Last week we had our eyes on the Falcons running game vs. the Commanders run defense. Atlanta averaged 5.8 yards per carry, but Washington got the win.

Against the Texans the Miami offense didn’t quite have the explosion we expected, but they were plenty efficient and Tua had another big game. He also took four sacks, which wasn’t so great.

And in the red zone battle between the Bengals and Titans, it was Tennessee’s offense that bogged down and settled for field goals, and it cost them the game.

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Here are the three matchups in NFL Week 13 that we’re most excited to see.

Trevor Lawrence vs. Jared Goff

In a weekend of great matchups you wouldn’t normally zero in on a pair of four win teams, but this game is going to be a good one.

Trevor Lawrence had a breakout game last week, and the way he played in the fourth quarter was everything we’ve seen since he was at Clemson. He’s also got the Jags moving up the ranking at Cold, Hard Football Facts, and they are now 11th in Real Quarterback Rating and 10th in Offensive Passer Rating.

His counterpart, Jared Goff, has been toggling between average and below average since he played in the Super Bowl four years ago. But he actually tops Lawrence in Offensive Passer Rating, ranked ninth in the NFL.

This is going to be a fun game.

Justin Jefferson vs. Sauce Gardner

The Defensive Rookie of the Year award is all but Sauce Gardner’s at this point. He has played this first season like a true shutdown corner, and his play is a big reason why the Jets defense is one of the best in the league.

Not to overstate things, but Justin Jefferson’s play has been so elevated this season that he is inviting comparisons to the greatest wide receivers of all-time, including his fellow Viking Randy Moss. There is nothing that Jefferson doesn’t do at an elite level, and we have yet to find a hole in Gardner’s game. In terms of young stars locked in a head-to-head battle, this is as good as it gets.

Eagles Rush Offense vs. Titans Rush Defense

Cold, Hard Football Facts has the Eagles ranked No. 1 in the NFL in Offensive Rusher Rating, and of course they are. They just became the 16th NFL team since the merger to rush for 350 yards in a game.

Miles Sanders has 900 yards already and he’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry. And that guy Jalen Hurts isn’t so bad either, at 597 rushing yards for the season. Philadelphia has 21 rushing touchdowns in 2022.

But Cold, Hard Football Facts has the Titans ranked No. 1 in the NFL in Defensive Rusher Rating. You have to go all the way back to Week 3 to find a running back that has gone over 60 yards against the Titans. Aaron Jones, Dameon Pierce, Jonathan Taylor, and Brian Robinson have all had bad games against this excellent rushing defense.

How will the Eagles do?

 


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