2022 NFL schedule released: Raiders opponents, previews, full list of teams on regular season schedule

The great waves of free agency are over. The draft is complete. Now, all eyes are on the upcoming NFL season. One of the many teams that have made headlines this offseason is the Raiders, who are looking to make a deep playoff run in 2022.

Fresh off the wild-card spot in last season’s playoffs, the Raiders signed quarterback Derek Carr to a long-term deal. They then paired Carr with his college teammate, former Packers All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams, who also signed a long-term deal shortly after being acquired in a blockbuster deal. With Adams on board, the Raiders hope to make some noise in the AFC West, arguably the NFL’s toughest division, before capturing the franchise’s first playoff win since 2002.

First, they’ll have to get past their 2022 regular-season opponents. Below, you’ll find a full look at the teams that will take on Las Vegas this year, as well as a rundown of their 18-week regular-season schedule (once announced).

The complete 2022 NFL schedule will be posted Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL App. NFL GameDay View: Schedule Release will air that night at 8 pm ET on Paramount+, NFL.com, the NFL App, YouTube and the NFL Channel.

2022 opponents

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals got off to a 7-0 start last year before finishing with an 11-6 record. Despite its drop, Arizona snapped its six-year playoff drought behind quarterback Kyler Murray, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time in as many years. Defensively, the Cardinals are led by safety Budda Baker, a Pro Bowler each of the last three years.

Denver Broncos: Denver pulled off one of the biggest trades of the offseason that brought Russell Wilson to Mile High City after a successful 10-year run in Seattle. The Broncos, led by Wilson and new head coach Nathaniel Hackett, hope to end the franchise’s playoff drought dating back to the 2016 season.

Indianapolis Colts: The Raiders have a career record of 11-9 against the Colts, who missed the playoffs last season after suffering an upset loss to the Jaguars in Week 18. The Colts’ offense has a new Former Falcon quarterback and league MVP Matt Ryan. . The Colts’ offense is led by Jonathan Taylor, who led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdown runs in 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars should be a better team than the one that won just three games last season. To turn things around, Jacksonville hired Doug Pederson, who five years ago led the Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory. Jaguars fans are expecting a big season from second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who started each of Jacksonville’s 17 games last season.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Raiders lost both games to the Chiefs last season by a combined score of 89-23. Patrick Mahomes did most of the damage in the Chiefs’ first blowout win, while turnovers plagued Las Vegas in their second loss to their division rival. A series split would go a long way toward giving the Raiders a chance to dethrone the Chiefs as division champions.

Houston Texans: Instead of replacing Deshaun Watson with a seasoned veteran or a new rookie, the Texans moved forward with Davis Mills, who completed nearly 67% of his passes in 13 games last season. Houston’s starting lineup is expected to include four rookies in offensive lineman Kenyon Green, wide receiver John Metchie III, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and safety Jalen Pitre.

new england patriots: This will be the Raiders’ first look at Mac Jones, who helped the Patriots earn a playoff berth during his rookie season. Bill Belichick carried the offensive linemen during the draft, led by first-round pick Cole Strange. New England’s defense includes Pro Bowl pass-rusher Matt Judon, who had a career-high 12.5 sacks during his first year at Foxborough.

new orleans saints: New Orleans is a very different team from the one the Raiders faced in 2020. Dennis Allen succeeded Sean Payton as the team’s head coach. Jameis Winston replaced Drew Brees as New Orleans’ starting quarterback. The Saints still have running back Alvin Kamara, receiver Michael Thomas and defensive end Cameron Jordan. New Orleans missed the playoffs in 2021 despite posting a 9-8 record.

Los Angeles Rams: This should be a fun game between two of the most entertaining offenses in the league. The defending champions feature veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford and reigning Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. This matchup will also feature two of the top defensive linemen in the league in Aaron Donald and Maxx Crosby.

Los Angeles Chargers: A rematch of last year’s exciting regular season finale. In front of a nationally televised audience, the Chargers rallied to force overtime before the Raiders extended their season and ended Los Angeles’ playoff hopes with a game-winning field goal on the final OT play. . This rivalry should be even more entertaining this season with the Chargers’ offseason addition of former Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.

pittsburgh steelmen: The Steelers, who were beaten by the Raiders in Week 2 of the 2021 season, will look a lot different this season with the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger and the offseason acquisitions of Mitchell Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett. Pittsburgh’s offense will continue to feature running back Najee Harris. The defense has three of the best defensive players in the league in Cam Heyward, TJ Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick.

San Francisco 49ers: Despite the rumors surrounding the futures of Jimmy Garoppolo and Deebo Samuel, the 49ers remain a formidable foe who narrowly missed the Super Bowl last season. Along with Garoppolo and Samuel, the 49ers possess a versatile and dynamic offense, led by Elijah Mitchell, nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams and three-time Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle. Nick Bosa leads a 49ers defense that thwarted Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs en route to the NFC Championship Game.

Seattle Seahawks: Veteran Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will preside over a training camp quarterback battle between Drew Lock and Geno Smith. The winner will get the keys to an offense that features wide receivers DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, tight ends Noah Fantand Will Dissly and running backs Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson and rookie Kenneth Walker III. Seattle has beefed up its offensive line in recent years with the acquisitions of former Raider Gabe Jackson and rookie Charles Cross.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans are looking to bounce back after last year’s upset loss to the Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will have a rebuilt receiving corps to work with this season after the Titans acquired Robert Woods and rookie Treylon Burks to replace Julio Jones and AJ Brown.

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