Richie Incognito isn’t a fan of Thursday football

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When last we heard from Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito, he was telling the Raiders to get in his belly. Something else has gotten inside another area of his anatomy.

Asked about Thursday games, Incognito said (via, “They suck.” The fact that the Bills lost to the Jets likely had something to do with that assessment.

“They throw a wrench in our schedule,” Incognito said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have to do this. As physical as this game is, as much work and preparation that goes into this, to force us to play games on four-day weeks, it’s completely unfair and bullsh-t. The league makes money off it, and that’s all they care about anyway.”

Incognito is the latest player to complain about short-week football, and he’s hardly the last. But plenty of players like the fact that the shorter work week results in fewer intense practices, followed by a mini-bye on the back end.

Regardless of how Incognito or anyone else feels, Thursday Night Football is going nowhere. The competitive disadvantage affects both teams, and the league requires no team to do it more than once per year. Besides, and as Incognito realizes, the league makes money from it. What he didn’t mention is that this money pays the players.

24 responses to “Richie Incognito isn’t a fan of Thursday football

  1. Evidence seems to be trending that NFL viewership may be falling because of over saturation of the market (like Thursday night football, which is strictly a money grab with no consideration for the players), piled on top of Sunday night football, Monday night football, etc. Of course, one should not discount the negative effect on viewership by the endless commercials for Schnatter’s tasty cardboard he calls pizza.

  2. I don’t know anyone in the etz that is a fan of Thursday games. If you get up at 6 am it’s tough to watch good games ending around midnight, let alone the slop they usually show.

  3. “What he didn’t mention is that this money pays the players.”
    What a ridiculous statement they never had Thursday night games before and the players still got paid.

  4. But plenty of players like the fact that the shorter work week results in fewer intense practices, followed by a mini-bye on the back end.

    Who? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a player stating that they like Thursday night games.

  5. as a fan i also hate tnf. as a fantasy player, i hate tnf. since they made tnf all year long, i’ve suffered from football exhaustion. the games suck. football was meant to be played on a sunday

  6. With the Thanksgiving games the league has played Thursday football on 4 days rest since forever, and used to always tout the Cowboys advantage as they would get a 10 day rest afterward.

  7. Didn’t the league require the Patriots and Chiefs to play 2 Thursday games this year? I know the first was opening night and is hardly a “competitive disadvantage” but to say the league requires no team to play Thursday more than once a year is incorrect.

  8. I have a simple solution to the short week problem. Have each team play the Thursday night game after there bye week. Signed Common Sense.

  9. He’s not wrong but it just comes across as whining when you say it right after getting physically dominated by an inferior opponent who is playing on the same schedule as you. He’s right, the Thursday night games suck, but it’s not an excuse to lay down. The Jets sure didn’t.

  10. Few Things…

    1. “The competitive disadvantage affects both teams…” So do the fans pay less for the tickets, parking, hot dogs & beer? You’d think so if it is acceptable to give your fans an inferior product.

    2. “…The league makes money off it, and that’s all they care about anyway.” Take it up with the NFLPA then expect to lose a few points on the profit the players get and a lower salary cap number.

  11. The league doesn’t care about your health, opinion, or well-being. You are simply a moving part in their business. If they tell you to jump, they expect you to say “how high?”. My boss has no problem telling me my work schedule, I imagine NFL owners care either.

  12. I love watching football but I have to agree Thursday Nights, (except for Thanksgiving), are overload. You need time to recover. All about $$$ to the NFL. Do away with TNF.

  13. Guess what, fans dont like TNF either. Its 1 game per year that my favorite team is essentially pay-per-view. I dont have cable, and thus dont have NFL network. Im not in my teams market so I dont get it on local channels. So, I cant watch my team, or im relying on pirate streams. Think THAT might be related to this whole falling rating thing?

    On a related note, How the heck is Rochester NY, 40 minutes from Buffalo and where the Bills hold training camp, not in their TV market?

  14. I do not buy over saturation. Baseball, Basketball and Hockey play significantly more. I think the games themselves are not as good due to less practice/development time, injuries, bad officiating/rules

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