The Black and Gold opens the franchise's 50th year of its NFL existence by hosting the Silver and Black. Both teams look to improve on their 7-9 records in 2015. The Raiders seek their first winning season since playing in Super Bowl XXXVII after winning the AFC in 2002.
This is not the same Denver team that won Super Bowl 50, but the Broncos’ defense should still be among the NFL’s best. Even with the questions on offense, particularly at quarterback, there’s no reason to not consider Gary Kubiak’s team a threat to repeat.
The Oakland Raiders made a lot of buzz during the NFL offseason after spending aggressively in free agency. The team signed both cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Bruce Irvin to four-year contracts, while also adding offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and safety Reggie Nelson.
The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s almost time for the NFL to get back to business. The regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 8, but teams will open training camp later this month, officially starting the path for what eventually will lead to Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.