EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Raiders believe they have known what went wrong in giving up seven touchdown passes to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dealing with their inability to win in an eastern time zone — they have lost 11 consecutive times as the “early game” — is another matter.
The Raiders (3-5) visit the New York Giants (2-6) Sunday at MetLife Stadium, with their West Coast fans hoping for a little good news as breakfast turns to lunch. Raiders coach Dennis Allen, 0-6 in the Eastern time zone as a head coach, isn't spending a lot of time analyzing it.
“I don't like to build in a lot of excuses,” Allen said. “Our job is to play wherever they tell us, whenever they tell us and prepare like it is any other game.”
Given that the Raiders snapped a streak of 10 post-bye losses Oct. 27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Rod Streater isn't concerned about the East Coast slump.
“We got that one, now we've got to go get this one,” Streater said.
The Raiders claim to have put the Eagles debacle behind them, having made their corrections and moved on.
“We have a lot of games left,” quarterback Terrelle Pryor said. “We have a lot of leaders that need to step up. It's time to go, it's time to get rolling. The last game was the past, we're looking to the future and we're looking to have some success.”
The Giants are coming off a bye and are winners of their last two games. A rash of turnovers contributed heavily to an 0-6 start.
In wins over Minnesota and Philadelphia going into their bye, quarterback Eli Manning threw no interceptions and New York's defense began to play up to the standard it set while winning Super Bowls after the 2007 and 2011 seasons.