We already knew the Oakland Raiders had a tough road ahead in their quest to get out of .500 purgatory. While it is far too early to start talking about strength of schedule, the list of Oakland opponents is definitely daunting. Six playoff teams from a year ago, some tough tests on the road and the usual battles in the AFC West highlight the Raiders’ road to redemption in 2012.
While we don’t know what those opponents will be like we do know that the Raiders will do more traveling than any other team in the NFL.
Grantland.com writer Bill Barnwell penned an interesting piece on the effects of travel on an NFL team. As we all know teams going from West to East tend not to fare as well and in 2012 the Raiders will make more trips across more time zones than any team in league history.
All that flying will give Oakland more miles in the air than any team in the league this season. Just how that will affect the team remains to be seen.
No matter the amount of miles the Raiders will rack up it can’t be used an excuse. Last season the 49ers did a lot of flying (over 4,000 miles per roundtrip) and that didn’t slow their roll in reaching the playoffs. About all this means is there will be some free trips earned with all the miles the Raiders can cash in at the end of the season.