Oakland Raiders: Reasons why moving to London is a terrible idea

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3. London has not been friendly to the Raiders in the past

Since the NFL began its International Series, the Raiders have twice made the trip to London. In both instances, the trip has resulted in a loss — a 38-14 defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins back in 2014, and a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season.

In two London appearances, the Raiders have lost with a net margin of -48. It doesn’t seem like the UK has been a good place for the Silver and Black to play football.

On top of that, Jon Gruden isn’t particularly fond of the international flight that must take place in order to travel between London and the US. In fact, he just about hates it and the effects it has on his body and mind. Let him tell it to you himself, though (via NBC Sports’ Scott Bair):

"I hope I can make it, honestly. I’m not great (traveling). I get claustrophobic. My son was a weightlifter and he won a powerlifting competition in Belarus. I had to fly 14 hours. I had to fly home 14 hours. I had vertigo for a month. I couldn’t even lay down, the house was spinning. I am hoping I don’t get vertigo. I’m not a great traveler. I’ll be honest with you, I hate it. I’m not good. I’m concerned. I’m more worried about that than our goal-line offense right now."

Exaggeration or not, we have to believe that the basis of the statement is true: Gruden doesn’t like extended travel. Playing eight games in London would certainly entail a lot of extended travel. If Chucky has any veto power, you better believe he’ll use it.