For a number of reasons, playing a Thursday night game is a challenge for an NFL team. There's the element of just getting ready physically to play again after such a short turnaround, and there's also less time for meetings, film study and practice. And what practices do take place are different as well because players are being asked to practice early in the week when they would usually still be in recovery mode.
Yet despite those challenges, the Seahawks are welcoming a quick turnaround this particular week because of what took place in Green Bay Sunday afternoon.
"It absolutely feels like that," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said when asked if a short week is a positive for his team following its most lopsided loss in years. "That was the sense we had in the locker room. That's exactly the thought and we're kind of happy to have it come. Both teams are at the disadvantage of the short week, so we compete every step of the way to get on track as fast as we can to put together a great game plan. There's no time. We don't get to sit on what happened one way or another, win or lose, and we have to turn it. We've done that quite decisively I hope so we'll see how we take to that."
Several players shared similar sentiments about a short week immediately after the game, even if it means a demanding next few days.
"We've got a short week, so we don't have time to sulk about this and feel sorry for ourselves," receiver Jermaine Kearse said. "We've got to turn it around and get focused for the Rams."
Added linebacker Bobby Wagner: "It sucked to lose like this, but we play on Thursday, so we've got to refocus real quick and not let this happen again… I'm not used to this feeling, and it's not a feeling a want to get used to. So it's just back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn't happen again."
But that doesn't mean being ready for a Thursday game will be easy, even if the Seahawks welcome it. As defensive end Cliff Avril noted, a Thursday night game can be particularly tough for veterans: "The older you get the longer it takes to bounce back. Fortunately I don't feel terrible right now, but who knows how I'll feel tomorrow. Thursday is usually your day where you start feeling better though."
They key, Avril said, is to "just kind of put things into overdrive in the sense of the recovery process. I started recovering on the plane last night. From icing your knees to whatever else you've got to do, to getting up early this morning and getting in the cold tub, and getting massages before we even start meetings, different things like that. It's all about just accelerating the process so you can hopefully feel better in the next day or two."
And assuming the Seahawks can get through the physical part of the week, having to immediately shift their focus to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday could be what the team needs after a game they'd just as soon forget. Win or lose, the Seahawks wouldn't have much time on Monday to look back on their past game while preparing for a Thursday game, but it was probably even better in this particular case that there wasn't a lot of film review from the Packers game.
"No, we're going on," Carroll said when asked if his team reviewed the Green Bay loss on Monday. "We really don't have time. We have to go… Everything has to be accelerated, we've got to crank it right up. There's times when we would show highlights and stuff when we can, but there's not enough of them to worry about right now."
Whether Seahawks had a regular week this week or, as happens to be the case this week, a quick turnaround, Carroll hopes his team can turn its first lopsided loss in five years into a teachable moment that helps them down the stretch.
"The strength that it takes and discipline it takes to get focused and get it turned around right now is really something we have to feed off one another," Carroll said. "We have to work together to do this. That was immediately the message in the locker room right after the game. We have a lot of good things ahead of us right now and we have to make sure we do it together and we get together. We went at that immediately. Whether that will crystalize into something—this is a very tight team already, a very close group with really solid leadership and direction from the locker room. I know that those guys know what's at stake and know how we want to go about this. They know what the message is to their teammates and how they want to lead in the proper direction. This is one of those things you'll look back at and see, but I don't know that right now. We're always trying to capture the teachable opportunity to make sure that we're maximizing our chances to get better and stronger and see more clearly. We'll see what happens."
While the Seahawks did not practice Monday, they did have a walkthrough, and the league requires teams playing on Thursday to put out a practice report estimating participation if the team had practiced.
Did not participate in practice
RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder)
FB Will Tukuafu (concussion)
DE Damontre Moore (foot)
LB Brock Coyle (foot)
RB Troymaine Pope (ankle)
TE Jimmy Graham (not injury related)
Los Angeles Rams
Did not participate in practice
S Maurice Alexander (concussion)
RB Benny Cunningham (neck)
CB E.J. Gaines (thigh)
TE Cory Harkey (triceps)
DE Matt Longacre (heel)
WR Brian Quick (shoulder)
DE Robert Quinn (concussion)
Photos of Seahawks fans in Green Bay for the team's Week 14 game against the Packers.