The Commanders-Bears matchup on Thursday Night Football wasn't exactly a thriller on the field, but Amazon Prime Video play-by-play man Al Michaels gave viewers plenty to talk about.
Early in the fourth quarter of Washington's 12-7 victory in Chicago, the legendary broadcaster made the seemingly unprecedented suggestion that the NFL "would love" if embattled Washington owner Dan Snyder were to sell his beleaguered franchise.
Michaels' remarks came on the same day that a damning ESPN report claimed Snyder has been preparing for a potential showdown with the league over his prospective ouster by gathering "dirt" on some of his fellow owners, as well as commissioner Roger Goodell.
Snyder would then use the damning information, apparently culled through his deployment of private investigators, to "blow up" the league, according to ESPN reporters Seth Wickersham, Don Van Natta Jr., and Tisha Thompson.
Michaels, addressing the report on Thursday Night Football, said it would seem to be in the best interest of all parties if Snyder came to sell his team rather than press the issue of his expulsion by vote of his fellow owners. League rules dictate that three-quarters of the league's 32 owners must approve to remove one of their fellow owners.
Michaels' assessment of the situation was widely noted on social media, where many users concluded that Michaels wasn't simply sharing a rogue opinion, but rather relaying sentiment from high up in the league offices.
Of course, there were plenty of gags too: