The NFL schedule was released on Thursday. hopefully, he was able to watch the team’s schedule leak instead of watching a two-hour special (it’s weird to call a show a “special” that is literally dragging out something as simple as just posting it). One of the games that is closely watched every year is the Thursday night games.
we previously called these games “poop parties” thanks to richard sherman, and for good reason. players play with little rest, injuries happen, and often the games are downright bad. but this year, the games actually don’t look that terrible on paper. sort them by visibility.
Reading: Thursday night football 12/20/2018
disclaimer: i am disqualifying the eagles from week 8 at the jaguars game in london, the texans from week 15 at the jets game and the browns at the broncos game, and the two games tbd in week 16, because they don’t fall on Thursday. stop calling those games “thursday night football: saturday/sunday edition” please.
- 1 12. ravens in flares week 2
- 2 11. Broncos at Cardinals, week 7
- 3 10. jets in brown, week 3
- 4 9. boss chargers week 15
- 5 8. jaguars vs titans week 14
- 6 7. colts at patriots, week 5
- 7 6. eagles in giants, week 6
- 8 5. saints in jeans, week 13
- 9 4. raiders at 49ers, week 9
- 10 3. panthers at steelers, week 10
- 11 2. packers at seahawks, week 11
- 12 1. vikings in rams, week 4
12. ravens in flares week 2
It’s early in the season. you can put it on the TV to listen to the background noise and do the dishes or do something else productive. call your grandparents. anything.
11. Broncos at Cardinals, week 7
this game might not be bad. We get to see Case Keenum in his new home, as well as the $20 million man in Sam Bradford. by the time this one arrives, we’ll really know if this game is worth playing or not. but this is easily one of those games where if it was Sunday, you might not even know it was happening.
10. jets in brown, week 3
The Browns will start the season with a young but talented roster, and the Jets will have one of these highly touted rookie quarterbacks on their roster. at least it’s something different, and it’s early in the season. we can get this out of the way, but still appreciate it for what it’s worth.
9. boss chargers week 15
afc west games like this tend to be good. Two years ago, the Chiefs made their biggest comeback in franchise history to shock the Chargers. Last year, the Chiefs and Raiders played arguably the best football game of the season on Thursday nights. I’m going to assign that responsibility to these two teams, although you shouldn’t count on that.
8. jaguars vs titans week 14
Any game the Jaguars play this season will be worth watching. They play with an attitude unmatched in the NFL, and they’ll be facing what we can only hope is a healthy Titans team, who could have impressive defense of their own. maybe this is the year the afc south isn’t so bad.
7. colts at patriots, week 5
If this was 10 or 15 years ago, it might have been no. 1 on this list. But assuming Andrew’s luck is healthy and GM Chris Ballard’s moves are turning what Ryan Grigson turned into a sinking ship, this could be a good game. I don’t need to give you a reason to watch the patriots, they are the patriots.
6. eagles in giants, week 6
Even more than afc west games, nfc east games are almost always worth watching. This time around, we get to see the defending Super Bowl champions take on one of the game’s biggest stars in Odell Beckham Jr. what might make this game worth watching is the possibility that saquon barkley will also play in it (and maybe even dez bryant).
5. saints in jeans, week 13
There is no shortage of talent in this game. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott are all good reasons to watch a football game. The Cowboys may not be as good this season after falling in 2017, but watching them take on the Saints at home in prime time will be worth it.
4. raiders at 49ers, week 9
battle in the bay should be good this season. The Raiders ran into trouble in 2017 and are now under the command of Jon Gruden. that may or may not be a good thing, and time will tell. because at least for this first season, it will be entertaining. we also get to see jimmy garoppolo play, which was a joy last season. with an improved 49ers roster in 2018, it should only get better.
3. panthers at steelers, week 10
There is no shortage of personalities in this game. in the steelers these are obvious: antonio brown, le’veon bell and juju smith-schuster. But there’s also Cam Newton, who’s always fun in prime time games. both teams should compete in their respective conferences and will play when we start heading into the playoff race.
2. packers at seahawks, week 11
There will be no replacement referees in this one, but you should never turn down the chance to see aaron rodgers and russell wilson, especially when they square off. magical things happen. sometimes they include tears.
1. vikings in rams, week 4
The Vikings are coming off a stellar season, and they added the biggest free agent prize this offseason in the Kirk Cousins. expectations are going to be high for them, and for good reason. If the Cousins are able to contribute more offensively than Case Keenum did, and their defense plays at the level of 2017, they’ll be Super Bowl contenders.
but on the other side of the coin are the champion offseason rams. they were aggressive in getting the players they wanted and needed in marcus peters, aqib talib, ndamukong suh and brandin cooks. this will lead to endless elite matchups on the field.
and if we’re lucky, adam thielen or stefon diggs will wear a chain against talib.