People in Oakland are getting somewhat used to seeing their season ticket plans comes with 9 games on them instead of 10. That’s because for the third straight year and the fourth time in the past five years, the Raiders will be taking one of their home games overseas.
During last season, when the Raiders were headed to play a ‘home’ game in Mexico against the Patriots, Jack Del Rio tipped that the Raiders would be losing a home game again in 2018.
“We’re losing a home game,” Del Rio said of the Mexico trip in early November . . “It’s a competitive disadvantage in my opinion – one that we’ve faced the last couple years and will face the next few years.”
It was one of those statements you take note of for future reference. At that point the question was would they be headed back to Mexico City for a third straight year in 2018, or would they head elsewhere.
There were rumors this season that they would be headed back to London, where they played a home game in 2014 and today ESPN was first to report that to be the case, while the Rams will be headed to Mexico City.
That 2014 game in London, you might recall, was Dennis Allen’s last game as Raiders head coach. The Raiders are on their third head coach since then, as Jon Gruden — who is set to be announced on Tuesday as having signed a record 10-year, $100 million contract — will take his new team international in his first season. And if Del Rio was correct, next year as well.
Who they will face is still uncertain. There has been a graphic floating around that has them facing the Chargers there, but it’s unclear if it’s legit or not, so until we know further, consider that a rumor. As odd as it seems to send a rival game to another country.