Alvin Kamara and the Saints face Atlanta on Thursday. Source: Mark LaGrange
It’s the game week no NFL player looks forward to. The Saints will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Thursday night, and the players say getting their bodies ready on such short rest is a major challenge.
"It's six days of preparation into three days so today was like a Wednesday, Thursday and tomorrow is like a Friday, Saturday," said quarterback Drew Brees. "Then you go play on Sunday which is Thursday so its just all condensed. The game plan, the install and what you're trying to do to take care of your body as well. So, its a great sense of urgency and great time management."
"When you talk about being ready for a Thursday game, it's more than just physical it's that mental aspect," said defensive end Cam Jordan. "Not only have a short term memory of the last game win or loss but having that ability to take in a whole game plan in two days."
Of course the trade off to the short week is a long recovery. This weekend will essentially be a mini-bye before prepping for the Jets next Sunday.