For the fourth time in five seasons, the Raiders will open on “Monday Night Football.”
And for the fourth time, there will be a different coach on the sideline.
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New coach Dennis Allen will make his debut Sept. 10 with a nationally televised game against the rival San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum, according to the NFL schedule released Tuesday.
Among the highlights for the Raiders, who finished 8-8 last year under Hue Jackson:
- They will play a franchise-record five games in the Eastern time zone (Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Carolina). None are in back-to-back weeks.
- Seven games are against 2011 playoff teams: Denver (twice), home games versus Pittsburgh and New Orleans Saints; and away games against Baltimore, Cincinnati and Atlanta.
- Allen will get a shot at his previous team in Week 4 when the Raiders travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Broncos visit Oakland for a nationally televised Thursday game Dec. 6.
- Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, who had retired last year before being acquired in a midseason trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, will face his old team in Week 12.
- Three consecutive home games (Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City) are slated for Week 13 to Week 15. That precedes the longest road stretch (games at Carolina and San Diego), which wraps up the schedule.
- The bye comes in Week 5, between road games against Denver and Atlanta.
— Staff report