The AFC champion Oakland Raiders open the 2003 regular season—and their 44th of pro football competition—on the road against the AFC South champion Tennessee Titans in a prime time contest on Sunday night, September 7. The Raiders discovered that and every other opponent Thursday when the NFL released its 2003 schedule.
The Raiders won their third straight AFC Western Division title on their way to the conference Championship.
"We're excited about our 2003 league schedule. It will be a challenge to contest for a fourth straight AFC Western Division title," said Raiders Head Coach Bill Callahan. "The opening day match-up versus Tennessee on the road, is a game we look forward to. Competing against the AFC South champions in their own house will necessitate our best offseason and preseason preparations."
Oakland begins the 2003 regular season with four games versus AFC opponents. The home opener the following Sunday, September 14 is against the AFC North Cincinnati Bengals at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. The Raiders, with two of those first four 2003 contests versus division foes, travel to Denver to face the Broncos on September 22 in the first of three appearances on Monday Night Football. They then return to Oakland to face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, September 28.
In the first of four contests against NFC North opponents, the Raiders travel to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday, October 5. The following week, the Raiders travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Sunday, October 12 in the Silver and Black's only back-to-back road games of the season.
The Raiders are on Monday night for the second time when they host the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs on October 20. After the bye on Sunday, October 26, the Raiders take to the road to play the NFC Lions in Detroit on Sunday, November 2. The Raiders then have the first of two back-to-back home contests when they host the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, November 9 followed by the NFC Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, November 16.
After a road game against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, November 23, the Raiders stay in the division for a home game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, November 30. On Sunday, December 7, the Raiders play their next-to-last road game of the '03 regular season in Pittsburgh against the AFC North champion Steelers.
The Silver and Black then begin a two-game home stand, first against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday December 14 at Network Associates Coliseum, then versus NFC North champion Green Bay Packers on Monday night, December 22. The Raiders close out the 2003 regular season with a road contest against the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday, December 28.
2003 OAKLAND RAIDERS SCHEDULE
Friday, August 8 ST. LOUIS 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 14 @ San Francisco 5:00 p.m. FOX
Friday, August 22 MINNESOTA 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 28 @ Dallas 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 7 @ Tennessee 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, September 14 CINCINNATI 1:15 p.m.
Monday, September 22 @ Denver 6:00 p.m. ABC
Sunday, September 28 SAN DIEGO 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 @ Chicago 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 12 @ Cleveland 10:00 a.m.
Monday, October 20 KANSAS CITY 6:00 p.m. ABC
Sunday, November 2 @ Detroit 10:05 a.m.
Sunday, November 9 NEW YORK JETS 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 MINNESOTA 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 23 @ Kansas City 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 30 DENVER 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 @ Pittsburgh 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 BALTIMORE 1:05 p.m.
Monday, December 22 GREEN BAY 6:00 p.m. ABC
Sunday, December 28 @ San Diego 1:15 p.m.