Raiders announce 2010 preseason schedule

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The Raiders will head to Dallas for their first game of the preseason this year.

The Oakland Raiders announced today that they will be facing Dallas in their preseason opener for 2010.

In a statement released by the Raiders on Wednesday, the silver and black will head first to Dallas, then to Chicago to face the Bears, and finish their preseason at home with games against the 49ers and Seahawks.

The following is the text from the Raiders’ release:

The Silver and Black open the preseason schedule versus the Cowboys at Dallas in Week 1 (August 12-16) action and travel to face the Chicago Bears (August 19-23) in Week 2. The Raiders begin the 2010 home schedule against the San Francisco 49ers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Week 3 (August 26-29) before wrapping up the preseason slate against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 (September 2-3).

The Raiders and the Cowboys have met 26 times in the preseason with the Silver and Black holding a 17-9-0 all-time mark against Dallas, including last year’s 31-10 Raider victory in Oakland. The Raiders will face the Bears in the preseason for the just the ninth time overall and the first time at Soldier Field since 1990. The Raiders last played the Bears in Chicago during the 2003 regular season.

Oakland will meet San Francisco in the preseason for the 10th straight year and the 38th time overall, with the Silver and Black holding a 19-18-0 advantage in the all-time series. The teams last met in Oakland during the 2008 preseason, with the Raiders posting an 18-6 win. In the preseason finale, former AFC West foe Seattle will visit the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for the first time since the 2002 regular season opener.

Dates and times for the remaining 2010 regular season games will be announced by the NFL in April. Preseason dates and times will also be announced at a later date.

The game to circle will be the 49ers game. The third game of the preseason is considered to be the final practice game for the first team and is also a good look at what type of team the Raiders will be in 2010.