The NFL returns to play a regular season game in Mexico for the first time since 2005. More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend the Monday Night Football game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans.
The Raiders (7-2) are coming off a bye week after a big win in Week 9. Oakland notched a 30-20 victory over defending Super Bowl champion, the Denver Broncos. Running back Latavius Murray was crucial for Oakland’s win — rushing for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Their offense finished with 218 yards on the ground against the Broncos. The Raiders need a win to remain in contention for a playoff spot in the top-heavy AFC West.
Meanwhile, the Texans remain at the top of the AFC South after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Despite playing without J.J. Watt, Houston is still ranked fourth in total defense. They haven’t allowed an opposing quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards all season however, they are 25th in rush defense. Expect the Raiders to rely heavily on their ground game with Murray and Derek Carr leading the way.
Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler has struggled with inconsistent play all season. He has a 58.6 percent completion rate with nine interceptions, and is averaging a league-low 5.6 yards per pass.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is set for 8:25 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN. Here are the details for Monday’s Raiders-Texans game:
Raiders-Texans Week 11 Viewing Information
When: Monday, November 21, 2016
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff Time: 8:25 p.m. Eastern
TV Channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters