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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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  • Raider O

    “In my mind, the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,’’ Allen said.

    Clueless titty monkey.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    If you and Elliot were able to get some practice photo’s that would be so awesome!

  • Howard Benner

    Ironically nowadays I love to watch the early game. . .especially if the Raiders are playing. . .

    But the most traveling I’m doing is down to the waterfront to get in my nine miles & hitting Starbucks on the way back. . .good to go!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Try being there? Completely humiliating. Inner Harbor is beautiful tho. Highlight of the trip two years ago.

  • Elliot

    Manhattan..just not familiar with jersey

  • Elliot

    If I am there I will get them

  • SaintKaufman

    NO Mista, they’re not hiring.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Whats up eastoak…..I agree with you to some extent but in 5 years we haven’t won one game on the East Coast is kind of pattern more so than an anomaly IMO

  • raiderdavenv

    that was Einstein, d azz

  • Howard Benner

    That would be only fair but the league caters to the schedule of the fans & the home fans would surely revolt against the havoc that would wreak with their kids. . .although the late start time would assure plenty of time to get homework done. . .

  • 0ak R8rs

    I prefer when the Raiders play late. I can watch the early games stress free and arrange my day so I’m ready and planted at 4pm.

  • Raider O

    I know moron, and that’s why I said that.
    You are as clueless as the titty monkey.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ‘I knew I opened the very bottom end for a good reason.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Not much difference getting out of a game at 4 or 7. Unless you’re a couple hours from home.

  • Miamiraider78

    Ouch, that must have sucked. It was one of those days where I wish all the sports networks would have went off air until next Sunday.

  • SaintKaufman

    They’ll never do it. They save the afternoon slots for big names QB’s, big name teams and SB contenders. It’s a ratings thing for the NFL to spread out the quality of the content across all timeslots.

  • Howard Benner

    I really like the way he’s running pass routes nowadays; lotsa stutter steps that throw the DB off; his speed plays into the coverage; if the Oline provides time he can torch them deep. . .with a few positive games under his belt he might go off on the league. . .

    Good thing the Raiders have that additional cap space; he plays great for half the season have to entertain the possibility of the long term contract extension. . .

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I threw up in my beer a little after that fake FG. Worst game in any sport that I’ve ever attended. But at least I only spent a little over a $1000 that day……

  • Howard Benner

    Only if the home team looses a particularly tough game. . .but they probably wouldn’t sleep much @ any rate. . .

  • the super genius dr robert

    U called DA clueless for quoting Einstein.

    Oh wait. Einstein was Jewish so u probably don’t care for him.

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Did you guys see that report about a plan for a new stadium finally coming together?

  • 0ak R8rs

    I know. Still wish they would. I get why they don’t. Truth is, if we start winning, we may get a few late East coast games. I think the Niners do from time to time.

  • JLofty

    We’ve sucked that entire time…

  • _Mista_

    Thats cool Im allergic to broom handles was just asking…

  • JLofty

    Who was the qb in that panther game?

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Yeah it was pretty exciting….Optimism is abounding in here.

    Are you pumped for Sunday?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Ouch.

  • SaintKaufman

    Yeah, we need to get back to primetime! I hope so much that they just kick the teeth in on the J-E-T-S. Give the ball to MURRAY!!!

  • Sebastian Livermore

    “The proposal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, states that the City of Oakland and Alameda County would provide free land and infrastructure improvements for a Coliseum City project on and around the existing stadium site. Also, taxpayers would reportedly pay off the estimated $120 million remaining on the Oakland Coliseum expansion that helped lure the Raiders back to Oakland in the 1990s”

  • JLofty

    Ouch!

  • _Mista_

    What fkn panther game?

  • raiderdavenv

    you are as ineloquent as you are ignorant

  • SaintKaufman

    Looking around your place, I can see that.

  • JLofty

    We’ll believe when $$$ $tarts getting spent…

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Einstein was a Swiss Jew he wasn’t your average hasidic jew or something….

  • Howard Benner

    I have to wake up for work @ O dark 30 (3;30 in the A.M.) so even when i sleep in on Sundays (I require only six hours sleep a night & often get five or less hours sleep) & get in my mileage I’m stoked for the morning kickoff. . .

    the girlfriend thinks I’m a genetic mutant. . .she might have something there. . .

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Drive in, parking, Cheesecake Factory for 4 for lunch, tickets for a shtty game, then shopping to cheer up my daughter. Tough day.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Oh man I hope ur joking.

  • JLofty

    At least when I go watch the raiders get demolished I ALWAYS party hard with the NATION at the coli…

  • _Mista_

    You wanna pump him on Sunday?

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Look it up he was a Swiss citizen most of his life

  • 0ak R8rs

    Getting up at that time of night is life changing. I’ve worked swing and grave 12 hour shifts in the past. You become different than regular humans, that’s for sure.

  • Raider O

    Einstein was great, and you are suppose to give him credit when you use his quotes. These monkeys are as clueless as the titty monkey

  • SaintKaufman

    BRAINS!!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I had like 2 beers all day, maybe 3. Just a really bad day. Great weather tho. Camden Yards is awesome to see too.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You worship the ground I walk on…..You copy all my sayings and follow me around…..I am your Master!

    Sebastian meet Jame Gumb he is our local blog troll….

  • the super genius dr robert

    He held many citizenships in his lifetime but that’s not the point. He was still Jewish.

  • _Mista_

    He’s a dumb pot smoking kunt.

  • Raider O

    raiderdavenv Raider O • 10 minutes ago
    that was Einstein, d azz
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    Ineloquent?
    You are a moron

  • Miamiraider78

    Which year was it that we swept the division and still couldn’t win an east coast game?

    That shet is nuts!!!