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Raiders hope to find their inner alarm clock by leaving a day early for East Coast to play opener vs. Jets

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Least in the east

Raiders results in their last 13 road games played as the early game in the eastern time zone dating back to a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 6, 2009:

Dec. 8, 2013–Jets 37, Raiders 27
Nov. 10, 2013—Giants 24, Raiders 20
Sept. 8, 2013—Colts 21, Raiders 17
Dec. 23, 2012—Panthers 17, Raiders 6
Nov. 25, 2012—Bengals 34, Raiders 10
Nov. 11, 2012—Ravens 55, Raiders 10
Oct. 14, 2012—Falcons 23, Raiders 20
Sept. 16, 2012—Dolphins 35, Raiders 13
Dec. 4, 2011—Dolphins 34, Raiders 14
Sept. 18, 2011—Bills 38, Raiders 35
Dec. 12, 2010—Jaguars 38, Raiders 31
Nov. 11, 2010—Steelers 35, Raiders 3
Dec. 27, 2009—Browns 23, Raiders 9

The Raiders will leave a day early Thursday in hopes of finding their inner alarm clock.

A run of 13 consecutive losses in games played in the eastern time zone was the impetus for coach Dennis Allen to move up the travel schedule in anticipation of Sunday’s regular-season opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

“I wanted to do something to get our bodies right for the East Coast time,’’ Allen said.

The last time the Raiders won in the east was Dec. 9, 2009, when Bruce Gradkowski threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter in a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Only five players from that team are still on the roster _ safety Tyvon Branch, running back Darren McFadden, place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, right tackle Khalif Barnes and long-snapper Jon Condo.

Allen has been the coach for the last eight losses, and while he isn’t sure if leaving a day early will actually help, it’s worth a shot..

“In my mind, the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,’’ Allen said. “It’s something different, it’s trying something new. We’re trying to find every little advantage we can to give us an opportunity to play well and we’ll see how it goes.’’

Instead of taking Tuesday off, the Raiders practiced so they could leave a day early. Their Friday practice will be in New Jersey.

The last two East Coast road losses have been at MetLife Stadium, 37-27 to the Jets last Dec. 8 and 24-20 to the New York Giants on Nov. 8. The Raiders opened the season in the east last season and fell 21-17 to Indianapolis in one of the better games they played all season.

Condo said he’s noticed over the years the Raiders often open sluggishly in the East, but noted with candor, “it’s happened sometimes on the West Coast in Oakland, too.’’

Safety Usama Young said West-to-East travel takes some adjustment.

“When you go from east to west it’s almost like you gain some time and get some extra rest,’’ Young said. “Going from west to east hits you real quick. It almost reminds you of when you were younger playing football in the morning. It’s a different feel..

“The games I’ve had so far it’s been tougher. Tougher to wake up in the morning. It feels a little odd. Hopefully this extra day will give us time to adjust.’’

About the only instructions players are given for East Coast trips are to hydrate. Condo said he avoids sleep on the team charter so he can get a full night’s rest the night before the game.

An added bonus is of the extra day is allowing the team a day of bonding. When Allen was an assistant coach in New Orleans, the Saints practiced in Indianapolis for a week before their season opener in Tampa Bay to avoid Hurricane Gustav and he thought the experience improved team chemistry.

Right tackle Khalif Barnes will go along with the program but wasn’t interested in getting too deep in analysis of his team’s difficulties in the east.

“I’m really not making any excuses,’’ Barnes said. “Since I’ve been here we just haven’t played well. It’s going to be a mindset thing . . . everybody in this league has to deal with something, whether it’s East Coast teams coming to us, us going to them, playing in hot weather. There’s a bunch of stuff people go through.’’

Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver feels the calendar along with a handful of experienced players used to winning can override difficulties in the East.

“We have a whole bunch of players who have played and won, and in that stadium,’’ Tarver said. “It’s 2014 and the struggles that have happened, whatever the streak is, it’s not the same.’’

Jets coach Rex Ryan dismissed thoughts of any advantage his team may have Sunday.

“I think that’s overblown,’’ Ryan said. “Football is football.’’

– Middle linebacker Nick Roach was limited but on the field for the first time since a concussion Aug. 22 against Green Bay. He still hasn’t been cleared to play but was cautiously optimistic he’d be good to go by Sunday.

The Raiders could be at nearly full strength for the opener, with only Chimdi Chekwa (knee) unlikely to play.

– Rookie seventh-round draft pick TJ Carrie will return punts and Latavius Murray will return kickoffs against the Jets.

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  • FourMoreYears

    Lol I wish they would.

    Please stand up and make it easier for a team that loves to run to get underneath your pads.

  • FourMoreYears

    I want to see what Gabe Jackson can do with a free shot on a standing defensive end!

  • RaidingTexas

    Fair enough. That at least implies that you suspect Reggie is a/the problem. That’s where I’m at with it. DA? Yeah, I’ve seen some clock management “learning opportunities” and canned media responses. But otherwise, I just don’t know. He’s been given a bunch of crap to work with. I don’t judge him on physical appearance and demeanor like a lot of you guys seem to. He could suck, but he’s had a lot of sucky players sucking out on the field for him too.

  • BigBenRexor

    But I thought that’s why Sporano gets so much love around here, for his bravery in having a patchwork line?

