FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace doesn’t like playing on Thursday to begin with, and when he looked at the Jets' schedule with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady back to back, he didn’t think it looked right.
"It's going to be another tough one," Pace said. "Someone at the NFL really had it out for us with this schedule. But that being said, nobody feels sorry for us. We’ve just got to go out and handle our business in a very hostile environment, find a way to get a victory."
The Jets will play in Foxborough Thursday night, and visiting teams haven’t fared well on that night. Since 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Info, visiting teams have a .351 winning percentage on Thursdays.
“I think it’s a terrible idea," Pace said. "I think that’s the one way that you’re pretty much ensuring a bunch of guys potentially get hurt. It’s the kind of situation where it’s not ideal. I think you could go around and ask most players, and they probably don’t want to do it."
Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was lukewarm on the idea.
“How do I feel about Thursday games in general? Sells tickets, I guess,” Richardson said.
Richardson added that the turnaround is hard on the players, who have to rehabilitate the week’s injuries and digest a full game plan in half the time.
One player who doesn’t mind Thursday night games? Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback is 6-0 playing on Thursdays.
“I don’t think there’s any real magic plays that we hold for Thursday night games or anything like that,” Brady said. “I think these are important games for our team. It’s a short week. You have to max out on football, put everything else to bed and try to put everything you can into these three days and see where we’re at Thursday night.”
Hard to hate the day when you have a perfect Thursday record. This week, Pace has an opportunity to change Brady’s mind.