Patriots And Raiders Set To Clash In Mexico City

patriots raiders 2017 nfl mexicoAt least 80,000 fans are expected at Azteca Stadium on Sunday when the New England Patriots (7-2) play the Oakland Raiders (4-5) in a game that is vital for the Raiders if they intend to keep their hopes to make the postseason alive.

This AFC showdown represents the second straight year and the tenth time overall that an NFL game is played Mexico. This is only the third regular season game that the NFL has held in Mexico, although seven preseason games have also taken place in this country.

The Patriots, who have won five straight games, lead the AFC East by two games over the Buffalo Bills (5-4). The Denver Broncos were the Patriots’ latest victim as Tom Brady passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the 41-16 win.

The Raiders, on the other hand, have been quite inconsistent and stand tied in second place in the AFC West, behind the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3). Oakland, who is playing for the second straight year in Mexico, is coming off a bye week after narrowly defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-24 in week 9 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The NFL is urging Mexican fans to behave and refrain themselves from pointing lasers at the players’ eyes and chanting gays slurs during kickoffs and punts as they did last year when the Houston Texans played the Oakland Raiders. That game, which ended 27-20 in favor of the Raiders, was the first time in 11 years that the NFL played a regular season game in Mexico City.

Before that, the NFL last played a regular season game in Mexico City in 2005 when the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals clashed at Azteca Stadium in week 4. The Cardinals ended routing the 49ers 31-14.

This will be the first game for Tom Brady in Mexico City and the first time ever that the reigning NFL champion plays in the Mexican capital.





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