December 3, 2019 by Mike Madden
NFL Week 13
Week 13 brought a little confusion to the NFL – can the Titans really make the play offs? Who can stop Baltimore? Are the 49ers a second rate team in cold weather? Should the NFC East be excluded form the play offs? And, of course, a shout out to Cincinnati for their first win!
So what happened last week?
Predictions were 8-8 – it doesn’t get any easier! Looking forward to seeing who steps up in Week 14.
Bears 24 Lions 20
Bears with a late season revival in a game that meant little to either team.
Bills 26 Cowboys 15
Well, are the Bills genuine contenders or are the Cowboys woeful? It’s the latter! Josh Allen had a great game, Dak Prescott had the opposite. With other results going their way the Cowboys are extremely lucky to still be favourites for the play offs.
Saints 26 Falcons 18
Saints with a comfortable victory and on a roll – but it’s the 49ers next.
Jets 6 Bengals 22
Dalton stuck two fingers up at the coaching staff that benched him – and perhaps the Bengals will upset one or two more before the season ends.
Titans 31 Colts 17
This was going the way of the Colts until quite late, but mistakes did for them. That could be the end of their play off hopes – as the Titans become a surprise candidate for the post season.
Eagles 31 Dolphins 37
Anyone who lets the Dolphins score 37. Anyone who lets the Dolphins win, well, forget the play offs!
Packers 31 Giants 13
Giants kept it close for a while but the coolness of Rodgers and the opportunistic D gave the Packers an easy win. Redskins next and suddenly they are chasing a top seeding again.
Browns 13 Steelers 20
The Browns are officially done, as the Steelers poke their noses into the play off hunt. Still can’t see them playing in January though.
Redskins 29 Panthers 21
Another major upset as the Panthers say goodbye to the postseason and the Redskins could still tie for the best record in the division.
Buccaneers 28 Jaguars 11
Buccaneers rack up more points against the hapless Jags. Even London won’t want to see them play again!
49ers 17 Ravens 20
Ravens win a close one. Was it the weather? Was it the travelling? Or are Baltimore simply the better team. This loss means that the 49ers may well have to play a cold wildcard game – so we may find out.
Rams 34 Cardinals 7
Rams get back on track just in time, but they still have a tough schedule and this could have just been a Cardinals off day.
Chargers 20 Broncos 23
Could this season be the end for Rivers. He has been woeful recently, and the Broncos are certainly no world beaters.
Raiders 9 Chiefs 40
The Chiefs would love to play against Derek Carr every week. With a fully fit Mahomes they can still have a huge say in the play off picture.
Patriots 22 Texans 28
The Patriots have been winning ugly, and now they have lost ugly. Alarm bells at Foxboro in December are rarely heard – but the Ravens and Chiefs certainly have taken note.
Vikings 30 Seahawks 37
The loss will hurt the Vikings, the injury to Cook may hurth them more. The Seahawks win another close one – but their D is decidedly average which must be a worry.
Week 14 Preview
Cowboys at Bears
Cowboys by 3
Teams with identical records, one somehow heading for the play offs and the other heading for oblivion. The Cowboys sneak this one, buoyed by the Eagles loss to the Dolphins.
Panthers at Falcons
Falcons by 14
Freeman has a big game and Ryan keeps the Panthers at bay.
Colts at Buccaneers
Colts by 6
The Winston train comes off the rails as the Colts are more desperate for the win.
Dolphins at Jets
Jets by 10
The Jets loss to the Bengals was for all kinds of reasons. Expect Bell to dominate to hand the Dolphins another loss.
49ers at Saints
Saints by 4
Saints could be excused for taking their foot off the gas as they have already won their division, but there are seedings to play for and the 49ers will be suffering after a crucial loss to the Ravens.
Lions at Vikings
Vikings by 21
The Vikings should be assured of a wildcard and the Lions are unlikely to put a stop to that.
Broncos at Texans
Texans by 17
The Ravens game is a distant memory for the Texans who roll one step closer to the AFC South title.
Ravens at Bills
Ravens by 7
Close defensive battle but the Ravens come through.
Bengals at Browns
Browns by 8
Bengals have renewed optimism but they won’t want to jeopardise that number one pick. The Browns are ready to roll the hype train back into the station, but they should get one more win here.
Redskins at Packers
Packers by 20
Redskins falter as the Packers strengthen their position in the NFC North.
Chargers at Jaguars
Chargers by 10
Rivers with one last hurrah, and the Jaguars with another meltdown.
Steelers at Cardinals
Cardinals by 7
I am waiting for someone to finally kill off the Steelers play off hopes – step forward Kyler Murray.
Titans at Raiders
Raiders by 5
Titans have been on a roll with the Raiders heading in the opposite direction. However, Carr at home puts a few passes together and the Raiders triumph.
Chiefs at Patriots
Chiefs by 9
Chiefs head in to Foxboro and come out with a significant win as the Patriots once again show their weaknesses.
Seahawks at Rams
Seahawks by 4
Which Rams will show up? I think it will be the good Rams, but I also think they still won’t have enough to beat Russell Wilson.
Giants at Eagles
Eagles by 8
A forgettable Monday night encounter that sees the Eagles keep their very slim play off hopes alive.
Ravens beat Bills
Texans beat Colts
Seahawks beat Vikings
49ers beat Cowboys
Divisional Play Offs
Patriots beat Texans
Chiefs beat Ravens
Packers beat 49ers
Saints beat Seahawks
Chiefs beat Patriots
Packers beat Saints
Packers beat Chiefs