Raiders 2019 schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for season
Week 1 vs. Denver Broncos
John Elway thought he upgraded from Case Keenum when he traded from Joe Flacco, but perhaps that wasn't the case. The veteran gunslinger turns the ball over four times before being benched and the Raiders roll to a win.
Prediction: Raiders 31, Broncos 14
Week 2 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Black Hole is rocking when the defending AFC West champions stroll into Oakland. Patrick Mahomes finds his groove early on, tossing three first-half touchdowns, But Derek Carr and Antonio Brown find pay dirt twice in the second half to tie the game at 21, and Daniel Carlson hits a 41-yard field goal as time expires to send the Coliseum into a frenzy.
Prediction: Raiders 24, Chiefs 21
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings
The Kirk Cousins experiment still isn't going well in the Twin Cities and the Raiders make sure the trend continues. Cousins throws two interceptions and Oakland's offense does just enough to get out of Bank of America Stadium with a close win.
Prediction: Raiders 16, Vikings 10
Week 4 at Indianapolis Colts
Facing Andrew Luck and the Colts is a tough test for most defensive coordinators and it's no picnic for Guenther and the Raiders. Luck shreds the Raiders through the air, throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Fortunately, the Colts' defense isn't the '85 Bears and a shootout breaks loose with Carr matching Luck throw for throw. Trailing by four with four minutes left, Carr and the Raiders get the ball on their own 39-yard line and go to work, marching 61 yards with Carr hitting Antonio Brown for a 9-yard score with 51 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a huge win.
Prediction: Raiders 34, Colts 31
Week 5 vs. Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack faces his old team and makes Gruden pay for trading him a season ago, Mack lives in Oakland's backfield all day, but the Bears' offense is unable to get going and the game remains deadlocked at 10 with five minutes remaining. After a Bears punt, Carr drives the Raiders 57 yards in six plays to set up a game-winning 40-yard field goal.
Prediction: Raiders 13, Bears 10
Week 6: Bye Week
The Raiders get a chance to rest and regroup after returning from London.
Week 7 at Green Bay Packers
As much as the Raiders' defense has improved, it still can't slow down one of the greatest quarterbacks in history. Aaron Rodgers throws for four touchdowns and Carr is picked off late to seal the loss for the Raiders.
Prediction Packers 31, Raiders 24
Week 8 at Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson easily solves the Raiders' defense, throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for a fourth. Meanwhile, Carr and the Raiders' aerial attack gets shut down thanks to Houston's dynamic pass rush and the Texans waltz to an easy win.
Prediction: Texans 28, Raiders 10
Week 9 vs. Detroit Lions
Kerryon Johnson runs wild in the first half, racking up 110 yards and two touchdowns to give the Lions an early lead. Oakland's defense stifles the running game in the second half, but with the Raiders driving to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, Carr is stripped by Trey Flowers and the Lions recover to seal the Raiders' fate.
Prediction: Lions 21, Raiders 14
Week 10 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers' offense presents problems for many teams and the Raiders are no different. Melvin Gordon runs wild and Philip Rivers hits Hunter Henry for a 6-yard touchdown to secure the win.
Prediction: Chargers 28, Raiders 20
Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton and the Bengals' trip to Oakland doesn't go how first-year head coach Zac Taylor envisioned. Paul Guenther's defense forces four turnovers, including a pick-six from Daryl Worley, and the offense does the rest to rack up an impressive win.
Prediction: Raiders 35, Bengals 13
Week 12 at New York Jets
The Raiders' trip to the Big Apple isn't a joyous affair. Oakland struggles to stop the Jets' offense, with Le'Veon Bell running for 160 yards and two scores while adding another touchdown through the air. New York's defensive front pressures Carr all day long, sacking him five times while holding the Raiders to 10 points.
Prediction: Jets, 27, Raiders 10
Week 13 at Kansas City Chiefs
Paul Guenther's defense is revamped, but it still struggles to slow down reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes throws four touchdown passes and Kansas City cruises to victory.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Raiders 17
Week 14 vs. Tennessee Titans
Two of the NFL's biggest surprises square off when the Titans visit Oakland. The Raiders get out to a fast start with Carr tossing two first-quarter touchdowns, but Marcus Mariota torments the Raiders' defense, throwing for 336 yards and three scores to lead Tennessee to a road win.
Prediction: Titans 27, Raiders 20
Week 15 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Nick Foles left his magic powers in Philadelphia or back home in Jacksonville. Either way, they don't make it to Oakland as the Raiders' defense stymies the Jags' offense, holding them to 215 total yards. On the other side of the ball, Carr throws for 272 yards and three touchdowns, two to Williams, as the Silver and Black coast to a win in the final regular season home game at the Coliseum.
Prediction: Raiders, 24, Jaguars 3
Week 16 at Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers allowed Tyrell Williams to walk in free agency, and that decision comes back to bite the Bolts. Williams grabs seven passes for 151 yards and two scores while the Raiders' defense picks off Philip Rivers twice to secure a key AFC West win.
Prediction: Raiders 27, Chargers 17
Week 17 at Denver Broncos
The Raiders suffered a narrow defeat at Mile High last season, but 2019 is a different season. Oakland takes an early 14-0 lead thanks to two Derek Carr touchdown passes and Gareon Conley picks off Joe Flacco late to secure the 20-13 win.
Prediction: Raiders 20, Broncos 13