Week 13 of the NFL was a week of extremes as the pressure mounts with the playoff picture heating up. A number of quarterbacks struggled, some making many costly mistakes, while others excelled, leading their teams to much needed victories. It was a week in which some teams were able to further their postseason quests while others lost valuable ground as their playoff chances begin to slip away. Both the Browns and Titans took away positives from week 13, despite being on bye and not playing. For the Browns, it was the first time this season that they did not lose a game and the Titans gained ground in the AFC South with the Texans losing. This was certainly a week of ups-and-downs.
With every week in the NFL comes surprises, while some of them are exhilarating and encouraging, others only lead to disappointment and despair. With any game or contest there will always be a winner and a loser, and is just as true this week in the NFL as it is the next.
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Howard took full advantage of his matchup with the 49ers’ bottom ranked run defense, carrying the ball 32 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He was a beast on Sunday, shedding tacklers as he rushed for at least 100 yards and more importantly, scored for the first time since Halloween. It was an impressive performance from the rookie, who looks to have top-10 potential and is on pace to be a 1,000-yard rusher.
Johnson continued his assault on the record books and managed to accumulate 172 total yards from scrimmage against the Redskins on Sunday. It was his record breaking 12th straight effort as he’s now gained more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season. Johnson joins Edgerrin James as the only other player in NFL history to accomplish this feat. He’ll go for number 13 this week when the Cardinals travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
With New England’s win over the Rams on Sunday, Brady became the all-time winningest quarterback in NFL history. The victory was his 201st career win and moves him ahead of Peyton Manning to top the list. Despite being near the end of his career, Brady is still excelling and should have plenty of opportunities to continue piling up victories while adding to his record.
Joe Flacco had his best performance of the season in week 13, racking up 381 yards and four touchdowns while completing 76.6 percent of his passes. It was an impressive effort from Flacco as the Ravens maintain their hold on the AFC North. NFL Fans were granted a reprieve from having to suffer through another miserable Cleveland Browns’ loss as the team had the week off with their bye in week 13. In his third week back in action, Thomas Rawls scored his first touchdown of the season along with his first 100-yard performance. He amassed 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Seahawks dominant win over the Panthers. Derek Carr has the second most comebacks over the last two years and on Sunday, engineered his sixth fourth quarter comeback this year. The Comeback Kid has now led the Raiders to six straight with their win against the Bills in week 13.