turkey Day…again. The Raiders last played in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day 2009, when they lost at Cowboys Stadium, 24-7. Call it a homecoming, of sorts, for cornerback Mike Jenkins.

Week 14
Dec. 8
Raiders at New York Jets, 10 a.m., CBS
The Raiders return to the Meadowlands to face the Jets for the first time since 2006, albeit on a new field, MetLife Stadium. The last three meetings have been in Oakland, with the Raiders winning two of the games. What role will former Raiders running back Mike Goodson play for the Jets?

Week 15
Dec. 15
Raiders vs. Kansas City, 1:05 p.m., CBS
The last time the Raiders played host to the Chiefs, last Dec. 16, Sebastian Janikowski outscored eight other NFL teams on the day in Oakland's 15-0 victory.

Week 16
Dec. 22
Raiders at San Diego, 1:25 p.m., CBS
The Raiders get a chance to start a new winning streak in Oakland South, so to speak, after the Chargers ended the Raiders' two-game winning streak at Qualcomm Stadium last year with a 24-21 victory in the regular-season finale.

Week 17
Dec. 29
Raiders vs. Denver, 1:25 p.m., CBS
Think Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter has something to prove against his former team in the Broncos and, especially, quarterback Peyton Manning. The Broncos won at the Coliseum last year, 26-13, on Thursday Night Football. Are the Raiders playing spoilers? Are the Broncos resting starters? The three-game rush to the finish against AFC West opponents is intriguing for the Raiders, especially if they are in contention.