Raiders key matchup No. 3: Raiders vs. eastern time zone

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Raiders key matchup No. 3: Raiders vs. eastern time zone

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Panthers matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (CBS), at Bank of America Stadium

Raiders vs. East Coast woes

Tale of the tape
Raiders Will travel most of any NFL team in 2012
Eastern Time Zone three times zones away

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' troubles of late on the East Coast, specifically, when playing in the Eastern Time Zone, are well documented.

But the numbers are even more starkly depressing when they're right in your face and threaten to become a Mayan-style self-fulfilling prophesy.

"We talked about it, we know it," admitted quarterback Carson Palmer. "All this is an opportunity to change that. Go into a different time zone, playing at 10 a.m. our time. We know what our stats are as far as that's concerned. All this is, is a challenge and we need to change that perception."

When it comes to Oakland's troubles three time zones away, though, perception has become reality heading into Sunday's penultimate game of 2012 at Carolina.

Consider: the Raiders have lost their last nine games in the Eastern Time Zone, getting outscored by a combined 315-155. Meaning they have been thumped by an average score of 35-17. This season alone, Oakland has lost at Miami, 35-13, at Atlanta, 23-20, at Baltimore, 55-20, and at Cincinnati, 34-10.

The last time Oakland won a game on the East Coast? Try the Bruce Gradkowski comeback game at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6, 2009.

In fact, the Raiders have had issues back east for more than 10 years now. Since Dec. 15, 2002, when they lost at Miami, 23-17, the Raiders are just 5-26 in games played in the Eastern Time Zone.

“Obviously, the distance that you have to travel, the time of the game, those are factors in the game," said coach Dennis Allen. "But really what it boils down to is really your mindset. You have to be able to block out all those external factors and focus in on the things you have to do in the game to try to win the football game. You can’t allow any of those external factors to influence you."

With 28,700 air miles by the end of this season, according to Grantland.com, the Raiders will have traveled the most of any NFL team in 2012. And per NFL.com, "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."

So what specifically, if anything, have the Raiders stressed this week in anticipation of playing in Charlotte, North Carolina?

"Coming out fast," Palmer said. "You've got to come out fast. They're a team that scores fast and has struggled late, so we need to match their intensity early. We need to come out of the gates firing. We need to find a way to score early and slow them down early, because that's something that they've been really good at."

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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