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The NFL Weekly Recap: Week 13

We bring you all the recent updates and news from around the league in this week’s recap of the NFL. The Cleveland Browns asserted their dominance over the weekend while the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t look like themselves this week. This week also brought up some great questions, can the Chiefs ever be beaten again? Will the Jets continue to tank for Trevor Lawrence? How good is Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback for the Eagles? All of these answers and more during the next week of NFL football.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 06: Rashard Higgins #82 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at Nissan Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cleveland picks up a statement win over Tennessee

Led by Baker Mayfield’s 334 yards and four touchdowns, the Browns were able to prove to the rest of the league that they are legit. They were up by as much as 31 points in their 41-35 victory. They had seemingly let off the gas however as they let a 38-7 halftime lead just evaporate in front of their eyes. It was a game to forget for the Titans though as they now drop back down to second place in their division at 8-4 while Cleveland tightens their grip on a playoff spot at 9-3.

Jets lose in outstanding fashion once again

The Las Vegas Raiders were able to weather the storm and pull away with a 31-28 victory over the only winless team in the league. They were down by four points with around 10 seconds left in the game with no timeouts and the game seemingly lost. That was until the Jets decided to send an eight-man blitz on the final play of the game, leaving three defensive backs in single coverage across the board. Henry Ruggs eventually found his way open and scored a fifty-plus yard touchdown as time expired to win the game and pull the Raiders to 7-5 on the year. Meanwhile, the Jets hopes for Trevor Lawrence are still intact as they remain winless at 0-12.

Vikings stay hot against Jaguars

The Vikings beat the Jaguars 27-24 to move themselves to 6-6 on the year after a terrible start. They were able to get great performances from their entire offence in this one. Dalvin Cook ran for over 100 yards, Justin Jefferson racked up over 100 receiving yards and Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes. The win keeps Minnesota alive in the playoff race while Jacksonville falls to 1-11 on the year.

Dolphins prove to be too much to handle for Bengals

Tua Tagovailoa got another shot at the starting job in this game and didn’t disappoint. He threw for 296 yards and one touchdown without an interception during the teams 19-7 win over the Bengals. Cincinnati clearly misses rookie quarterback Joe Burrow because they were unable to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Their sole touchdown was on a short three-yard pass that Tyler Boyd ended up breaking loose for a 70-yard touchdown. Cincinnati keeps their hopes at a top draft pick alive, falling to 2-9-1 while Miami keeps their distance from the surging Patriots at 8-4.

Saints clinch playoff berth after win over Falcons

Do-it-all quarterback Taysom Hill improved his starting record to 3-0 on the season after the teams 21-16 victory over their division rivals. Hill had thrown for 232 yards and two touchdowns along with taking 14 carries for 83 yards on the ground. New Orleans had yet another great performance on both sides of the ball while Atlanta was unable to generate any type of consistent run game which ended up hurting them in this game. Atlanta now drops to 4-8 while the Saints sit at number one in the NFC at 10-2.

Colts survive scare against Texans

The Colts shouldn’t have won this game, yet they did. Houston had the ball at the goal line with only about a minute left in the game while down six points. But a bad snap from the centre to QB Deshaun Watson, resulted in a fumble that the Colts recovered and killed the clock to win the game. Watson wasn’t able to will his team to victory similar to what he has done in the last few games. Houston drops to 4-8 with the loss while the Colts regain first place in their division at 8-4.

Chicago blows big lead to Lions

The Chicago Bears just cannot catch a break after their dominant 5-1 start to the season. They have now lost six straight games which is the longest losing streak for the team since 2002. The Bears were up ten points with about two minutes left in the game when Detroit went down the field and scored. Then their defence forced a fumble on Mitchell Trubisky and recovered it. Detroit then scored again within the same minute and improved their record to 5-7 on the season. Chicago falls to 5-7 as well after this 34-30 loss.

