2. Week 3: Monday Night Showdown
The Raiders will have one game on Monday Night Football in 2013 and it will be played against possibly their toughest opponent in the Denver Broncos. It will be the Raiders’ chance to make a statement early in the season on national television. If the Raiders upset Payton Manning and the AFC favorites, it would help change the perception of the team and get momentum rolling early in the season.
The game will also show how just how much the Raiders have improved or declined compared to last year’s team. The Raiders lost both 2012 matchups to the Broncos, losing 37-6 in Denver and 26-13 at home. The Raiders had beaten the Broncos at Mile High in four consecutive seasons prior to facing the Manning-led Denver team.