The San Francisco 49ers currently hold the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They are winless on the season, with a strength of schedule of .559, while the Cleveland Browns are also winless with a weaker strength of schedule at .486.
But there’s a lot more to the upcoming NFL Draft than that. The Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys are all two-win teams. Some of them are 2-4, and there are a further slew of teams with three wins. Only a handful have four and five wins.
Fortunately, there aren’t any notable matchups between winless, one- and two-win teams this week. Most of the teams that are directly competing with the 49ers for the top pick are playing teams that have three wins at least.
Below we’re going to take a look at a handful of games and who you should want to win, and why.
Titans at Browns (10 a.m., CBS): Cleveland — Obviously, the Browns are the top competition for the top pick with the 49ers right now. The 49ers need the Browns to lose, regardless of who they’re playing. The Titans are 3-3 on the season and can afford another loss as they are likely to pick up a few more wins this year.
Jaguars at Colts (10 a.m., CBS): Indianapolis — The Colts have been a pretty wretched team overall, while the Jaguars have been surprisingly solid. I expect the Colts to get better and the Jaguars to fail, but until then, the Colts are 2-4 and we need them to start winning.
Panthers at Bears (10 a.m., CBS): Chicago — The Panthers have a ton of talent on their team, and sit at 4-2 on the season. They can afford a loss, while the 2-4 Bears have showed little to be excited about.
Buccaneers at Bills (10 a.m., FOX): Tampa Bay — The Buccaneers have three losses as opposed to four, and still have some hope for the season. They’ll play the 3-3 Bills on Sunday, and I expect both teams to pick up a couple more wins this year.
Cowboys at 49ers (1:05 p.m., FOX): Dallas — I’m not rooting for this to happen because I can’t stand the Cowboys but yes, we need the Cowboys to win this game for the 49ers draft positioning. It helps that the Cowboys are also 2-3 and in danger of hurting the 49ers’ draft positioning.
Seahawks at Giants (1:25 p.m., CBS): New York — The Giants are a team we should be rooting for a lot. They have a lower strength of schedule than the 49ers and have just one win. That win came in their last outing. Also, screw the Seahawks, right?
Broncos at Chargers (1:25 p.m., CBS): Los Angeles — The Broncos have struggled here and there, but they’re a very complete team and should have no issues recovering from anothe rloss. The Chargers have won their last two, but remain 2-4 on the seaosn.
Bengals at Steelers (1:25 p.m., CBS): Cincinnati — Like the Chargers, the Bengals have won their last two games, but before that were 0-3 to start the season. The Bengals need a win, and the Steelers, at 4-2, can afford to spare one.