Breakdown: Raiders' remaining 2013 opponents

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Breakdown: Raiders' remaining 2013 opponents
October 18, 2013, 1:15 pm
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More celebrations may be on the horizon for the Raiders, as their remaining opponents aren't playing to preseason projections. (USATI)

The Raiders schedule seemed tougher before the season than it does now. That’s due to improved play and disappointing starts from several established powers. More games should be competitive than previously thought. Here’s a list of remaining games, the opponent's record heading into Week 7 and a comment about the matchup.

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Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4), Oct. 27:The Raiders should be able to beat the struggling Steelers at home. An aging defense and a lackluster run game has made Pittsburgh vulnerable.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-3), Nov. 3: The Eagles could provide a competitive matchup at home. Philadelphia can’t stop the run, so Darren McFadden could have a field day. But the up-tempo offense could give the Raiders fits.

at New York Giants (0-6), Nov. 10: The Giants are awful. This is a winnable game, even on the road.

at Houston Texans (2-4), Nov. 17: The Texans are in upheaval with troubles at quarterback. Raiders hope they don’t settle down and play to their talent level by this game.

Tennessee Titans (3-3), Nov. 24: The Titans are a tough read. The talent levels are similar. Raiders should compete in this one.

at Dallas Cowboys (3-3), Nov. 28: The Cowboys can score with anyone, but find ways to hurt themselves. Raiders will have a tough time on the road on Thanksgiving Day.

at New York Jets (3-3), Dec. 8: The Jets aren’t very good, but have found ways to win some games. Can’t make sense of this bunch.

Kansas City Chiefs (6-0), Dec. 15: The Raiders should have a better chance away from Arrowhead Stadium. They’ll need better protection, regardless of where they play.

at San Diego Chargers (3-3), Dec. 22: The Raiders beat the Chargers once. They can do it again.

Denver Broncos (6-0), Dec. 29: Only way Raiders stand a chance is if the Broncos already clinch a top seed and sit Peyton Manning.