It may sound crazy to some, but more actually happened around the NFL in Week 13 than the Philadelphia Eagles losing for the first time Week 2. Hopefully the Eagles’ 2017 bandwagon is still safe for the remainder of the season after the shocker that went down on Sunday night.
As for those other things that went down during Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season, well they actually happen to be pretty interesting too.
Dolphins top the Broncos in TurnoverPalooza 2017
Entering their matchup on Sunday, the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins had a combined 44 turnovers through 12 weeks this season. So, of course, both teams could not help themselves from coughing the ball up on Sunday (they have reputations to keep up, c’mon)
Despite turning the ball over three times, the Dolphins were able to get an easy 35-9 win over the Broncos this week. Miami generated 11 points from Denver’s mishaps on Sunday, including two safeties and a 30-yard pick six by Dolphins corner Xavien Howard in the second quarter.
The Broncos’ defense had an interception return for a touchdown of their own on Sunday when Denver safety Justin Simmons picked off a pass thrown by Miami quarterback Jay Cutler in the third quarter and ran it back 65 yards the other way. Even in a blowout, Cutler still finds a way to toss a pass or two to his opponent.
Big day from the defense leads the Rams over the Cardinals
Much of the talk about the Los Angeles Rams’ surprising success in 2017 has been centered around the numbers their offense has been able to put up. But the Rams’ possess a very talented unit on the other side of the ball as well.
An impressive second half from the Los Angeles defense helped the team earn their ninth win of the year on Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals and even guaranteed them finishing with a winning record in a season for the first time since 2003.
After the Cardinals’ offense was able to put 13 points up on the board and rack up 168 total yards in the first half, the Rams’ defense held Arizona to just three points and 144 total yards of offense in the final two quarters of Sunday’s matchup (49 of which came on the Cardinals’ final drive of the game in garbage time).
Oh, and as for the points Los Angeles put up? They scored at least 30 points in game for the seventh time this season (they accomplished this once in 2016).
Bortles’ impressive performance helps get the Jaguars their eighth win of 2017
No need to schedule an emergency appointment to the eye doctor, the above headline does indeed indicate that Blake Bortles actually had a good day throwing the ball during the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 30-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Jaguars quarterback tossed two touchdowns and threw for more than 300 yards for the second time this season. Quite the difference from Bortles’ recent performances, which saw him finish his two previous games with no more than 160 passing yards.
But most importantly, do not think that this impressive day from the Jacksonville quarterback is about to become something of the norm. What he did on Sunday was against the NFL’s worst pass defense, so just take that into account when thinking about possibly making a Bortles-related hot take in the near future.
Titans run their way to a victory over the Texans
Back in Week 4, the Tennessee Titans were one of the first victims of the Deshaun Watson scoring spree and ended up allowing 57 points in a loss to the Houston Texans. The Titans’ second matchup of the season with the Texans on Sunday went much differently, likely because Watson was not under center for Houston.
Thanks to the offense running for an impressive 198 yards on just 25 carries, Tennessee pulled out a 24-13 win over the Texans this week. Titans running back Derrick Henry led the team in rushing for the day with 109 yards on 11 attempts, including a game-sealing 75-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Tennessee improves their record to 8-4 and is able to keep pace with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fight for the AFC South crown this year. The Titans have not won the division since 2008 when “Mr. 7-9” himself was the team’s head coach.