NFL football in Mexico City? What a crazy idea. I wonder what kind of goofy, backwards franchise would have agreed to take part in the very first football game south of the border 38 years ago...
When the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints contested the first NFL game in Mexico on Aug. 5, 1978, the conditions were hardly befitting of professional American football.
"When we went there, they weren't prepared," Ron Jaworski, the Eagles' starting quarterback that season, says of that preseason matchup 38 years ago. "We played in a bullring, the locker rooms were too small, and the goal posts were crooked."
...oh, I see.
Well, in any case, the Raiders are going to beat the Texans in Mexico tonight, which is good because I like the Raiders. This game is good and educational, because it will allow the fine people of Mexico City to understand, up close and in person, just how much money the Texans have wasted on Brock Osweiler.
Everyone deserves to know, not just American sports fans.
If you’d like to watch this juego de fútbol americano, here’s how you can watch:
How to watch
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Per Bovada, the Raiders are the heavy favorites to win across the border.
Houston Texans +6.5 (-110)
Oakland Raiders -6.5 (-110)
Note: This is an open thread for the Monday Night Football game. Feel free to discuss the game in the comment thread!