As you guys might or might not have seen, there was no Thursday sport final night time.
Since there was no sport, I obtained to spend some bonus time with my seven-month outdated child and let me simply say, I did not understand how a lot now we have in frequent: We each like to eat, we each like to sleep and we additionally each cry each time we’re up previous our bedtime. I feel she additionally has her personal e-newsletter, but it surely’s principally all child gossip, so I am not going to push it on you.
Though there was no soccer on Thursday night time, it is nonetheless been a loopy 24 hours within the NFL, which implies we have got a number of information to unpack right here, so let’s get to the roundup. As all the time, if you wish to share the e-newsletter with 15 of your closest associates after which inform them to share it with 15 of their closest associates, you simply must click on right here and seize the hyperlink so you’ll be able to shoot it their means. If in case you have greater than 15 associates, congratulations, you are extra fashionable than me, but in addition, be happy to subscribe all of them to this text.
1. At the moment’s Present: NFL Week 13 greatest bets
Usually, we spend our Friday present recapping the Thursday night time sport, however since there was no Thursday sport, we determined to do one thing simply as entertaining for at this time’s present: We unveiled our greatest bets for Week 13. And once I say “we,” I do not really imply me. I used to be hanging out with my seven-month outdated child and though she may be very talkative — she’s even mastered three syllables — she’s not fairly podcast prepared.
Though I wasn’t on the present, Will Brinson did deliver out the massive weapons to assist him him choose video games with Pete Prisco, R.J. White and Kenny White all leaping on the podcast. The fellows spent almost 60 minutes going over their greatest bets for each single sport being performed this week, so let’s try just a few of them.
To listen to what the remainder of one of the best bets are for Week 13 — and there are fairly just a few — be sure you click on right here so that you can take heed to the whole episode of the podcast.
2. Saints, Steelers and Chiefs can all clinch a playoff spot this week
Because the NFL season will get prepared to go into Week 13, we nonetheless have not seen a SINGLE TEAM clinch a playoff berth. There are a complete of 14 spots within the postseason this yr and as of proper now, ALL 14 OF THEM are nonetheless up for grabs. Nevertheless, that would change this week and that is as a result of there are three groups that would find yourself clinching a playoff spot: The Chiefs, Steelers and Saints might all stamp their ticket to the postseason earlier than Week 13 is over.
Let’s take a fast take a look at just a few of the clinching eventualities for every crew. I am not going to say any of the eventualities that contain ties, however in the event you you are desirous about these eventualities, be happy to click on right here. Should you do click on over, be sure you deliver a pencil and paper, as a result of issues get sophisticated if you embody clinching eventualities that contain ties.
The Steelers do not want all three of these groups to lose, simply one among them. Nevertheless, the extra probably state of affairs is that each one three of these groups win. If that occurs, all of the Steelers should do to clinch a spot is win on Monday. The Steelers may clinch the AFC North title with a win, a Browns loss and by clinching the energy of victory tiebreaker over Cleveland.
I am simply going to go forward and say it, the one means the Chiefs are clinching this week is that if they beat Denver, as a result of in contrast to the Steelers, they want ALL THREE of the these groups to lose. The Chiefs may clinch the AFC West title with a win PLUS a Raiders loss or tie.
Best option to clinch: Beat Atlanta AND Bears lose to Lions.
Though there are just a few different eventualities the place New Orleans might clinch a spot, all of them contain ties, which implies the one means the Saints shall be incomes a playoff berth his week is that they beat the Falcons COMBINED with a Lions win over the Bears.
3. Ravens and Seahawks have best remaining energy of schedule
With simply 5 weeks left within the season, you’d suppose the playoff image could be clearing up, however by some means, it looks like issues have simply gotten murkier. As I simply talked about, there are 14 playoff spots and NONE of them have been claimed but.
Should you’re making an attempt to determine who’s going to make the playoffs, one option to make an informed guess is to have a look at the remaining schedule for every playoff contender. As an example, though the Ravens are at the moment on the surface of the AFC playoff race trying in, issues are literally shaping up properly for them down the stretch and that is as a result of they’ve the EASIEST remaining energy schedule of any crew within the NFL.
Over the ultimate 5 weeks, the Ravens will solely face ONE crew that at the moment has greater than 4 wins and that crew is the Browns, who they beat 38-6 earlier this season. Should you’re making an attempt to foretell who’s going to win the NFC West, the Seahawks look like one of the best guess proper now and that is as a result of they’ve the second-easiest remaining schedule. An enormous purpose for that’s as a result of their subsequent three video games are in opposition to the Giants, Jets and Washington.
Should you’re searching for a darkish horse crew, it won’t be loopy to select the Cowboys to win the NFC East. They’re just one sport out of first place AND they’ve the third-easiest remaining schedule of any crew within the NFL. After Tuesday’s sport in opposition to Baltimore (6-5), the Cowboys shut with the 49ers (5-6), Bengals (2-8-1), Giants (4-7) and Eagles (3-7-1).
Here is a take a look at the 5 groups with the simplest remaining schedules:
1. Ravens (Opponents have a .336 mixed profitable share)
2. Seahawks (.364)
T-3. Raiders (.382)
T-3. Cowboys (.382)
5. Buccaneers (.386)
For a take a look at the place each crew ranks, be sure you click on right here. And because you’re in all probability questioning, the Falcons (.632) have probably the most troublesome remaining schedule.
4. Rams and Chargers could possibly be compelled to go away Los Angeles
After watching the 49ers get kicked out of the Bay Space, the NFL is now making contingency plans in case the Rams and Chargers are additionally compelled to go away. This is sort of a soccer model of that Kurt Russell film, “Escape from L.A.”
