Here Are The 4 Hardest Games On The Raiders' 2018 Schedule

The 2018 NFL schedule won't be released for a few more months, but with their opponents already known, the Oakland Raiders have a tough road ahead of them in their quest to return to the NFL playoffs next season. These are the four toughest games that will likely stand between the Raiders and a postseason berth:

4) at Denver Broncos
Denver does have their questions marks on offense (though they will address their quarterback problems either via free agency or the draft), but their defense is still one of the best in the league and will be a test for Derek Carr. Even though they've missed the playoffs for the past two years, this early game will give the winner a huge edge in the race to win the division. 

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3) vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams had the league's best offense in 2017 and should be just as good in their second year under head coach Sean McVay. Todd Gurley is one of the best players in the NFL and LA's high-flying passing attack should test a Raiders defense that was very vulnerable last season, especially through the air. This will be one of the biggest tests their defense will face all year long.

2) at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City has won the AFC West two years in a row and is the favorites to win it again in 2018. Arrowhead is an extremely tough place to play, and given the significance this game figures to have in the divisional race, it could be the most important game they will play all season.

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1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Though the schedule hasn't been released yet, I will be shocked if this isn't a primetime game on Sunday night or Monday night. The Steelers have been one of the best teams in the AFC for the past decade and a half and have plenty of star power - but star power the Raiders can match.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Derek Carr. Le'Veon Bell vs. Marshawn Lynch. Antonio Brown vs. Amari Cooper.

Once again, this will be another huge test for Oakland's defense and will likely be a very entertaining shootout.

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