The San Francisco 49ers are currently in line for the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They’re hoping for a couple more wins to close out the season with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but we’re still going to talk about the games that matter for the 49ers’ draft position.
The Cleveland Browns are still winless and that’s probably not going to change, so pencil them in for the top pick. The New York Giants are a two-win team with three consecutive losses. The Indianapolis Colts are third with a 3-11 record.
Indianapolis and the Denver Broncos are both bad teams vying for top draft spots (and the latter has a very low strength of schedule), but they already played on Thursday Night Football, with the latter winning. The Chicago Bears are also a bad team, and lost on Saturday to the Detroit Lions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 4-9, and won’t be in action on Sunday. That’s because they’ll be taking on their NFC South rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, on Monday Night Football. They’ll probably lose that game.
Below are the games you should care about on Sunday.
Ravens (7-6) at Browns (0-13): Cleveland — The Browns probably won’t win a game this season, but the Ravens aren’t exactly unbeatable. They had a good winning streak going, but lost their last outing.
Eagles (11-2) at Giants (2-11): New York — San Francisco showed how bad the Giants can be. Now they’ve lost three straight and have a next to zero chance of beating the Eagles, even without Carson Wentz starting for Philadelphia. Nick Foles doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence, though.
Titans (8-5) at 49ers (3-10): Tennessee — I’m not going to root against the 49ers and Garoppolo at this stage. But strictly speaking, a Titans win is great for the 49ers in regards to draft positioning. There are a lot of teams with about as many wins, and the 49ers could drop several spots if they keep winning.
Texans (4-9) at Jaguars (9-4): Houston — Again, the Texans have traded their first-round pick to the Browns, so this is more relevant to that team’s fanbase. Still, it’s a draft slot that is competing with the 49ers.
Jets (5-8) at Saints (9-4): Jets — The 49ers possess the Saints’ second-round pick in 2018, and so we want them to lose out. Right now, they’re battling with the Carolina Panthers for the top spot in the NFC South.