Count Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a firm supporter of Thursday Night Football.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said this week that Belichick “likes the Thursday night games and would be happy to have more than one in a season.”
The NFL tries to schedule each team on Thursday once but not give any team two Thursday games unless one of those Thursdays is Thanksgiving or the traditional Week One opener hosted by the Super Bowl champion. The idea behind giving each team only one Thursday game is that it makes the schedule more fair, so no team gets an abundance of short weeks to prepare for Thursday games, or long weeks to prepare for Sunday games following Thursday games.
Belichick, however, may feel that he does a better job preparing his team than other coaches during shorter or longer weeks, which means Thursday night games are advantageous to the Patriots. Unfortunately for Belichick, the Patriots only get one Thursday game this year.