The NFL will kick off week number two of the schedule when Thursday Night Football returns to CBS tonight as the New York Jets take on the Buffalo Bills. The two teams will face off at the newly named New Era Field, formerly known as Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Orchard Park, New York. Both teams come into the contest sporting 0-1 records as they each came out on the wrong side of close games last Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:25 ET.

The matchup

The Jets and the Bills are already in the familiar position of looking up at the New England Patriots in the AFC East standings. Each team started the season with playoff hopes and starting the season 0-2 could really dampen those expectations.

In the last 14 years only 12 teams that started 0-2 have made the playoffs and in that same time span no team that has started 0-3 have qualified for the post-season. Both teams have tough games waiting for them in Week 3 as the Bills will take on the Arizona Cardinals and the Jets will head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, so a win in Week 2 will be important.

The Jets offense is led by running back Matt Forte who is a force running the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield. Forte had 155 total yards in the first game of the season. As for the Bills their offense sputtered in Week 1 as they were only able to gain 160 yards against the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL cash grab

It used to be that when you saw NFL football on Thursday that is was a special occasion, like Thanksgiving or the opening of the season, but then in 2012 the brain trust of the NFL decided to give the fans Thursday nights games every week.

This decision sounded good in theory, with three days of NFL football instead of the usual two days of Sunday and Monday, but most of the time the games are awful. There is simply too little off time between Sunday games and Thursday games so the play is often sloppy and players are not in peak form.

Player safety

The worst part of Thursday Night Football is that it shows just how greedy the NFL really is. Commissioner Roger Goodell goes on and on about how the league cares about the safety of its players yet the league doesn't give the player's bodies time to recover between games. Instead they want another night of advertising, because the billions of dollars they were already making simply wasn't enough.

But the blame really lays at the feet of the fans that slurp down the lower quality product like pigs being slopped. All the league has to do is put the NFL stamp on it and fans will come running and Goodell and the owners laugh all the way to the bank.

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