“You can have too much of a good thing.” It’s an idiom as old as time, and can prove prophetic oftentimes. If you eat too much chocolate cake, you will vomit. If you drink too much Rumchata, you will vomit. Hell, going to the beach is great but if you swim too much in the ocean, you can also vomit. Honestly, there are more things than I anticipated that when moderation is ignored, it ends up with regurgitation.
Football, on the other hand, is not one of them. Football is the chocolate cake that will never make you vomit. Starting tonight, we are set up for one helluva football binge through the next two weeks. Ignoring the fact that we also have a slew of college football upcoming, including conference title games and bowl games, Week 15 and 16 of the NFL season offers us more national and regional coverage than any other week this season.
Typically, fans without Sunday NFL Ticket or a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings are treated to six games per week: Thursday Night Football, three afternoon games regionally allocated on Sunday, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football. This week, however, Roger Goodell is our Oprah and under each of our seats is more football.
Currently, the Los Angeles Chargers are playing the Las Vegas Raiders on NFL Network for Thursday Night Football. Then on Saturday, we get two bonus games in the Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos at 4:30 and Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers at 8:15. When asked why they put extra games on Saturday that will undoubtedly steal some eyes and attention from the college slate, I’m sure the NFL’s response was something like the following.
I love college football as much or more than the next guy, but sprinkling a couple of juicy NFL games in there and making them nationally available is just a beautiful thing. It’s akin to coincidentally showing up to Qdoba on free queso day, or having the bartender pour a round of shots on the house out of the kindness of his heart, or when your teacher would wheel in the TV cart and turn off the lights. It’s the little things in life. By the way, when teachers turn on a movie, it’s not because they think you can learn from it. It’s because they’re hungover. It’s true; ask them.
Then, of course, you get the three afternoon Sunday games on FOX and CBS, just like any other week. Consult the wonderful people at 506 Sports each Wednesday to see what the regional coverage maps look like for the coming Sunday. We cap off Week 15 with Sunday Night Football of Browns and Giants, which while not great, sure beats the flexed out option of Andy Dalton vs. Nick Mullins. Monday Night Football consists of Steelers and Bengals, which again is not a world-beater game, but it is still football despite having to be completed with the standard Home Alone clip.
That is eight games to every television in America, exactly half of the NFL’s games this week. Louie Armstrong nailed it. Week 16 is also an absolute banger with Vikings-Saints on Friday, Christmas Day. Nothing says let’s be grateful quite like watching Kirk Cousins and Taysom Hill try to play quarterback. Then there’s a Saturday TRIPLE-HEADER, not to mention the Sunday games, and night games on Sunday and Monday. For such a noteworthy NFL back-to-back slate, I’ll leave it to the one and only Vince McMahon to fully cap off my feelings on the matter.