Thursday, July 31, 2014
Raiders changing Eastern travel plans
By Paul Gutierrez
NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have lost 13 straight games in the Eastern Time Zone. But while the Raiders have had a rough go of it on the East Coast, coach Dennis Allen is mixing up his team’s travel schedule in hopes of ending the skid.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt first reported this week that Oakland will travel to East Coast games on Thursday and hold a practice on Friday before a walk-through on Saturday in preparation for Sunday's games, as opposed to traveling all day Friday.
But a Raiders spokesman told ESPN.com that the plan is only in effect for the Raiders’ season opener, at the New York Jets on Sept. 7.
The Raiders also play in the Eastern Time Zone in Week 3, at the New England Patriots, and at the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.
The last time the Raiders won a game played three time zones away was on Dec. 6, 2009, when Bruce Gradkowski led a comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since then, Oakland has been outscored by a combined 416-225, or lost by an average score of 32-17, in the 13-game losing streak.
The Raiders’ woes in the Eastern Time Zone predate Allen, who has lost eight such games in two seasons. Since December 2002, which is also the last time the Raiders had a winning season, they are 5-30 in the Eastern Time Zone.