Hard to believe, but tonight’s bout between the Bengals and Eagles is the last Thursday Night Football of the 2012-2013 season. So has the extended Thursday night schedule worked out this year? Some highlights:
- September 20: Giants 36, Panthers 7. The only Carolina score was from a one-yard Cam Newton leap over the pile into the end zone.
- September 27: Ravens 23, Browns 16. Cleveland was an abysmal 3-15 on third down, while the Ravens were only slightly better at 5-15 on third down conversion. A lot of Phil Dawson, scoring from the 50, 51 and 52 yard line. At least that game had exciting kicks.
- October 4: Rams 17, Cardinals 3. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt after the game said, “The thing I respected is our guys didn’t quit, and even as bad as it went, we had a chance at the end of the game.” Bet he wishes he had those words back about quitting.
- October 11: Titans 26, Steelers 23. The score was close and Tennessee won on a last second field goal by Rob Bironas, but don’t kid yourself. This was an awful, ugly game. Just before Bironas hit from 40 yards out, Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham missed from 54 yards, his only failed kick this season.
- October 18: 49ers 13, Seahawks 3. I know we all watched this game, but I dare any of you to tell me anything about it.
- November 1: Chargers 31, Chiefs 13. At least Kansas City was on national television for the first time since GWB was in office.
- November 15: Buffalo 19, Miami 14. Two more teams that wouldn’t have national exposure if it wasn’t for the expanded Thursday night schedule. The upside is everyone was forced to see how terrible the AFC East really is this season.
USA Today had this interesting tidbit in their rundown today:
In the 193 non-Thursday games, there have been 84 lead changes in the second half. That’s a rate of 43.5 percent. In the 15 Thursday games, there have been only three second-half lead changes – 20 percent.
Doesn’t this all make you excited about tonight? The Bengals are looking to improve their wild card chances while the Eagles, as they say, are playing for pride. The rest of us are just watching and hoping for the best in our fantasy football playoffs.