49ers embarking on 10-day, 2-game road trip

The San Francisco 49ers are hitting the road, and they’re staying on it for a while.

The 49ers play at Cincinnati on Sunday and instead of returning home they will remain in Ohio to prepare for their Oct. 2 game at Philadelphia. It’s a 10-day, two-game trip and it’s what the team sought from the league before the schedule was released.

“We've got two hard places to play on the road, and we don't need to battle an extra 10 hours of travel time and battle time zones," 49ers president Jed York said, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. "It's just a better way for us to prepare."

So the Niners will head from Cincinnati to Youngstown, Ohio, for a five-day stay. That’s where the DeBartolo family is from. They purchased the 49ers in 1977 and still have deep roots in the community.

It’s worth it to try something. The Niners are 3-19 in their last 22 games in the Eastern time zone.

“Yeah, that's one of the factors," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "(We're) trying to pull out all the stops, and I thought there were enough positives to it that it warranted doing it."

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