NFL’s Thursday night package shouldn’t affect Patriots

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Sure, it is entirely possible that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s desire to see the Thursday night package thrive may lead to the scheduling of more marquee teams and rivalries on Thursday nights. The Patriots have appeared on Thursday night football just three times since it debuted in 2006 – twice against the Jets (in Week 2 this past season and Week 11 in 2008) as well as during the 2007 regular season finale when they beat the Giants to go 16-0.

But teams typically loathe playing on Thursdays for physical and logistical reasons, which may be one reason why so many Thursday night games have been clunkers like this year’s Browns-Bills matchup in Week 5, or the Week 14 Stupor Bowl between the Texans and Jaguars. It’s hard to imagine the Patriots, given owner Robert Kraft’s clout as the broadcast committee chairman, will appear on Thursday night more than once.

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