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The Oakland Raiders are facing off against the Houston Texans in Mexico City Monday afternoon. So in honor of the game, here are 7 things you may not have known about the Raiders and Derek Carr. (KGO)

The Oakland Raiders are facing off against the Houston Texans in Mexico City this afternoon. So in honor of tonight's game, here are 7 things you may not have known about Raiders star Derek Carr.

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1. 3-0 in primetime games
2. 5-0 away from Oakland Coliseum this season.
3. .9% Interception rate (17 TD, 3 INT).
4. 3rd QB in NFL history to throw for 500 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT in a single game (10/30/16)
5. In 2014 Draft, Texans passed on Carr for offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo.
6. 66.1 Completion percentage, up from 61.1% in 2015
7. Sacked only 11 times this season.

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As much as possible, the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans want to treat their trip to Mexico City as business as usual.

But there's no hiding the fact that this game will be unlike any other road trip.

Players have been given security warnings. The teams are taking precautions about how their food is prepared. And both teams are figuring out how to deal with the thin air 7,380 feet above sea level.

ABC7 saw the Raiders last week with high-altitude training masks during practice.

"It's going to be tough," Raiders offensive lineman Donald Penn said. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it. Whenever that second wind hits, then you're good. You hope that second wind hits early, then you're really good. When my second wind hits, it's usually early in the first quarter, second quarter maybe."

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Both teams have some experience with playing at altitude, with the Texans traveling to Mile High in Denver last month and the Raiders making annual trips there. Mexico City is more than 2,000 feet higher than Denver but both teams are in the same boat.

"We're on an equal playing field," Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown said. "No one's more used to the altitude than the other team, so we're all going out there with the same struggle, if there will be a struggle."

The thin air also could impact how the game is played, with throws and kicks both able to travel longer distances. Three of the five longest field goals in NFL history have come at altitude in Denver, including Matt Prater's record 64-yarder for the Broncos in 2013.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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