NFL Week 13 Wrap Up

Eugene Adams

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With Week 13 of the NFL season in the books, we now have only 4 weeks left until the playoffs. The race for the playoffs and draft positions are starting to heat up. Here is some notable information from this weeks action:

Saints beat Falcons (21-16)

Taysom Hill ( 27/37, 232 yards, 2TDs, 83 yards rushing) is starting to really look like a starting QB. The Saints have not missed a beat since Drew Brees went down with an injury.

The Saints have already clinched a playoff spot, and with a 3 game lead over Tampa Bay, they are a virtual lock to win the NFC South.

Lions beat Bears (34-30)

With a come-from-behind victory, the Lions handed the Bears their 6th straight loss. At 5-7, both teams are playing for little more than pride, with their playoff chances being practically nonexistent.

For the second straight week, Adrian Peterson had 2 rushing TDs. He is not having his best season (3.7 yards per carry); however, he has definitely shown that he can still play. He has almost certainly earned another season in the league if he wants it.

Browns beat Titans (41-35)

With their 4th straight win, the Browns (9-3) have clinched a winning season for what feels like the first time in forever. Baker Mayfield played amazing (334 yards passing, 4TDs, 147.0 QBR). If he keeps playing like this, the Browns will be dangerous in the playoffs.

With the loss, the Titans (8-4) are now tied with the Colts for first place in the AFC South.

Patriots destroy Chargers (45-0)

The Chargers (3-9) are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. They really did not even put up a fight in this game. They were completely dominated in all phases of the game.

The craziest part of this game for me is that Cam Newton only passed for 69 yards. I wouldn't believe that a team could win by 45 with their starting QB passing for so little yards. At 6-6, the playoffs are still unlikely for the Patriots. However, they are clearly not going down without a fight.

Fun Fact: Cam Newton is the only QB in league history to score 10-plus rushing TDs in multiple seasons.

Dolphins beat Bengals (19-7)

The Bengals (2-9-1) are probably most looking forward to the offseason at this point. On the other hand, the Dolphins (8-4) are squarely in the middle of the race for a Wild Card spot.

If Tua Tagovailoa keeps playing this well (26/39, 296 yards, 1TD, 0INT), the Dolphins have a real chance at making the playoffs.

Vikings outlast Jaguars (27-24)(OT)

With the loss, the Jaguars (1-11) are still in the running for the #1 overall pick in the next draft.

With the win, the Vikings (6-6) are right in the middle of the playoff race. With 4 games remaining, they play two teams with losing records (Bears and Lions) and Tampa Bay, who is coming off 2 straight losses.

Raiders keep the Jets winless (31-28)

The Jets keep finding new ways to lose. At 0-12, they have a real chance at securing the #1 pick in the draft, which seems to be their goal. Playing 1 on 1 coverage was as close to openly tanking as a team can get. It was so bad that Greg Williams was fired/let go from his 9th team.

The win was much needed for the Raiders. At 7-5, they are now only 1 game back in the race for the last AFC playoff spot.

Colts beat Texans (26-20)

The Colts did just enough to beat the Texans. The win was big because the 8-4 Colts are now tied with the Titans for 1st place in the AFC South.

Philip Rivers played well (27/35, 285 yards, 2 TDs, 119.3 QBR), despite needing offseason surgery.

Rams beat Cardinals (38-28)

The Rams win combined with a Seatle loss leave the Seahawks and Rams tied for 1st place in the NFC West at 8-4.

The 6-6 Cardinals are still in the mix for the last NFC playoff spot despite 3 straight losses.

Giants upset Seahawks (17-12)

The Giants (5-7) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season. With the win, the Giants remain tied with Washington for 1st place in the NFC East despite having a losing record. It is hard to envision a Colt McCoy led team being a legitimate threat in the playoffs, but you never know.

The Seahawks (8-4) drop down to a tie for 1st place in the NFC West with the loss.

Packers beat Eagles (30-16)

Carson Wentz's season hits another low. He was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts, and the move now appears permanent. At 3-8-1, the Eagles are not out of playoff contention. However, they need to start winning soon to have a chance.

The 9-3 Packer are now one win (or one bear's loss) away from clinching the NFC North.

Chiefs beat Broncos (22-16)

The win was closer than a lot of people expected. However, a win is a win. The 11-1 Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth and are in the running for a 1st round bye.

With the loss, the 4-8 Broncos can safely start looking forward to the offseason.

Washington Football Team shocks Steelers (23-17)

In the biggest upset of the day, the 5-7 Washington Football team came from behind to beat the 11-1 Steelers.

Despite having a losing record, the Washington Football Team is tied for 1st place in their division with only 4 games to go. With only one team left on their schedule with a winning record, Washington fans have reason for optimism.

Bills beat 49ers (34-24)

With the win, the 9-3 Bills maintain their one-game lead over the Dolphins in the AFC East.

The 5-7 49ers are not out of the hunt yet. However, they need to do better than the 1-4 record they have in the past 5 games.

Ravens run through the Cowboys (34-17)

The 7-5 Ravens beating the 3-9 Cowboys is not particularly newsworthy. What is newsworthy is the Dez Bryant situation.

Dez Bryant was pulled from warm-up due to a positive Covid test. But, not before he hugged several people.

It is very interesting to see the NFL allow the game to continue despite the positive test so close to kickoff. Hopefully, Bryant is the last positive test for the Ravens.

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