The NFL has announced its 2014 preseason schedule for all 32 teams today. The Oakland Raiders will play three teams from the NFC North and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Oakland will host the Detroit Lions in week two as well as Seattle in week four. The Raiders go on the road to face the Minnesota Vikings in the first week of preseason and the Green Bay Packers in the much anticipated third week.
With the Raiders focusing so much attention on their pass rush via free agency, they will be tested against two vaunted passing attacks in the preseason. Both the Lions and the Packers will represent serious measuring sticks to where that pass rush needs to be. Especially the Packers because it will be the all-important third preseason game and the starting until will see extended time. That Packers match-up will be nationally televised on CBS on August 22nd. The Seattle game has a definite date of August 28th.
The two games against the Vikings and Lions are still to be determined. The Vikings game will take place between August 7-11 and the Lions game will take place between August 14-18.
Oakland should get a pretty good idea of where the defense stands with these games. Because they haven't selected in the 2014 NFL Draft and still have some money to spend in free agency, the team is not complete. Defensively, the Raiders will take on two top notch quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers. They will also possibly see one of the best running backs in the league in Viking's workhorse Adrian Peterson. It will be a good test for the defense as a whole to see teams that primarily run the ball in Seattle and Minnesota as well as teams that air it out in Green Bay and Detroit.
Offensively, the Raiders will get a chance to gel their new pieces including quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and wide receiver James Jones. It will also be a good test for the rebuilt offensive line. The Lions boast a very solid defensive line featuring Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
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