Well, we had some big games on Week 13, and we also had a few teams make some statements ahead of the final few weeks of the season.

The Philadelphia Eagles crushed the Tennessee Titans with AJ Brown, the man the Titans traded away on draft day, being their chief tormentor along with Jalen Hurts. While the San Francisco 49ers defense showed their quality in dominating the league-leading Miami Dolphins offense in their 33-17 win over the Fins.

We also saw the improving Detroit Lions put up 40 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Cowboys racked up a record number of points in the fourth quarter, giving them a 54-19 win over the hopeless Indianapolis Colts.

However, perhaps the most eye-catching result was the Bengals defeating the Colts for the third time in a row, a result which not only opens up the race for top seed in the AFC, but which will give the Bengals real hope of topping their own division.

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Let’s now take a look at some of the movers and shakers that were the stars of Week 13 in the NFL.

NFL Matchday 13 – Main Stories

Cowboys Fourth Quarter Rout Against Colts – Heading into the fourth quarter of this game, the Cowboys held a narrow 19-21 lead and the Colts were very much in the game. However after Matt Ryan threw two interceptions and then fumbled the ball, the Cowboys racked up 33 points unanswered in the fourth quarter to become just the third team in NFL history to score as many points in the fourth quarter.

AJ Brown Returns To Haunt Titans In Big Eagles Win – Titans fans were aghast when the team traded away AJ Brown to the Eagles during the NFL Draft and while his replacement Treylon Burks made a fantastic catch for a touchdown, he was hurt on that play and didn’t return, the folly of letting Brown go came back to haunt them as the wide receiver caught 2 touchdowns from 8 passes and 119 yards as he torched his former team.

49ers Defense Net Dolphins To Land Big Win – The clash between the best offense and defense in the NFL proved to be somewhat one-sided as the 49ers quality defense laid the foundation for their 33-17 win over the Fins. Even the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo for the season with a broken foot didn’t hamper the 49ers as Brock Purdie stepped in to his shoes well to lead the 49ers offense to two touchdowns and a big win.

Bengals Are Chiefs Bogey Team After Third Consecutive Win – Ask Patrick Mahomes who he won’t want to face in the playoffs and the Cincinnati Bengals would likely be top of the list. Joe Burrow led his team to a third straight win over the Chiefs which puts the Bengals just one game behind the Chiefs and Bills as the AFC Leaders and in doing so, opens up the race for the top seed in the AFC.

Jets Fail To Take Off As Vikings Pillage Win – The New York Jets must have fancied their chances against the Minnesota Vikings and while their defense did well to hold Justin Jefferson, they were uncharacteristically poor in the first half, conceding 20 points before half time. The Vikings move to 10-2 and a playoff place is all but assured now, but the Jets have work to do if this season is not to tail off into disappointment.

NFL Star Performers of the Week – Offense/ST

  • WR Garrett Wilson (Jets) – 8 receptions for 162 yards
  • QB Jared Goff (Lions) – 31/41 for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • WR Amon Ra St.Brown (Lions) – 11 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • QB Jalen Hurts (Eagles) – 29/39 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns, 5 rushes for 12 yards.
  • WR AJ Brown (Eagles) – 8 receptions for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • WR Devonta Smith (Eagles) – 5 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown
  • WR Terry McLaurin (Commanders) – 8 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown
  • WR Tyreek Hill (Dolphins) – 9 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown
  • QB Geno Smith (Seahawks) – 28/39 for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • WR Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) – 9 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown
  • WR DK Metcalf (Seahawks) – 8 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown
  • RB Josh Jacobs (Raiders) – 26 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown
  • WR Davante Adams (Raiders) – 8 receptions for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • QB Joe Burrow (Bengals) – 25/31 for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • RB Samaje Perine (Bengals) – 21 carries, 106 yards, 6 receptions, 49 yards.

