It looks like the Patriots-Raiders game in Mexico City won't be until mid-November
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The New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders will travel to Mexico City for an international game this coming season.
We just don’t know when yet.
Recent reports by ESPN’s Mike Reiss states that “one official with knowledge of the NFL’s thinking said the game is expected to be held ‘somewhere around Thanksgiving,’ while another relayed that the target is the ‘Sunday before Thanksgiving,’ which would be Nov. 19.”
Last season, the Raiders hosted the Houston Texans on the Monday before Thanksgiving. But this year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is looking to move that game to Sunday night because “it was difficult for the teams getting home that late at night on a short week.”
The Mexico City game is the fifth international game confirmed for 2017, with four of them being held in London, as a strong attempt to expand the game outside of the United States.
“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” Goodell said at his press conference before Super Bowl LI, “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico between two great teams next season.”
We should be getting updates soon, as the NFL regular-season schedule was announced on April 14 last year.