Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Thanksgiving game previews

Today's games

Packers (5-5-1) at Lions (6-5)

When/where: 12:30; Ford Field, Detroit

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Lions by 6, 50

With Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) officially ruled out after practicing Tuesday, Green Bay has its fourth starting quarterback in November, Matt Flynn, after using three in the previous 21 years. Two years ago, Flynn helped earn a huge free agent deal from Seattle by throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns against Detroit. The Lions try to bounce back from their five-turnover meltdown in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. Their star, Calvin Johnson, has 861 receiving yards over his past five games, the best five-game stretch in NFL history.

Greg Auman's pick: Lions 31, Packers 21

Raiders (4-7) at Cowboys (6-5)

When/where: 4:30; AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Cowboys by 91/2, 47

The Cowboys' Tony Romo is 5-1 on Thanksgiving with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keep an eye on Dez Bryant, who caught two touchdowns on Thanksgiving last year. Much of Oakland's talk has been about undrafted rookie QB Matt McGloin, but Rashad Jennings has averaged 103 rushing yards over the past four games.

Auman's pick: Cowboys 21, Raiders 10

Steelers (5-6) at Ravens (5-6)

When/where: 8:30; M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

TV/radio: Ch. 8; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line/OU: Ravens by 3, 401/2

The AFC has six 5-6 teams, and one would make the playoffs right now. So these two are very much in contention. Pittsburgh has won three straight. But Baltimore is a different team at home, 4-1 against 1-5 on the road. The Ravens' Joe Flacco already has set a career high with 14 interceptions, two more than 2008 (his rookie season), 2009 and 2011.

Auman's pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 21

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DeSean Jackson says Jameis Winston needs to stop trying to “impress the world,” and play his game

DeSean Jackson says Jameis Winston needs to stop trying to “impress the world,” and play his game

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Published: 01/17/18
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl

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Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

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Published: 01/15/18
Bucs GM Jason Licht ‘cringed’ at expectations, optimistic about future

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Published: 01/15/18

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Published: 01/15/18
Jason Licht addresses what went wrong for the Bucs in 2017 and how they plan to fix it

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Published: 01/15/18
Bucs search for a backup quarterback becomes paramount amid NFL’s probe into Winston

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With the NFL investigating allegations against Jameis Winston that potentially could result in a suspension, the Bucs will need to address the backup quarterback position again this off-season."That's another position I always want to do whatever we ...
Published: 01/15/18
Rick and Tom podcast: Who says you need a franchise QB in the playoffs?

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Published: 01/15/18
Vikings stun Saints with 61-yard touchdown on last play

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Published: 01/14/18