Finally the NFL has given us some high quality matchups on Thursday night, instead of the normal crappy games they have given us in the past. The only problem I see is that with ratings the way they have been the NFL is ready to scrape Thursday Night games or at least lessen them . With this schedule of games I assume the NFL is looking for big ratings in the Thursday night contracts final year. Big ratings would mean they could get a bigger T.V. contract out of the Thursday night games which could mean the schedule would continue the way it has been. Hopefully that doesn’t happen because player safety is not in the NFL’s concern if it does. Let’s take a look at this years matchups starting with week 2.
Week 2 (Sept. 14): Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFLN
This is a nice match-up between a Bengals team that will try to rebound from a disastrous 2016 and a Texans squad who is still trying to figure out who will be leading them at QB.
Week 3 (Sept. 21): Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFLN
This is more like the Thursday night games the NFL has been giving us. The intrigue here is Jared Goff against a much improved defense in San Francisco.
Week 4 (Sept. 28): Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Another less than intriguing match-up as for the seventh straight year the Bears will be fed to the Packers in prime time. You cannot have much of a rivalry when one team dominates the other team, so please NFL quit giving this match-up to us in prime time every year!
Week 5 (Oct. 5): New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
This is a great match-up, you have the young hungry contenders hosting the defending World Champions. The atmosphere in Tampa will be electric for this great match-up.
Week 6 (Oct. 12): Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
This game by week 6 could go either way, but as of right now this game should have a lot of intrigue. Can the Panthers bounce back? Are the Eagles ready to contend right now?
Week 7 (Oct. 19): Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
One of the best rivalries in the NFL, now the question is will Alex Smith still be the Chiefs QB by the time we get to week 7?
Week 8 (Oct. 26): Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Another good match-up between two well-coached playoff contenders.
Week 9 (Nov. 2): Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFLN
You could go Christmas shopping during this game, hey, it’s just an idea!
Week 10 (Nov. 9): Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Good match-up between heated divisional rivals. The big question will be who is playing QB for the Cardinals by week 10?
Week 11 (Nov. 16): Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Similar to the week 5 match-up in Tampa between the Bucs and Patriots. In this game once again you have the veteran team against a team that looks ready to contend.
Week 13 (Nov. 30): Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Another Rivalry match-up between two teams that should be playoff contenders.
Week 14 (Dec. 7): New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
No matter what these teams records are if Brees and Ryan are healthy this game will be fun too watch.
Week 15 (Dec. 14): Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
If Andrew Luck survives until this point him against the Broncos defense could be fun too watch.