A look ahead to Raiders' 2014 opponents

Sure, the Oakland Raiders still have four games remaining in the 2013 season, beginning this weekend at the New York Jets, and followed by three straight against AFC West foes in the Kansas City Chiefs (home), San Diego Chargers (road) and Denver Broncos (home).

But it’s never too soon to take a peak ahead to the 2014 slate of opponents, especially since the NFL announced last week the date of the Raiders’ “home” game at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins in England on Sept. 28, 2014, in Week 4, and with that as a starting point, we can assume a few things.

First, we already know the Raiders’ opponents next season. They will have home games against the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos, as well as the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, the AFC South team that finishes in the same place in its division as the Raiders do in the AFC West (right now, that would be the Houston Texans) and the Dolphins (in London).

The Raiders’ road games are at Kansas City, San Diego, Denver, the New England Patriots, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the AFC North team that finishes in the same place as the Raiders (right now, it’s the Cleveland Browns).

Historically, whenever a West Coast team plays abroad, the NFL has them playing as far east as possible before departing for London and then having their bye the week after the international game.

It’s not hard to imagine, then, the Raiders playing at New England or New York on Sept. 21 before departing for England to face the Dolphins on Sept. 28 and then being off for their bye on Oct. 5.

The official schedule will not be released until April 2014.