NFL Star Performers Of The Week – Defense

  • Cleveland Browns – The Browns defense were not supposed to steal the show in this one as DeShaun Watson made his long-awaited and controversial debut for the Browns however while they did hold the Texans to just two scores, the Browns defense also scored three touchdowns that proved vital in Cleveland’s ultimate victory which came in spite of the play of their new star QB.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Coming up against the Dolphins offense, the most potent in the league, was supposed to be a big test for this 49ers defense and when Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a foot injury, they needed to step up and they did so big time, holding the Dolphins to just 17 points while racking up 33 points with a rookie at quarterback. That is hugely impressive and a warning that this defense is super bowl worthy.
  • Baltimore Ravens – Admittedly, holding the Broncos faltering offense to nine points isn’t particularly remarkable given that they have had so many struggles this season, but once again the Ravens defense came up big when they needed to with Lamar Jackson ruled out of the game after the first quarter they battled hard to hold the Broncos to just three field goals while allowing them to steal a tense 10-9. Victory.
  • Buffalo Bills – The New England Patriots are always a tough ask at Foxboro and the Buffalo Bills landed another key divisional win. While their offense put up 24 points, the defense conceded just 10 points against the Patriots offense led once again by Mac Jones and this could prove to be a key win for them in the division.
  • Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings defense held the Jets to just one rushing touchdown and they intercepted Mike White twice in their 27-22 win. Garrett Wilson scored plenty of yards against the Vikings, but they kept him out of the end zone and that bend not break defense was enough to hand the Vikings a victory which all but assures them of a place in the playoffs barring a disaster

NFL Rookies Of The Week

  • CB DaRon Bland (Cowboys) – 8 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 2 interceptions
  • CB Tariq Woolen (Seahawks) – 7 tackles, 3 passes defensed, 1 interception
  • WR Christian Watson (Packers) – 94 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
  • QB Brock Purdy (49ers) – 210 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns
  • RB Brian Robinson (Commanders) – 111 yards in total (96 rushing yards)
  • WR Garrett Wilson (Jets) – 8 receptions for 162 yards
  • LB Nakobe Dean (Eagles) – 4 tackles, 1 assist
  • WR Jahan Dotson (Commanders) – 5 receptions, 54 yards, 1 touchdown

NFL Key Injuries

  • QB Lamar Jackson (Ravens) – Day to day with knee injury.
  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) – Out for season with broken bone in foot.
  • RB Kenneth Walker (Seahawks) – Sprained ankle, likely out 1-3 weeks.
  • WR Courtland Sutton (Broncos) – Hamstring injury likely out 2-6 weeks.
  • WR Quez Watkins (Eagles) – Shoulder could be out 1-6 weeks
  • WR Treylon Burks (Titans) – Concussion – In concussion protocol.
  • QB Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) – Ankle – should be fit for next weekend
  • WR David Bell (Browns) – Hand – due further tests to see severity of injury.
  • WR Jacobi Meyers (Patriots) – Concussion – In concussion protocol.
  • CB Anthony Brown (Cowboys) – Achilles tear. Out for the season.

NFL Bonehead Play of The Week

Poor old Texans fans must think that we are picking on them given the number of times that they have appeared in this section but this week it is replacement Quarterback Kyle Allen who gets this dubious honour.

In a game where the Texans defense stopped their former QB Deshaun Watson on his Browns debut, Allen first fumbled a QB sneak out of the Texans endzone, which the Browns defense then returned for a TD.

Then to rub salt into the wound, Allen then threw an interception to Chase Winovich who grabbed the ball to score another six points for the Browns as they landed a big win thanks to their defense.

Lovie Smith hardly endorsed Allen post-game, stating if changes were to be made he’d inform the press in due course. It seems a matter of when, rather than if, those changes are made.

NFL Matchday 13 – Results

  • Buffalo Bills 24-10 New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers 28-19 Chicago Bears
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16 Atlanta Falcons
  • New York Jets 22-27 Minnesota Vikings
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 14-40 Detroit Lions
  • Tennessee Titans 10-35 Philadelphia Eagles
  • Cleveland Browns 27-14 Houston Texans
  • Washington Commanders 20-20 New York Giants (OT)
  • Denver Broncos 9-10 Baltimore Ravens
  • Miami Dolphins 17-33 San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks 27-23 Los Angeles Rams
  • Los Angeles Chargers 20-27 Las Vegas Raiders
  • Kansas City Chiefs 24-27 Cincinnati Bengals
  • Indianapolis Colts 19-54 Dallas Cowboys
  • New Orleans Saints 16-17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Standings After Matchday 13

NFC North NFC West NFC East NFC South 
AFC North AFC West AFC East AFC South 

NFL Matchday 14 – Fixtures & Betting Tips

Thursday 9th December

  • Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-9)

