NFL Week 13 Results
Takeaways & What Comes Next......
NFL Week 13 has closed out and as per usual our resident NFL expert Jake Klausner has got you covered with all the results, takeaways, and what's coming up next for your team!
Cowboys: 27 (8-4), Saints: 17 (5-7)
Final Line: DAL -6.5 Jake's Pick: DAL
Thanks to a dominating defensive performance, the Cowboys pulled away from the Saints on Thursday. Micah Parsons makes a solid case for defensive ROTY, and CB Trevon Diggs recorded his league-leading ninth interception. QB Dak Prescott didn't put up eye-popping stats, throwing for 238 yards and a 1-yard touchdown to Michael Gallup. Gallup made two unbelievable catches in the first half, including a miraculous catch down the sidelines. Since Dallas was without their head coach, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn acted as the head coach. Quinn's positive attitude is what ultimately put them over the edge.
The Saints chose to give Taysom Hill his first start of the season to help New Orleans get back on track. While the QB showed signs of effectiveness, throwing for 264 yards and two touchdowns -- and running for 101 -- while playing through an injury to his middle finger he sustained earlier in the game. The problem was that Hill also threw four interceptions, and New Orleans lost its fifth-straight time, the first time since 2005, which is the season before HC Sean Payton took over as head coach. Despite the loss, the Saints still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, considering how wide-open the NFC is.
The Cowboys travel to D.C. for a divisional showdown with the Washington Football Team.
The Saints will travel to Meadowlands to face the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.
Buccaneers: 30 (9-3), Falcons: 17 (5-7)
Final Line: TB: 10.5 Jake's Pick: ATL
I should've considered when picking this game that you never bet against Tom Brady. After beating the Falcons on Sunday, Brady is now 10-0 against Atlanta and making a solid case for the MVP. The QB threw 51 passes and completed 38 for 368 yards and four touchdowns. WR Chris Godwin balled out with 15 catches for 143, and Rob Gronkowski tallied two red-zone TDs. Heading down the stretch, you have to think that Tampa Bay will be one of the favorites to repeat as champions.
I have to admit, this loss hurts. The Falcons had a chance late in the game to cover the spread, but ultimately, they came up short. Matt Ryan hasn't had a terrible year, but it doesn't help if you don't have any weapons to throw the ball. Yes, they have Kyle Pitts, and Cordarrelle Patterson has been a force on offense this season, but without Calvin Ridley, the Falcons have no weapons on the outside. I hate to say it, but I think Matt Ryan's time in Atlanta might be coming to an end. He's had a great career as a Falcon, but he's getting old, and I think it's time we had a fresh face.
The Bucs head back home for a crucial matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
The Falcons will head to Charolette for a divisional matchup against Cam Newton and the Panthers.
Cardinals: 33 (10-2), Bears: 22 (4-8)
Final Line: ARI -7.5 Jake's Pick: ARI
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins wasted no time getting back onto the field as the two connected on the game's first touchdown. Murray (ankle) appeared to look just fine as the QB threw two touchdowns and ran for two as well. Despite it being windy the entire day, the Cardinals kept the mistakes to a minimum and forced Bears QB Andy Dalton to throw four interceptions. The Cardinals moved to 10-2, which remains the best record in the NFC.
The "Fire Nagy" chants are alive and well, as the Bears couldn't stop turning the ball over. Andy Dalton had his moments but finished the day with 229 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 4 INTs. My prediction regarding the future of Matt Nagy is that he will probably get canned in the next couple of weeks.
The Cardinals will go back to Glendale for an NFC West showdown with Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams.
The Bears will travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Chargers: 41 (7-5), Bengals: 22 (7-5)
Final Line: CIN -2.5 Jake's Pick: CIN
The Chargers are a mixed-bag all around, but they have stuck to their aggressive identity all season. Head Coach Brandon Staley has shown time after time that he is more than willing to go for it on fourth down, and it paid off this week. Justin Herbert was firing on all cylinders in the first half, and the defense came up big with a 'scoop and score' late in the game. Herbert went 26 of 35 for 317 yards with three TDs and one INT. Overcoming adversity has been the theme for this Chargers team all season, and they showed it this weekend with a nice bounce-back win.
The Bengals accounted for four in a game that featured seven total turnovers. QB Joe Burrow threw two interceptions and lost a fumble while playing with a dislocated finger for most of the day. They overcame a 24-point deficit in the second quarter to cut the lead to two despite all of that. However, the Chargers' defense did an excellent job holding Joe Mixon to just 54 rushing yards. The Bengals played a sloppy game as they hope to rebound against the Niners next week.
The Chargers will take on the New York Giants at home next week.
The Bengals will play host to the San Francisco 49ers next weekend.
Vikings: 27 (5-7), LIONS!!!!!!!: 29 (1-10-1)
Final Line: MIN -7.0 Jake's Pick: MIN
Well, it finally happened! The Detroit Lions have won a football game. It wasn't without a lack of trying as Dan Campbell tried very hard to lose the game for the Lions. With just under three minutes left to go in the game, the Lions had the ball on their own 25-yard line with a 23-21 lead. Being the offensive genius he is, Campbell chose to go for it on fourth down to try and put the game away. Long story short, it did not work, and the Vikings responded with a go-ahead TD. All seemed lost at that point, but QB Jared Goff's balls grew bigger and bigger as he led the Lions down the field for a walk-off touchdown in the final seconds of the game. Of course, the week I announce, I'm never picking the Lions again; the Lions win a game. Thanks a lot, Jared!
