What we learned from Week 13 in the NFL
By Outer Banks Voice on December 10, 2020
By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
JalenHurts (Photo credit: Drew Hallowell/Philadelphi Eagles)
- It’s definitely Jalen Hurts time. The Packers were up 23-3 with 11 minutes and 19 seconds left when Hurts threw a touchdown strike on 4th and 18 to Greg Ward. Jalen Reagor then returned a punt for a touchdown, and suddenly it’s 23-16. Yes, the Packers ended up winning, but Hurts clearly sparked the floundering Eagles who desperately need a change from the flailing Wentz.
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- The Rams just may be for real. After Seattle lost to the Giants and the Rams beat the Cardinals, they moved into first place in the NFC west. The Rams defense is legit, led by the extraordinary Aaron Donald. And whatever you think of Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods make up one of the best receiver tandems in the league. The 8-4 Rams at this point are a good, but not great team that has a shot at an upset in the playoffs.
Logan Thomas runs pasy Cameron Sutton on his way to a 15-yard touchdown against the Pittsburg Steelers. (Photo credit: Alex Mowrey/Pittsburg Steelers)
- The team without a name is in command. The Giants are now 5-7 and in first place in the NFC Least. This past week in Seattle, with Daniel Jones hurt and the immortal Colt McCoy starting, the Giants beat Seahawks 17-12. Meanwhile, Washington absolutely stunned the previously undefeated Steelers 23-17 with Comeback of the Year candidate Alex Smith at the helm. The Football Team has the easier schedule, and who knows when Daniel Jones will be back, so look for Washington to actually win this division.
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- Are the Patriots a playoff team? The Patriots beat the Chargers 45-0 this past week which now means they’ve won 4 out of their last 5. But there is a ton of competition for the AFC wildcard like the Colts, Raiders, Browns, Dolphins, and Ravens. And their upcoming schedule is difficult with games against the Rams, Dolphins, Bills. The coach may have done one of his better coaching jobs, but I think New England falls short of the playoffs.
Aaron Rogers (Photo credit: Corey Wilson/packers.com)
- At the moment, Rodgers is the MVP. There are two players right now who should be in the conversation for MVP — Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Rodgers has a 68.9% completion rate, 3,395 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, only 4 interceptions, and a 118.5 passer rating. Mahomes has a 68.3% completion rate, 3,815 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns only 2 picks, and a 113.8 passer rating. Right now I’d give it the nod to Rodgers because he doesn’t have the play calling and weapons that Mahomes has (aside from Davante Adams.)