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2022 NFL Week 13 Takeaways

By Jeff Stinger

Another fantastic Sunday of football is in the books with Week 13 delivering fascinating outcomes that ended up shaking the playoff picture in both conferences. From fallen quarterbacks to another gunslinger making his long-awaited season debut and everything else in between, let’s once again examine all the important developments of the week.

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Top Takeaways from 2022 NFL Week 13

Burrow 3, Mahomes 0

In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, Kansas City found itself on the losing end of another battle against Cincinnati. And with that, Joe Burrow extends his win streak over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to three straight meetings.

Burrow (286 passing yards, two touchdowns) had a much better afternoon than Mahomes (223 passing yards, one TD) thanks in large part to the return of JaMarr Chase, who ended his five-week stint on the IR with seven catches for 97 receiving yards in his first game back from injury. Burrow now has the distinction of being the only NFL QB to have won all three of his career matchups against Mahomes.

The Bengals have won four straight games themselves and are breathing down the Ravens’ necks for the AFC North title. The two are currently tied in the standings, with Baltimore now in a more precarious position than ever this season (more on the Ravens up next). Meanwhile, the Chiefs lost their hold of the best record in the AFC and are now tied for the conference lead with the Bills at 9-3. KC does still have a comfortable three-game cushion in the AFC West standings as the Chargers also fell in Week 13 to the rivaling Raiders.

Costly Wins for the Ravens and Niners

Baltimore and San Francisco had a lot in common this week, as both division leaders picked up huge wins and improved to 8-4 on the season even without their respective starting quarterbacks under center for most of the contest.

The Ravens eked out a low-scoring one-point victory over the Broncos thanks to the heroics of backup QB Tyler Huntley, who filled in for Lamar Jackson early in the first quarter and led his team to a 16-play, 91-yard game-winning drive in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter. Jackson suffered a knee injury to put Baltimore’s postseason run at risk, but head coach John Harbaugh stated that it’s not a season-ending injury and that it may take just days or weeks for Lamar to recover from this setback.

Elsewhere, the 49ers also came out with a much-needed victory over the surging Dolphins in Week 13 and have now won five consecutive contests. However, Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot during San Fran’s opening drive and will miss the remainder of the season. This leaves the Niners with their third-string quarterback, rookie Brock Purdy, at the helm of the offense the rest of the way. Purdy was dubbed Mr. Irrelevant in this year’s NFL Draft as the last player taken off the board, but he’s now considered highly relevant in terms of San Francisco’s chances of winning the Super Bowl this season.

Deshaun’s Dud Debut, and a Tie-Dyed Day in The Meadowlands

It sure wasn’t pretty, but the Browns did just enough to give relatively new franchise QB Deshaun Watson a win in his debut performance for his new team. Watson went just 12-for-22 for 131 passing yards and an interception as he was understandably rusty in his first game back in almost two years. There’s still time for Cleveland to make a late push for a wild card spot and it all starts and ends with Watson’s return to form hopefully sooner than later.

Over in the NFC East, the division continues to be as hotly contested as ever, to the point that the divisional clash between the Giants and Commanders ended in a 20-20 tie. That deadlock could end up costing both New York and Washington a playoff spot, especially with the latter losing grip of its spot as the seventh wild card entry in the NFC standings to date. The G-Men will face the Commanders again two weeks from now and also have two crucial matchups against the league-leading Eagles on the horizon.

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