The Oakland Raiders, fresh off a Week 14 win over the cross-bay rival San Francisco 49ers, returned to the practice field this afternoon at their Alameda facility. Tarell Brown, Brian Leonhardt, Denarius Moore and Menelik Watson did not participate in the Wednesday session due to injury.
The Raiders next match-up comes on the road this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano adjusted his team's schedule slightly this week in order to prepare them for an early start in Kansas City.
"It's a noon start there, which really makes it an East Coast game for us on the body clock," said Coach Sparano. "What I wanted to do was make sure that everything that we did got us to the practice field in the next couple of days at 10 a.m. So, practice will start at the time of the game for our bodies. This way we start to get accustomed to that a little bit."
Photos from the Raiders Week 15 Wednesday practice - December 10, 2014.
Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, but rookie QB Derek Carr is looking forward to that challenge.
"It's something that you practice," Carr said. "Like your silent cadences and different hand signals and different things like that just to make sure that we can execute at a high pace, high level. We have to get back in and out of the huddle really good, really quick with a good tempo."
Carr has accomplished many things throughout the course of his rookie campaign, but the next goal on his mind is securing his first road win.
"That's the next one," he said. "That's the next one because that's the opportunity that we have this week. Absolutely. I'm looking forward to this one."
TE Mychal Rivera agreed with Carr's sentiment and knows what a great opportunity the Silver and Black have in front of them this weekend.
"It's huge," Rivera said. "We're looking ahead and we're looking for this next game and we're looking for that road win."
Rivera and the rest of the Raiders will return to practice tomorrow to continue their on-field preparation for their Week 15 match-up with the Chiefs.