Not all sports games are the best you’ve ever seen, and not all games are particularly memorable.
But rarely does a game happen where as soon as the TV goes off you forget everything, such was the level of boredom it brought.
And, on Thursday Night Football, the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts threw a real siesta party, with the Colts thankfully beating Denver 12-9 in overtime at Mile High Stadium.
Stephon Gilmore fended off a pass for Courtland Sutton from Russell Wilson at fourth-and-one from the five-yard line to give the Colts the win after Chase McLauglin gave the traveling team the lead with a 47-yard field goal in overtime .
Many Broncos fans had left before then, with cameras showing many of them leaving before overtime began.
And you can’t really blame them. Thursday’s game was the first in NFL history in which two quarterbacks with at least four Pro Bowl appearances each failed to produce a touchdown.
The Denver Wilson quarterback, who was traded to the Broncos in the offseason and signed a huge contract, was booed as he walked off the field after another game of poor play, finishing with two interceptions.
It wasn’t much better for Colts quarterback Matt Ryan who also finished with two interceptions.
The stuttering and out of sync nature of the game – which some star players lacked due to injuries, such as running backs Jonathan Taylor and Javonte Williams – led to fans complaining and joking about the game on social media.
Scott Hanson, host of the NFL Redzone which allows fans to watch games simultaneously without advertising, said: “Let’s move on to another game.”
Super Bowl winner and four-time All Pro offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz couldn’t hold back his exasperation with a series of frustrated tweets that began: “This fucking game.”
“It feels like an uninspired training camp scrimmage in the depths of the camp heatwave when you’re tired of hitting yourself and generally just about anything training or football related,” he said. declared.
“It’s one of the worst games I’ve ever seen that involves both starting QBs and no bad weather.”
Rodger Sherman, writer at Ringer, elaborate how much did Thursday’s game cost Amazon, which bought the rights to Thursday Night Football in the offseason.
“Amazon paid $13 billion over 11 years for Thursday Night Football. it’s $1.18 billion a year. and there are 15 TNF games per year. Long story short, they paid about $78 million to broadcast that Colts-Broncos game,” he wrote.
Kevin Clark, senior football writer at Ringer, suggested a way to make boring NFL games a little more exciting.
“Amazon should just sign Lamar Jackson for $500 million guaranteed and he can get in games like this and do some cool stuff for a while for the team that needs him. Like a recurring TNF character when we needs Solves everyone’s problems.
Even Al Michaels, Amazon’s play-by-play commentator, didn’t throw a punch about what he was seeing, describing the game as “the type of game you would have as a fifth regional on CBS Sunday”.
Victory is vital for the Colts who have moved to 2-2-1 this season while the Broncos’ poor start to the season continues, with the loss taking them to 2-3 this year.
But the main takeaway from Thursday is – and everyone will probably agree – that it’s a good thing these two teams won’t meet again this season.
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