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Rams to host 2018 game in Mexico City

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The 49ers could very well be a contender to face them.

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The Los Angeles Rams will only have seven home games in 2018, with ESPN reporting they will play one of their home games in Mexico City. The Rams decision to relocate to Los Angeles included a requirement that they give up a home game each year for a neutral site until their new stadium opens. The Rams have played in London each of the last two seasons, and reportedly requested the Mexico game instead for 2018.

I bring this up because maybe the San Francisco 49ers end up on the radar as the opponent in this game. Each of the past three seasons, one of the International Series games has featured divisional opponents. This year, the Rams faced the Arizona Cardinals in London.

The 49ers are one of the teams eligible for Hard Knocks, and as Chris Biderman pointed out a few days ago, it is possible the 49ers trade being on Hard Knocks for an international game. The NFL can require a team be on Hard Knocks, but prefers having volunteers. Since they also have to fill out the International Series games each year, it makes sense as a potential trade. And if it involves the 49ers trading out a road game for a neutral site game, I’d be happy with that.