This NFL season has been the most unique one that any of us have ever seen and while we are about to hit the Thanksgiving mark, the challenges that it has faced are far from over. The league has had to make a number of adjustments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that our world has been facing for most of this year, and the latest involves what was set to be the final act of the annual Turkey Day games.
The Baltimore Ravens are set for a tough game this week as they visit the currently undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. This game is an opportunity for Pittsburgh to really stake their claim to the AFC North and it was going to happen on Thanksgiving night for all of the world to see.
Circumstances have altered this game and as a result next week’s Cowboys game has a significantly different detail associated with it.
Ravens/Steelers is now happening on Sunday which means the Cowboys will have an entire week of rest against the Ravens on a short one
On Wednesday afternoon the NFL announced that the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers would be happening on Sunday as opposed to Thanksgiving night out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19. Their statement:
The Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers game scheduled for Thursday, November 26 has been moved to Sunday afternoon, November 29. The game time and broadcast network will be announced later today.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.
First and foremost, it should be said that the top priority here is the health and wellness of everyone associated with the Ravens and Steelers. The NFL has had to re-schedule games already this season, including another big showdown involving the Steelers, so they are not unfamiliar with this, but this is without question the most marquee matchup that they have had to move since it was set to be the only game being played on Thursday night.
The Ravens were actually scheduled to play two consecutive games on Thursday nights. They were going to visit Pittsburgh this week and are still set to host the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday night. That game has yet to see any impact and assuming things play out the way that the league has scheduled them, the Cowboys are now going to have an advantage in that contest.
Playing on short weeks is difficult, we all know that. We have seen the Cowboys play on Thursday night following their annual Thanksgiving Day game in five out of the last six years so they are well adjusted to resuming normal weeklong protocols with the days adjusted, and their opponents have always had the same opportunity as they have been scheduled for non-Cowboys games on Thanksgiving themselves. Such was going to be the case for the Ravens, but they will now be on a short week coming off of a tough road game against a division rival.
Again, the most important thing here is that everyone is healthy, but football has continued to press on and there is no question that the Cowboys will have a noteworthy boost for Week 13 in the rest department.