It has been a long time since the Raiders have won a game after traveling across the country.
Their last road win over a team in the Eastern time zone came in 2009 when the Raiders beat the Steelers 27-24 behind three Bruce Gradkowski touchdown passes. With three such games on the schedule this season, it’s a streak the Raiders will have to end if they want to give themselves a good chance at a successful season.
While the main culprit for the losing streak has been the talent level on the Oakland roster, the team is trying something new for this week’s opener against the Jets. As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News points out, coach Dennis Allen and his players will be taking their long flight on Thursday to give themselves more time to get acclimated for what will be a 10 a.m. PT start on Sunday.
Should it work out with a win, the Raiders might want to try leaving early for all their road games. They have won just twice in 16 road contests with Allen at the helm.