Giants defence stifles Russell Wilson and the Seahawks

Even without their starting quarterback, the Giants were able to pick up a huge statement win over one of the best teams in the league. Their defence was able to force multiple turnovers as well as get consistent pressure on Wilson throughout the game. Colt McCoy ended up only throwing for 105 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but it was their renewed rushing attack that got the job done in this game. The Giants are beginning to string together wins now and look to be a scary team to face off against.

Rams too much for Cardinals as they win 38-28

This was a back-and-forth game for most of the time until the fourth quarter when the Rams rushing attack took over the game. They had 31 carries for 119 yards but rallied off three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Cardinals weren’t able to surpass 100 rushing yards in the game and only picked up 173 yards through the air. It was another disappointing loss for a Cardinals team that has playoff aspirations this year. They now fall to 6-6 on the year and two games behind the Rams and Seahawks who are 8-4 each.

Patriots take charge of the Chargers

It was an unbelievable night to be a Chargers fan as they were crushed 45-0 against the Patriots. Rookie phenom Justin Herbert was held to only 209 yards and two interceptions without a touchdown while the Patriots scored multiple special teams’ touchdowns. Returning a kick for a touchdown and blocking a field goal and returning it for a touchdown. Everything seemed to bounce the Patriots way this week as they now keep themselves alive in the AFC at 6-6 while the Chargers look ahead to next season at 3-9.

Eagles bench Carson Wentz in 30-16 loss to Packers

It is officially Jalen Hurts time in Philadelphia as they have announced him as the starter for their next game against the Saints. Hurts stepped into the game in the second half and put up 109 yards with one touchdown and one interception during their loss. It was better than the 79 yards that Wentz put up in the first half of this matchup. The Eagles got zero success on the offensive side of the ball while Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams tore the Eagles secondary apart. This game was summed up with a 77-yard Aaron Jones rushing touchdown as the game was already set in stone. Green Bay remains one game out of the top seed in the NFC at 9-3 while the Eagles fall to 3-8-1.

Chiefs survive strong fight from Broncos

The Chiefs continue to not make any mistakes. When they begin to have poor games, you have to jump on them and finish it. This was not the case this week as the Broncos were able to hold a lead for the majority of the game until Patrick Mahomes proved his excellence once again and led a comeback victory over the struggling Broncos. The 22-16 win puts the Chiefs at 11-1 on the season while the Broncos stay in third place in their division at 4-8.

Steelers lose their first game of the season

It felt like this day would never come but the Steelers have officially lost their first game of the season at the hands of the Washington Football Team. Pittsburgh did not look good throughout the game, and some of that can be contributed to only having five days of rest between games. They were dropping far too many passes on offence while allowing Washington to fight their way back into the game after being down 14-0 early on. Washington keeps their winning streak alive with this win and remains tied for first place in their division at 5-7 while the Steelers still hold a tight grip on first place in their division at 11-1.

Josh Allen lights up the 49ers in 34-24 win

Allen threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns without an interception against the injury-riddled 49ers who had no answer for Allen’s level of play in this game. The Bills offence did pretty much whatever they wanted throughout the course of the game with the San Francisco offence struggling to get anything going consistently. The 49ers run game was unable to get started and backup quarterback Nick Mullens ended up throwing two interceptions. It was yet another poor week for the banged-up San Francisco team that is still missing Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle among many others. They fall to 5-7 while their playoff hopes begin to dissipate while the Bills stay strong at 9-3.

Ravens walk past Cowboys on Tuesday night 

Baltimore was able to get their star young quarterback Lamar Jackson back from the COVID list this week and he proved his worth in this game. He contributed three touchdowns with two passing and one rushing. The Ravens completely stifled the Andy Dalton led Cowboys in this 34-17 ball game. The win keeps Baltimore in the playoff conversation at 7-5 on the year while the Cowboys are on the verge of elimination after their eighth loss of the season.  

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