ALAMEDA -- 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. 6, 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 -- running back Darren McFadden, place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski, right tackle Khalif Barnes, safety Tyvon Branch 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 Jersey City, New Jersey.


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The past 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. 10. The Raiders opened the season in the Eastern time zone 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 that 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 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 against Tampa Bay to avoid Hurricane Gustav, and he thought the experience improved team chemistry.

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."

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

    Least in the east
    The Raiders have lost their last 13 games played in the Eastern time zone since a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 6, 2009. The results:
    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. 21, 2010: Steelers 35, Raiders 3
    Dec. 27, 2009: Browns 23, Raiders 9