PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles were the first team in NFL history to open up the season with three games in 11 days. The last of the three, a Thursday night loss to the Chiefs, was a particularly sloppy effort from the Eagles, featuring five turnovers.
It’s not the first ugly Thursday night game for the NFL. Since the games were introduced, “sloppy” would be an apt, if not understated way to describe them.
Though the ratings are huge, the fans and the media have noticed that the play of the games isn’t top notch. They’re not alone.
“I don’t know what my teammates think, but I’m with you, I’m not a fan of the Thursday night game,” Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin told 94WIP’s Michael Barkann and Ike Reese. “We play Sunday, and then you can barely get out of bed on Monday, Tuesday you’re hurting still, Wednesday you’re finally starting to feel better, this is a typical week. Wednesday you kind of move around and run around a little bit, feeling better and then you’re playing Thursday. I think it’s way too quick, as a turnaround from a Sunday game, but you know you deal with it and then you get these extra days off on the weekend, but I much rather just do Sundays—Sundays and Mondays.”
The advantage to the Thursday night game is extra time to prepare for the next one on the schedule, in this case for the Eagles it’s against the Denver Broncos. Needless to say, they’ll need all the preparation time they can get against the team who is either the first or second best team in the NFL.
“I won there last year [with the Texans],” Barwin said. “I think it’s a big mental thing. You have to go in and not overdo it. I mean, it doesn’t make that much of a difference, the evlevation. My thing is just don’t even think about it, don’t even worry about it. I remember, to be completely honest, feeling a little bit more sore after the game than usual, but who knows if that had to do with the elevation. My thing is you can’t make a bigger deal about it. These are only four to six seconds plays and you get time to get your breath in between.”