Raiders a cold weather team

Lane Kiffin says the Raiders are built for cold-weather games, which is good. The forecast for Sunday's game in Green Bay calls for showers and a likely chance of snow.

"I like going in cold weather. I hope that it's cold," Kiffin said following Oakland's practice Wednesday. "I think we're built for it. (We have) a team that runs the ball (and) a team that can put a bunch of guys in the box because we have really good corners. We're not a big spread out team. We're an in-tight running, play-action team and that's what you want to do in my opinion."

The Raiders are coming off their most impressive win of the season, a 34-20 win over Denver which gave Oakland back-to-back wins against division opponents for the first time since the last two games of the 2002 season.

Now comes the opportunity to end another streak. The Raiders haven't won a road game in December since Dec. 8, 2002 when Oakland the Chargers in San Diego, 27-7.

To end that drought, the Raiders will have to beat the Packers, a team that has been one of the NFL's best December teams over the past few years. Since 2000, Green Bay is 26-8 and has a .765 winning percentage in December. Only Pittsburgh (28-7, .800) and New England (.788) have been better.

Temperatures are expected to be below freezing in Green Bay by the time Sunday's kickoff rolls around. Friday's low is projected to be 10 degrees, though it's supposed to warm up to 29 for the game.

Because of the Raiders make-up, Kiffin doesn't anticipate having to alter his gameplan much to compensate for the weather.

"There's a disaster weather plan, we call it," Kiffin said. "We'll have that ready. But if it's 20 degrees and there's some light flurries, that's not going to be a different game plan than if it's 40."


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