The Oakland Raiders went to Estadio Azteca with only one thing on their mind: a victory on Monday Night Football over the Houston Texans in Mexico City. The business-like mentality Jack Del Rio has put forth has his roster prepared for each week, showing respect, but never lacking confidence.
It seemed as though it took some time before the team found their groove, as the team only got 120 total yards through three quarters. However, the 75-yard touchdown to Jamize Olawale seemed to get the ball rolling.
The Raiders would then get a controversial stop on defense, which was followed by a 35-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper, giving them a 27-20 lead. Del Rio and his defensive unit would then get one final stop, cementing the victory and improving their record to 8-2.
The atmosphere in Mexico City was lively, as the fans showed up well before the game for some festivities. The stadium, which fits 87,000 people, was filled by a majority of Raiders’ fans.
During the postgame presser, coach Del Rio commended Raiders Nation for showing up and making their presence felt, via Raiders.com:
“Raider Nation showed up tonight. Oh boy. Shout out to the fans that showed up. It was a great atmosphere to play in and tough environment to come down and play in the altitude and all that. I thought our guys handled themselves well.”
Although there was some controversy regarding laser pointers aimed towards Texans’ quarterback Brock Osweiler, the stadium continued with a loud presence, cheering on the silver and black.
When alluding to the environment, Del Rio stated the team was prepared to put on a show and that the fans provided a terrific atmosphere:
“Speaking about the environment, I thought crowd was outstanding. I thought that they were very excited for us to play in front of them. We were excited to put on a good show for them. Obviously, it’s televised across the world as well, but a great environment to play in live. The fans came out and they were terrific throughout the night.”
Del Rio stated that city was also very beautiful, with the people being very friendly. The Jack Del Rio Foundation made a lot of contributions to the city, providing opportunities and supplies for the people of Mexico City.
Del Rio’s wife has already pestered the head coach about returning there to make more of a contribution, which he is all for.
Now tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC, the Raiders must rebound for a short week at the Oakland Coliseum against the Carolina Panthers.