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Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'
Published On: Wed, Feb 01
January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

"Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay.

To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football."

"They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury rates. "We've seen high-quality football on Thursday night."

That noise you heard was all of Twitter collectively scoffing. But ... here's a list of all the final scores for games played on Thursday night this season:

Week 2: Jets 37, Bills 31 (recap)
Week 3: Patriots 27, Texans 0 (recap)
Week 4: Bengals 22, Dolphins 7 (recap)
Week 5: Cardinals 33, 49ers, 21 (recap)
Week 6: Chargers 21, Broncos 13 (recap)
Week 7: Packers 26, Bears 10 (recap)
Week 8: Titans 36, Jaguars 22 (recap)
Week 9: Falcons 43, Buccaneers 28 (recap)
Week 10: Ravens 28, Browns 7 (recap)
Week 11: Panthers 23, Saints 20 (recap)
Week 13: Cowboys 17, Vikings 15 (recap)
Week 14: Chiefs 21, Raiders 13 (recap)
Week 15: Seahawks 23, Rams 3 (recap)
Week 16: Eagles 24, Giants 19 (recap)

Clearly, there are some awful games listed (let's face it, no one wanted to watch Jared Goff and an interim head coach lead the Rams against the Seahawks in Seattle). But by my count, there were six one-score contests out of 14 total games. That's definitely not as bad as I suspected before looking at all the final scores.

As for the lower injury rates, I don't have the data in front of me to back up Goodell's assertion. However, I do have testimonials from players over the years.

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