The week has barely started and Ben Roethlisberger is already setting the stage for a Thursday night disappointment.
While fans may have been unimpressed by the style in which Pittsburgh won last weekend, the Las Vegas oddsmakers still seem to like what they see in the Steelers. (As the pie shrinks, that could suddenly change.) Still, that's a rough idea of the impact of no TNF on the highest-paid players in the game.
"Yeah, it's miserable, it's awful, they need to get rid of this game I think", Roethlisberger said of Thursday play, via 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
Then throw in a short week, when players are getting just three days to not only rest their battered bodies but also prepare their minds for a new game plan, and it's very tough. It's so tough on guys, you're beat, you're banged up.
"Both teams are going through it, so I'm not just speaking on ours", Roethlisberger said. Even a week, you're not still fully recovered Sunday to Sunday. You're still dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season... I don't know many players that like it. "But we've got to do what the league says".
This is more than likely going to be Roethlisberger's last hurrah in a Hall of Fame career and at times they have required him to pull some magic out of the hat - his completion to Brown under pressure against the Colts with 45 seconds remaining was right out of the top drawer to help set up Boswell's game-winner.
For the season, the Steelers are 5-4 against the spread and 1-8 versus the over.
While that works out to $132,000 per player, it makes more sense to consider the impact in light of proportionate cap burden. You'd never hear this kind of rant, on day one of preparation no less, from Tom Brady about having to play on Thursday.