Week 13 in the NFL always feels like one of the longest weeks of the season due to three Thanksgiving games being held on Thursday. It is the first week in two months in which every team had a game as there are no more bye weeks for the rest of the season. Teams like the Cowboys, Patriots and 49ers picked up losses that could prove costly in reaching their end of season goals, where the Texans, Bills, Steelers, and Titans secured upset wins that move them closer to the finish line. With the Baltimore Ravens’ home win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens became the Vegas favorites to win the Super Bowl. They are the first team to surpass the Patriots this year in the Vegas Super Bowl Odds.
Top Games And Moments From The Weekend
Buffalo Bills 26 Dallas Cowboys 15: You were probably in the middle of a self induced food coma as the Dallas Cowboys were getting blown out at home on Thanksgiving by Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys, desperate for a signature win off Jerry Jones’s comments post Patriots game, drove right down the field to take a 7-0 lead. Things were looking good, briefly, until a few Prescott turnovers and a few Dan Bailey missed field goals flipped the game around completely. The Bills scored 26 straight points on the Cowboys and held a 26-7 fourth quarter lead. Dallas scored a garbage time touchdown late, and remain winless vs teams who hold a winning record on the season. The Bills, now 9-3 are almost firmly cemented into the 1st wild card spot in the AFC, even with a tough schedule down the stretch. The clock is ticking on the Jason Garrett era in Dallas.
Miami Dolphins 37 Philadelphia Eagles 31: Why are we writing about a Dolphins vs Eagles game? The play of the season, thats why! The Dolphins trailing 13-7 in the second quarter ran one of the most unique plays on 4th and goal which resulted in the punter throwing a touchdown to the kicker. Don’t believe us? Check the play out here. Miami behind Ryan Fitzpatrick would go on to beat the Eagles in a game that Philly were 11 point favorites. It is significant because Philly could have tied Dallas for first place in the NFC East, but now remain one game behind after missing a serious opportunity Sunday. No one wants to win the NFC East it seems.
Baltimore Ravens 20 San Francisco 49ers 17: A potential Super Bowl matchup lived up to the hype in what was a well played game, in adverse weather conditions. The 9ers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but it would be the last time they led all game. The Ravens came surging back for 17 first half points, and took a 17-14 lead into halftime. The weather and some 4th down gambles really slowed the scoring in the second half as both teams flexed their defensive muscle. In the end, it was Lamar Jackson making plays with his arm and legs on the final drive that ended in an ice cold kick from all-pro kicker Justin Tucker to win the game. With the win (and Patriots loss) the Ravens moved into the #1 overall seed in the AFC, meanwhile the 9ers dropped from #1 to #2 in the NFC ahead of their matchup vs the New Orleans Saints. The 9ers have a brutal schedule to close the season out, and if they don’t pick up some big wins, they could fall from #1 overall to #5 overall in the NFC playoff picture.
Houston Texans 28 New England Patriots 22: The Pats entered the contest with a 10-1 record vs Houston under Belichick but also with a bad case of the flu. Numerous Patriots players traveled in a separate team plane and bus as the flu virus spread through the locker room during the week. The Texans off extra rest facing a sick Patriots team took full advantage jumping out to a 14-3 halftime lead. They grew that lead to 21-3 then 28-9 before Tom Brady and the Pats came surging back late. The Pats nearly recovered an onside kick late to complete what would have been the most improbable comeback of the year, but the Texans held on for a deserving win. The game really wasn’t as close as the score line insists, as Brady and the offense struggled all day, and Watson shred one of the NFL’s best defenses. The Patriots now fall to 10-2 and the #2 overall seed in the AFC ahead of their matchup vs the Chiefs, while the Texans maintain a big one game lead over the surging Titans in the race for the AFC South.
As far as the bubble teams go, the Los Angeles Rams kept their season alive blowing out the Cardinals in Arizona 34-7. Their schedule is brutal to close out the season, and will have to win out to get in which includes games vs the Seahawks, Cowboys, and 49ers. The Steelers behind third string quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges got a big home win vs the surging Cleveland Browns in a revenge game from the Myles Garrett incident a few weeks ago. The Steelers now 7-5 are penciled into the final wild card in the AFC, for now. Amazing job by Tomlin and company given their quarterback and overall injury situation all season.
The Tennessee Titans have been one of the hottest teams in the league under new quarterback Ryan Tannehill who has rejuvenated his career in Nashville. They won on the road in Indy essentially ending the Colts season. The Titans at 7-5 are tied with Pittsburgh for the final wild card, and are one game back of the Texans in the AFC South, with two matchups vs Houston remaining on their schedule. The Chiefs secured their position in the AFC West, blowing out the Raiders who have had two straight miserable performances falling to 6-6. The Raiders are on the outside looking in for a wild card birth now. The Chiefs are at 8-4, and behind the Texans on head to head tie break. How those two finish the season will have big implications on potential 2nd round playoff matchups.
In a pivotal NFC Matchup, the Seahawks will take on the Vikings tonight in Seattle as both sides enter the contest as the #5 and #6 teams respectively in the NFC. Seattle can move into a tie with San Francisco in the NFC West with a win, as can the Vikings with the Packers in the NFC North. We like Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to stay hot at home and beat Cousins and the Vikings 24-20.
As far as week 14 goes, here are the notable games:
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans @ Oakland Raiders
Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams
If your fantasy teams continue into the playoffs this week, congratulations on making it this far. If they did not, join the club with the rest of us as we enjoy the final couple weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season.