This year, the Giants and Cowboys will be playing in the NFL’s feature opening Thursday night game, which is actually being played on Wednesday this year. I’ve always thought that to be an advantage for both teams, since they’d have a few extra days to prepare for their next opponent the following week.
The NFL has played an opening night Thursday game since 2002, so I figured I’d go back and confirm my thinking by showing that teams that played on Thursday Week 1 had stellar records in Week 2. Ehhh… Not so much. Apparently, teams that play Week 1 on Thursday night have a combined record of 8-12 in Week 2. To me, that’s extra surprising, since the teams that get to play in the Thursday opener are generally good… or in the Cowboys case this season… popular.
|Year||Teams playing on Thurs Week 1||Result the next week|