Raiders’ Vegas debut on Monday night

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The Raiders’ debut in Las Vegas will have to wait until the end of Week 2.

The 2020 NFL schedule was released Thursday and it has the Raiders opening the season in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 13. The following week will have the New Orleans Saints visiting Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ new $2 billion home on Monday night, Sept. 21.

The schedule would be subject to change, depending on the situation surrounding the coronavirus as the season gets closer to opening on Sept. 10. The first game has Kansas City hosting Houston on Thursday night.

Whether the 65,000 fans who plan to show up are admitted inside remains to be seen. The NFL has not announced whether spectators will be permitted as the coronavirus continues to plague the nation. In addition, it also has yet to be determined if Nevada and Clark County    health officials will approve of large gatherings. 

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The state announced Thursday it was going to Phase 1 of its plan to reopen some businesses and services beginning Saturday. Sporting events are to be included in the final phase of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s agenda.

 But fans or no fans, the NFL plans to play. For the Raiders, that means visits from Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 25, Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs Nov. 22 and Tua Tagavailoa and the Miami Dolphins either Dec. 26 or 27.

The Raiders are scheduled to appear on national television four times, including twice on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a Thursday night game at home Dc. 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers and the home opener on Monday Night Football against the Saints on ESPN.

The team’s preseason schedule was also announced Thursday. The Raiders are scheduled to open at Seattle against the Seahawks the week of Aug. 13-17, then travel to their old Bay Area stomping grounds to face the San Francisco 49ers Aug. 20-24.

There are two home games scheduled for Allegiant Stadium — Aug. 27-30 against the Arizona Cardinals and Sept. 3-4 against the Los Angeles Rams. The actual dates for the preseason games will be determined at a later date.

2020 Las Vegas Raiders schedule
Day Date Opponent Time TV
Sunday Sept. 13 at Carolina 10 a.m. CBS
Monday Sept. 21 New Orleans 5:15 p.m. ESPN
Sunday Sept. 27 at New England 10 a.m. CBS
Sunday Oct. 4 Buffalo 1:25 p.m. CBS
Sunday Oct. 11 at Kansas City 10 a.m. CBS
Sunday Oct. 18 Bye Week    
Sunday Oct. 25 Tampa Bay 5:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday Nov. 1 at Cleveland 10 a.m. CBS
Sunday Nov. 8 at LA Chargers 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday Nov. 15 Denver 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday Nov. 22 Kansas City 5:20 p.m. NBC
Sunday Nov. 29 at Atlanta 10 a.m. CBS
Sunday Dec. 6 at NY Jets 10 a.m. CBS
Sunday Dec. 13 Indianapolis 1:05 p.m. CBS
Thursday Dec. 17 LA Chargers 5:20 p.m. CBS
Sat/Sun Dec. 26-27 Miami TBD TBD
Sunday Jan. 3 at Denver 1:25 p.m. CBS
Schedule is subject to change
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Steve Carp

Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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