Boy, oh Boy. Week 13 of the NFL is ~almost~ in the books, and what a doozy it was. The playoff race is heating up, and several franchises are beginning to feel themselves just in time for it.
The Washington Football Team rallies for their fourth straight dub against the Las Vegas Raiders off the leg of Brian Johnson. However, it’s not all sunshine and daisies in Washington as they likely lost their star Tight End, Logan Thomas, to a torn ACL/MCL. Brutal.
Side Note: The Washington Armada would be a sick new name; make it happen
The Ravens shock everyone at the end of an ugly game. Instead of kicking the PAT with 12 seconds left to force OT, Baltimore decides to go for the two point conversion to end the game. Unfortunately for Ravens fans, Jackson’s pass to Mark Andrews is slightly off the mark to leave the score at 19-20 with a Steeler’s win. This was a 50/50 decision that would make Harbaugh either look like a genius or a fool. Well, it was the latter. (Sorry, not sorry).
The LA Rams get back in the winning column with a win over the pathetic Jacksonville Jaguars. Stafford finishes with three tuddies, and Kupp goes 8-129-1. Kupp now has 100 catches on the season for 1,366 yards; This means, with the lengthened season, if Kupp averages roughly 10 catches for 127 yards/game, he will break THE Megatron’s single season yardage record, AND Michael Thomas’s single-season catch record. Love to see it; Go Kupp go. You can also look for his rookie cards in 2017 Football products.
Did we mention the Bucs? Do we even have to? The reigning Super Bowl champs smacked the lowly Falcons around the field to the beat of a 30-17 final score. Oh, and Brady threw another four touchdowns. Big Shocker, and that’s not sarcasm. I played catch the other day with a buddy and my arm was sore 20 minutes into it. I’m half Brady’s age. Where did he find MJ’s magic water?
The Texans are BAD, and that can’t be stated enough. In a divisional matchup against Indianapolis, Jonathan Taylor went sicko mode AGAIN with 143 yards and two touchdowns. That puts him at 1,348 yards for the season, which is 400 more yards than the next man, Joe Mixon. Oh, and by the way, King Henry has been out for five weeks now, and he’s STILL the third top rusher in the league. It’s a real shame, we might have seen the first back to back 2,000 yard season.
Minshew Mania is back as he leads the Eagles to a 33-18 win over the Jets. The mustache was strong in this one, with a stat line of 20-25, 242 yards and 2 touchdowns. This spoiled Zach Wilson’s coming out party as he finally starts to look like an NFL QB. Who are we kidding? The Jets porous defense spoiled it.
The Cardinals are back at full strength, as Murray finds Hopkins for a first quarter touchdown and beat the Bears 33-22. Montgomery finished the game with 141 scrimmage yards and a TD, but it was not enough to help the Bears pull off the upset.
The battle of the second year QB’s goes to Herbert, as Burrow could not get anything going in the second half. This brings both teams to 7-5, and leaves them with the last two spots in the wild card race.
Miami is on a roll with a victory over the sad Giants, and KC wins an ugly one on Sunday Night. It feels like Mahomes is still shook after last year’s super bowl loss, but we’ll see what the post season brings.
Last but not least, THE LIONS GOT A WIN! AND THE CROWD GOES NUTS! Jared Goff put together an impressive game that included three touchdown passes to lift Detroit to their first victory of the season under new head coach, Dan Campbell. You have to love to see it; Grown men living out their dream and getting quite possibly their only win of the season. It was pandemonium on the field as Goff embraced Campbell. So wholesome; This is why we love sports.
Statistically speaking, this could be a huge year for several players. We’ve already discussed Kupp’s production, but there are several receivers who have already hit that 1,000 yard mark, with the uber talented rookie, Jamar Chase, only 42 yards away. Oh, and Justin Jefferson is only 157 yards behind Kupp. Those LSU receivers are DIFFERENT.
Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, and Justin Herbert are all in a good position to hit the 5,000 yard mark. Can you imagine four quarterbacks in one year hitting that? Reminds me of 2011, the year of the QB.
TJ Watt pulled ahead of Myles Garrett for sack leader following an impressive 3.5 sack performance against Baltimore. He has five games to get seven more sacks and smack Michael Strahan’s record into the atmosphere. And while we’re speaking from a defensive standpoint, Trevon Diggs had yet ANOTHER interception on Thursday night. That brings his season total up to nine, and although he likely won’t be breaking any records, this is a very impressive feat. Oh, and Bobby Wagner is still a beast with a league-leading 137 tackles this year.
With that being said, we have the “Dave and Adam’s Game of the Week” tonight as the Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium. New England thought they could crawl themselves back into relevancy, but Buffalo is likely gonna smoke them into a lovely bowl of clam chowder. Wishful thinking or facts? Guess we’ll find out tonight.