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Bengals, Dolphins avoid short-week games

Miami Dolphins v Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 7: Frank Gore #21 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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At one point, every NFL team had to play one game on a short week. This year, 30 teams will do that. Which means that (abacus engaged) two teams won’t.

This year, those two teams are the Bengals and the Dolphins.

It’s a good thing for these teams to avoid the short-week obligation. And it also can be spun internally as a slap in the face to a pair of teams that are regarded as irrelevant, as evidenced by the fact that they won’t play in the Thursday night slot.

The Bengals have a Monday night game at Pittsburgh in Week Four, and the Dolphins have a Monday night game at Pittsburgh in Week Eight. But neither Cincinnati nor Miami will play on a Thursday this year.