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It's time for NFL to swap Thursdays for Monday doubleheaders

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I could get used to Monday night doubleheaders.

As we get set for Giants-Eagles on Thursday Night Football, it's worth looking back earlier this week when the Bills and Chiefs played an early evening game in Buffalo and the Cardinals embarrassed the Cowboys in Dallas. Two games back to back on one Monday night.

Given that the NFL schedule is, and likely will continue to be, fluid thanks to COVID-19 precautions, we've found ourselves watching football at times and on days we're not used to.

Week 6 brought us a scenario, though, that the NFL should look into permanently -- doing away with Thursday Night Football, and giving us doubleheaders on Mondays instead. 

Yes, the NFL has opened up its season recently with a Monday Night Football doubleheader, but it always ends up putting the second game after 10 p.m. and losing a ton of the audience in the Eastern Time Zone in the process. 

This past Monday however, we had the Chiefs and Bills at 5 p.m. followed by the regularly scheduled Cowboys and Cardinals at 8:15.

This is the winning formula. 

Do this, and you eliminate short weeks for teams, and hopefully the far-too-often bad football you see on Thursday night. Yes, the Cowboys were horrific on Monday, but that goes far beyond the schedule clearly. 

We're already used to watching football all day on Sunday, which makes the habit of going right back to it as the work day winds down on Monday a whole lot easier. Plus, it makes Mondays less horrible, and who doesn't want that?

 

The key here is that early game needs to still be catered to the eastern time zone. A 2 p.m. kickoff on the west coast will be hard for many to be able to swing, but you have the bigger audience on the east with two teams preferably from the region playing. The second game can even kick off slightly later, say 8:30 or even 8:45 and you'll still have a big audience. 

Thursday games should go back to being a novelty. Thanksgiving or late in the season are really the only times we should have it. 

You have to be careful with too many nights of NFL, simply because one of the best things about this sport is that every game becomes an event. Multiple games on a Monday means people who sit down for the first one are more likely to stick around for the second. It creates a habit that carries throughout the evening. 

No, this wouldn't be perfect, and sure there might be some obstacles at first, but with all the complaints about Thursday Night Football we've heard over the years, this is the way to fix it.

I'm on board, it seems like a lot of you are too. Now we just need the NFL to see it that way.