Yet Thursday was still the best of the primetime meetings this week.

So for the entirety of Mike Tomlin’s tenure as head coach, the team has never traded away a player during the season. This is a franchise that has a way of doing business: patience with the head coaches, no contract negotiations after the season starts, never trading away players in-season.

Look, if somebody in the league came along offering an All-Pro safety playing on a rookie-level contract, or if a team headed toward the top five in the draft offered its No. 1 pick, the Steelers would do it. Their way of doing things does not include abject stupidity. But not even the poorest-run franchise is going to overpay for a wide receiver whose track record includes a season-long suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The “Thursday Night Football” paradox rears its head again in Week 6, for the second straight week.

There are not a ton of compelling matchups this week — and that’s not good considering it’s just the second weekend of October — but the Eagles visiting the Panthers was one of them. Problem is, of course, it was Thursday.

The late-afternoon window is worthwhile, particularly Pittsburgh going to unbeaten Kansas City. Thankfully, neither is on a short week.

Hundley struggled against the Vikings. He finished 18-of-33 passing for 157 yards with a TD and 3 interceptions. The third-year quarterback was groomed within Green Bay’s system, and he is the first option. Hundley likely will start at home next week against New Orleans before the Packers’ bye.tigers_135

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