2017 NFL: Week 13

Thursday
Redskins-Cowboys

Sunday
Chiefs-Jets
Patriots-Bills
49ers-Bears
Ravens-Lions
Vikings-Falcons
Buccaneers-Packers
Texans-Titans
Colts-Jaguars
Browns-Chargers
Rams-Cardinals
Giants-Raiders
Panthers-Saints
Eagles-Seahawks

Monday
Steelers-Bengals

6 Responses to “2017 NFL: Week 13”


  1. Mitchell

    The Cowboys are still alive for the playoffs, and the Redskins are all but done. I think this pretty much guarantees Cousins will be in a different uni next season unless the Redskins apply a third straight franchise tag on him.

  2. Reid

    Eagles-Seahawks

    I thought the Seahawks were going to lose and possibly get wiped-out. I was surprised that the Seahawk OL did as well as they did in pass protection. Actually, the OL was also competent against the Eagles last year, if I recall (or at least they didn’t get blown up). This causes me to wonder if the Seahawks just match-up well against the Eagles. I think this is the case of the Seahawk defense. The Eagles used a lot of shotgun and didn’t run the ball enough, especially from center, or utilize play action. I believe the Seahawk defense is well-suited to defend the way the Eagles played.

    I also think the Seahawk offense having long drives, running a lot of plays was decisive. The Eagles slipped into a death spiral because of this in my opinion.

    Panthers-Saints

    This game was pretty good at the start, but I felt like the Panthers offense was anemic.

    Vikings-Falcons

    A part of me wants to say this was a good game, but for some reason it doesn’t feel that way. I suspect part of my feeling stems from my waning interest in the NFL. Another part of me says that the game was kinda dull because you just have two pretty good, not great, teams facing off. To give a college basketball comparison, it’s like a game with two teams that execute well, but lack any really super star player. I tend to find these games uninteresting.

    Giants-Raiders

    Giants are bad, and in that context I would say the Raiders played badly, on both sides of the ball. The miscues suggest that the coaching is a problem. Additionally, Carr is either more injured than we realize, or he’s regressing.

  3. don

    Cowboys, Redskins:
    The Cowboys D dominated the Redskins. Cousins played okay, but really had only two good drives (both the 2 minute type) one right before the half and one when the game was close to being out-of-hand. I’m surprised the Cowboys D could look that different with just a few changes.

    Dak wasn’t great again. That’s two straight games that he wasn’t great. He still seem poised in this one (He seems to be poised as long as the Cowboys are in the game), which is a good sign. He just wasn’t playing well.

    Vikings, Falcons:
    Vikings’ D was a little better in this one than last week. Again though, they were average to good on first and second down and just great on third down. I would think that’s all coaching. Atlanta’s D held up pretty well. I thought the Vikings ran well in spots, but overall the Falcons did a great job of taking away the Vikings receivers.

    Eagles, Seahawks:
    I’m still not 100% on the Wentz bandwagon. He makes a few unbelievable plays, but overall he is an average QB. I think I’ve seen him play three or four times this year, and in all the games if I were to eliminate four plays a game, he would be average the rest of the game. I agree with Reid that the Seahawks offense looked pretty good in this one overall. But the Eagle’s D didn’t lose this game, their offense did.

  4. Reid

    I think I’ve seen him play three or four times this year, and in all the games if I were to eliminate four plays a game, he would be average the rest of the game.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “average” or what plays you would eliminate. If you’re talking about eliminating his big plays, I feel like you could this about a lot of QBs, including Russell Wilson.

    I agree with Reid that the Seahawks offense looked pretty good in this one overall.

    They still can’t run the ball to save their lives, which, I just don’t understand. The pass-blocking has improved over time, thought, and it’s definitely good enough. Now, if only the run-blocking could get to that level. (Actually, I don’t recall seeing a lot of run plays that the Eagles blew up from the start. Then again, it didn’t seem like the Seahawks ran a lot.) For all intents and purposes, the Seahawks are a pass first offense. (Ugh.)

    But the Eagle’s D didn’t lose this game, their offense did.

    Yeah, but their defense couldn’t get off the field. (Side note: That all out (cover 0?) blitz that lead to the near TD was not a good move. If played against Wilson, I wouldn’t do that. Wilson is good at hitting home runs in those situations.)

  5. Don

    I’m not sure what you mean by “average” or what plays you would eliminate. If you’re talking about eliminating his big plays, I feel like you could this about a lot of QBs, including Russell Wilson.

    I think you sort of can say that about Wilson, because over his career I don’t think he’s super efficient on third down. But I don’t think you can say that about “a lot of QBs”. Not the elite one’s anyway. I think I heard Wentz on first and second downs this year hasn’t been great. He’s been unbelievable on third and long, but you cannot sustain that over a career. Of course he will get better, but my point is he’s not there yet. And I’m not sure the Eagles will be able to rely on that this year. Hopefully for the Eagle fans, the running game (which has been good if not great) and defense will carry them, but the facts that the Eagles are consistently in third and long (one of the worse teams, I believe) and haven’t played a great schedule this year have me leaning the Vikings in the NFC.

  6. Reid

    Of course he will get better, but my point is he’s not there yet.

    If that’s your point, I agree. Wentz is not on the same level as an Aaron Rodgers, for example. I think he can struggle with reading defenses and handling blitzes–and his ability to extend plays helping him overcome those deficiencies. But I assume, over time, he’ll improve in these areas. I’m on the bandwagon that has a high confidence he’ll be really good, if not great, some day. Of the young QBs, he’s at the top of the list. On another note, I do think he’s a legitimate candidate for MVP this year.

    With the Vikings, I have a hard time being confident that their offense is good enough. But they’re aren’t a lot (any?) great defense this year, so that bodes well for them.

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