Meanwhile, what happened to the Minnesota Vikings? Is Mike Zimmer trying to lose his job on purpose? How do you let the Detroit Lions drive the length of the field and score on the final play of the game? Come on! WR Justin Jefferson continues to show why he is a top-tier receiver, as the second-year man racked up 182 yards and caught what should've been the game-winning TD. I know I shouldn't be too hard on the Vikings, but they did lose to the Detroit Lions, and they might've ruined their playoff hopes with that loss.
The Lions will look to make two in a row as they head to the Mile High City to take on the Broncos.
The Vikings will have a shortened rest as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Thursday Night.
Giants: 9 (4-8), Dolphins: 20 (6-7)
Final Line: MIA -7.0 Jake's Pick: MIA
That's five wins in a row for the Miami Dolphins, who are trying to prove everyone wrong by sneaking into the playoffs. A team that was once 1-7 and falling apart is now 6-7 and playing with more confidence than ever. QB Tua Tagovailoa is starting to live up to his full potential as the second-year QB threw a pair of short touchdown passes to lift the Dolphins over the Giants in this one. In a couple of weeks, they will have a chance to get back to .500 with a win over the Jets.
The Giants came into this game, missing a lot of critical components on the offensive side. QB Mike Glennon started in place of Daniel Jones (neck) and finished 23 of 44 for 187 yards and an INT. Glennon did finish the game, but he was diagnosed with a concussion postgame. With Glennon unlikely to play next week and Jones still nursing the neck injury, the Giants may have to turn to Jake Fromm, who had signed with the team before the game.
Next week, the Giants travel out West for a matchup with the LA Chargers.
The Dolphins are on bye but will face the Jets the following week.
Eagles: 33 (6-7), Jets: 18 (3-9)
Final Line: PHI -5.0 Jake's Pick: PHI
With Jalen Hurts unable to go for Sunday's game, it was up to Gardner Minshew to get the job done, and boy did he ever! On Sunday, Minshew Mania ran wilded in East Rutherford as the QB finished 20 of 25 with 242 yards and two TDs, both to TE Dallas Goedert. Philly's offense looked different with Minshew at the helm, but they were still able to run their regular ground and pound style of offense while mixing in some throws as well. You can see the passion Minshew has for the game of football, as he embraced his dad after the game. After watching the video, you can't help but respect the man.
In a game that saw that the first six drives end in touchdowns, the Jets looked decent on offense for a change. QB Zach Wilson was hitting on his throws, but you forget one thing: it's the Jets.
The Eagles go on bye this week but will face the Football Team the following week.
The Jets will play host to the New Orleans Saints this upcoming weekend.
Colts: 31 (7-6), Texans: 0 (2-10)
Final Line: IND -10.0 Jake's Pick: IND
There isn't much to say about this game other than the better team won. Jonathan Taylor continues to dominate the running game as he has now scored in ten straight weeks. The running back finished with 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts blanked the Texans. Look forward, watch for the Colts to make a serious run for the playoffs. However, their next matchup is against the red-hot Patriots.
Jonathan Taylor had more rushing yards than the entire Houston Texans offense. If that doesn't sum up the Texans, I don't know what else to say.
The Colts are on bye this week but will face the Patriots the following week.
The Texans will play host to the Seattle Seahawks next week.
Washington: 17 (8-6), Raiders: 15 (6-6)
Final Line: LV -1.5 Jake's Pick: WFT
The Football Team notched their fourth-straight win by rallying late to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders. Taylor Heinicke continues to show his grittiness late in games, Antonio Gibson has revitalized Washington's running game, and newly acquired kicker Brian Johnson showed his worth by hitting a game-winning field goal. Johnson is the fourth different kicker Washington has played this season. The win did come with some growing pains, as TE Logan Thomas went down with a knee injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season. With the win, Washington has put itself in a wildcard and is in a prime position to overtake the Cowboys in the NFC East.
The Raiders failed to get anything going on offense, as they could only muster up one touchdown. Washington's defense held the Raiders in check for most of the game. Vegas also will be without Kenyan Drake for the rest of the season after the running back left the game in the first half with an ankle injury. Despite the loss, the Raiders are still hunting for a wildcard spot.
The Football Team will host the Dallas Cowboys in a crucial divisional matchup.
The Raiders will head to Arrowhead to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jaguars: 7 (2-10), Rams: 37 (8-4)
Final Line: -14.0 Jake's Pick: LAR
The Rams snapped their three-game losing skid on Sunday with a dominating performance against the Jaguars. QB Matthew Stafford returned to his early-season form as he threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns; Cooper Kupp hauled in 129 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. The Rams got the much-needed win to get back on the track for the playoffs. They now have to get ready for Kyler Murray next weekend in a matchup that could decide who wins the NFC West.
