Oakland Raiders 2011 Schedule: Does Oakland Face Murderers’ Row in 2011?

The Oakland Raiders have the 19th-hardest schedule, as determined by 2010 win-loss record, heading into the 2011 season. The Raiders' 16 opponents combined for just a 126-130 record last season, which tied them with three other teams at No. 19.

However, Oakland certainly has some tough stretches throughout their 2011 schedule.

The Raiders should have a golden opportunity to start the season 2-0, as they travel to basement-dwellers Denver and Buffalo in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

The schedule takes a turn for the worst after that.

The Raiders welcome to Oakland both the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the following weeks, which figure to be tough games no matter where they're played. In Week 5, the Raiders travel to Houston to take on the Texans, who many think could win the AFC South this season.

Games against Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver near the middle of the season look like the only sort of reprieve before the Raiders hit another long stretch of difficult games.

The Raiders travel to San Diego and Minnesota in back-to-back weeks before welcoming the NFC North Champion Chicago Bears to Oakland in Week 12. A trip all the way to Miami looms in Week 13, then the Raiders head to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in Week 14.

Before the Raiders travel to Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs in Week 16, the up-and-coming Lions come to Oakland in Week 15. Finally, the Raiders end their season at home against the Chargers, who are being widely predicted as the likely AFC West champions.

They are very few easy wins in the NFL for any team on their schedule, but the Raiders look like they could have a few tough patches of games throughout the 2011 season. In all, the Raiders play six playoff teams from 2010.

It might not be murderers' row, per se, but the Raiders have a tough schedule to master if they plan on breaking through into the NFL playoffs. It can be do...

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