Anyone who thinks the quality of the games are the same except that they're played on different days is kidding themselves. Bordering on the near delusional.
A game played on Thursday means you have 3 LESS DAYS for your body to recover from the last Sunday game. If you know what you're seeing on the TV screen, you can see less effort, fewer collisions, softer hitting.... it's closer to flag football or two-hand touch. It's not even close to the same. If completely fails the eye-ball test.
If the games are the same, why do players, coaches and execs hate them? You're not going to deny that they do, are you?
You're an exceedingly smart poster, OUM, this position of yours completely stuns me. I'd expect it from some of the other posters who don't understand the game or what they're seeing...... but you do.... so, I'm at a loss to understand any of your thinking here...