Raiders 2020 Schedule: Week 1 and 2 opponents revealed

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The Las Vegas Raiders 2020 schedule has been partially revealed with reports indicating who the team’s Week 1 and 2 opponents will be.

The Las Vegas Raiders 2020 schedule has reportedly been partially revealed ahead of tonight’s scheduled announcement. As first reported by The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan, the Raiders are set to take on the New Orleans Saints at home in Week 2.

And they’ll be doing so with a national audience on Monday Night Football.

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The NFL is set to release the full slate of games later today at 5 p.m. PST, but it seems as though we’ve received an initial glimpse of what their schedule could look like.

It’s also been reported that the team will be taking on the Carolina Panthers to kick off their season in Week 1. As first reported by Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the Raiders will travel to Charlotte to face off with the Panthers on the road to begin the year.

That would seem to coincide with a report that came out yesterday indicating that the first four weeks of the season would be dedicated to out-of-conference games. Now, other reports around the league have contradicted that earlier report.

However, it’s certainly plausible that the report is only valid for some teams. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Las Vegas might be one of those teams.

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The last time the Raiders played on Monday night was Week 1 against the Denver Broncos last season. The team came away with the 24-16 victory before dropping their subsequent two games.

Meanwhile, the Raiders haven’t played the Saints since the 2016 season when they were able to eke out a narrow 35-34 victory. They also last faced the Panthers in that same magical season where the emerged as the victors in a tight 35-32 game.

Las Vegas is set to have a fairly easy schedule in 2020 with the 21st hardest slate of games based on 2019 winning percentages.

The Raiders will be looking to make a run at the postseason for the first time since the 2016 season. And after an offseason full of significant improvements, expectations are understandably high.

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We’ll see if we have to wait until the official reveal at 5 p.m. PST later tonight to see the remainder of the schedule or if it’ll be leaked beforehand.