A case of the Thurs­days

The Washington Times Daily - - Weather - BY ZAC BOYER

On Satur­day night, long af­ter the dishes were cleared off the din­ner ta­ble and team meet­ings were ad­journed, some mem­bers of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ coach­ing staff re­turned to their ho­tel rooms and con­tin­ued craft­ing their game plans.

They weren’t pre­par­ing for the San Diego Charg­ers game, which loomed the next day. It was the plan for the fol­low­ing game, against the Min­nesota Vik­ings, with which coaches were more con­cerned.

That game, a na­tion­ally tele­vised “Thurs­day Night Foot­ball” show­down, will be only the 14th time in fran­chise his­tory the Red­skins have played on a Thurs­day, and it will be the first time in more than five years that they’ll play on a Thurs­day night.

The league last year ex­panded its Thurs­day night pack­age, which is tele­vised on NFL Net­work, to a sea­son­long slate. This year, all 32 teams are sched­uled to make one ap­pear­ance on Thurs­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to the net­work, tele­vi­sion rat­ings have been set­ting records all sea­son, with an av­er­age of 7.78 mil­lion view­ers tun­ing in through nine weeks — an in­crease of 12 per­cent from a year ago. The league

In last Thurs­day’s 22-20 de­feat to the Dol­phins — that ended with a safety in over­time — the Ben­gals lost de­fen­si­ive tackle Geno Atkins (97) to a torn ACL.

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