- The Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Jets, 34-21, on Thursday night. Bills guard Richie Incognito called Thursday night games “bulls—” and noted they are too rough on players’ bodies. Some Bills players declined to complain, however, other NFL players have echoed Incognito’s thoughts.
Count Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito among NFL players who are not a fan of games on Thursday nights.
After the Bills lost to the New York Jets, 34-21, on Thursday night, Incognito blasted “Thursday Night Football,” calling it unfair to the players.
“They suck,” Incognito said (via ESPN’s Mike Rodak). “They throw a wrench in our schedule. 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.”
Incognito called the games “bulls—,” saying the NFL only cares about them to make money.
“It’s completely unfair and bulls—,” Incognito said. “The league makes money off it, and that’s all they care about anyway.”
Unfortunately, Incognito did not receive much support from the his teammates. Bills center Eric Wood said the Bills are no different than the other 31 teams that have to play on Thursday nights.
“I’m not gonna complain about it,” Wood said. “Everybody’s got to do it. I thought we were prepared. When the lights came on, we just didn’t make enough plays.”
Incognito isn’t alone, however. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman famously ranted about “Thursday Night Football” last year, calling the games a “poopfest.”
“It’s rough on the body,” Sherman said. “Any time you play a football game and play another one a few days later, it’s going to be tough on the body. But it’s just another one of those things. Another one of those simple contradictions of the league, because they care about us.”
The NFL is facing a ratings problem this season, and CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus was the latest to say the league has an over-saturation problem, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Mark Cuban famously warned against this problem, too.
The NFL likely won’t make any changes to the Thursday night games, but if they did, it probably wouldn’t upset too many players.