COVID-19 in NFL Week 12


Isabella Ledet

Was that Wednesday night football you saw? Yes, indeed it was. The highly anticipated primetime match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens was supposed to be held on Thanksgiving night, but it was postponed due to a COVID outbreak on the Ravens’ team. Originally, the game was moved to Sunday and would be a double-header on NBC. But it was then moved to Tuesday after more players tested positive, and eventually it was extended again to Wednesday.

The game was played without the Ravens’ starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson. The game started with Robert Griffin at quarterback, but later in the game, the Ravens put in Trace McSorely. McSorely was drafted in 2019 and is the holder of many Penn State records, including most passing yards and passing touchdowns in a single season. He threw for 77 yards and a touchdown.

The impressive Pittsburgh Steelers once again reigned supreme in this matchup, and the Steelers have ascended to 11-0 on the season after the 19-14 win. Ben Roethlisberger threw 266 yards and one touchdown, his leading receivers Eric Ebron and the rookie Chase Claypool with 54 yards and 52 yards, respectively.

Without a doubt, COVID-19 is casting a shadow over the whole NFL season. There was no Thursday night game for Week 13, and there will be a Monday double-header starting with Washington taking on the Steelers followed by the primetime matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. The Dallas Cowboys will visit the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, December 8th. There are many rumors of extending the regular season, but so far, nothing official has been announced. The NFL wants to make sure that the season is fair for all players and teams, as well as keeping the NFL a safe environment during a pandemic. Either way, this will most likely not be the last time games have to be moved before the end of the regular season on Sunday, January 3rd, so make sure you’re paying attention to the headlines so you don’t miss your favorite team’s matchups.