The Thursday Night Football 2010 schedule started the best way possible. Some thought the Thursday Night Football 2010 schedule opener could be a Super Bowl preview between the 6-2 Ravens and Falcons. If that turns out to be the case, it will raise hopes if the Ravens and Falcons meet again in February. At the least, it set the bar high for the other games on the NFL Network this season. But the rest of the Thursday night lineup doesn’t seem likely to match up two Super Bowl contenders together.
The Falcons seemed to be in control much of the way against the Ravens, until Joe Flacco led a fourth quarter comeback. Yet Matt Ryan has mastered that art this year, with his last-second touchdown pass to Roddy White as the biggest example.
The 26-21 Falcons win got the Thursday Night Football 2010 schedule off to a soaring start. Midweek games have been criticized over the last few years, mainly due to the NFL Network broadcasting them. Some fans still aren’t able to get the channel, and those who do have often criticized their broadcast performance.
All of that can be overshadowed if there are thrilling games to watch and talk about. Since this one put two contenders and two young star quarterbacks against each other, it generated a lot of buzz. But there are still several weeks of midweek contests left for the season.
The next game on Thursday Night Football stands to generate less heat, as the Bears and Dolphins face off. But the next week is a Thanksgiving clash involving the Jets and Terrell Owens, although the rest of the Bengals should be playing out the string by then.
December’s slate of games has the Texans visit the Eagles on Dec. 2, the Titans hosting the Colts on Dec. 9, the 49ers facing the Chargers on Dec. 16, and the Panthers taking on the Steelers on Dec. 23. In most of these games, there may be one contender in action at best, although the Titans-Colts match could help decide the AFC South.
The Texans and Eagles are fighting for the playoffs, while the 49ers and Chargers could be digging from their early season holes and the Steelers might be playing for seeding. But if the schedule is anything like the NFL’s at large this year, no game will actually be easy.
Since the Falcons and Ravens proved to excel, despite a short week of preparation, the Bears and Dolphins will soon look to do the same. The Thursday Night Football lineup will resume in Miami next Thursday, at 8 p.m. est on the NFL Network.
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