3 reasons why the Steelers-Ravens situation is a bad look for the NFL
Washington gets to be well-rested, Pittsburgh does not
The aforementioned lack of fairness really shows its ugly face here. Assuming that all goes according to plan D, the Steelers will only have from Thursday to Sunday to focus on their upcoming game with Washington.
Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team will have from Black Friday to Sunday, giving them a whopping six more days to get set for Pittsburgh. What certainly does not help is the roll that Washington is on right now, since the return of current starting quarterback Alex Smith.
Yes, the Steelers are normally better than the Football Team. But with the drastic gap between their intervals of preparation, an upset would not be the most asinine thought. And if such a horrendous thing were to take place, it would be rather obvious who is to blame.
The idea that this is all not only a scheme to make more money but one that could lead to Pittsburgh being dealt their first loss of the season, results in giving Roger Goodell and the NFL a look that I personally cannot imagine them wanting to have. But the solution is simple: Handle the Ravens like they are not the golden child, and leave them with two options–to play as they are, or to forfeit. Either way, the Steelers win, and there is no special treatment.