  • SnBG

    GB was just outclassed last night. I want to see how they do against their division opponents this year.. Remember Niners and Cards beat them last year and the Cards beat them in their house.

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, I know what your saying…after a while you would think Sherman may have relaxed his coverage..gotta test it. Would you have been mad if the Raiders had played the Hawks and Sherman ended up covering DHB all game?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THEY CAN ROLL HIM AND #20 OUT ON THE SAME CART..

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well I guess w know Brady is a better QB than Rodgers then. Nobody works w less talent at the skill positions than Brady. He still manages to win games and they r on almost every game. Green Bay wasn’t really in the game after it went to 10-10.

  • SnBG

    It was pretty clear last night that GB wanted to run the ball more.During Preseason Rogers came out and said he wanted to run the ball at least 30 times a game like they tried to do last year. The Pack is pretty worried about Rogers getting hurt like last year. He may may be in trouble again this year.

  • DutchRaid

    Two starting lineman being out really hurts…Bulga getting hurt by his own player!

  • SnBG

    They should have attacked Sherman more but I think you are going a bit far calling Rogers that.

  • BigBenRexor

    To me, Reggie’s greatest sin is the continued employment of Dennis Allen. I judge him on the fact that not one single area of improvment can be found. Same goes with individual players, not one has had any improvment under DA. His cliche quotes, Blank stares and A Cups don’t upset me at all in comparison to the actual product he puts on the field.

  • FourMoreYears

    My thing with DA is even though he’s had hot garbage to work with, if he was really that good we would’ve seen some signs of it by now, a flash here or there, but there’s just nothing…lots of excuses, but zero results ANYWHERE. Hell, I’d even take just getting the penalties down but top five both years and got worse.

  • Thec

    Bottom line, GB capitulated to sherman…

    GB OCO, & Arod < sherman

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I would be. If we lost. Gotta throw different guys over there and take a few shots. That’s all I really mean. It’s not like they don’t know where Sherman is gonna be.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    And we put 27 on them rushed for 150 yards and how did they upgrade their defense? Better corners?

  • FourMoreYears

    New post

  • Thec

    The jest D is pretty good I hear however, what is their weakness?
    Do they even have a weakness?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    They won six at home in spite of Geno. Take a look at NO game for instance.

  • FourMoreYears

    Secondary is bad.

  • 0ak R8rs

    First of all, why ru on my nuts about every opinion I have? First I thought you were an Aaron Rodgers fan. Now you sound like a Seahawk fan. Can’t even tell where your allegiance is. Second, my point is all talking heads wanna blow Seattle and everyone on it. Again, they said it was a great game! Was that a great game to you? Probably. Third, just fck off if you don’t like what I have to say. Just downvote it and move on. You don’t have to nitpick at every post. Or, I can just start trolling you too if you like? That’ll be fun.

  • SnBG

    I think the Pack didn’t play to their strengths as much last night. They let Sherman intimidate them when they should have tested him more. Those injuries and penalties also took away the Packs momentum. Their D wasn’t bad but those drive sustaining penalties really hurt them.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    They are picking dregs off street to play corner. Would say that is huge weakness.

  • WILLY91137

    pancake

  • SnBG

    secondary

  • RaidingTexas

    Well, I did see flashes. I saw a defense that was generally competitive in the first half of games. They led several games at halftime that were eventually lost. But then, being that they were stocked with scrap heap and second tier players, they couldn’t keep up second halves of games. Bad players are not guaranteed to ever improve, regardless of how good a coach is. They’re just bad and need to be out of the NFL. Most of the guys getting cut from the Raiders wander around aimlessly in the league for a few months or a year and then disappear for good. They’re just schytty players. And that falls squarely on Reggie and his scouting staff.

  • WILLY91137

    D More didn’t have any trouble with Sherman with car throwing the back shoulder to him

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Those are facts. Frerotte was the backup and never did anything in his career. Freeman is out of the league. Those are facts not excuses. We put 27 pts up on them last year, with a bad o-line and qb. Don’t see why we can’t do it again if Carr is as good as they think he is.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Mcgloin wasn’t bad but was a rookie. So Carr should be able to play to that level.

  • WILLY91137

    I guess they were afraid of Sherman’s

  • WILLY91137

    LOL

  • WILLY91137

    Al Davis always insisted on playing and the man

  • FourMoreYears

    Yeah, but then you have WTF moments like Reece being on the sideline for 51% of the offensive snaps last year. It’s inexcusable.

  • WILLY91137

    Or some better defensive backs

  • Blackholepriest

    Carr is just way more talented. He doesn’t have a better grasp of the playbook. Schaub is a ten year vet. MM is in his second year in this offense if anyone has a better grasp of the playbook it’s MM.

    Carr Is just a much better player than both of them and he knows enough of the playbook to get by.

    He’s well schooled so,as the year goes on he’ll pick up the rest.

  • Blackholepriest

    If they do try to beat Ryan with Carr it won’t work. People are just expecting way too much from a rookie.

    This isn’t preseason. This is for real. The chance of us beating Ryan throwing first is very slim.

  • Dan Walker

    They have no experience defending against David Carr…no one in the NFL does. Hopefully that will become a weekly problem for opposing teams.