Week 13 in the NFL
After week 13, many teams are still
fighting for playoff contention. After a huge win at home, the Cowboys keep
themselves in the hunt for a wildcard spot. In this game, Ryan Switzer returned
a punt for an 84-yard touchdown. Later in the game, Dez Bryant Mossed a
Redskins defender for a touchdown. Green Bay also won a big game, keeping them
in playoff contention, continuing the wait until week 15 when Rodgers comes
back. Despite Winston coming back for the Bucs and a spectacular one-handed
catch by Mike Evans, they still dropped the game in OT by allowing a 20-yard
touchdown run to Green Bay. The Chiefs allowed big play after big play against
the Jets until they finally choked away the game. Alex Smith was throwing
bombs, but their injury-ridden defense couldn't keep the game for them. The
highlight for the defense was Marcus Peters throwing a flag into the stands.
Detroit went into Baltimore knowing they needed a win to keep their wildcard
spot, but couldn't beat out Baltimore in the end. Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard
touchdown pass being the highlight of this matchup. The Falcons dropped a huge
game to the Vikings, making it less likely for them to clinch a wildcard spot.
In order for a wildcard spot, they'd have to beat a thriving Saints offense to
stay in contention next week. Patriots beat the Bills in a 23-3 beatdown
featuring a few long runs by Dion Lewis, and two touchdown carries for Rex
Burkhead. It wasn't the prettiest 1st half for either Team, for Tom Brady was
even yelling at Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator on the sidelines.
Late in the game, Gronk jumped on top of Tre'Davious White, resulting in a
one-week suspension for him. The Jags beat out the Colts in an unsurprising
win. On their first drive, they faked a punt resulting in a 29 yard gain, only
part of the domination that took place in the stadium. The 49ers beat the Bears
in a low scoring game. It was Jimmy Garropolo's first game starting for the
Niners, and he performed reasonably well. Denver lost big in Miami officially
taking them out of playoff contention. With an unlikely win against the
Patriots next week, Miami could have a real shot in the playoffs. It's at least
something to think about. The Texans and the Titans clashed in an AFC South
battle. The Titans came out on top to keep themselves in the wildcard round.
Cleveland went into LA, still trying to capture their first win of the season,
but lost 19-10 against the Chargers stifling defense and functioning offense.
The Giants went into Oakland knowing they would lose. Had they predicted the
outcome? They were starting Geno Smith. GENO SMITH. The Panthers went into New
Orleans knowing that it would be a tough game. Both teams have had great
seasons, but the Saints came out with the win. The Rams beat the Cards in an
unsurprising game, keeping the Cards out of the playoff picture for now. The
Eagles streak was snapped by MVP candidate Russell Wilson's strong
quarterbacking and a Seattle defense, that despite injury managed to hold down
the Eagles' high powered offense. The Steelers once again played down to their
opponent only beating out the Bengals by a field goal. The game took a sad turn
when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier took a bad back injury ending his season,
and possibly his entire career
In week 13 we relearned that Ben McAdoo is a terrible coach. He had one job, don't embarrass the Giants any more than you had already. He failed that job, and got the boot, along with Giants GM Jerry Reese. We also learned that the Eagles aren't invincible, and will have trouble in the post-season with certain teams. They have only played two over .500 teams and have gone 1-1 against them. Next week will be where they have to prove that they are legit because they're playing the 9-3 Rams. Lastly, we learned that the Saints are the NFC South's prime team, in their win over the Panthers. Week 13 could possibly be a turning point for some teams, but it also took some teams out of the playoffs, meaning that they have to already start looking at upcoming free agents and scouting college players going into the draft.