Four (more) reasons the NFL should ditch Thursday night football


There were reports this week that the NFL is considering ditching its Thursday Night Football games. The league quickly moved to refute the reports. Still, players hate the mid-week games, even the ones on Thanksgiving because of the short recovery time. Coaches abhor them. Even some fans say the games are too much of a good thing. With that in mind, we take a look back at the four of the worst Thursday games of all-time.

4. Nov. 18 2010: Bears 16 Dolphins 0: Oh where to begin? Might as well start with the Dolphins suffering their second home shutout in 40 years. Third stringer Tyler Thigpen started for Miami, in place of Chad Pennington and Chad Henne; he threw for 187 yards and was sacked six times. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 11 rushing yards on six carries. Brandon Marshall was playing against his old team, it was Miami’s third prime-time loss in a row. The Bears’ defense dominated and it is certainly one of the worst game in Dolphin’s history.

*View a photo gallery from the Bears-Dolphins game in 2010

3. Nov. 27, 2008: Titans 47, Lions 10: The Lions, whose traditional Thanskgiving game guarantees them at least one Thursday date on the schedule, have to be included On the way to an 0-16 season the Lions turned in a dismal performance vs. the Titans, allowing their most points ever on Thanksgiving. Rookie running back Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns for Tennesssee; Kerry Collins (yes him!) only needed to throw for 127 yards and didn’t throw touchdown. The Lions were 0-for-11 on third down and Daunte Culpepper (post Dolphins) threw a pick-six. The Lions certainly made it harder it avoid talking to relatives when they turned in that performance.

2. Nov. 22, 2012: Patriots 47, Jets 10: Another Thanksgiving game, better known as the Butt Fumble Game (see video of the play here) where Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez collided with the backside of teammate Brandon Moore and fumbled the football, which was recovered by the Patriots’ Steve Gregory for touchdown. While people will always remember the butt fumble, the play was the centerpiece of a horrendous second quarter for the Jets. Even though they held the ball for over 12 minutes in the quarter, they were outscored 35-3. The Patriots scored three touchdowns — one offensive, one defensive, and one on special teams. Tom Brady throwing three touchdowns was a footnote as the Jets suffered the most embarrassing loss in franchise history.

1. Dec. 18, 2014: Jaguars 21, Titans 13: Overall not the worst game in the world but this game did feature rgw two worst teams world. Going into the game, the two-win Jaguars and Titans had the lowest winning percentage for opponents meeting this late in the season since 1991 when the 2-13 Buccaneers beat the 1-14 Colts. Even worse for the Titans was that the Buccaneers also lost later in the week, helping to give them the No. 1 pick in the next draft while the Titans settled for the second pick.

— Aviel Smolka


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