Raiders to leave early for East Coast

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Through three coaching staffs, hundreds of players and countless opponents, the Oakland Raiders have been unable to solve their East Coast hex.

With the Raiders having lost their last 13 games in the Eastern time zone, coach Dennis Allen decided this offseason that it was time to change things up.

Instead of leaving town after practice on Friday for the season opener against the New York Jets, Allen changed the usual schedule and will have the team depart for the East Coast on Thursday morning. That will give the Raiders a chance to practice in New Jersey on Friday and to have more time to acclimate to the three-hour time change before the early kickoff Sunday.

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