The Kansas City Chiefs playing on Thursday Night Football is cool because it's on national TV but if I'm a player or a coach I don't know how I feel about turning around and playing a game four days after the most physical game of the season. The injury report might not reflect it (Anthony Fasano is back, by the way) but that Seattle game had to have taken its toll on the Chiefs.
It's not just the physical part of the quick turnaround. Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff simply have less time to prepare or the opponent than they usually do.
"Just the hours, you don't have quite as much time to go over things," Reid said of the short week against Oakland, via quotes from the Chiefs. "Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes it can be bad. We start right after the games. We actually started before the game. I was able to get back over here after the game and sit down and knock out some things. We will be able to get our base stuff in today with the guys."
Reid said that last week other assistant coaches were able to jump ahead and look at the Raiders.
"Brad (Childress) helped us quite a little bit in the passing game part of that, putting that together. And then (offensive line coaches Andy) Heck and Eugene (Chung) were able to look at some stuff for the run game. Defensively, the guys took a peek at it also."
Someone put it like this recently: It's a short week for both teams so which coaching staff is better equipped to prepare their team? Right now, I'll take the Chiefs over the Raiders.