The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
- Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
- The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
- The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
- Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).
The official 2013 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.
NFL Kickoff 2013 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 5, and the regular season will conclude on December 29. Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be played on Sunday, February 2.
Raiders 2013 Home Opponents
The Raiders face the Tennessee Titans in Oakland for the first time since a 40-35 Raiders win in 2004. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which dates backs to 1960, 23-19. The Titans were known as the Houston Oilers from 1960-1997.
The Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second time in two years. The Raiders came away with a 26-23 OT win October 21, 2011. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 4-2. The teams first met in 1996 in Oakland.
The Washington Redskins travel to Oakland for the first time since a 34-13 win over the Raiders in 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series 7-4, which began in 1970, and defeated the Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII after the 1983 season.
The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since a 13-9 Raiders win in 2009. The all-time series, which began in 1971, is tied at 5 wins apiece. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV after the 1980 season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Oakland for the second time in two years. The Raiders lead the all-time series 11-9 after logging a 34-31 win in 2011. The two long-time rivals first met in 1970 and have been involved in some of the most memorable games in NFL history.
The Kansas City Chiefs lead the all-time series 53-50-2. The teams first met in 1960 when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans. The Raiders won the last meeting in Oakland, 15-0, only the second Raiders shutout of the Chiefs in the history of the series.
The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the San Diego Chargers were based in Los Angeles, 57-47-2. The Chargers won the last meeting in Oakland, 22-14, on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
The Raiders lead the all-time series against the Denver Broncos, which began in 1960, 59-44-2. The Broncos won the last meeting in Oakland, 26-13, on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football.
Raiders 2013 Road Opponents
The Raiders will make their first ever appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium and their first visit to Indianapolis since 2004. The Colts faced the Raiders in Oakland in 2010. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1971, 7-5.
The Raiders travel to Houston for the first time since defeating the Texans 25-20 the weekend Owner Al Davis passed away in 2011. Houston leads the all-time series, which began in 2004, 5-2.
The Raiders will make their first appearance at MetLife Stadium when they face the Giants for the first time since 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1973, 7-4.
The Dallas Cowboys host the Raiders for the first time since Thanksgiving 2009. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1974, 6-4.
The Raiders travel to New York to take on the Jets for the first time since 2006. The Raiders lead the all-time series, which began in 1960 when the Jets were known as the Titans, 21-15-2.
The Raiders have won 6 straight games over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium dating back to 2007. In 2012, the Raiders defeated the Chiefs 26-16.
The Denver Broncos snapped a 4-game home losing streak to the Raiders with a 37-6 win over the Silver and Black at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2012. The San Diego Chargers snapped a 2-game losing streak at home to the Raiders with a 24-21 win in the 2012 season finale.