Raiders look to take road success back home to Coliseum

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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, The Black Hole fan section is shown during the third quarter of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif. The south end zone sections of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum are known to have some of the rowdiest fans in American sports, face painters who dress up in evil costumes, often with spike-covered shoulder pads. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

ALAMEDA (KRON) — For more than a decade the Raiders had trouble winning on the road no matter the location: East Coast, West Coast and all stops in between. But now, the team has more wins than loses with a 3-1 record.

One month into the season, coach Jack Del Rio and his staff appear to be turning that trend around following close victories at New Orleans, Tennessee and Baltimore — all venues where the Raiders have struggled.

This comes on the heels of going 4-4 on the road in 2015 after a combined 22-74 mark away from home from 2003-14.

The trick now for Del Rio and his team is to keep that success going at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders host San Diego on Sunday

“We need to win at home, there’s no doubt about that,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Our fans are too awesome. They deserve it, to have a win in front of them. It’s going to be a tough task obviously in the division. We need to go out and we need to set a standard at home.”

The Raiders’ only loss this season came at the Coliseum, a 35-28 setback to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, putting more emphasis on this week’s game against division rival San Diego.

“For us right now, we’re going to talk about this one because it’s up to do today,” said Del Rio, who has a 3-6 home record as the Raiders coach. “Then it’ll be so important that we win next week. That’ll become paramount. That’ll become the main focus and where we want our attention and effort and everything.”

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. was a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his 13-year NFL career and had his share of success both on the road and at home. The key, Norton said, is to stay together on the road and avoid the plethora of distractions that come with playing at home, like ticket requests from friends and family.

“Your home games are really important but when you put them together, there’s no question, if you have a team that’s really good on the road, that really helps you in the long run,” Norton said. “It’s hard put a finger on it, but it’s a combination of things. Everything is much more structured (on the road). The guys are walking around going to dinner and things together. So far it’s worked for us this year.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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