ESPN Deportes’ John Sutcliffe is reporting that the Rams will play their International Series game in Mexico City next season. As a result of their relocation agreement, L.A. is required to play one international home game until their new stadium opens for the 2020 season. The past two seasons, those home games were spent in London.
The Problem With London
The massive change in time zone when traveling from Los Angeles to London took a toll on players. Todd Gurley was vocal about this in the team’s trip this season, taking issue with the stress it puts on the body of players. However, Mexico City will not cause nearly the same issues. The Mexican capital is roughly 2,000 miles and one hour “ahead” of L.A. as opposed to a 5,000-mile trip and eight-hour time change when heading to London.
The Los Angeles Rams certainly did not find a lot of success in London through the years. However, they absolutely dominated the Arizona Cardinals across the pond this season, winning 33-0. Games have only been played in Mexico City for two seasons, this year played between New England and Oakland. The Patriots pulled out a 33-8 win in dominant fashion, taking their big lead early on in the game.
The Rams’ opponent is yet to be determined but will have to be a team they face at home. That means that the possibilities include the Eagles, Packers, 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers, and Vikings.
The Rams have their 2018 International Series location set, now some eyes may turn towards 2019. Rumors began circulating a few years ago that it was possible the team could play an international game in China. If so, 2019 would be the season to do so. Rams ownership has shown that they have interest in playing in China, likely attempting to secure a lion share of potential NFL fans in China.