Quarterback Derek Carr and Tackle Donald Penn
We know who the Oakland Raiders are going to be playing in 2017, but Thursday evening we'll find out exactly when the Silver and Black will do battle with the 13 regular season opponents on the docket for the upcoming season.
Quick aside; just in case you forget, here is a look at the Raiders opponents in 2017:
Home:New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs
Away:Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs
Come Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT to be exact, we'll finally have clarification on not only what days the Raiders will be taking the field in 2017, but which of those games will be in primetime, on Monday Night Football, etc.
While we won't be able to officially fill out our calendar until Thursday evening, here's what we already do know about the Raiders 2017 slate of games:
-The Silver and Black will once again be returning to Mexico City, this time to play host to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in what will technically be a "home" game at Estadio Azteca. The Raiders traveled to Mexico in 2016 as well, besting the Houston Texans 27-20 on the Week 11 edition of Monday Night Football.
-Based on geography, the Raiders are typically one of the teams that travels the most, and 2017 figures to no different in that regard. With trips lined to up Tennessee, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., along with the aforementioned journey back to Mexico City, Head Coach Jack Del Rio's group will once again be road warriors. To be fair though, the road was kind to the Raiders last season, as they went 6-2 away from the friendly confines of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
-The Raiders aren't the only AFC West team with a new home. While the Silver and Black aren't heading off to the Silver State just yet, the artists formerly known as the San Diego Chargers are packing up and moving north to play in Los Angeles in 2017. While the Bolts will eventually move to Inglewood to share a stadium with the Los Angeles Rams, their temporary home is the StubHub Center. The Raiders will make their first trip to their division rival's new city at some point next season, and I'll be interested to see how much Silver and Black is in the stands for that game.
The schedule release has become one of the most-anticipated events of the NFL season, so be sure to come back to Raiders.com when the NFL announces the complete slate of games.