Jon Gruden sees upcoming Raiders schedule as test for ‘mental toughness’
The Oakland Raiders have a tough schedule coming up as they will spend time away from their home stadium in an extended road trip.
The Raiders’ 10-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at the Ring Central Coliseum will be the last they will see of their home grounds for a good while. They will play the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts on the road. They have a home game against the Chicago Bears—but they’ll be playing across the pond at London’s Tottenham Stadium.
Their road trip continues after their Week 6 bye week. They then play the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans before finally coming home on November 3 to welcome the Detroit Lions on a three-game run of home games.
Any team will find the amount of time they’ll spend away from their home stadium as bizarre. Head coach Jon Gruden is understandably incensed with their schedule and is looking to the reasons why they got such a schedule in their final year of football in Oakland.
“We are still trying to understand how that happened, but we are going to have to deal with it,” Gruden said. “We just have to showcase our mental toughness and deal with it. It’s uncommon, maybe unprecedented, maybe unrealistic that this should ever happen in pro football. I’m not excited about it, but we’ll adapt and do it the best we can.”
It’s a weird time for the Raiders, but they have to keep on playing and give their fans one last shot at the playoffs.