Gruden would face an easier slate, with Raiders' 2018 opposition finalized

Gruden would face an easier slate, with Raiders' 2018 opposition finalized

Next season’s schedule isn’t out yet. That comes in April. The Raiders do know their opposition.

Their list of opponents was finalized with Sunday’s action, and it looks a lot softer than the 2016 slate.

Jon Gruden will appreciate that. The man expected to coach the Raiders next season – an announcement could come early next week – only has three teams in this year’s playoffs on the 2018 slate, though he’ll play Kansas City twice.

That’s a byproduct of 6-10 season. The Raiders were always set to play home-and-home series against the AFC West, the entire AFC North and the NFC West.

The Raiders finished third in their division, meaning that they’ll play a team from the AFC East and AFC South from the corresponding place.

That adds a home game against Indianapolis and a road contest at Miami to the list.

The Raiders are expected to give up a home game to play in London. Season ticket holders are being asked to buy seven regular-season games this year with the Raiders giving up a home game to play internationally for the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons. That will be common until the team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Raiders will also play the 49ers for the last time while sharing a market, with that game being held at Levi’s Stadium.

Raiders opponents

Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, L.A. Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, L.A. Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, L.A. Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers

Jon Gruden gets Raiders fans ready for training camp with party


Jon Gruden gets Raiders fans ready for training camp with party

To celebrate his return to the sideline, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden threw a party for fans on Friday at Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.  

Raider Nation showed up in droves. 

In all, over 500 fans showed up, according to a Ricky's spokesperson.

"We are honored to be a part of the love story between Jon Gruden and this fan base," the spokesperson said. "It's incredibly special. And the significance of this event, at this time, is not lost on us."

The Raiders, Gruden, and Ricky's all collaborated on the event, which came together because of Gruden's relationship with Ricky's owners, Ricky and Tina Ricardo. Gruden paid for the catering and entertainment himself, according to the spokesperson. 

Plenty of Raiders alumni attended, including Cliff Branch and Lester Hayes, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. Branch even took the mic and made a guarantee. 

Gruden broke in as an NFL head coach with the Raiders in 1998, and coached Oakland for four seasons. It was in Oakland where Gruden was first given the nickname "Chucky," after the murderous puppet in the Child's Play film franchise. Gruden paid tribute to those roots at Ricky's with a... creative autograph signing. 

Raiders training camp begins on July 27. Whether or not the team will be joined by its best defensive player remains to be seen. 

Star defensive end Khalil Mack skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June in pursuit of a new contract. Gruden told fans on Friday that the team will "find a way" to bring Mack back. 

Raiders confirm Greg Papa out as team's radio voice after two decades


Raiders confirm Greg Papa out as team's radio voice after two decades

The Raiders made it official Thursday. Legendary broadcaster Greg Papa, who also serves as an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, no longer will be the radio voice of the team.

[RAY RATTO: Raiders' exit feels much more imminent after reported broadcaster swap]

Raiders owner Mark Davis made the following statement Thursday: 

The Raiders organization would like to thank Greg Papa for his two decades of service to the Silver and Black.. He wasn’t just given the job.. He earned it.. With intense preparation Greg was always ready for the call.. Just as my generation remembers Bill King and “Holy Toledo”.. The Raider Nation will remember Greg Papa and “Touchdown Raiders”.. We wish Greg and his family the best in whatever the future brings..
-Mark Davis-

Brent Musburger reportedly will replace Papa in the booth. That hasn't been made official, however.