Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders wants to travel and face the Denver Broncos but the two teams need to fight the elevation of the stadium a mile above sea level as they also been wondering how to deal with the thin air when the Houston Texans (6-3) will take on Oakland Raiders (7-2) at Azteca Stadium, Monday night.
It's a big deal for both teams to play in a stadium that is less than 50 feet above sea level, in Azteca Stadium that has an altitude of 7,380 feet, an additional of 2,100 feet. The Raiders asserted that they have been spending time preparing for the trip while the Oakland players were still unclear about the strategies they gonna use in the game, The Sacrament Bee has reported.
Both team players' have spent more time on biking, running extra laps and the used of elevation mask as part of their training for the upcoming game. According to Donald Penn, Raiders offensive lineman says that the game is going to be tough and he's not going to sugarcoat the game.
According to Raiders defensive tackle, Justin Ellis said, "We got things on , I'd rather not say" he added, "That's how it be. How it is," SB Nation has reported. Houston and Oakland have both experiences playing at altitude as Raiders makes an annual trips in Mexico while Texans have travel in Mile High in Denver last month.
It was back in 2005 since the last game that was held in Mexico City and featured a matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Cardinals quarter back, Josh McCown complained the difficulty of playing in altitude and have said that he had to do some adjustments throwing in the thin air.
A question goes, is the players of both team of Raiders and Texans are ready on Monday? After not spending a time in acclimating the elevation in Mexico City as the Texan players are being warned not to even leave the team's hotel.