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Thanksgiving NFL Weekend isn’t Over: Must Watch Week 13 Games

If you’re reading this it likely means you survived Thanksgiving — well done. As a reward for your intestinal fortitude — both metaphorical and literal — you get to spend a second day loafing on the couch watching the NFL. Congratulations! Unless your a fan of the Bengals, the only team in the league to have been mathematically eliminated through Week 12.

Sunday, Dec. 1
Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) vs Miami Dolphins (2-9)
The Eagles crashed and burned Sunday, falling 17-9 to the Seahawks as QB Carson Wentz threw two interceptions and twice fumbled the ball away. Adding injury to insult, Wentz hurt his throwing hand, though X-rays were negative, he’ll be going in for more tests. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pair of picks, both of which led to Cleveland TDs as the Dolphins lost yet again, 41-24.

Green Bay Packers (8-3) vs New York Giants (2-9)
The Packers got dominated on both sides of the ball: Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 33 for 104 yards and a touchdown and got sacked five times, while the defense gave up two TD passes of 40+ yards as the San Francisco 49ers smoked ‘em 37-8. The G-men dropped their seventh straight, losing 19-14 to the Bears as Daniel Jones managed just 150 yards on 36 pass attempts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
The Bucs’ Vita Vea set the NFL record for heaviest player ever to score, as the 347-pound defensive tackle, who had checked into the game as a fullback, pulled in a one-yard TD pass from Jameis Winston in Tampa’s 35-22 win over Atlanta. The Jaguars went into the third quarter trailing by just four points when the Titans went into beast mode, covering 147 yards and scoring four TDs in one stretch of six offensive plays en route to a 42-20 Jacksonville loss.

San Francisco 49ers (10-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
The Niners made a statement this past weekend trouncing Green Bay 37-8 as the defense sacked Aaron Rodgers five times and held him to 104 yards and Jimmy Garapollo completed 14 of 20 for 253 yards and two TDs. Lamar Jackson did it again, this time under the bright lights of Monday night, completing 15 of 20 for 169 yards and five touchdowns and rushing eight times for 95 yards. To lead the Ravens to a 45-6 vivisection of the Rams. All due respect to the Patriots, this one looks a lot like a Super Bowl preview. And with all due respect to Russell Wilson, Jackson is now number one in QBR, number three in passer rating, number nine in rushing yards, number one in yards per carry, and the Ravens are first in points, second in yards (one behind Dallas), and first in point differential — that is quite the MVP case.

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4pm
Los Angeles Rams (6-5) vs Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)
The Rams got left in a ditch by the Ravens Monday, falling 45-6, as Lamar Jackson threw five TD passes and the Rams’ offense failed to get into the end zone, thanks in part to a running game that amounted to 22 yards on nine carries (15 of those yards coming on a single play). The Cards are two weeks removed from putting a scare into the Niners before blowing a fourth-quarter lead to fall 36-26 on a day when Kyler Murray completed 24 of 33 for 150 yards and two TDs and carried the ball eight times for 67 yards.

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8:20pm
New England Patriots (10-1) vs Houston Texans (7-4)
The league’s stingiest defense prevailed against the league’s number one offense as the Patriots won 13-9, keeping the Cowboys out of the end zone in a game that saw Tom Brady extend his NFL record with his career 75th different touchdown target. DeShaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 30-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cap a 20-17 win over the Colts on Thursday.

Monday, Dec. 2, at 8:15pm
Minnesota Vikings (8-3) vs Seattle Seahawks (9-2)
The Vikings are back in action two weeks after overcoming a 20-0 deficit to beat the Broncos 27-23 with Kirk Cousins completing 299 of 35 for 319 yards and three TDs. Another week, another one-possession win for the Seahawks, who beat the Eagles 17-9, as Philly QB Carson Wentz threw a pair of picks and fumbled twice, though Russell Wilson saw his MVP campaign take a hit, as he completed 13 of 25 for 200 yards, a touchdown and a pick, and was sacked six times.

Stats courtesy Pro Football Reference