Despite sitting with 4-6 records, the Raiders and Titans are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Both teams are one game back in the wild card chase and the winner on Sunday could be tied for the No. 6 seed. The oddsmakers give Oakland a slight edge with the Raiders a 1.5-point favorite in the opening line, according to OddsShark.com.
Our experts at SBNation.com have a 4-2 split going in favor of the Texans, with Ryan Van Bibber and Stephen White rolling deep with Jacksonville. At ESPN.com, only Mike DItka believes the Jaguars will win out of the network’s 13-man panel.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News is a believer in Houston, while five of the eight men of CBSSports.com have Jacksonville covering the 10.5-point spread, but only Ryan Wilson has it winning.
The good news is that Adrian Peterson is going to play in this one. The bad news is that Christian Ponder is going to play too, so is Scott Tolzien, the Packers backup quarterback. Adrian Peterson almost single-handedly beat the Packers last season, rushing for a 199 yards and one touchdown (plus a receiving touchdown) in a Week 17 win.
Green Bay is the better team, quarterbacks being a push in this case. But are you really confident enough in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers to win by five points?
Quarterback issues remain a common problem in Cleveland, but the Browns failed on Sunday largely because they couldn’t win the turnover battle. The depth of the team needs to be overhauled, and it’s something that will happen slowly over time. Blocked punts for touchdowns and fumbles are products of a team that needs more experience, as it’s often easy to overlook how young this team is.