Raiders fans – you may be in for a looooong season. NFL.com’s Around the League blog has a look at the numbers they may spell out doom for the Black & Silver.
… this year’s Oakland Raiders outfit is scheduled to accumulate the most air miles. The Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers will travel the least.
It’s possible all the travel does hurt a team’s chances of winning. Teams traveling under 1,000 miles for a game win 43 percent of the team. The number drops to 40.3 percent when teams travel between 1,000 and 1,999 miles, and plummets to 39.8 percent when they travel over 2,000 miles. A 3 percent difference might not sound like much, but don’t tell that to the 8-8 2011 Raiders.
With this team coming off of an offseason that saw they hire a new general manager and a new head coach, the deck was already stack against the 2012 Raiders. A high number of miles travelled over the season can’t be blamed for any potential pitfalls they may face this season, but it sure as hell won’t help as they attempt to right their ship.