Once again, every team has one short-week game

Some believe it’s unfair to expect NFL teams to play on a Thursday after playing on a Sunday.  But the NFL makes that process as fair as it possibly can be.

Every team plays one, and only one, short-week game in 2013, with one game on a Sunday and another on a Thursday.

That comes via 13 Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network, along with a trio of Thanksgiving games.

This year, however, the NFL was unable to configure the schedule in a way that ensures every road team on a Thursday game will play at home the prior Sunday, giving the team only one travel obligation in a short week.  Specifically, the Steelers play on the road the Sunday before traveling to Baltimore for a Thanksgiving night game.

But the Steelers play at Cleveland, which gives them a fairly short trip home on Sunday before traveling to Baltimore for Thursday night.

Still, the Ravens play at home the Sunday before hosting Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night, giving the defending AFC North and Super Bowl champions no travel obligation between the Sunday and Thursday games.

14 responses to “Once again, every team has one short-week game

  1. I believe the short turnaround is as fair as possible. Though as a life long Redskins fan I saw a lot of fatigue in my team at the end of the year. If the teams would spend more time on conditioning and weight training during the off season, there would be less complaints about the schedule. As well as less injuries. Remember march madness??? A simple landing on the hardwood and out came the bone. That’s all from fatigue. March madness definitely has a schedule problem. Though the sun.to thurs turn around is fair and all teams need to mandate more time for their players to be in conditioning u training which will help fatigue and injuries as the season gets tougher.
    HTTR

  2. For those who think the league doesn’t owe the Ravens a couple of these breaks, you’re fooling yourselves. Not even talking raw ends of the deal scheduling wise, but all together throughout our tenure. Last year when we played Pittsburgh 2 out of 3 weeks, we had to fly to San Diego in between-Pittsburgh went to Cleveland. Enough said.

  3. The Steelers have to travel to Baltimore to play night games because Crybaugh complained about the Ravens traveling to Pittsburgh for a night game a few years ago.

  4. Even though the league has an even number of teams, the NFL still schedules an artificial “bye week”. The only reason for that is to make the season longer and make an extra week of money. You would think that they could work that “bye” into the schedule to avoid the ridiculous Sunday-Thursday schedules.

  5. Thursday night football is the worst. Please get rid of it now, NFL. And make sure Cee-lo never does a Ramones cover ever, ever again.

  6. mbart94 says:
    Apr 19, 2013 12:39 AM
    The Steelers have to travel to Baltimore to play night games because Crybaugh complained about the Ravens traveling to Pittsburgh for a night game a few years ago.

    How many “night games” do you think the Steelers will be playing in Baltimore this year? You don’t seriously think you’ll be coming back for a playoff, do you? I mean, get real. Steelers in the playoffs? Hahahaha! Good one!

  7. logicalvoiceshouldsay says:
    Apr 19, 2013 4:56 AM
    Thursday night football is the worst. Please get rid of it now, NFL. And make sure Cee-lo never does a Ramones cover ever, ever again.

    1 0
    I actually love Thursday night football, but you definitely get a thumbs up for the Cee-lo comment, please never again…

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