The team with the toughest schedule in the NFL opens its season on the road Sept. 7 against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

The Raiders find themselves away from home for much of the first quarter of the season, traveling to New England in Week 3 and then leaving Boston for London and a "home game" at Wembley Stadium against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.

Oakland's home opener will be against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14 at O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders, 4-12 last season, already knew they had the NFL's most difficult schedule. They play nine times against 2013 playoff teams, including five games against last season's participants in conference championship games (Denver twice, the Patriots, at Seattle and home against the 49ers).

Oakland Raiders’ Darren McFadden (20) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland,
Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden (20) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, October 27, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

Oakland's opponents were a combined 148-108 last season, a .578 winning percentage that is the highest in the NFL.

They got their first look at the order of the games Wednesday, with only two of those coming in the first half of the season as they attempt to meld a roster of veteran free agents with returning young players.

The Raiders' nine games against playoff teams comes in large part because the three other AFC West teams all made the playoffs, and Oakland faces the NFC West, which includes the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the 49ers.

Oakland visits Seattle to close out the first half of the season on Nov. 2, beginning a brutal stretch where seven of its last eight games will be against teams that were in the postseason in 2013.


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The Raiders host the 49ers on Dec. 7, the first regular-season home game between the two teams at O.co Coliseum since 2002.

The terrain at MetLife Stadium for the opener will be familiar for the Raiders. They played in New Jersey twice last season, losing to the Giants 24-20 on Nov. 10 and the Jets 37-27 on Dec. 8. It is the fourth road opener for the Raiders in the last five seasons.

Oakland has only one prime time game on the schedule, a Thursday night game at O.co Coliseum on Nov. 20 against Kansas City.

For the second straight season, the Raiders end the season against the Broncos, only this time the regular season finale on Dec. 28 is in Denver with potentially frigid conditions.

The NFL can decide to flex games into an evening time frame for better Sunday night matchups starting in Week 5.