Raiders, Flynn close out exhibition schedule in Seattle

Raiders, Flynn close out exhibition schedule in Seattle
April 4, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Dennis Allen's Raiders will open training camp in Napa at some point between July 24 and 27. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Raiders will face Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago and Seattle in the preseason this year, the NFL announced Thursday, though the exact dates and times of the games are not yet known. They will be announced at a later date.

What it known, though, is that the Raiders will open exhibition play for the second straight year by playing host to the Cowboys between Aug. 8 and 11 before traveling to face the Saints between Aug. 15-19. Week 3 of the exhibition season, when the Raiders are home against the Bears, is Aug. 22-25, and the final exhibition games are Aug. 29-30. That's when the Raiders close out the exhibition season in Seattle for the third straight year and the sixth time in the past seven.

Last year, newly-acquired Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn came off the bench for the Seahawks and completed 11 of 13 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown for a 125.0 passer rating in Seattle's 21-3 victory over Oakland on Aug. 30, 2012.

The Raiders are the lone NFL team to still share a stadium with a major league baseball team, so to give you an idea of when the O.co Coliseum will be in use by the Athletics around the Raiders' home exhibitions, the A's have home games on Aug. 4 and Aug. 13, and Aug. 21 and Aug. 30.

Obviously, the Raiders' exhibition series against the 49ers, marred by fan violence at Candlestick Park in 2011, remains on hold.

None of Oakland's exhibitions are scheduled to be on national television, though they will be televised locally on KTVU Fox Channel 2/KICU Action 36.

Keep in mind, the Raiders will open training camp in Napa 15 days before the start of the exhibition opener, so anywhere between July 24 and 27.

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