From Charles Robinson over at Yahoo Sports activities:
“[NFL] operations might not be capable of proceed [in California] quickly and contemplating the place we’re at within the schedule, dramatic adjustments just like the 49ers’ relocation of operations might embody the rest of the season,” an unnamed supply advised Robinson. “That could possibly be the case for all the groups [in California]. The scenario is being monitored and the way it will influence the remainder of the season is a bit fluid proper now. However one of the best factor everybody can do is simply put together for any eventuality.”
California governor Gavin Newsome launched a brand new regional stay-at-home order for the state that may restrict capability at many public locations to only 15%. Though this hasn’t impacted the Chargers or Rams but, the NFL is planning forward in case it does.
The 49ers needed to head to Arizona after Santa Clara County advised them that they could not maintain video games at Levi’s Stadium for the subsequent three weeks. As for the L.A. groups, the Rams will certainly be probably the most fascinating one to observe. The Rams might doubtlessly be internet hosting a house playoff sport this yr, which implies if they’ve to maneuver, the playoff sport mainly turns into a impartial website assembly.
If both crew finally ends up shifting, Dallas and Las Vegas would appear to be the more than likely choices.
5. NFL Week 13 picks
That is the ultimate e-newsletter of the week, which implies I really feel morally obligated to cram as many picks as doable into this area. I crammed down 18 pancakes at breakfast this morning, so I do know I am good at cramming.
With that in thoughts, we have got extra Week 13 picks coming your means and people shall be coming from Will Brinson, Jonathan Jones and Tyler Sullivan. Here is how issues are going to work: I will provide you with one choose from every man after which direct you to the remainder of their picks. That means, in the event you like their choose, you can learn the remainder of them, but when they choose in opposition to your favourite crew, you’ll be able to ignore the remainder of their picks and transfer on.
- Will Brinson: Lions (+3) at Bears. The Lions simply fired their coach and as you could or might not have seen, groups all the time appear to win after firing their coach, not less than this yr. The Falcons and Texans each received after dumping their coach and Brinson is anticipating the Lions to do the identical. PICK: Lions 24-17 over Bears (Cash line: +140). For the remainder of Brinson’s Week 13 picks, be sure you click on right here.
- Jonathan Jones: Browns at Titans (-5.5). The Browns have misplaced three video games this season and people losses have come by a complete rating of 92-15. Principally, when the Browns lose, they lose huge and Jones is anticipating them to lose. PICK: Titans win (Cash line: -255). For the remainder of Jones’ Week 13 picks, be sure you click on right here.
- Tyler Sullivan: Eagles at Packers (-8.5). This sport is being performed on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Discipline and you must by no means guess in opposition to Aaron Rodgers when he is taking part in on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Discipline. For the reason that begin of the 2009 season, Aaron Rodgers is 18-2 in December dwelling video games and 16-4 ATS. Take Rodgers and do not suppose twice about it. PICK: Packers 33-17 over Eagles. For the remainder of Sullivan’s Week 13 picks, be sure you click on right here.
6. Steelers protection on observe to tug off unbelievable triple crown
An enormous purpose the Steelers are 11-0 heading into Week 13 is as a result of their protection has quietly been placing collectively among the best statistical seasons in NFL historical past.
By way of 12 weeks, not solely do the Steelers lead the NFL takeaways and sacks, however they’ve additionally given up the fewest factors within the league. If you wish to know the way troublesome it’s to steer the league in all three of these classes, simply take into account this: No NFL crew has ever achieved it earlier than.
Over the course of their historical past, the Steelers have produced a number of the greatest defenses in NFL historical past, however this one is likely to be one of the best. If the Steelers can win the defensive triple crown, that might permit them to do one thing that not even the Metal Curtain groups of the Seventies had been capable of do.
That being mentioned, even when the Steelers solely lead the NFL in two of the three classes, that might be a great omen and that is as a result of each different crew that has pulled that off went on to win the Tremendous Bowl. Here is the checklist of the groups that led the NFL in not less than two of the aforementioned three classes.
1985 Bears: The Bears ended up beating the Patriots within the Tremendous Bowl 46-10.
2000 Ravens: The Ravens ended up beating the Giants within the Tremendous Bowl 34-7 and the one factors from New York really got here on a kickoff return for a landing.
2013 Seahawks: The Seahawks would go on to destroy the Broncos 43-8 in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII.
For extra on simply how dominant the Steelers protection has been this season, be sure you click on right here.
I do not normally get too enthusiastic about Professional Bowl voting, however I’m this yr, as a result of votes are pouring in for kickers, and let me simply say, I by no means thought I would reside to see that. Within the AFC, Rodrigo Blankenship is the main vote-getter at kicker with 80,890 votes thus far. Within the NFC, Younghoe Koo is on high on the kicker place with 115,348 votes.
Sadly, I do not suppose most people actually cares about punters, as a result of the main vote-getter within the AFC (Matt Haack) solely has 39,091 votes. I feel the apparent reply right here is for him to begin a marketing campaign known as “Haack the vote” the place he will get hackers to create a program that may vote for him 1000’s of instances per second. That is in all probability not authorized, however I just like the “Haack the vote” identify a lot that I am hoping it occurs.
Alright guys, I must go relaxation as a result of we have got an enormous week developing with video games on Sunday, Monday AND Tuesday in Week 13. On a considerably associated be aware, each time I inform my spouse there is a Tuesday sport, I feel she thinks that I am making it up. On that be aware, I am going to see you guys subsequent week!