Top Five NFL Games of Week 13

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Top Five NFL Games of Week 13

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Top Five NFL Games of Week 13

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Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports 

The 2022 NFL season continued to bring thrilling action in Week 13. There were plenty of thrilling games that were either close or blowouts. TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, Isaac Nelson, and Andrew Little give the top five games of Week 13.

Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos 

The Broncos traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in an exciting finish. On the surface, this game consisted of a lot of punts and a low scoring game, but showcased two elite defenses. The Broncos’ offense has issues, however, as in the game even with excellent field position at times they only scored nine points. The Broncos defense did show some awesome things with timely turnovers against a backup quarterback. On the Ravens side the defense as said looked awesome, but in a bad turn of events Lamar Jackson suffered an injury and so Tyler Huntley took over. And against a great defense, he looked pretty good, especially on some quarterback scrambles. This was especially important on their last drive of the game. Down six, Baltimore drove down the field and scored a touchdown using Tyler Huntley’s legs and converting on fourth down. The extra point was good to take the lead, and on a long field goal attempt, the Broncos fell short in dramatic fashion. (Isaac)

Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans

The Cleveland Browns traveled to Houston to take on the Texans. Unfortunately, we all know why this is such a big storyline this week, Deshaun Watson has completed his 11 game suspension and will suit up for the first time in 700 days. To put it nicely, Watson was extremely rusty. He completed 12-of-22 passes for 131 yards and one interception. Luckily for him, his defense and special teams came to play as they scored three touchdowns against a bad Texans team. The Browns had one fumble return for a touchdown, one pick-six, and one punt return touchdown as they would seal the win for the Browns. Watson will look for his first touchdown next week. (Logan)

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals 

The AFC is wide open after the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24. The Chiefs fell out of first place in the conference, and the Bengals maintained their position tied for the AFC North lead. Cincinnati shut down once and for all any claims that last season’s Super Bowl run was a fluke. The Bengals are legit, and they are here to stay. Ja’Marr Chase did not miss a beat in his return, catching seven passes for 97 yards. Joe Burrow played excellent football, completing 81% of his passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. His ability to extend plays and make tight-window throws helped secure the victory, culminating in a third-down completion to Tee Higgins. Burrow has been one of the best quarterbacks in football this season and is firmly in the MVP conversation. Patrick Mahomes played valiantly, extending plays on numerous occasions, including a 42-yard play to Marquez Valdes-Scantling on third down of the game-tying third quarter drive. His team may not be in the driver’s seat of the conference anymore, but Mahomes is still the most valuable player. The Chiefs’ schedule gets significantly easier in the next five weeks. On the other hand, this was the beginning of an end-of-season gauntlet for the Bengals that includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and a crucial Week 18 home matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams are in solid standing to make the playoffs and could face each other again. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Mahomes against Burrow. (Andrew)

 

Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers 

Heading into this game, there was one major storyline, Mike McDaniel returning to San Francisco to take on his former colleague in Kyle Shanahan. It looked as if the Dolphins were going to make this a high scoring game as on the very first play of the game, Tua Tagovailoa found Trent Sherfield for a 75-yard touchdown. The 49ers offense responded with a field goal drive on what would be Jimmy Garoppolo’s only drive of the day, as he suffered a broken foot and was quickly ruled out. The defense for the 49ers stepped up, only allowing one more touchdown the rest of the game and that didn’t come until the fourth quarter. The 49ers also went on to intercept Tagovailoa two times, on back-to-back drives for the Dolphins offense, the first was secured by Jimmie Ward, the other by Deommodore Lenoir. The 49ers defense stepping up helped make things easier on rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, who came in the rest of the game after Garoppolo went down. Purdy commanded the offense with ease in his first game, completing 25-of-37 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. It helps when you have a running back like Christian McCaffrey, who the Dolphins had no answer for. McCaffrey finished with 66 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards. With a dominant defense, and an offense setup to help quarterbacks transition easily, the 49ers showed they are still a top contender in the NFC. (Marissa)

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams 

The Seattle Seahawks improved to 7-5 after taking down the Los Angeles Rams this past weekend. It was a back-and-forth game between the two division rivals, and a game that Seattle had to have to help keep their playoff chances strong. Quarterback Geno Smith was incredible, throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Smith has really improved his play this season and is a major reason as to why the Seahawks hold a wild card spot currently. It was a fun game to watch. The undermanned Rams tried their best, but just couldn’t get over the hump against Seattle. (Matt)

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