NFL Insider: A Look Back at Week 13
Week 13 had a great mix of exciting football and forgettable blowouts. We are going to look back at each game and give a brief take on each of the 32 teams.
Seahawks 31, Eagles 14
Seattle- The Seahawks are as up and down as any team but Marshawn Lynch is in full beast mode. They should give him a new deal.
Philadelphia- I would be surprised if Vince Young is in the NFL next year. This is what it looks like when a team quits.
Titans 23, Bills 17
Tennessee- The Titans are hanging around the playoff race but their loss to Cincinnati may ultimately keep them out. I’d still start rookie Jake Locker.
Buffalo- The Bills ship is officially sunk. Too many injuries, not enough depth or talent.
Chiefs 10, Bears 3
Kansas City- Their only touchdown came on a Hail Mary. It might be time to give Ricky Stanzi a chance.
Chicago- It’s time to give Donovan McNabb a phone call. It’s a long-shot that he’ll save the season, but it’s a better shot than Caleb Hanie.
Dolphins 34, Raiders 14
Miami- So now they decide to play to their potential? The Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in football and no contenders want to play them right now.
Oakland- The Carson Palmer trade doesn’t look so good right now. I fear that it will continue to look worse each passing week.
Broncos 35, Vikings 32
Denver- Tim Tebow can hit wide open receivers and he looks more comfortable throwing the ball. Let’s not get too excited by winning a close game against the 2-10 Vikings missing several starters in their secondary.
Minnesota- This season isn’t about wins and losses, it’s about the development of Christian Ponder. He’ll learn from his mistakes and be better going forward.
Patriots 31, Colts 24
New England- The Pats raced off to a big lead and coasted the rest of the way. It’s doubtful that they’ll lose any more games until the playoffs.
Indianapolis- It turns out that Dan Orlovsky isn’t all that bad. They better bench him before they start winning.
Steelers 35, Bengals 7
Pittsburgh- There might not be a better team in football than the Steelers right now, probably no better team in the AFC.
Cincinnati- They are completely a product of their schedule. Take care of business against bad teams, can’t beat good ones. See the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Panthers 38, Buccaneers 19
Carolina- It’s not crazy to think Cam Newton will be a Top-Five quarterback in two years.
Tampa Bay- The pirate ship in the end zone is sinking. So is Raheem Morris’s head coaching career.
Jets 34, Redskins 19
New York- Say what you must about Mark Sanchez, but the guy is money at the end of close games. 30 wins in less than three years is ultra-impressive.
Washington- If you get the good Rex Grossman one week, you had better be prepared for the bad Rex the next. Get a real quarterback in the draft.
Texans 17, Falcons 10
Houston- They keep winning with great defense and a strong running game. Let’s see if T.J. Yates can keep it up on the road at Cincinnati.
Atlanta- Costly loss for the Falcons as they would’ve moved into the lead for the Wild Card with a win. Two Matt Ryan overthrows, and a Julio Jones drop kept them from scoring 31 points against the Texans.
Ravens 24, Browns 10
Baltimore- No letdown this time after a big win for the Ravens. Perhaps the team is maturing or maybe they just played a really terrible Browns team.
Cleveland- What are they really accomplishing this year? They’ve won just four games with one of the easiest schedules imaginable. No reason to believe they won’t be in last place for a long time.
Packers 38, Giants 35
Green Bay- The Packers absorbed the Giants best shot and lived to play another day. You would have to think that this passing game will be slowed down when the weather gets worse, leaving an opening for someone to beat them.
New York- The Giants played a great game against a spectacular team. They have a much bigger one this week against the Cowboys.
Cardinals 19, Cowboys 13
Arizona- The Cardinals defense is playing much better these days and if they can get Kevin Kolb to play better then they could be a playoff contender sooner rather than later.
Dallas- A timeout Jason Garrett? Really? The Cowboys are leaving the door open for New York.
49ers 26, Rams 0
San Francisco- Great defense and Alex Smith played really well. Everything is just a tune-up until January.
St. Louis- Where did the offense go? They make Jacksonville look somewhat efficient.
Saints 31, Lions 17
New Orleans- They are the second-best team in football and nobody’s talking about them. I can assure you that the Packers want no part of the Saints in the postseason.
Detroit- The Lions appear to be undisciplined and they won’t win any playoff games that way. It’s no lock that they even get to the postseason.
Chargers 38, Jaguars 14
San Diego- Philip Rivers looked like his Pro Bowl self as he was spectacular against Jacksonville. There’s no margin for error with the Chargers as they must win out to have a shot at the playoffs.
Jacksonville- It doesn’t look like Blaine Gabbert is going to be the quarterback they thought when they traded up to get him. Will they select a quarterback in the first round of next year?
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie