clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Eagles might be playing in Mexico in 2020

New, comments

Would you make the trip?

Daily Life In Mexico Photo by Eyepix/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles might be playing one of their eight road games in Mexico this season.

The NFL officially announced that the Arizona Cardinals will play a home game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico in 2020.

While the Cardinals’ opponent has yet to be confirmed, we do know there’s a 12.5% chance it’s the Eagles. They’re one of the eight road opponents that Arizona is scheduled to face later this year.

The Eagles playing in Mexico would be fun for both the fans who already live there and the travelers who would journey down south of the U.S. border. Not to mention the Eagles would benefit from having one of their road games turned into a neutral site.

You might not be aware that the Eagles have a history of playing in Mexico. They were originally scheduled to play the first ever NFL game there in 1968 before it was cancelled. 10 years later, the Eagles squared off against the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game hosted at a stadium that was then known as Estadio de la Ciudad de los Deportes. The conditions of that game were said to be ... less than ideal.

After some long stretches of not playing in Mexico, the NFL returned in 2016. The league has since scheduled a regular season matchup in every year since, though 2018’s battle between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs was moved back to LA after concerns about the playing surface at Estadio Azteca. The field was good enough for the Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers to play a game there in 2019, however.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has previously been a proponent of international NFL contests (although not at the expense of losing a game hosted at Lincoln Financial Field), so it wouldn’t be shocking if his team ends up playing the Cardinals in Mexico. The Eagles last played abroad when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London during the 2018 campaign.

UPDATE: Looks like there’s actually a 16.7% chance it’s the Eagles playing the Cardinals.

Poll

Do you want to see the Eagles play the Cardinals in Mexico in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Yes
    (768 votes)
  • 45%
    No
    (629 votes)
1397 votes total Vote Now