Back in 2014, the Raiders schedule a game in New England the week before heading to Old England. It split the trip there in half and helped them acclimate to the time change better. They won’t be doing that this year. This year, they will be playing close to home the week prior, facing the Chargers in Los Angles according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Raiders won’t play/stay on East Coast before their Oct. 14 London game vs. Seahawks. Team to face Chargers in Los Angeles on Oct. 7 at 1:05 p.m., source said. Jon Gruden’s preference not to be away from home too long.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 19, 2018
Gruden has stated that he would not do anything like what his predecessor Jack Del Rio did the past two seasons which was to practice in Orlando Florida between East Coast games. Gruden’s preference is to keep the players at home as much as possible.
When the Raiders played in London in 2014 with Dennis Allen as the head coach (he was fired after the game), they left immediately following their game in New England and spent the week practicing in London hoping to shake off the jet lag before taking the field.
The game in London will kick off at 6pm local time which is 10am Pacific. So, basically on their bodily clocks the Raiders will be playing an East Coast game. Their opponent, the Seahawks, will be in the same boat. It would seem, with the LA game the week prior, that Gruden’s intention would be to keep the Raiders practicing in Oakland for the week leading up to the London game, but we’ll see what he says.