Jacksonville Jaguars won't be affected by changes to Thursday Night Football in 2023

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Thursday Night Football has gotten a bad rep over the last few years. On one hand, players players don't always have enough time to heal after playing Sunday. On the other hand, fans have been exposed to some pretty bad football. Things might get even worst now the NFL has decided to flex TNF games. Fortunately for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they won't be affected by the tweak on the schedule next season.

So here's what happened. The league announced that owners — by a 24-to-8 vote — have approved a modified proposal to flex TNF games from Weeks 13 to 17, with a maximum of two flexes per season. Moreover, clubs won't be caught off guard since a 28-day notice is required for any changes to take place.

The Jags will face off against the New Orleans Saints on TNF in Week 7 but that game can't be flexed. Having said that, there's a chance one of their Sunday games late in the 2023 season can be moved to Thursday, since clubs are elegible for up to two TNF games.

The Jaguars wouldn't mind getting an extra primetime game in 2023

So it's been established that players don't get enough time to heal when they play on TNF but many of them like that they get a longer period to rest, some sort of mini BYE. Also, the league is trying to make Thursday games more appealing by moving more enticing games from Sunday and isn't that the biggest complaint?

The Jaguars got three primetimes this year, one on Thursday, another one on Sunday and one on Monday. They wouldn't probably mind getting an extra one on Thursday. Since their games in Weeks 13 (Cincinnati Bengals) and 15 (Baltimore Ravens) will get primetime billing, only the ones in Weeks 14 (Cleveland Browns), 16 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and 17 (Carolina Panthers) could potentially be flexed.

There's a chance the Browns will be vying for a playoff spot when they play the Jags, and if Deshaun Watson is playing the way he did early in his career, the NFL should consider flexing the game. They can even bill it as the battle of Clemson quarterbacks.

In the end, there's not much teams, fans or changes can do about games getting flex besides looking for a silver lining. It may not be as bad as it currently looks if the Jags get another game in primetime, right?

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