There’s been a lot of debate lately about the Thursday night NFL game, which allows little time for rest or preparation. Our Larry Stone says it’s not really a good idea.
Are you ready for some football? On Thursday?
The answer to that question is largely irrelevant, of course. No matter how many players grouse about the safety issues of playing on three days’ rest, no matter how many fans gripe about the sloppy Thursday games, no matter how many viewers grumble about being unable to find the games on the NFL Network, they aren’t going anywhere.
In fact, The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the NFL is considering adding a slate of Thursday night games to create doubleheaders, in an attempt to boost interest. Commissioner Roger Goodell on numerous occasions has supported “Thursday Night Football,” giving every indication that he views the expansion of the institution last year to be good for the league.
This is just wrongheaded. While I recognize the insatiable desire of many fans to consume pro football, and the equally ravenous desire of the NFL — and, to be fair, its players — to maximize revenue, there has to be a breaking point. And to me, it’s “Thursday Night Football,” which has produced Mark Sanchez’s infamous butt fumble among its numerous assaults on football sensibilities.
In other news. …
— Here’s my preview story:
— Here’s our notebook with items on Chris Clemons, Bryan Walters and others;
— Here’s our weekly Stat Geek feature;
— And our Fantasy Tip;
— ESPN.com offers its weekly look at Russell Wilson;
— ESPN.com also has some of the Seahawks’ thoughts on the short week;
— Seahawks.com talks to WR Bryan Walters , who was activated last weekend;
— Sporting News says to take the home dog and the over;
— The New York Times says to take the Cardinals;
— The Associated Press notes that Arizona is where Wilson made his NFL debut;
— The Sports Network picks the Cardinals 23-20;
— The Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals would be shocked if Marshawn Lynch doesn’t play through the same injury through which he played last week;
— The Republic also reports the Cardinals think they can compete with the best in the NFC West;
— And the Republic also has this on Larry Fitzgerald’s battle with Richard Sherman;
— Seahawks,com says there’s always a challenge with Fizgerald;
— ESPN.com reports that some of the Cardinals are not necessarily fans of Thursday games;
— The NFL Picks Computer picks Seattle 29-16;
— Sam Farmer of the LA Times picks Seattle.