JERSEY CITY, NJ -- The Raiders practiced on a small high school field near New Jersey’s Upper Bay on Friday afternoon, with New York City’s Freedom Tower featured prominently on the horizon.
It was a reminder that the Raiders weren’t in Alameda anymore.
The Raiders came to the East Coast early in hopes of ending a 13-game losing streak in this time zone. If the Raiders snap it Sunday, it’ll be more about talent and poise over anything else. It’s impossible to quantify whether the extra day in New York/New Jersey will help, but it was worth a shot in an attempt to reverse recent fortunes.
Head coach Dennis Allen said his experiment is successful so far.
“I think it has gone well,” Allen said. “I thought we had a good practice today. Obviously, the travel plans are a little bit different, but I think the guys are focused in and I think the guys are ready to go.”
The Raiders also got accustomed to the area’s wacky September weather, which included heat and humidity during practice, followed by a sudden shower.
“It’s a little warm today, a little humid,” Allen said. “We have to make sure we do a good job of staying hydrated, but we’re not going to let any external factors affect how we go out and play the game.”
That’s what Allen is trying to eliminate. The Jets have chosen to wear white on Sunday -- home teams generally wear solid colors -- to help stay cool. It also forces the Raiders to play in black, which absorbs heat. The offense switched from white practice jerseys to black in preparation for the change.
Some other notes:
-- The Raiders select a different player to speak to the team the night before the game. Defensive end Justin Tuck has drawn that assignment, and he’s bringing props. According to the New York Daily News, Tuck will retrieve his Super Bowl rings -- won with the New York Giants -- and use them in his speech.
-- The Raiders will conducted a walk-through on Saturday, a session that is closed to the press and public.