Yeah, every once in a while we get the fluke game like Patriots vs Giants several years ago on NFL Network... but that game itself is what essentially forced the end-of-season flex schedule to be implemented.
So I agree, smart for CBS to get the early 8 games... when there could be duds, but at least the teams for the most part will not be fully tanked yet at that point.
I'm not sure I love the Thursday night games as a concept though... When they were avoiding competing with college football I understood why they didn't do Saturday games... but now that they are going head-to-head with college football anyway on Thursday... I would rather them move the Thursday night game to Saturday if they want a primetime spot. Seems like that would be better for attendance in stadiums and do better ratings at night as well... and it would mostly solve the short-week problem of rest since some teams get that short-week from Mon to Sun if they are on MNF... this would be 1 day the other direction... instead of several days like Thursday is now.
Yeah baby! It's Halloween!