Raiders head to Mexico City to take on Patriots in Week 11 NFL action
For a second consecutive season Mexico City will welcome the NFL as part of the league’s international series. Last season, the Oakland Raiders beat the Houston Texans 27-20 inside Azteca Stadium.
The Raiders return to Mexico to “host” the de facto road team – the New England Patriots – in this year’s Week 11 matchup south of the border. Before their win over the Texans, Oakland’s only international series game came back in 2014 when they lost to the Dolphins 38-14 in London.
The Patriots are 2-0 in international play since 2009 with a 45-7 win over the Rams and a 35-7 win over the Buccaneers in London. They last played in Mexico City during the 1998 preseason when 106,000 fans saw them beat the Cowboys 21-7.
It’s worth noting that Azteca Stadium’s elevation (7,200 feet) is actually higher than Mile High Stadium in Denver (5,280). Coincidentally, the Patriots (-7.5) at Broncos Week 10 matchup will also provide Bill Belichick’s squad an opportunity to stay and practice in a higher elevation ahead of traveling to Mexico City.
New England is 10-0 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games as a road favorite. They had covered four straight as a road favorite until the New York Jets snapped the streak by covering nine points a few weeks back.
Oakland got a much needed 27-24 win at Miami before their Week 10 bye. Derek Carr completed 21 of 30 passes for 300 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He’s now thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games after averaging 184 pass yards his first five games of the season.
Marshawn Lynch scored twice against the Dolphins – his first trips to the end zone in a month – but the veteran running back still only has one game with more than 65 rushing yards and is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry.
The Raiders defense continues to regress after it allowed Jay Cutler to pass for 300 yards and the Dolphins to gain nearly 400 total yards of offense. This isn’t ideal with Tom Brady and the high-octane Patriots (411 yards per game, first in the NFL) up next.
The Raiders are 5-5 SU and 5-5 ATS in their past 10 road games after a bye week. They have covered two straight (2015, 2012). They’re also 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS in their past nine games against the Patriots.