On Thanksgiving day yesterday, there were supposed to be three NFL games. First, the Houston Texans at the Detroit Lions. Second, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Football Team. And last but not least, a matchup between the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.
The first two games were played, resulting in wins for the Texans and the Football Team. But the night game between the Steelers and Ravens was rescheduled do to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Baltimore Ravens’ facility.
Ravens-Steelers game postponed until Sunday afternoon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2020
Members of the undefeated Steelers were not pleased in the slightest. A few even went to Twitter to voice their frustration.
First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason. Smh.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 25, 2020
Players like Smith-Schuster clearly have a reason to be upset, and today’s news that the NFL will be rescheduling their game once again most definitely won’t help with their anger.
Now confirmed: Tuesday game, Ravens-Steelers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2020
It is hard enough to stay undefeated in the NFL, but the fact that the Steelers keep getting screwed over by the league regarding their scheduling makes it even tougher.
First, Pittsburgh had to have their bye week moved due to the Tennessee Titans coronavirus outbreak earlier in the season. Now, their nine-day break has been taken away because the Ravens haven’t been able to follow COVID-19 protocols.
Add in that the Steelers will now have to face the Washington Football Team in Week 13 on four days rest while Washington will have a nine day lay-off is completely unfair.
instead of having a mini-bye of 9 days rest before facing Washington, the Steelers now have a short turnaround and 4 days rest…
while Washington has 9 days rest & prep before taking on Pittsburgh https://t.co/SqpQKExyE6
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 27, 2020
Now I am no Steeler fan, but this is messed up. The league continues to screw over the Steelers just because they want to make as much money as possible. I mean, just a few weeks ago they let the 49ers play with what felt like half their team on the COVID list.
The NFL made the 49ers play with a practice squad team three weeks ago without moving the game. https://t.co/LkQGjotHEb
— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) November 25, 2020
But since the undefeated Steelers are going to be playing against the division rival Ravens, the league wants as much time for Baltimore to get healthy so the stars can be on the field. God forbid that matchup does not happen. Do you know how much money the league will lose *eye roll*?
And even though the NFL has forfeiture rules in place regarding the coronavirus, they disregard their own protocols. The opportunity to make money is so much more important than the “player safety” they continually preach.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that the game is going to be played. Why would I want a game to be cancelled? But at the end of the day if it helped stop the spread of the virus and ensured the safety/health of both coaches and players on each team, the Ravens should have to forfeit. But who am I to say that? I don’t work for the league that supposedly prioritizes it’s athletes.
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