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Report: Pats, Raiders to play regular-season game in Mexico City next year

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Report: Pats, Raiders to play regular-season game in Mexico City next year

The National Football League is interested in returning to Mexico City next year, and the Patriots are rumored to be one of the teams involved.

One week after the league hosted a Raiders-Texans game in Mexico City, ESPN reported that NFL is planning to have the Patriots and Raiders play a regular-season game there in 2017. The date would be announced when the league schedule is released next April.

The Pats and Raiders are scheduled to play in Oakland -- or Las Vegas, or Los Angeles, or wherever the Raiders wind up hanging their hat next year -- so, presumably, the Pats would not lose a home game in the move. The teams play at least once every three seasons as part of the NFL's rotating divisional schedule, and they were at Gillette in their last meeting in 2014.

According to ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is "very interested in the possibility of playing in Mexico City."

The Pats have played in Mexico City once before: A 21-3 exhibition victory over the Cowboys on Aug. 17, 1998.

Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

The New England Patriots will play their final road game of the regular season in Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The defending Super Bowl champions are desperate for a win after two consecutive losses. The Patriots have not lost three or more games in a row since 2002, and another defeat Sunday could drop them from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, which would put them in significant danger of not earning a first-round playoff bye.

On paper, this game is a complete mismatch. The Patriots defense is one of the NFL's best and should limit a bad Bengals offense that's largely responsible for their league-worst 1-12 record. The Patriots offense has been pretty bad of late, too, and if Tom Brady and Co. don't jump out to a quick lead, this game could get surprisingly competitive.

And, of course, there's the story of the Patriots being investigated by the NFL for videotaping the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game in Cleveland. This investigation is still ongoing, as of this writing.

Will the Patriots earn a much-needed victory, or will the Bengals shock the world and hand New England a potentally devastating loss in the AFC playoff race?

Here’s how and when to watch Patriots vs. Bengals online. Be sure to also watch “Pregame Live” at 11 a.m. ET and “Postgame Live” at 4 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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