ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions Sunday against the New York Jets.
Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited.
McGloin, who will be making his fourth consecutive start for the Raiders, grew up in Scranton, Pa., about two hours away from MetLife Stadium and spent four years at Penn State.
Playing in the cold? That's easy, especially when McGloin is expected to have about 200 family member and friends in the stadium to support him.
"The weather is going to be a nice change for me," McGloin said. "I grew up in the East my whole life so I'm used to playing in the cold weather. I'm used to the grip of the ball, how it feels, how to keep your hands warm and moist. That won't be too much of an adjustment for me."
Getting Oakland's offense back on track after back-to-back losses might be a bit more difficult for the Raiders' undrafted starter.
Running back Darren McFadden has already been ruled out because of an ankle injury, while Rashad Jennings has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Oakland will also be minus injured wide receiver Denarius Moore, who leads the team with five touchdown receptions.
Then there's the cross-country trip to New York. The Raiders haven't won in the Eastern time zone since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Dec. 26, 2009 — not long after McGloin arrived at Penn State as a walk-on.
"It's not a statistic we're proud of," McGloin said. "Any time you're traveling across the country to play, it'll be difficult. But for me it's exciting to go back East and play in the cold."
The game will mark the Raiders' second trip to New York in four weeks. They lost to the Giants 24-20 on Nov. 10 when McGloin was still backing up Terrelle Pryor.
McGloin stepped into the starting job the following week and hasn't looked back.
Though Oakland is just 1-2 in his three starts, McGloin has passed for nearly 800 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. His 84.6 passer rating is significantly better than Pryor's mark of 69.0, and McGloin has only been sacked twice.
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