Raiders awaiting one last 2013 opponent

Raiders awaiting one last 2013 opponent
December 27, 2012, 1:00 pm
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The Raiders beat the Jets 34-24 in September of 2011. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA - The Raiders' opponents and locations for 2013 were announced back in August, courtesy of the NFL Record and Fact Book.

And per the scheduling formula, the Raiders travel for non-divisional games to Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, the New York Giants and the AFC East team that finishes in the same place in their respective division as the Raiders do in the AFC West. And since the Raiders have clinched third in the AFC West, they would travel to the AFC East's third-place team, either Miami or the New York Jets. And if the Jets lose at Buffalo Sunday, the Jets take third, meaning the Raiders would have two trips to Gotham, er, New Jersey next season. But if Miami loses at New England and the Jets beat the Bills, the Raiders travel to Miami for the third straight season.

Got it?

The Raiders' non-divisional home games are against Jacksonville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Washington and the AFC North team to finish in the same place. Mark in, then, the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to Oakland in 2013.

If it all seems familiar, it should, because in 2009 the Raiders played host to the Eagles and Washington and played at the Texans, Cowboys and Giants.

And if you're wondering about the Raiders playing again at Dallas on Thanksgiving (it's a CBS game), the Cowboys' only other home game against an AFC team is against Denver. Peyton Manning on Turkey Day in Big D is probably more of a ratings grab for TV purposes.