Raiders and Patriots head to Mexico
The fifth and last international game of the NFL season takes place this weekend when the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots meet at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Oakland comes into the game outside the postseason places with a 4-5 record, tied with the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins.
Winners over the Dolphins last time out before taking their bye week, the Raiders lost earlier in the campaign to the Ravens, as did Miami, and as such Baltimore controls the tiebreakers between the three teams.
Whether tiebreakers will be part of the discussion is debatable as Oakland has a tricky stretch run.
The Raiders host the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys and have away games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.
The game against the Patriots is also considered a home game and it is hard to see Oakland posting anything better than a 7-9 record.
Oakland are 3.55 to win in Mexico, with the Patriots 1.31. The Raiders are 1.95 in receipt of a seven-point spread.
Atop the AFC West Division the Chiefs have lost three of four following their fast 5-0 start to the season.
Losers to the Dallas Cowboys before taking their bye, Kansas City takes on the Giants at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ this week and plays the Bills, New York Jets, Raiders, Chargers, Dolphins and Broncos in the second half.
Anything other than an AFC West Division title would be stunning given that schedule, but parity is the name of the game in the NFL as the 28-17 loss to the Cowboys clearly amplified.
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