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Houston Texans put strict instructions on their players while in Mexico

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On Monday night, the NFL will play in Mexico for the first time since October 2005 when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers.

The Estadio Azteca will host the game once more, as the Oakland Raiders will be the home team against the Houston Texans in what is bound to be a good game.

However, the Texans have given their players strict dos and don'ts list for their trip across the border in a memo, according to ESPN.


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They reported: "In a memo sent out by the team, players are asked to stay in their hotel rooms, eat all meals in the team meal room, and not to order room service. It also says players should only drink and brush their teeth with bottled water and should not consume ice.

"The players were also instructed to leave expensive jewelry at home, to bring all prescription medicine in a labeled bottle and to not use any ATMs in Mexico."

Considering the Texans said they were treating it like a normal road game, it's strange that they sent out this memo to their players.

Their head coach O'Brien said of the situation: "We're taking our team to a unique, unfamiliar environment to play an NFL game where basically peak performance is a necessity, so it's responsible for our organization to offer simple suggestions."

Questions will be asked if the Texans don't win on Monday night, not just because their memo didn't work, but because of how unproductive their passing offense has been this season. Despite the fact they're first in the AFC South, they're 32nd in the league in passing offense.

That statistic needs to change if Houston wants to hang on to the top spot in the AFC South and it all starts with quarterback Brock Osweiler. Monday night would be a good time for him to change, as it could help put the team on the right path to qualify for the playoffs, especially when you consider they have to play against all of their divisional opponents before the end of the year.

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