5 things to watch instead of Raiders-49ers game

By Vincent Frank

The NFL rules the sports landscape. We know this. It’s been the case for the better part of the past quarter-century.

That should continue Thursday night when the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders in a battle between two one-win teams. Despite this horrible primetime matchup, television ratings will far outpace any other game in the sports world.

This doesn’t mean that you’re forced to watch two teams battle in the toilet bowl for the chance to select No. 1 overall in next year’s draft. Instead, here are some other options for sports fans out there.

Bucks look to remain undefeated in Eastern Conference clash

At 7-0, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks remain NBA’s sole undefeated team. They’ll now head to Boston to take on a Celtics squad that most have as the odds-on favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

The Greek Freak is averaging an absurd 25.0 points and 14.2 rebounds for Milwaukee thus far this season. He’ll take on fellow NBA MVP candidate Kyrie Irving in a tremendous matchup in Boston.

Central Florida throws its hat into the CFP chase

Heading into Week 10 of the college football season, Central Florida boasts a perfect 7-0 record. This has the Knights at No. 12 overall in the first CFP rankings of the season. A win over Temple would go a long way in Central Florida earning a New Year’s Day bowl spot and potentially a CFP spot.

In an unfortunate turn of events, electric quarterback McKenzie Milton might not be able to go in this one. That could lead to an upset for the Owls. At the very least, this might be a more entertaining game than what we’re going to see at Levi’s Stadium in Northern California.

Drama in Cleveland?

J.R. Smith told reporters on Thursday that he would like to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers. This comes after the organization had asked him to remain away from the team. The veteran is now currently out of the rotation altogether, but will be on the bench for Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Based on Smith’s words, it would not be a shock of he did create a bit of drama at Quicken Loans Arena.

That’s definitely something to keep an eye on, and could be more interesting than watching Nick Mullens (who?) throw the ball against an equally bad Raiders defense Thursday night.

Islanders host Penguins in a battle for first place

If the gridiron is not your thing Thursday night, maybe tune into the New York Islanders hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in a surprise clash for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Having posted a 35-37-10 record last season, New York finds itself just one point behind Pittsburgh in the division. Let’s see if Josh Bailey and Co. can take out the east’s most dominant team of the past half-decade.

Anthony Davis vs Damian Lillard

If the second half of Thursday Night Football proves to be a snooze fest, why not tune into this big game between two up-and-coming Western Conference teams? Fresh off a lackluster performance in his return to action against the Warriors Wednesday night, MVP candidate Anthony Davis will look to get his game right.

He’ll be doing so against sharpshooter Damian Lillard and the Blazers, who have started out the season pretty darn good. At the very least, a 140-130 NBA game might be more entertaining than a 6-3 NFL matchup, right?