The first season of Jon Gruden's second reign in Oakland didn't go as the Raiders hoped.
The Raiders struggled on both sides of the ball in 2018, finishing the season with a disappointing 4-12 record.
But with each new year, hope springs eternal, and there's certainly reason to be optimistic about the Silver and Black in 2019.
The Raiders opened the offseason by trading for star wide receiver Antonio Brown, and also added Tyrell Williams to help make the passing attack that much more lethal.
On Wednesday, the NFL released the schedule for the 2019 season, and the Raiders will open the new campaign at home against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football on Sept. 9.
Along with their opening game on MNF, Gruden's club will be on Thursday Night Football in Week 10 when they face the Los Angeles Chargers at the Coliseum.
Additionally, get your tickets now for the final regular-season game in Oakland on Dec. 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Without further ado, here's the Raiders' full 2019 schedule:
Brice Butler is hoping his NFL career comes full circle.
Selected by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Butler spent two seasons in Oakland before they traded him to Dallas.
Now, after bouncing from the Cowboys to the Miami Dolphins, Butler is hoping to make a return to the Raiders.
NFL Network's Jane Slater reported Friday that Butler told her he worked out for the Raiders ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.
Butler appeared in eight games between the Cowboys and Dolphins last season, and he caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.
In his two seasons with the Raiders, Butler caught 30 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders were expecting to have a deep wide receivers group, but they released Antonio Brown on the eve of the regular season. That forced offseason acquisition Tyrell Williams to slide into the No. 1 spot.
And while Williams has produced over the first two games, the rest of the group hasn't. Aside from Williams' 11 receptions and tight end Darren Waller's 13 catches, no other Raiders receiver has more than six (rookie Hunter Renfrow).
Ryan Grant and Dwayne Harris have combined for five receptions.
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So bringing back a veteran like Butler might not be the worst idea in the world for the Raiders.
But if coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are already working out free agents, it tells you they are concerned about the group they have.
Who doesn’t love an anniversary?
As the NFL celebrates 100 years of existence, the league has released its list of the top 100 plays from its first century.
The Oakland Raiders are involved in eight of the plays on the list, including seven of them that made it into the top 30.
Most of the Raiders’ appearances in the countdown are positive plays for the team, but several -- including the No. 1 play in NFL history -- might leave some nostalgic fans in a somber mood
You can see each clip below, with the exception of No. 61, featuring Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown.
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Maybe the 2019 version of the Raiders can be inspired by all of this past success, as they prepare to face off with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.