Chargers vs Chiefs, Second Monday Night for Mexico
The league reported Wednesday that the game between Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca will take place on the night of November 18 at 7:15 pm (Central Mexico time).
It will be the second MNF in the Azteca Stadium. The first was played on November 21, 2016, when the Oakland Raiders beat the Houston Texans 27-20, on the first Monday night held outside of the United States.
"We are honored to represent the NFL internationally for the second time," said Chargers' President of Business Operations, A.G. Spanos. "The opportunity to bring a divisional game to the fans in Mexico City is exciting. The atmosphere at the Estadio Azteca will be electric and we hope to add something to the history of one of the most emblematic sports venues in the world."
Last season the NFL canceled the game between Los Angeles Rams and Chiefs due to the poor conditions of the Azteca Stadium. The game, which turned out to be one of the best of the regular season, moved to Los Angeles.
"Yes, our neighbors in the south. We love them and the NFL loves them, "Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in January. "That's why we take the teams [to Mexico] and play, and vice versa, the people there love us and love what we're doing with professional football. It's a bit different from professional football there, but fans love it and we'll be back. One was canceled this year, but the NFL will be back."
On October 2, 2005, the NFL and Mexico made history by celebrating the first regular season game outside of the United States, when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers at the Estadio Azteca 31-14 in a Sunday game over the night.
On November 19, 2017, also at the Estadio Azteca, the New England Patriots beat the Raiders 33-8 in a Sunday afternoon game.
The other NFL international series games
In addition to the game in Mexico, the NFL announced the dates of the four games to be held in England. In accordance with the agreement signed between the league and the London authorities, in addition to the matches to be held at Wembley Stadium, a couple of commitments will be made at the newly opened Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
NFL matches in London
October 6, Bears vs. Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur
October 13, Panthers vs. Buccaneers, Tottenham Hotspur
October 27, Bengals vs. Rams, Wembley
November 3, Texans vs. Jaguars, Wembley
Calendar of 2019 NFL international series season with two dates in Mexico
For week two, there will be a 'rematch' between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams, remembering the last postseason where the Saints were left out after a controversial arbitration decision.
Also, for Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions will receive the Chicago Bears; The Dallas Cowboys against the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints will visit the Atlanta Falcons.
In England, there will be four games: Chicago vs Raiders; Panthers vs. Buccaneers; Bengals vs Rams and Texans vs Jaguars.
It will be until week 11 when the NFL arrives in Mexico and the Los Angeles Chargers are measured against the Kansas City Chiefs on the Azteca Stadium.
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For the last week, the most attractive games will be the divisional rivals Steelers vs. Ravens and Chargers vs. Rams.
It will be the second Monday Night that Mexico receives and the second that goes beyond the borders of the United States.
The NFL will announce at 19:00 the full calendar of the campaign that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the league.
But while in Mexico already begins to promote the meeting that replaces the one that was lost last year because of bad conditions of the lawn of the Aztec. The game would be played by the Chiefs against the Rams, but it moved to Los Angeles.
The organizers of the meeting in Mexico have already opened a record base for fans who are interested in acquiring tickets. Once again, the date coincides with the official holiday in Mexico on November 20.
The Chiefs will land in the nation's capital with quarterback sensation and MVP winner last season, Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is for many, the next star of the NFL.