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The Oakland Raiders 2014 Schedule Ensures the Silver and Black WIll Continue to Struggle

Yahoo Contributor Network

If there was one word to describe the Oakland Raiders' schedule next season, that would be it.

Oakland's 2014 opponents posted a combined 2013 record of 148-108, a whopping 40 games over .500.

For a team in the critical stages of a massive rebuild, a daunting schedule throws a massive wrench in its hopes to make the postseason for the first time since 2002.

The Raiders hit the road to face the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as their AFC West rivals, all of whom made the postseason in 2013.

Home cooking won't be any better for them, either.

The Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers, who combined for a record of 22-10 last year, make their way to Coliseum, along with the New York Jets, a team that embarrassed the Raiders last season.

Oh yeah, then there are those three AFC West teams again.

Even a high-caliber football team that plays consistently on a week-in, week-out basis would struggle with that schedule.

And, as everyone knows, the Raiders aren't anywhere close to a high-caliber football team. Not yet.

Despite the brutality of the schedule, there are still several things for Raider fans to be excited about.

With head coach Dennis Allen coming back for a third year, it ensures a sense of continuity within team walls.

Stability is key to being successful in the NFL.

The Raiders also have a full boat of draft picks to work with, as well as $60 million to spend in free agency.

Though it's far too early to determine how the Raiders will fare next year, it's pretty easy to see that a schedule like theirs won't make it easy.

John Madden once said, "The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer."

Too bad there isn't a sewer big enough to compensate for that schedule.

Steven Slivka is a breaking news reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also writes about the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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