In short, the Raiders are 1-18 in games played three time zones away since 2009, getting outscored by a cumulative 548-336. In fact, they are 1-19 including their 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London in 2014, if you want to get persnickety about things.
So why should the Raiders feel like their fortunes will change this weekend at the Baltimore Ravens, who contributed to this ugly run by, well, running it up on Oakland, 55-20, in 2012? Or have you already forgotten about John Harbaugh’s fake field goal for a TD late in the game?
For one, Oakland’s biggest perceived weakness -- its relative youth -- may also be its biggest strength. Nine rookies played in last week’s win at the Tennessee Titans and they may not know any better.
Plus, the Raiders already are coming off two wins this month in the Central time zone, at the New Orleans Saints and, as noted above, Tennessee, games that kicked off at 10 a.m. PT on their body clocks.
The question, then, may be how do they respond to playing three road games in four weeks, with consecutive long roadies to Nashville and Baltimore?
“I mean, we’ll find out,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said before boarding a flight on Friday. “How well you recover this week going back and forth from west to east, the demands that are there. We’ll see. We addressed it. We worked hard at it. We understand it’s a challenge. But I feel like our guys have worked hard at it.
“We understand the things we need to be doing to recover properly and now we want to travel real well and go compete.”
The Raiders have another East Coast swing in October, but will spend the entire week in Florida after playing at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 23, and before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 30.
Still, even in starting 2-0 on the road for the first time since 2002, which is also the last time they went to the playoffs, the Raiders are not quite feeling themselves.
“Well, it’s just two games,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “We’ve taken care of business so far, but we feel that there’s room to grow, and that’s a good thing.”