Sunday 11th December

  • Baltimore Ravens (8-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)
  • Cleveland Browns (5-7) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
  • Houston Texans (1-10-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (9-3)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) @ Tennessee Titans (7-5)
  • Minnesota Vikings (10-2) @ Detroit Lions (5-7)
  • New York Jets (7-5) @ Buffalo Bills (9-3)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) @ New York Giants (7-4-1)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) @ Denver Broncos (3-9)
  • Carolina Panthers (4-8) @ Seattle Seahawks (7-5)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
  • Miami Dolphins (8-3) @ Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)

Monday 12th December

  • New England Patriots (6-6) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-8)

Bye Week – Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders

NFL Matchday 14 – Top Betting Tips With Bet365

We landed just the one tip last week, but it was a decent odds one with the Bengals indeed landing the win over the Chiefs. That said, I’m looking to do considerably better this week with this selection of tips.

  • Las Vegas Raiders to cover the spread (-7) against the Rams – 11/10
  • Baltimore Ravens to beat the Steelers by 1-6 points – 10/3
  • Tennessee Titans to beat the Jaguars by 1-6 points – 14/5
  • Buffalo Bills to beat the Jets by 7-12 points – 17/4
  • Miami Dolphins to beat the Chargers by 7-12 points – 11/2

NFL – Power Rankings (After Week 13)

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) (7,4,2,1,3,2,2,2,1,2,1,1,1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) (9,12,13,9,5,4,5,4,3,1,3,3.2)
  3. Dallas Cowboys (9-3) (19,17,11,6,4,7,6,5,5,9,6,4,3)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) (2,2,4,3,2,3,3,3,4,4,2,2,4)
  5. Buffalo Bills (9-3) (1,1,1,2,1,1,1,1,2,3,4,5,5)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4) (16,11,17,15,9,10,13,10,14,13,10,8,6)
  7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) (8,15,12,11,13,9,9,13,11,12,9,7,7)
  8. Miami Dolphins (8-4) (13,7,3,4,14,16,14,14,12,6,7,6,8)
  9. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) (6,8,6,8,7,8,11,8,10,11,8,11,9)
  10. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) (23,25,29,24,25,20,12,9,8,10,13,15,10)
  11. New York Jets (7-5) (32,27,31,26,19,13,7,11,6,8,12,10,11)
  12. New York Giants (7-4-1) (22,10,15,14,6,5,4,7,7,5,11,12,12)
  13. Tennessee Titans (7-5) (24,31,23,19,12,15,8,6,9,7,5,9,13)
  14. Washington Commanders (7-5-1) (18,23,26,30,28,27,21,19,18,16,15,13,14)
  15. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) (3,5,16,10,8,6,10,12,13,14,16,14,15)
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) (4,3,8,12,11,12,16,21,16,17,17,17,16)
  17. New England Patriots (6-6) (26,20,24,28,24,19,23,15,15,15,14,16,17)
  18. Detroit Lions (5-7) (28,21,25,27,29,30,32,32,28,25,20,19,18)
  19. Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) (17,24,30,21,27,28,24,28,29,31,27,25,19)
  20. Cleveland Browns (5-7) (14,18,9,13,16,22,26,22,22,27,26,24,20)
  21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) (10,16,21,29,32,26,30,30,31,30,29,27,21)
  22. Green Bay Packers (5-8) (11,9,7,5,10,11,15,16,20,18,18,20,22)
  23. Atlanta Falcons (5-8) (29,30,27,20,23,18,19,20,21,21,19,18,23)
  24. Arizona Cardinals (4-8) (25,19,22,17,18,23,18,23,24,19,22,21,24)
  25. Carolina Panthers (4-8) (30,32,28,31,31,32,29,27,30,29,23,23,25)
  26. New Orleans Saints (4-9) (12,14,18,23,17,21,25,18,19,23,25,28,26)
  27. Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) (15,29,20,25,22,17,20,25,25,20,21,22,27)
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) (31,26,14,18,21,25,28,29,26,28,31,26,28)
  29. Los Angeles Rams (3-9) (5,6,5,7,15,14,17,17,17,22,24,29,29)
  30. Denver Broncos (3-9) (20,13,10,16,20,24,27,24,23,24,28,30,30)
  31. Chicago Bears (3-10) (21,22,19,22,26,29,22,26,27,26,30,31,31)
  32. Houston Texans (1-10-1) (27,28,32,32,30,31,31,31,32,32,32,32,32)