Detroit Lions @ Baltimore Ravens
1:00 pm EST, FOX
Shockingly, the Ravens appear to be a bit of a recent playoff darling, although no right-thinking person expects them to actually contend for a title should they qualify. The Lions have employed their usual formula this season; lots of passing, little rushing, and a taste of underachieving. It’s tough to envision these two as “teams on the rise”, but it’s a marginally interesting matchup featuring two fundamentally different offensive approaches, although Baltimore’s is certainly borne out of need. Look for both teams to capitalize on what they do well.
Lions – WR Marvin Jones, DT Haloti Ngata, CB Darius Slay
Ravens – RB Alex Collins, CB Brandon Carr, S Tony Jefferson
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
4:05 pm EST, NBC
Just to say it, I don’t think Browns wideout Josh Gordon will be of any use in the NFL this season. Or possibly ever. In the meantime, the rest of the team still has to play out their remaining schedule, which leads them to San Di-ummmmm…Los Angeles to face the league’s other playoff darling in the Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers, whose mid-season surge into the MVP conversation hasn’t gone unnoticed. As we generally say every week, the Browns have nothing to lose, so one would expect them to take a lot of chances and play loosely. That probably won’t happen, but we will might see them run a bit to slow the Chargers’ pass rush. And pigs might fly.
Browns – WR Bryce Treggs, DE Myles Garrett, LB Christian Kirksey
Chargers – Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon, WR Tyrell Williams