When the Broncos kick off against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Thursday night, that will seem like many of us to be the easiest part of this incredibly short week.
Thursday night football is gaining its niche in popularity as part of the pro football fan’s destination television, and it is great to be selected for games like these.
But that selection does come with a price.
Last week the coaches spent their time getting ready for Kansas City, naturally, but this game was looking over their shoulders all week, and preparation began for the Thursday night game as soon as the KC prep work was finished.
Every football-related department in the organization has had to condense a normal six-day work week into three, making game day the only truly normal day of the week.
But both teams are in the same boat, and like playing in weather, it is the same for everybody once the game starts.
When quarterback Jay Cutler met with the press on Tuesday, he was asked about the short week, and his final comment was to the effect of it is late in the season, and at this point every player on the team knows his role and what is expected.
So it’s work hard, and fast; study hard, and fast.
And then it all slows down to the normal breakneck pace of NFL football when the kickoff comes Thursday night.