3 ways the NFL screwed the Packers with 2023 schedule
3 ways NFL screwed Packers with 2023 schedule: Two Thursday games
Fans may enjoy Thursday football, and broadcasters love it, but it's not easy on the teams. Players are given only three full days of recovery from their Sunday game before having to suit up and do it all over again on Thursday night.
The Packers have to do it twice this season, both times against the Detroit Lions.
In Week 4, Green Bay hosts Detroit at Lambeau Field. Both teams will have a short turnaround from the previous week, which isn't ideal for such an important game. It gives players significantly less time to recover, especially if they are dealing with injuries.
The two teams will meet again on another Thursday. In Week 12, the Packers visit Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. This game will be played just four days after Green Bay hosts the Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit plays a divisional matchup with the Chicago Bears.
While it's fun to watch football on Thursday nights, there's no benefit to the players or coaches. In fact, it's the complete opposite.
Playing in one Thursday game is bad enough, but the Packers and Lions are forced to play two of their biggest games of the season on a short week.