Baltimore Ravens @ Green Bay Packers
1:00 pm EST, CBS
In a battle of two injury-filled rosters, the odds favor the home-town Packers, who have rebounded somewhat after the loss of all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While the Packers may be depleted, they have enough talent and coaching acumen to stop the inconsistent Ravens from scoring much in a hostile environment. Look for the Packers to run the ball, exhaust the Ravens’ defense, then pass incessantly in the second half. It’s worked for everyone else.
Ravens – DE Brandon Williams, S Tony Jefferson, RB Jevorius Allen
Packers – WR Randall Cobb, LB Nick Perry, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns
1:00 pm EST, CBS
This Jaguars have steamrolled the AFC North this season with timely, excellent defense and a surprisingly capable offense, and there’s no reason to expect them to alter that approach today. Look for the improving Browns to begin the game by testing all levels of The Jaguars’ defense and then sticking with whatever works, while the Jagurs will continue to run the football heavily to establish the play action passing attack that seems to be the foundation of their success.
Jaguars – RB Leonard Fournette, WR Marqise Lee, S Barry Church
Browns – QB DeShone Kizer, LB Jamie Collins, S Jabrill Peppers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
4:25 pm EST, CBS
With both teams experiencing down seasons, expect a slow contest today in Denver, where the Broncos will continue to start former castoff QB Brock Osweiler and rely on a thinning defense to lead the way. The ground-challenged Bengals should again pass heavily to WR A. J. Green and attempt, however futile it may seem, to involve rookie RB Joe Mixon as much as possible.
Bengals – Mixon, LB Nick Vigil, CB Darqueze Dennard
Broncos – Osweiler, RB Jamaal Charles, CB Chris Harris