Welcome back, everyone! I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving weekends with family and friends!
Now, let’s be honest. All of yesterday’s games had a tough act to follow after the wonder that was college football on Saturday. Oh my word…it was all so good. But there was still plenty of decent action in the NFL this week, capped off with tonight’s incredible NFC matchup. Let’s dive into Week 13!
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (Lions won, 40-10)
Let’s just say I found a few other things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys won, 31-24)
Matt McGloin’s first half was stronger than his second half, but he held his own against the Cowboys and is giving Raider nation something to be hopeful about in the future.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (Ravens won, 22-20)
The ramifications of Mike Tomlin’s extracurricular participation in Jacoby Jones’ return are still forthcoming. Rumor has it – emphasis on rumor, the league hasn’t confirmed anything – that a six-figure fine and a potential loss of a draft pick could be on the way.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Panthers won, 27-6)
No shame in this loss, Bucs. The Panthers are the real deal.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (Jags won, 32-28)
Look who’s on a win streak! The Jaguars won their third game in a row against the Browns on Sunday. Fascinating fact of the day: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is the first player to ever have back-to-back 200-yard games – and both of those banner days came in losses.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (Colts won, 22-14)
The Colts put themselves back in a good position to win the division and secure their playoff spot, but still didn’t look quite the same on offense. It was a lot of field goals and one excellent touchdown late for the win.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (Vikings won, 23-20 OT)
It’s official: no one wants to win the NFC North.
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles won, 24-21)
Nick Foles stayed perfect – 3 touchdowns, no interceptions – in this battle of the birds.
New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Patriots won, 34-31)
The Texans looked less awful than they have in past weeks – they were even up 17-7 at the half! But Brady will be Brady. He will score 27 points in the second half and send you on your way not knowing what hit you.
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (Dolphins won, 23-3)
I’ve never felt so locally-televised-football challenged as I do this year living in upstate New York. We get every Giants and Jets game…and as this score indicates, it has been an underwhelming viewing season to say the least. True story: this one got so bad by halftime that we turned it off in favor of Christmas movies. That was the depth of our desperation.
(Although I am prone to watch as many cheesy Hallmark movies as possible between now and January. I can’t help it. I love them.)
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (Broncos won, 35-28)
The Broncos officially swept their series with the Chiefs. That happens when Peyton throws 5 touchdowns – 4 of which went to Eric Decker.
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (Falcons won, 34-31 OT)
Oh, Buffalo. Just another heartbreaking loss to add to the pile. And for the Falcons, their first win since October. And it came in Toronto. Of course!
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (49ers won, 23-13)
The Niners are back in the swing of things. Or, as Jim Harbaugh said in his postgame presser, “We’re in the position we’re in.” Cool.
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (Bengals won, 17-10)
The Bengals have all but solidified their hold on the AFC North, and the Chargers have all but played themselves out of contention. Almost. There’s still some wiggle room for wildcard teams in both divisions.
NY Giants at Washington Redskins (Giants won, 24-17)
The Giants are showing signs of life again. They came back from an early 14-point deficit to win, shutting the Redskins out in the 4th quarter while scoring 10-point of their own.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (MNF on ESPN)
THIS GAME. What a fitting wrap up to such a great long weekend of football! The Saints, hot as ever, will try to best the Seahawks at home, something no team has done since 2011. As if that weren’t enough, the Seahawks also haven’t lost on Monday Night Football since 2005. Keep a close eye on this one; it could very well be an NFC Championship preview.