Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/24/12
The Oakland Raiders underachieved again in 2011, finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. The return to health of running back Darren McFadden and a full season with Carson Palmer under center brings hope for improvement in head coach Dennis Allen's first season, and contending for a playoff spot is not out of the question. Let's take a look at how the 2012 schedule looks for the Raiders. Week 1- vs. San Diego (Monday Night)Week 2- @ MiamiWeek 3- vs. PittsburghWeek 4- @ DenverWeek 5- ByeWeek 6- @ AtlantaWeek 7-  vs. JacksonvilleWeek 8- @ Kansas CityWeek 9- vs. Tampa BayWeek 10- @ BaltimoreWeek 11- vs. New OrleansWeek 12- @ CincinnatiWeek 13- vs. ClevelandWeek 14- vs. Denver (Thursday Night)Week 15- vs. Kansas CityWeek 16- @ CarolinaWeek 17- @ San DiegoThe Toughest Stretch Coming out of their Week 5 bye, the Raiders have a challenging stretch of games starting with a tough road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6. Week 7 brings what looks like a respite against the Jacks...
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