Patriots to play Raiders in Mexico City next season

HOUSTON – The New England Patriots will play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City during the 2017 regular season, the NFL officially announced Wednesday.

This marks the second straight year that the Raiders will host a game in Mexico City. They beat the Houston Texans, 27-20, on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 21.

“The Raiders are excited to return to Estadio Azteca and represent the National Football League once again on an international stage,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said.

The Patriots-Raiders matchup is also expected to be on Monday night, although a date for the game has not been finalized.

“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in making the announcement. “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico City between two great teams next season.”

The Patriots last played in Mexico in a 1998 preseason game against the…