The Oakland Raiders will now play five games in 2012 that start at 10 a.m. PT.
The Raiders’ Week 2 game at Miami has been switched from a 4:15 ET p.m. kickoff to 1 p.m. on Sept. 16. The time was changed to accommodate fans who celebrate the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
This is the first time in team history that Oakland will play in the Eastern Time zone five times. For years, West Coast teams have said playing games that start at 10 a.m. PT are quite challenging because of the early time adjustment.
In other AFC West news:
Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. writes in an Insider piece that Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore could be a late-round fit for Denver, and Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman could be a late-round find for San Diego.
There is late buzz surrounding Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry. I could see him on the Charger’s radar at No. 18, or if they make a trade down.
The murder trial of former Raiders’ defensive lineman Anthony Smith ended in a mistrial.
Chicago signed Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes. He visited Denver several weeks ago.
In an Insider piece, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. looks at the draft challenges that face the Raiders.