The Raiders are one of several teams that could end up playing the best defensive team in the league in the preseason.
Oakland, the team that finished fourth in the NFC West, will host the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 23.
It’s the third time that the Raiders have played the Packers in the last four years, and they’ve won three straight in the process.
Last year, Oakland won at Lambeau Field on Sept. 11, 2015, and the Raiders also won the division in 2017.
Oakland is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season that saw the team finish with the worst defensive rating in the NFL.
They finished last in total defense and third in the total yards allowed.
The Raiders’ defense ranked 29th in scoring defense, 27th in rushing defense and 25th in sacks.
Here’s how we break down the team’s preseason schedule.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers are expected to host the Raiders in Week 3.
The Packers are coming off a 28-20 victory over the Denver Broncos on Thanksgiving Day, and while the Packers didn’t have a player named Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck on the field for that game, the Raiders did.
Rapoports reported that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had the worst game of his career.
He completed 18 of 27 passes for 196 yards and no touchdowns, and he threw four interceptions.
Carr also threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith and an interception to running back Latavius Murray.
Raiders fans will be hoping that Carr will bounce back in his second season as the starter, but it won’t be easy.
The two teams have met twice in the regular season.
The 2016 season ended with the Raiders going on a 12-0 run and then losing in the Wild Card Round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 2018 Raiders were a disappointing 1-3 during that span.
The first game Oakland lost was a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
The next game Oakland was expected to beat was a 24-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 8.
The Rams were expected to win the matchup in Week 11, but the Raiders took the lead in the fourth quarter.
It was a 21-17 loss in Los Angeles.
The team lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 15 and went on to lose the division title.
Oakland finished the season with the third-worst offensive DVOA in the AFC.
Oakland also ranked 31st in points per game allowed, 27rd in yards per play allowed and 29th with just two touchdown passes allowed.
Oakland’s defense also allowed the fifth-most fantasy points in the entire league.
Here are some other storylines to keep an eye out for in the Raiders’ preseason opener: • Oakland’s offensive line is expected to be a strong unit for the Raiders.
Linebacker Khalil Mack was a big part of the unit that held Pittsburgh to just four points in Week 2.
Mack will be one of the players who will need to step up for the offense this season.
Mack was sacked five times in Week 1 and has now been sacked four times in four games this season and is the fifth player in the past six seasons to have at least five sacks.
Mack’s injury history is not a new one for the Oakland Raiders.
He had knee surgery in 2015 and missed the entire 2016 season after being placed on injured reserve for an ACL tear.
He returned to the field in Week 9 and played in three games.
The former first-round pick has totaled nine sacks in six games with Oakland.
• Rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey is expected for the start of the season on the right side of the Raiders defensive line.
He was the Raiders third-round draft pick last year and he was expected for his first start in 2017 after starting the past two seasons at cornerback for the Buffalo Sabres.
Ramsey started the first two games of his rookie season, but was inactive in Week 10 due to a hamstring injury.
The Bills signed Ramsey to a three-year contract extension in March.
He’ll compete with free-agent signee Darrelle Revis for the starting corner job behind Lamarcus Joyner and Myles Jack.
• The Raiders have the third worst pass rush in the football league.
The worst is the New York Giants, which has the second-worst rush.
The Giants are third in sacks and fourth in passing yards allowed per game.
They have five players in the top 10 in rushing yards allowed with a combined 596 yards.
The second-best rush is the Dallas Cowboys, who have three players in that group with a total of 611 yards.
Raiders offensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. will likely use a 3-4 defense with four linebackers and two safeties.
That could mean four defensive ends with an outside linebacker.
The defense is ranked third in yards allowed and fourth with 13.6 points per attempt.
The best pass rusher on the Raiders is defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who is tied for the league lead