Monday, December 29, 2014

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The not so rare Thursday night kickoff

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It wasn't that long ago that Thursday night NFL football was a rarity. Once a year, the Lions and Cowboys hosted games on Thanksgiving Day. Its popularity created an expansion that has evolved all the way to weekly Thursday night games.

Now every team in the NFL plays a prime time game under the lights at least once. That makes for some quick turn arounds. It posses challenges for the two teams dealing with short weeks. The Bills have to get past Sundays loss at the Patriots, to be back on the field on a Thursday against the Dolphins.

"It's kind of difficult, because your body's not back yet from the last game," said wide receiver Donald Jones. "But it's just the nature of the league. You really play to get a bunch of short weeks, because you want to play on Monday nights. You want to do things like that."

"Physically, it's tough, especially if you're banged up," added Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I think all the big guys, the guys who are hitting on every play, the offensive and defensive lines, it's tough for them to get ready and get going again by Thursday. That being said, after that Thursday game it's almost a mini bye week in terms of being able to rest a little bit and get healthy."

The Bills had one last day of preparation Wednesday, as they closed a short work week to take on the rival Dolphins. The Bills have not fared to well against division foes, having dropped eight straight since beating New England at the Ralph over a year ago.

"You have to win division games and it is something that if you listen to that stat, then I guess we have struggled with it in the last few years," Fitzpatrick said. "Something we have got to fix."

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