Having played four games in London this season, the NFL moves south of the border on Monday as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.
A year ago, the Chiefs were meant to take on the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico's capital, only for the game to be moved to Los Angeles at a week's notice because of concerns over the condition of the playing surface.
The combination of heavy rain, sporting events and concerts held at the venue in the months preceding the game between Kansas City and the Rams forced the NFL to relocate the matchup.
Twelve months on and football is set to make its first trip to Mexico since 2017, with field conditions much improved after a new drainage system was installed at the Azteca, which is yet to host its first event this month.
"I heard the field was great," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated. "I heard it was nice. No concerts the night before the game. It was pretty cool. I have no concerns whatsoever."
His Chiefs counterpart, Andy Reid, echoed the thoughts. "Everything that I've been told has been positive," he said in his press conference. "I think that's all taken care of from what I understand."
While the field shouldn't be an issue, playing at altitude will require some adjustments. Mexico City sits at 7,350 feet above sea level, far higher than any city NFL teams visit during the regular season—Denver is the highest at 5,280 feet—and the Chargers have spent the week in Colorado to acclimatise.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have remained in Kansas City as they look to come up with answers to emerge from their mini-slump. Last week's loss against the Titans in Tennessee was the Chiefs' first road loss of the season and the fourth defeat in the last six games, a run which has seen them slip to 6-4.
While Kansas City remains top of the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders have closed the gap to 0.5 games and with the Chiefs facing their three divisional rivals—beginning with the Chargers on Monday—and the Patriots over the next four games, that scenario could change.
With Patrick Mahomes back under center after a three-week layoff with a dislocated kneecap, the Chiefs remain as offensively destructive as ever—they rank third in total offense and first in passing offense with 404.7 and 313.9 yards per game—but the defense is proving to be a major Achilles heel.
The Chiefs have given up 30 or more points in three of the last five games and have the second-worst rushing defense in the entire league.
The Chargers, meanwhile, are 4-6 after a two-game winning run came to an end in Week 10 as they lost to the Raiders in Oakland. Despite the loss, the Chargers retain an outside chance to make the playoffs but must win their second divisional matchup in as many weeks.
"To say you are in control of your own destiny at 4-6 is pretty rare," said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who leads the league in passing yards.
Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.
When and where is the game?
The Los Angeles Chargers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, on Monday, November 18.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.
A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
The Chiefs suffered their first road loss of the year in Week 10, losing 35-32 in Nashville to the Tennessee Titans and slipping to 6-4 for the season, but they remain top of the AFC West.
A two-game winning streak came to and end for the Chargers as they lost to 26-24 to the Raiders in Oakland on Thursday Night Football and dropped to 4-6, third in the AFC West.
Monday will be the 115th time the two teams have met in the regular season, with the Cowboys prevailing on 67 occasions and the Giants winning 45 times.
Dallas has won the last five straight games against its divisional rivals, defeating the Giants 35-17 in Week 1 earlier this season.
The last meeting between the two at MetLife Stadium ended with Dallas winning a 36-35 shootout in December last year.
According to Oddschecker, the Chiefs are 3.5-point favorite and are 9/10 to cover the spread, while the Chargers are 17/10 underdogs. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 52.2.