The playoff picture got a little more interesting after a few surprises.
Both the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had Week 13 off. And that means for the remainder of the season (barring any COVID-19 issues), there will be a 16-game slate for each of the final four weeks of 2020. Of course, there’s still three games to play this week as the Steelers and 49ers take on Washington and Buffalo, respectively, on Monday and the Ravens host the Cowboys on Tuesday. And two teams clinched playoff berths on Sunday.
New York Jets 0-12
Last week: L, 31-28 vs LVR
Last rank: 32nd
The winless Green and White welcomed the Raiders to MetLife Stadium for the second consecutive season. And Adam Gase’s club showed a lot of spunk in overcoming an 11-point second-half deficit. Sam Darnold finished with three turnovers but also threw for 186 yards and two scores and ran for another. The Jets owned a 28-24 lead late in the fourth quarter but could not stop Derek Carr and Henry Ruggs III in the final seconds. The misery continues.
Jacksonville Jaguars 1-11
Last week: L, 27-24 at MIN (OT)
Last rank: 31st
It would wind up being another frustrating outing for Doug Marrone’s team as the Jaguars owned a nine-point first-quarter lead and a 16-6 advantage very early in the third quarter. Rookie running back James Robinson totaled 108 yards from scrimmage and one TD and linebacker Joe Schobert returned a Kirk Cousins’ pick 43 yards for a TD. But Jacksonville would finish the day with four turnovers, including two picks and a lost fumble via Mike Glennon.
Los Angeles Chargers 3-9
Last week: L, 45-0 vs NE
Last rank: 28th
The Bolts returned home to take on the Patriots, a team they had dropped five straight games to dating back to 2010. Rookie signal-caller Justin Herbert was humbled by Bill Belichick’s defense as he hit on just 26-of-53 passes for only 209 yards and two interceptions. The defense gave up 165 yards rushing and the Chargers’ special teams allowed a pair of touchdown via a punt return as well as a blocked field goal on the final play of the first half.
Dallas Cowboys 3-8
Last week: TUES at BAL
Last rank: 29th
The team last saw the field on Thanksgiving Day and Mike McCarthy’s club was eventually humbled by a Washington club that would finish with 182 yards on the ground in a 41-16 victory. The club has a Tuesday clash in night Baltimore and entering Week 13, the Cowboys had allowed the most rushing yards per game in the league and the most points per contest in the NFL. However, quarterback Andy Dalton knows the Ravens extremely well.