Thursday Night Football already has earned a reputation for being bad football, a reputation it’s living up to right now, as the Titans lead the inept Jaguars 27-0 at halftime.
Here’s your summary: the Jaguars appear to have given up — and while that may just be a sign of how their season is going, Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams has a slightly different feeling.
If the Jaguars have given up, it could have something to do with their 2-4 record going on 2-5 and a head coach whose message is not being received. Or, as Williams suggests, the lack of effort may have something to do with the fact that they just played four days ago, are tired, beat up, hurt and just don’t want to be there.
That’s what Williams’ Tweet seems to be implying anyway, and given the concerns players have voiced about playing on Thursday night in the past, we probably aren’t going out on a limb interpreting it that way.
?so is Thursday night football considered prime time football or damn I just played 5days ago because the NFL is 4 player safety?
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 28, 2016
The NFL can dress this up as “prime time” football all it wants. The players are not fans, and it’s not difficult to understand why. And as Williams and so many others before him have pointed out, playing these games every week would seem to fly in the face of the league’s public stance on improving player safety, as tired, unfocused athletes are probably more at risk of sustaining injuries or hurting somebody else.
Of course, if the NFL keeps having Thursday games like Titans-Jaguars, with the way their TV ratings are trending, they’ll soon have another angry party to answer to. That would be disappointed viewers changing the channel.