The Jaguars are not a good football team. I still have faith in Urban Meyer's commitment to the team, but the team is so bad, and I don't see it getting better any time soon.
The Jags will head to Nashville for a divisional showdown with the Titans.
The Rams will travel to Glendale for a matchup with Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals on MNF.
Ravens: 19 (8-4), Steelers: 20 (6-5-1)
Final Line: BAL -4.0 Jake's Pick: BAL
T.J. Watt is making a solid case for Defensive Player of the Year. If you don't believe me, let me tell you what he accomplished on Sunday: 3.5 sacks on 12 hurries. He is single-handedly carrying that defense. In just ten games, Watt has recorded a league-leading 16 sacks.
It was a sloppy game overall, but the final minute was exciting. After Baltimore scored on a Lamar Jackson touchdown to Sammy Watkins, the Ravens were down by one with 12 seconds remaining. Rather than tying the game with a PAT, HC John Harbaugh decided to win. With Watt running towards, Jackson had to adjust his throw a bit, and the ball ended up bouncing off the fingertips of Mark Andrews. A Heartbreaking finish for the Ravens.
The headline coming into the game was Ben Roethlisberger's announcement that this would be his last season with the Steelers. If that is the case, he will go down as one of the greatest QBs of this generation. Roethlisberger finished 21 of 31 with 236 yards and two TDs.
The Ravens find themselves in a world of trouble following the loss. Despite what their record might suggest, they have not been playing good football lately. To top it all off, Marlon Humphrey, who is the Ravens' most important player on defense, left the game with an apparent shoulder injury in the second half. Harbaugh mentioned that the loss of Humphrey was the main reason they decided to go for the two-point conversion at the end of the game. The Ravens fear that Humphrey will miss the remainder of the season. A massive blow to an already depleted Ravens secondary.
The Ravens will head to the Dog Pound for another crucial divisional showdown with the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers will take on the Minnesota Vikings on TNF.
49ers: 23 (6-6), Seahawks: 30 (4-8)
Final Line: SF -2.5 Jake's Pick: SF
Despite the struggles Seattle has had to endure on offense all season, they still seem to believe there is something worth playing for. QB Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to an inspiring victory over the Niners on Sunday, as they snapped a three-game losing skid in the process. Wilson played his best game since returning from finger surgery, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. With the playoffs still a possibility, the Seahawks are more than determined to continue their winning ways. Not to mention, Adrian Peterson is still in the league.
The Niners came up just short on Sunday in wild game, but I'm not counting them out just yet. I'm still confident the Niners will make it to the postseason. George Kittle is a beast as the tight end finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns. Kittle became just the second tight end in the past five seasons with at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. However, they missed Deebo Samuel on offense, as the versatile playmaker was inactive due to a groin injury.
The Niners will head to Cincy for a matchup against Joe Burrow and the Bengals.
The Seahawks will look to build their momentum as they travel to Houston to take on Texans.
Broncos: 9 (6-6), Chiefs: 22 (8-4)
Final Line: KC -8.5 Jake's Pick: KC
Despite the Chiefs being known for their offense, their defense stole the show on Sunday Night. The defense forced three turnovers and recorded three fourth-down stops, as the Chiefs picked up their fifth win in a row. QB Patrick Mahomes finished with just 184 yards with a rushing TD and an interception; his receivers dropped many passes, as the weather in Kansas City was pretty brutal. But despite an underwhelming performance, they managed a one-game lead in the AFC West, thanks to some dominant play from their defense.
The main weakness for the Broncos continues to be their offense. It's not that Teddy Bridgewater isn't good; he's doesn't have enough weapons to throw the ball to. It also doesn't help that Daniel Sorenson was standing in the way of him. Either way, they will have to bounce back next week against the hottest team in the league: the Detroit Lions.
The Broncos will head home to take on the Detroit Lions, riding a one-game winning streak.
The Chiefs will play host to the Las Vegas Raiders next week.
Patriots: 14 (9-4), Bills: 10 (7-5)
Final Line: BUF -3.0 Jake's Pick: BUF
This game was probably the funniest game I've seen all year for many reasons. First off, QB Mac Jones' stat line was 2 of 3 passing for 19 yards. Second, the wind played a massive factor in this game. In addition to the snow in Buffalo, with winds around 25-35 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. Kickers and punters had a fun time trying to navigate the strong winds during Monday's contest.
And lastly, the way the Patriots pulled out their seventh-straight victory. New England's game plan consisted of running the ball 46 times. Not only that, they managed 222 total rushing yards; they ran all over Buffalo's defense, a team known for stopping the run. With the win, the Patriots are 9-4, are now 6-0 on the road this season, and have a two-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East.
As for the Bills, they find themselves on a tough hill to climb following the loss. They now almost need to win out if they want to state their claim as the best team in the AFC. Buffalo's inconsistencies on offense have led to the Bills dropping four of their past seven. With Buffalo losing, the AFC Wildcard Race consists of four teams with seven wins.
The Patriots are off next week and will play the Colts the following week.
The Bills will head to Tampa for a highly-anticipated matchup with Tom Terrific.