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Prior to Seattle's matchup with the Rams, Richard Sherman spent the week blasting the NFL for the scheduling of Thursday night games. 

The Seahawks vocal cornerback has a point. NFL games are played at such a violent level that players' bodies need a full week to recuperate. Thursday night games cut that time in half - along with time for coaches to gameplan - and the product suffers as a result. 

"I guess this is what happens when you have people in suits who have never played the game at this level dictating the schedule," he wrote in The Players' Tribune. "I’d like to put Roger Goodell in pads for a late game on a Sunday, in December, in Green Bay, on the frozen tundra — then see what time he gets to the office on Monday morning, knowing that he would have to suit up again on Thursday.

"Then maybe he’d understand."

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But while Sherman is right about the inherent scheduling problems with Thursday Night Football, his Seahawks have seen nothing compared to the Redskins. 

Twice this year the Skins have been dealt tremendously unfavorable conditions from week to week. 

In Week 11, the Skins played the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Four days later the Redskins faced off against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

 

Plenty of teams are forced to play Sunday to Thursday - but what made it particularly tough for Washington were the game times. The game against the Packers ended around midnight, and the Dallas game kicked at 3:30 local time. Rest for the players that week was basically not an option. 

If that weren't bad enough, Jay Gruden's team is again approaching another short week. They will face the Panthers on Monday night, which means another late-night finish. Then five days later the Skins will face the Bears in Chicago for a Saturday game. 

Again, not enough rest. And this is in the middle of a crucial playoff push. 

Sherman is right to blast the NFL, but few teams have ever had a schedule as bad as the 2016 Redskins.