• Allison Verrino

Week 13 Review

There’s a reason why the 13th floor is unfinished in most buildings and why elevators do not have a number 13 button in them. Superstition says the number 13 is said to be unlucky. Apparently, the same is true when it comes to week 13 in the NFL, which was very unlucky for 2 of the top teams in the league. Let’s explore the superstition shall we:

The Saints barely avoided getting caught up in this silly superstition, they had to hang on in the 4th quarter to get out of Atlanta with a W. They’re still sitting pretty atop the NFC South and currently hold the #1 seed in the NFC.

On the other hand, the Bears were not as fortunate. They blew a 10 point 4th quarter lead to the Lions and lost any chance of making a run at a Wild Card spot. Come to think of it, the Bears weren’t unlucky, they’re just not good. The Lions seemed to change their luck by firing their coach, maybe for something for the Bears to explore?

The Browns luck has seemed to drastically change. So much so that even the 13 couldn’t stop them from beating the Titans and securing their first winning season since 2007. Thirteen threw the Titans for a loop. They lost to the Browns, again and Derrick Henry had a fumble lost in the game. That never happens.

The Bengals bad luck started 2 weeks ago when they lost Joe Burrow for the season. Coe to think about it the Bengals have always been unlucky. In 2006 Carson Palmer had the Bengals poised for a deep playoff run, until he only played 2 snaps of their first round match up against the Steelers. He tore 2 ligaments in his knee, while completing a 66-yard TD to Chris Henry. The Bengals haven’t seen the playoffs since and will have to wait at least one more year. Dan Marino wore 13 for the Dolphins, he never won a Super Bowl, as a matter of fact he only played in one, in his rookie season. He played for 17 seasons and never got back. Do Tua and Fitzmagic have what it takes to avoid 13 and get the Fish back to the playoffs this year? This Sunday Tua had lady luck by his side as he led his team past the Bungles.

It took almost an entire OT for the Vikings to avoid being hit by the curse of 13. As they barely scrapped by a very game Jaguar team on Sunday.

If it wasn’t for bad luck the Jets would have no luck at all. They keep finding very interesting and creative ways to lose games this season. This Sunday, Gregg Williams sent the house on at Derek Carr on 4th and a prayer. Ruggs got behind the rookie corner and Gregg Williams was history the next day. If you ask me Williams wanted to get fire and be put out of his misery. The Raiders were lucky that in week 13 they did not become the Jets sole win of 2020.

Thirteen got the best of DeShaun Watson and the Texans. Set up first and goal at the Colts 4-yard line with under 2 minutes left in the game, a muffed snap and a fumble recovery by the Colts. Game Over.

The Cardinals were victims of turnover misfortune in the Desert on Sunday. Never mind the fact that Kyler Murray’ shoulder hasn’t seemed right since the New England game. They were also unlucky that they caught the Rams on one of their good weeks. The Rams have been off and on the entire season, luckily this week they were on, and that proved to reap big benefits, because:

The Seahawks were hit square between the eyes with a 13 thrown at them by the Giants defense. I don’t care what you say, no one saw this coming, including Pete Carroll and his Seabags. The Giants, led by back up QB Colt McCoy went to Russell’s house and weren’t polite to their host. They sacked him 5 times and turned him over twice. Week 13 cost the Seahawks first place in the NFC West, which now belongs to the aforementioned Rams.

Week 13 proved to be very unlucky for one Carson Wentz. He lost his job! Benched for rookie Jalen Hurts. Wentz’s, who signed a huge extension in2019, now has an uncertain future with the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers looked at week 13 and laughed right in its face. He set records for being the quickest QB to 400 TDs and the only NFL QB to throw for 35+ TDs in 5 seasons. I guess 12 trumps 13?

It figures that rookie QB Justin Herbert would go up against a Bill Belichick defense in Week 13. Herbert who is going to be either one or two in the offensive rookie of the year voting had thrown for a TD in every game he started this season. That all stopped on Sunday against the Patriots. Belichick made him look like a rookie hold him to under 200 total net yards passing and forcing him to throw 2 INTs. 13 didn’t and never will stand a chance against the greatest the game has ever seen. Despite only getting a combined 126 yards passing and 2 TDs out of 2 QBs on Sunday, the Patriots managed to shut out the Chargers 45-0. I know, I can’t explain it either.

Thoroughly out played by the Broncos, the Chiefs need some 2nd half magic from Patrick Mahomes to avoid the curse of Week 13. Mahomes magic not only catapulted the Chiefs past Denver Sunday night, it also catapulted them to the top of the AFC, due to the fact that...

… The WFT upset the previous unbeaten Steelers in the Monday Matinee game. The Steelers fell victim to the superstition that circles around week 13, that and the WFT defensive front as well. They say one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity, the Football team took this opportunity to keep pace with the Giants atop the now feared NFC East.

The 49ers have no luck with Week 13 this season. They were evicted from their home, to Covid, and sent to their division rival’s home (Glendale, AZ), where the spike is actually higher than in Santa Clara. True story! The Bills returned to the scene of the robbery in Week 10. Although this time, Josh Allen made sure this story wasn’t going to repeat itself. He looked like he was growing up in front of our eyes. He went on the road, against a top 10 defense and dominated them with his passing game.

It just figures a team like the Raven are able to use Week 13 to their advantage, they were able to get healthy in time for their Tuesday night matchup against Dallas. On the flip side, the week 13 was not one these Cowboys want to remember. The Ravens rushed for 294 yards on 37 attempts, and there was nothing that Mike McCarthy or Jerry Jones could do about it.

See you next week.

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