A case of the Thursdays
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.