For the first time in ten years, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will not play this preseason. The teams agreed to stop the series after an ugly set of incidents including fights and a shooting in last years’ 49ers 17-3 win over the cross bay rivals.
From 2001-2011, the teams played every year in the preseason with the 49ers holding a 7-4 series advantage in those games.
The next test will come the following week when Oakland travels to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The exact time and date of the last three games is to be announced, but the game will take place August 16-20.
Oakland will return home during the week of August 23-26 for their toughest preseason challenge against the Detroit Lions. The third preseason game is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season and the Lions will give the Raiders’ new look secondary a gauge to determine where they are against a premier passing offense in the NFL.
With the release of starting CB Stanford Routt and the additions of CB Ron Bartell, CB Shawntae Spencer, and CB Pat Lee, The Raiders will square off against an offense that scored 29.6 points per game (4th in the NFL), accumulated 396.1 yards of total offense (5th in NFL) and passed for 300.9 yards per game (4th in NFL) in 2011.
In the final preseason game the Raiders will play on the road against the Seattle Seahawks August 29 or 30.
The NFL will announce the Raiders regular season schedule at the end of the month, but Oakland will play homes games against Steelers, Saints, Browns, Bucs, and Jaguars and road games against the Ravens, Dolphins, Falcons, Panthers, and Bengals as well as playing the AFC West division games.
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