Attention Griswolds: it’s time for a “European vacation.” The Raiders are fresh off a quality underdog road win at Indianapolis. Now, they’re headed to north London to face off against former linebacker Khalil Mack and his vaunted Bears defense in an overseas matchup featuring a host of storylines preparing to play out. With both teams coming off quality wins, the former trade partners will attempt to give the Brits a show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Whether it’s the last-minute deactivation of of a superstar lineman or the suspension of a defensive captain, both teams have seen their share of adversity early in the season. The Raiders sit in second place in the AFC West while the Bears are tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFC North. Here are five of the most intriguing storylines heading into this week’s Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders showdown in London.