The 13th week of the NFL regular was excellent for some and unlucky for others. It also saw specific teams eliminated from playoff contention. It is time for TWSNs weekly stock report from Tayyib Abu and Marissa Myers.
NFC Stock Up
The Dallas Cowboys ruthlessly swatted aside the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. Dallas’ defense ruined Matt Ryan and forced three interceptions and two fumbles from the woeful Colts. The Cowboys are 9-3 and are edging closer to locking up a wild card spot. Good teams dismantle bad teams, and the Cowboys did that to Indianapolis. Not only is Dallas’ stock up, but fans might also want to buy now, as they look in imperious form. Dallas might be the second-best team in the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was ugly; it was stressful and ultimately glorious. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ comeback win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football placed them in pole position to win the NFC South. The Buccaneers are now 6-6, hold divisional tiebreakers over New Orleans, and have chances against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers to ice the division. With the second place Falcons on a losing skid, it will take an almighty collapse for the Buccaneers not to win the NFC South.
NFC Stock Down
The Chicago Bears are now out of playoff contention. A defeat to the Green Bay Packers ended Chicago’s small playoff hopes. The Bears are the first NFC team to be eliminated. Despite Justin Fields’ exponential improvement, the Bears had too many hurdles to overcome this season.
New York Giants
The New York Giants are 1-2-1 since the bye week. Their playoff hopes are dwindling as the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles run away with the NFC East’s top spots. The Giants are now locked in a ferocious fight with the Washington Commanders for the next spot. The Giants drew with Washington at home on Sunday, and their schedule worsens over the next few weeks. With games against the Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and a trip to FedEx Field on the ledger, the Giants must reverse their form.
AFC Stock Up
So, how about that fluke year from the Bengals? Joe Burrow and the Bengals put that to rest when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs for not the first, or second, but third time within a year. Ever since Week Four, Burrow has a 0.6% turnover worthy play percentage which is the lowest among starting quarterbacks. He has been leading the offense the way you want for a contending team, and the defense has continued to step up with great play as well. This has the Bengals at an 8-4 record, and tied for first in the AFC North. As they continue to play sound football, don’t rule them out of winning the division and securing a top playoff spot.
Las Vegas Raiders
Don’t look now, but the Las Vegas Raiders have just won three straight games and now have a 5-7 record. The Raiders currently sit three spots out of playoff contention with the New York Jets (7-5), New England Patriots (6-6), and Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) being the teams in front of them. Their next three games feature the Los Angeles Rams, Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Win all three of them and the Raiders could just roll the dice on squeaking into the last playoff spot.
AFC Stock Down
Well, after losing to the Cleveland Browns, the Houston Texans have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention already. With a 1-10-1 record, their sights are now set on the possibility of having the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. With another pick early in the draft, hopefully they can get a game changer to lead the charge for the team going forward.
New England Patriots
The AFC East is extremely competitive, and losing to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night is not going to help. The Patriots defense held up as best as they could against this Bills’ offense but still allowed Josh Allen to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns while Devin Singletary and James Cook both ran for over 50 yards. The offense for the Patriots is why their stock is dropping, they struggled on third down again, converting only three times on 12 attempts, and they only got to the red zone once. There is a lack of a plan offensively, and it is showing, sitting at 6-6 having an offense that can’t help out is what may lead to the Patriots not making the playoffs.