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Predicting Raiders’ 2019 results: Factoring in 10 a.m. starts, the cold and inspiring moments

Raiders’ Derek Carr discusses Antonio Brown and playing against Khalil Mack next season

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.

Now that we know the Oakland Raiders’ 2019 schedule, here’s what we think about each game:

Week 1 (Monday, Sept. 9) vs. Denver Broncos, 7:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Prediction: Win (1-0)

The Raiders played inspired last year in what was thought to be the last game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. With Antonio Brown highlighting a bevy of newcomers in silver and black, expect the Raiders to come out inspired once again.

Week 2 (Sunday, Sept. 15) vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Prediction Win (2-0)

Upset special. While it’s early, this as a must-win for the Raiders’ playoff hopes with a difficult stretch of road games dead ahead. The quarterback matchup (Derek Carr vs. Patrick Mahomes) will draw the headlines but expect a close, low-scoring game..

Week 3 (Sunday, Sept. 22) at Minnesota Vikings, 10 a.m. (FOX)

Prediction: Loss (2-1)

The Raiders struggle with early start times (8-16 the last five years) and this one comes against a tough opponent.

Week 4 (Sunday, Sept. 29) at Indianapolis Colts, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Loss (2-2)

While the game will be close, Andrew Luck will find a way to give the Colts a victory.

Week 5 (Sunday, Oct. 6) vs. Chicago Bears, 10 a.m. in London (FOX)

Prediction: Win (3-2)

Think ex-Raider Khalil Mack will be up for this game? Uh, so will the Raiders.

Week 6 (Bye)

Week 7 (Sunday, Oct. 20) at Green Bay Packers, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Loss (3-3)

Who knows what the weather will be like at Lambeau Field? Regardless, coming off a bye week, it will show against the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers.

Week 8 (Sunday, Oct. 27) at Houston Texans, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Loss (3-4)

Have you had your fill of breakfast with the Raiders yet? And they’re not done yet ...

Week 9 (Nov. 3) vs. Detroit Lions, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

Prediction: Win (4-4)

Nothing like being home, right? Raider Nation will come out vocal and will help the team get back in the win column.

Week 10 (Nov. 7) vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 5:20 p.m. (FOX)

Prediction: Win (5-4)

The last primetime game the Raiders played against the Chargers was also on a Thursday night, in 2015, and the Raiders won 23-20.

Week 11 (Nov. 17) vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Win (6-4)

The Bengals could be one of the worst teams in the NFL. Bonus prediction: Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict will come away with two sacks against his former team.

Week 12 (Nov. 24) at New York Jets, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Win (7-4)

Finally a road win for the Raiders. (They were the “home” team in London.)

Week 13 (Dec. 1) at Kansas City Chiefs, 10 a.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Loss (7-5)

It will be the sixth consecutive year Oakland will play at Kansas City in December or later. The Raiders are 0-5 in that run. Thanks, NFL schedule-maker.

Week 14 (Dec. 8) vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:25 p.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Win (8-5)

Good time to get back home.

Week 15 (Dec. 15) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Win (9-5)

You can bet the Raiders will be fired-up, just like they were in their 2018 home finale considering the next home date might be in Las Vegas.

Week 16 (Dec. 21 or Dec. 22) at Los Angeles Chargers, TBD (TBD)

Prediction: Loss (9-6)

The Raiders had won their last two in San Diego but have lost two straight at LA’s temporary home (now called Dignity Health Sports Park). Make it three in a row.

Week 17 (Dec. 29) at Denver Broncos, 1;25 p.m. (CBS)

Prediction: Win (10-6)

Of course it’ll be cold, but the Raiders’ rebuilt defense is up for the challenge with a playoff berth on the line.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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