Black Friday, indeed. The Packers are dead in the water after getting humiliated by the Lions. In spite of Mike Tomlin’s best efforts, the Steelers are doomed following the latest nailbiter against the hated Ravens. It’s over.
Maybe we should hold off on eulogizing either team, at least for another couple weeks. Same goes for shoppers already looking for merchandise stamping the Dallas Cowboys as 2013 NFC East champs.
Yes, the holiday season is upon us… but the regular season is barely heading into the turn for the final stretch. Like that baked, brined or fried bird carcass in your fridge, there’s still plenty of meat left on the NFL bone.
Consider where we were one Thanksgiving weekend ago:
Colin Kaepernick won his second career start since replacing Alex Smith as the Niners starting QB, while rookie Russell Wilson’s Seahawks lost in Miami to fall to middling 6-5. By New Year’s Eve, the Falcons were the only NFC team with a better record than San Francisco or Seattle.
Matt Schaub’s 10-1 Texans opened up a two-game lead in the race for the AFC’s #1 seed after beating the Lions in overtime. By New Year’s Eve, they were 12-4, had dropped to the conference’s 3-seed, and were on the way to getting dumped in Foxboro in the divisional round.
The Giants got to 7-4 with a dominant 38-10 win over Green Bay. By New Year’s Eve, they were 9-7 with nothing to do in January.
The 6-4 Steelers got dumped in Cleveland while the Colts and Bengals won, heating up the AFC wildcard race that ultimately left 8-8 Pittsburgh out in the cold.
Chicago got to 8-3 with a win at home against the 6-5 Vikings. By New Years Eve, Minnesota had caught the Bears at 10-6, getting the playoff spot thanks to the tiebreaker.
In other words, go eat some cold turkey. A lot more’s gonna go down before the ball drops.
Let’s get to the Week 13 scores.
Warning: do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the finals of this week’s remaining games.
(2-1 this week, 113-65 on the season)
S. Vereen: 114 yds/scrimmage, 2 TDs
B. Weeden: 302 yds, 2 TDs
A. Luck: 324 yds, 2 TDs
A. Peterson: 191 yds, 3 TDs
C. Sturgis: 44-yd FG w/:04 left
PHI D: 3 takeaways
J. Stewart: 125 yds, TD
E. Manuel: 366 yds, 2 TDs
F. Gore: 110 yds, TD
G. Bernard: 131 yds/scrimmage, 2 TDs
E. Decker: 99 yds, TD
E. Manning/R. Griffin III: 7 combined turnovers
M. Lynch: 2 TDs
Enjoy the rest of Week 13 and all those leftovers, everybody….