Even before Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a foot injury against the Oakland Raiders in 2012, his trips to the West Coast hadn't gone very well. In three career West Coast road games against the Chargers, Seahawks and 49ers, Jones-Drew accumulated a combined 140 yards on 39 carries.
His chance to face the Raiders in 2012 was his first trip back to play at the stadium closest to his home in Blackhawk, CA; however, his day at O.co Coliseum ended on his second carry of the day when he suffered a foot injury that proved season-ending.
"It hasn't been a good homecoming, period," Jones-Drew told reporters on Wednesday of his previous trips to the Bay Area. "I'm not really worried about that right now. Obviously, we have a lot of things we need to focus on...I'm not really worried about going home."
Jones-Drew isn't alone with his West Coast struggles, though. In their last four trips to the Pacific Time Zone, the Jaguars are 0-4 by a combined score of 125-39. Their last win was a 13-6 defeat of the Raiders in January 2005.
Now the Jaguars have the challenge of not only playing the Raiders on the road, but staying on the West Coast for an 11-day road trip that will end after a Week 3 game against the Seahawks.
"I've never done it before," Jones-Drew said of the two-game stay on the road. "It won't be an excuse. We want to make sure we prepare this week for Oakland, then obviously just stay the week there and prepare as hard as we can for Seattle."
The Raiders lost in a Week 1 road matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, 21-17, after Andrew Luck ran for a game-winning touchdown from 19 yards out with just over five minutes remaining.