Waiting Game: The Down Side of Night Games for Players
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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Have you ever wondered how much a player’s routine changes for a night game?
The Washington Redskins are playing in prime time tonight against the New York Giants and can take a big step forward in furthering their playoff hopes with a win. But how detrimental will the change of schedule be to the players ability to perform on the field?
According to injured defensive end Adam Carriker, it depends on the individual.
Personally, he’s not a fan.
“I hate lying around in the hotel all day,” he said on his radio show, 4th & Pain. “I hate watching other teams play. I hate just the sitting and the waiting. I just want to get out there, I want to play.”
Players get into the routine of waking up Sunday morning and immediately getting into game mode. The long wait for a night game, let alone playing on Monday, hampers that schedule severely.
“I like one o’clock games — you just get up and go,” he said. “Four o’clock — I like them because I can sleep in until 11 or 11:30 and then get up and go. These night games, you can’t sleep in until four or five.”
Indeed a player cannot sleep that late because of team meetings earlier in the day.
Players don’t typically have a problem getting amped up to play at night once they arrive at the stadium. The larger issue is saving their energy during the day and saving it for the field.
“I love playing under the lights, I love playing at night,” he said. “I just don’t like waiting. I want to get up and I want to go play football.”
As for a prediction for the game? Carriker says the Redskins will win their third game in a row and become strong contenders for the NFC East title or a wildcard spot at the very least.