Las Vegas Raiders 2022 Schedule: Dates, Times, & Analysis
Last season saw the Las Vegas Raiders secure a playoff berth for the third time in the previous 20 years, where they ultimately fell in the Wild Card round to the eventual AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. Entering 2022, the Raiders are poised to take another step forward following several key additions.
Las Vegas started the party by reuniting quarterback Derek Carr with his former college receiver, acquiring superstar wideout Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers, and handing him a long-term contract.
Defense was also a priority as the organization brought in All-Pro edge rusher Chandler Jones, inside linebacker Jayon Brown, and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
And, of course, there was the hiring of long-time New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the club’s new head coach. McDaniels was one of the most coveted names in this year’s coaching cycle and brings a wealth of football experience and knowledge to the Raiders’ sideline.
While they have the unfortunate pleasure of competing in the notoriously tough AFC West Division, the pieces are certainly in place for the Silver and Black to vie for a second straight postseason appearance.
What does the road ahead look like for Las Vegas? Let’s find out with a breakdown of the Raiders’ 2022 regular-season schedule.
Week 1 – @ Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, September 11 Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
The Raiders’ season opener is a rematch of last year’s wild Week 18 affair, which saw Las Vegas clinch a playoff spot thanks to a 35-32 overtime victory.
The Silver and Black have won three consecutive season openers.
Week 2 – vs. Arizona Cardinals
Date: Sunday, September 18 Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Las Vegas’ home opener comes against an Arizona Cardinals team that will be without All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins (suspension).
This game will be Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray’s first-career meeting against the Silver and Black.
Week 3 – @ Tennessee Titans
Date: Sunday, September 25 Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
The Raiders travel cross country to battle the reigning AFC South champion Tennessee Titans. Tennessee may have traded away star receiver A.J. Brown, but Las Vegas’ revamped defense will still have their hands full trying to slow down superstar running back Derrick Henry.
Week 4 – vs. Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, October 2 Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Las Vegas’ first glance at Russell Wilson and the new-look Denver Broncos comes in Week 4 at Allegiant Stadium. Wilson leads a Broncos roster built to win now and should pose a much stiffer test than the team the Raiders swept last season.
Week 5 – @ Kansas City Chiefs
Date: Monday, October 10 Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
The first of four primetime games for the Raiders comes against the class of the AFC West Division in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
The Raiders were swept by KC last season and were outscored 89-23 in the two games.
Week 6 – BYE
Week 7 – vs. Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, October 23 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
This matchup is likely the easiest on the Raiders’ schedule. Las Vegas will be well-rested coming off a bye, while the Texans project to be amongst the worst teams in football again.
Week 8 – @ New Orleans
Date: Sunday, October 30 Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
The Raiders square off against their former head coach Dennis Allen, who coached the team from 2012-2014. Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to New Orleans’ head coach in February, replacing the retired Sean Payton.
Week 9 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Sunday, November 6 Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Back-to-back games in the region likely mean the Raiders avoid flying back to Las Vegas for the week’s preparation and choose to practice elsewhere.
Week 10 – vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date: Sunday, November 13 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Derek Carr and company upset the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17 of last season, altering the playoff fortunes of both sides. The following week saw Las Vegas clinch a postseason berth with a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, while Indy had its playoff hopes dashed after a stunning loss to the league-worst Jacksonville Jaguars.
Week 11 – @ Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, November 20 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Lessons learned from their Week 4 matchup will be put to the test.
The Raiders are 2-0 in their past two trips to Mile High.
Week 12 – @ Seattle Seahawks
Date: Sunday, November 27 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 12 sees Las Vegas travel to Seattle to take on Russell Wilson’s former team, the Seahawks.
This contest will be the first meeting between the teams since October 14, 2018.
Week 13 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, December 4 Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
The stakes may not be as high as last season’s Week 18 showdown, but this contest could go a long way in determining the outcome of the AFC West Division.
Week 14 – @ Los Angeles Rams
Date: Thursday, December 8 Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
The Raiders get their crack at the reigning Super Bowl champs on Thursday Night Football. This game will feature some of the best players at their respective positions in wide receivers, Davante Adams and Cooper Kupp, and defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Maxx Crosby.
Week 15 – vs. New England Patriots
Date: Sunday, December 18 Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
This primetime matchup will be a family reunion of sorts. Not only does Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels welcome his former mentor Bill Belichick to town, but several members of Las Vegas’ current front office, including general manager Dave Ziegler, once called themselves Patriots.
Week 16 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Saturday, December 24 Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Coincidence that this game happens the day after the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception?” Not likely.
Week 17 – vs. San Francisco 49ers
Date: Sunday, January 1 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
The Raiders may no longer be in the Bay Area, but the renewal of this storied rivalry should be a treat for football fans.
Week 18 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Date: TBD Time: TBD
The date and time of this contest will be finalized according to possible playoff implications; something Raiders fans hope applies in this team’s regular-season finale.
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