The Oakland Raiders will travel a total of 36,106 miles to play away games this season, farther than any other team. In fact, the Raiders will fly a full 10,000 miles more than the next team on the list, the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders will embark on four trips of over 2,000 miles each, also a league-leading number. On the other end of the spectrum are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will only travel 5,896 miles without any trips of 2,000-plus miles.
Two other AFC West teams find their travel count in the top ten, with the San Diego Chargers scheduled to travel the sixth most miles in the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs in tenth place. The Denver Broncos are the only AFC West team outside the top ten, as they’re in 14th. Thanks in large part to the game in London against the Dolphins on Sept. 28, the Raiders will travel nearly 16,000 more miles than the Chargers and about 19,000 miles more than the Chiefs and Broncos.
This is not the easiest way for a team to rebuild after back to back 4-12 seasons. The Raiders also face the most difficult schedule in 2014 based on opponents’ records in 2013. Both travel distance and strength of schedule could end up being meaningless stats if the Raiders are able to turn things around. A good team should be able to overcome just about any obstacle. However, the Raiders are likely a year or two away from being that kind of team. Even with an improved roster, the Raiders will have a difficult time finding success in 2014 given the difficulty of their schedule.