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Week 13 – Winners and Losers


A.J Brown

The A.J. Brown revenge game went just the way Brown would have hoped for on Sunday, as the reciever had 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns against the Titans. Brown had eight catches against his former team in a dominant Week 13 win that took his Eagles to 11-1 on the year. Also, he currently has more receiving touchdowns than every Tennesse receiver combined, proving that he was certainly worth the money. 

Brock Purdy

This year’s last overall draft pick, dubbed ‘Mr. Irrelevant’, came into his first career game in Week 13 and led the 49ers to a 33-17 win against Miami. Purdy didn’t blow anyone away with his performance but delivered a very solid line of 25/37 for 210 yards. The quarterback threw for two touchdowns and only turned the ball over once while becoming the first ever ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ to complete a pass in the NFL. With Garoppolo out for possibly the rest of the season, it may be on Purdy to lead a very talented San Francisco team into the playoffs. He won’t have to be the best in the league but taking a team with this much star power and expectation into the postseason won’t be an easy task.  

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow is the best version of himself when he plays against Patrick Mahomes. The third year signal caller is now 3-0 against Mahomes after yet another 3-point win against the Chiefs in Week 13. Burrow outshined his opponent statistically as well, going 25/31 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. In the playoff race, his Bengals are now 8-4 and tied for the division lead with Baltimore, who will have to manage without Lamar Jackson for at least next week. Burrow has also crept into the MVP conversation alongside Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa and frontrunner Mahomes.  


Bears Fans

For Bears fans, there is nothing worse than seeing Aaron Rodgers come to town. However, with how things have been going this year, there had to be a thought that this time could be different. The Packers came into Week 13 with a record of 4-8 while the Bears sat at 3-9 despite the outstanding recent play of Justin Fields. On Sunday, they played a great game for three quarters and took a 19-10 lead into the fourth before it all went bad…again. With 18 points for and zero against in the final quarter, the Packers stole the win at Soldier Field and Aaron Rodgers moved to 12-1 in his last 13 Chicago games. Afterwards, he couldn’t help but tease the fans, saluting them on his way out and calling Chicago his “second home”. 

Mark Ingram

New Orleans’ loss on Monday Night Football was one of the worst in the league this year. After stalling Tom Brady and the Buccaneers all game, the team let Tampa Bay score two touchdowns in just over three minutes to steal the contest and basically eliminate them from playoff contention. Although you can never blame one person for a loss like this, a lot of questions were rightfully asked of Mark Ingram after the game. On a 2nd down with just over five minutes to play, Ingram ducked out of bounds a yard short of the first down much earlier than he had to. The Saints would then throw an incomplete pass on third before giving the Buccaneers the ball back. If New Orleans gets another set of downs here, Tampa Bay likely would not have had enough time to come back and win.  

Russell Wilson

It’s gone from bad to worse for Russell Wilson and the Broncos this year and Week 13 was no different, as the team lost 10-9 to the Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens. Denver now holds the second worst record in the AFC at 3-9 and Russ has just four passing touchdowns in the last seven games and 8 on the season. Unfortunately, the offence is the sole reason for their struggles, as Denver’s defence has been one of the best in the league. Their points-per-game of 13.8 is dead last in the NFL and a historically bad number. If the Broncos had scored just 20 points in every game this year, they’d be 9-3. 

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