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Thursday Night Pick

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Posted by Jack Tumen

Cowboys (8-4) @ Bears (5-7)

Both teams played last Thursday and get a second straight Thursday kickoff. Chicago started strong in Detroit but couldn’t keep up with the Lions for four quarters; further solidifying their inferiority in the NFC this year. Given, they went up against one of the league’s best defenses and get a bit of a softer unit at home with the Cowboys.

Dallas needs to regroup after being dismantled by Philly on their own turf. It’s gonna be chilly up in Chicago and the Cowboys will have to rely upon their offensive line to pull this one out. Last week was really the first time we’ve seen that stout unit fall apart; allowing four sacks of Tony Romo. The strength of Chicago’s defense is its front seven so that’ll be a matchup to watch. In the end, I’ll take the consistency of the Dallas offense over the home-field advantage for Chicago.

DAL 23, CHI 17

Jacked Up Picks: Thursday Night Football

Posted by Jack Tumen

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Once again, in the interest of time, I’m picking this game ahead of the rest of the weekend.

Chargers (5-2) @ Broncos (5-1): This is the first big time Thursday Night Football matchup of the season between the two squads atop the AFC West. Denver’s arrow is pointing way up coming off Peyton’s record setting night and their handling of the 49ers. San Diego lost a close divisional battle to the Chiefs at home last week and that spells trouble on a short week. This is that time of the year when the Chargers could begin to come back down to Earth a little bit. I think Denver gets a big leg up in the divisional race tonight as the Chargers start making reservations for the wildcard.

DEN 31, SD 27

Jacked Up Picks: Thursday Night Football Edition

Posted by Jack Tumen

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

My schedule’s been a little crunched this week so I’m picking this game ahead of the Sunday games in the interest of time.

11-4 was my record last weekend, so I’m at 35-25 for the season.

Colts (3-2) @ Texans (3-2): This game has the potential to be the best Thursday Night Football game of the season; that’s not saying much. There’s nothing that leads me to believe that the quality of this game will be any better than the other TNF match-ups simply because these teams are on four days rest.

Andrew Luck leads the NFL in passing with 1,617 yards, 14 TDs and 6 picks with underwhelming offensive personnel. Reggie Wayne is certainly on the downside of his career while T.Y. Hilton can’t shoulder the weight of a passing attack. Dwayne Allen has been superior to Coby Fleener at tight end and Ahmad Bradshaw is simply better than Trent Richardson in that backfield. With a decimated offensive line, J.J. Watt should have a big impact in this game.

The Colts defense is slightly underrated. Although I like Ryan Fitzpatrick as a gun-slinger, I don’t know if he can keep pace with Luck in a shootout. DeAndre Hopkins could have a big game but it might not be enough. The better team has won these Thursday games and that trend continues in this battle for first place in the AFC South. That team is the Colts.

IND 24, HOU 14

Why Thursday Night Football Is A Failure

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Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

When was the last time you can remember watching a really good Thursday Night Football game?

Oh, um, never? That’s not surprising. “TNF” has never been an exciting event on a weekly basis. Even after eight years of it, it’s still weird watching football on a Thursday night.

The league tried to bring “TNF” to the next level this season. After years of broadcasting the game on NFL Network, a big-time cable network finally acquired the broadcasting rights for the Thursday night package. There’s no doubt, the NFL on CBS is a top-notch production and it’s much more appealing to watch a game on CBS than on NFL Network. Naturally, the ratings will increase because of this change as the league looks for an excuse to continue pushing the package.

But as an avid football fan – unless it’s your team that’s playing – it’s hard to get pumped for a Thursday night game. Yes, you’re always going to watch because it’s primetime football; but it’s not a quality product.

The NFL is a long, grueling season. Teams only play once a week for a reason; players need to rest their bodies in order to stay healthy. It takes a full week in order to prepare for an opponent – game planning, film studying and especially healing. Playing an NFL game on four days rest completely negates all of that valuable preparation time.

That was more than apparent in Thursday night’s catastrophe. That was the kind of game that people get fired for. Tampa Bay was missing two of it’s best players in Doug Martin and Gerald McCoy – three more days of rest and both of those guys are probably playing on Sunday. But in these Thursday night games, the better team is always going to win. It completely defeats the purpose of “any given Sunday.”

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Now, I’m not trying to defend the Bucs in any way, shape or form – they played like fucking shit. But I do believe that the score would have been less lopsided had this game been played on Sunday.

On top of all that, “TNF” makes the week go wayyy faster than it should. Part of being a football fan is appreciating the scarcity of the game and looking forward to Sundays. Monday Night Football ends and all of a sudden, Thursday Night Football kicks off the next week of games and I’m like hooooold on there cowboy. Monday Night Football is a true tradition. One less day of rest doesn’t change that much. Players look forward to Monday Night Football – I doubt they say the same about Thursdays. The only other non-Sunday or Monday game that should ever be played is on Thanksgiving. That’s it. Kapish?

Through two weeks, we’ve seen two uninspiring blowouts on Thursday Night Football. There’s nothing that leads me to believe that the quality of play will ever improve on a Thursday night game. I mean, really, when was the last time you remember watching a really good Thursday Night Football game?