Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. already had a plan for how to spend a rare weekend off after Thursday night's 28-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
"I am going back to Charlotte," he said. "I doubt I will watch any football."
Smith isn't the only one refraining from watching NFL games on television. TV ratings for NFL games have suffered a steep drop this season, raising a red flag on whether the sport is doing enough to retain longtime viewers and attract new ones.
As of last month, viewership for Monday Night Football was down 24 percent from a year ago, according to The Sports Illustrated's MMQB. Ratings for Sunday Night Football are down 19...