Week 13 of the NFL regular season saw a surprising amount of movement amongst the top teams in the league. There were a number of unexpected results that triggered teams moving up and down the rankings by leaps and bounds.
One of the biggest upsets was the Kansas City Chiefs’ loss to the Bengals 27-24. The Chiefs had become a frontrunner in the race for the top position but tonight’s loss comes as a big setback. The Eagles on the other hand were able to lock up a big 35-10 win over a strong Tennessee Titans team, catapulting them to the top.
Other notable swings in the rankings include the 49ers who beat the Miami Dolphins quite convincingly and the Vikings who were able to eke one out against the NY Jets.
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5. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were able to beat the Miami Dolphins, 33-17, in a very impressive win this Sunday. The bad news for the team is that starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot and will miss the rest of the season.
Coach Mike Shanahan has not had the best of luck in producing efficient offenses without Garoppolo in the past, so this will be a big test for the team. If San Francisco can however continue to put up a reasonable number of points, their defense should be able to carry them.
Expect the next couple weeks to demonstrate how good this team can be without Garoppolo at the helm.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs fall to fourth place following a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road. The big problem for the team seemed to be the number of possessions, as they were only able to muster eight offensive drives the whole game.
Despite the loss, with Mahomes leading the way the Chiefs are still one of the most dangerous teams in the league. With a 9-3 record, Kansas City should easily make the postseason and will consider anything but a trip to the SuperBowl this year a bust.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings won a one-possession game against a solid Jets team in Week 13 but didn’t look their best in doing so. After blowing a considerable lead in the 3rd quarter, they were able to bounce back and eke out a win in the 4th. On the positive side, the VIkings are now 9-0 in one-score games.
Minnesota’s only two losses came at the hands of the Cowboys and the Eagles. While their numbers aren’t the best, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny that the team knows how to win.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Bills played on Thursday night, showing us pretty much everything we expect from them. Some major positives to take away from the game was James Cook’s ability to get the run game going and Josh Allen’s lack of turnovers.
It was good to see Buffalo get up early and never take their foot off the gas. It’s in stark contrast to the past few weeks.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles absolutely dominated a strong Tennessee Titans team, beating them by 25 points. Jalen Hurts looked like he could do no wrong and the Philadelphia defense forced a number of turnovers which led to points.
The big news for Philly is that the team is proving that they can win a number of different ways. Hurts is capable of winning a game through the air and the team’s front line has the potential to put a lot of pressure on opposing team quarterbacks.
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