There are four games on the afternoon slate. Tampa Bay travels to Seattle. With the 49ers facing the Seahawks in a week, all eyes will likely be on this matchup. I’m always interested in how the coaching staff and players watch their next opponents together. It’s safe to say we’re all rooting for Bruce Arians’ squad. The Seahawks are six-point favorites in this one, and I think Tampa Bay covers. Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea should have their way with Seattle’s interior, who just lost their starting center for the season.
Seattle is known for running the ball a ton. Tampa Bay has the best run defense in the NFL, and it isn’t close. I think the world of Russell Wilson, but Seattle has had numerous breaks go their way this season. On the other hand, Tampa Bay has had the opposite luck. The Seahawks have five wins by one possession, and four have come by a total of eight points.
The Lions are on the road against the Raiders. Detroit is banged up. The Raiders should win this game if Oakland can stop making boneheaded mistakes.
The Packers shouldn’t have any issues with the Chargers, though from a 49ers standpoint Green Bay losing would be a good thing. The final slate on the schedule features the struggling Browns against a Broncos team that will play a worse quarterback than Joe Flacco. No thanks.
All times in PST
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 1:05 P.M., FOX
Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders, 1:05 P.M., FOX
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 P.M., CBS
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos. 1:25 P.M., CBS