The Oakland Raiders hosted the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg Canada on Thursday night in what was the first NFL game played in Canada since the Buffalo Bills faced the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.
The problem on Thursday night was that the field wasn’t suitable for an NFL game. The two teams played in the stadium of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, which is set up for Canadian football rules. The main difference being that the goalposts are located smack in the middle of the end zone causing the field play at 80 yards instead of 100 yards. The end zones were marked by orange pylons at each 10 yard line. Very confusing. To add to the problems, there were holes in the field and there were no kickoffs. Result: impact starters like Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, DeVante Adams, and Derek Carr did not play.
The NFL did themselves no favors by allowing the game to be played under sub-par conditions. They have yet to get this preseason thing right. Luckily no one was hurt as a result of the field conditions.
As far as the game went, the Raiders kicked a game winning field goal with 8-seconds left to beat the Packers 22-21. Nate Peterman continued to shine this preseason under Coach Jon Gruden who truly believes in the former laughingstock of the NFL. Peterman finished with 210 yards and two touchdowns. He did have an interception on a two point conversion attempt. Both teams will conclude their preseason next Thursday night, this time, on a regulation NFL field.