Oakland Raiders 2007 schedule set

The Oakland Raiders kick off a challenging, exciting 2007 NFL regular season at home against the Detroit Lions in Week 1 on Sunday, September 9, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland.

The Team of the Decades then travels to Denver to face the Broncos in their first American Football Conference Western Division contest on September 16, before returning home to host the Cleveland Browns on September 23. The Raiders make their first of two trips to the state of Florida to face the Dolphins in Miami on September 30.

Following the bye on October 7, the Raiders have two AFC West games—at San Diego to play the Chargers on October 14, and home versus the Kansas City Chiefs on October 21. The Raiders are on the road for the fourth time on October 28, traveling to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans.

The Raiders are at home for the following two games—versus the Houston Texans on November 4 and against one of last year's Super Bowl teams, the Chicago Bears on November 11. Two road games are next for the Silver and Black—at Minnesota on November 18 and at Kansas City on November 25. The Raiders face their second AFC West opponent in a row the following week, hosting the Denver Broncos on December 2, before traveling to Green Bay to face the Packers on December 9.

The Raiders then host last year's Super Bowl winner, the Indianapolis Colts on December 16, before traveling to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on December 23. The Silver and Black conclude the 2007 regular season at home versus the San Diego Chargers on December 30.

* This year the Raiders face members of the NFC North—Chicago and Detroit at home and Green Bay and Minnesota on the road—and have a cumulative 25-15 record versus those teams.

* The Raiders also face members of the AFC South—Houston and Indianapolis at home and Jacksonville and Tennessee on the road—hold a cumulative 31-24 record against those teams.

* The Silver and Black travel to Jacksonville for the first time ever. The Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995 as an expansion franchise.

* Cleveland travels to Oakland to face the Raiders for the third straight year; Houston travels to Oakland to face the Raiders for the second straight year.

* The defending Super Bowl champion is on the Raiders' schedule for the third consecutive year. The Raiders face Indianapolis at home this year after facing Pittsburgh last year and New England in 2005.

* The Raiders play one or both participants from the previous season's Super Bowl for the sixth time in the past seven years. The Raiders play Indianapolis and Chicago this year; Pittsburgh and Seattle last year; New England and Philadelphia in 2005; Carolina in 2004, New England in 2002, and the New York Giants in 2001.

* The Raiders play six games versus teams that made the playoffs in 2006—with four of those contests at home at McAfee Coliseum. The Silver and Black play AFC Western Division foes Kansas City and San Diego twice, home and away, Indianapolis and Chicago—both at home.

* The Raiders travel to Florida twice in 2007—to Miami to face the Dolphins and to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars.

* The Raiders travel to Green Bay and Minnesota for the first time since 1999.

* Indianapolis travels to Oakland for the first time since 1995; Detroit travels to Oakland for the first time since 1996 and Chicago travels to Oakland for the first time since 1999.

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