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Week 13 NFL Preview: New Playoff Contenders, Old School Rivalry, Rookie Watch in Giants vs Miami

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Week 13 NFL Preview: New Playoff Contenders, Old School Rivalry, Rookie Watch in Giants vs Miami

2021-12-04 14:12:57

 

Image: Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray. (Image Source: Nick Cammett / Getty Images

As the calendar turns to December, welcome to rush hour in the National Football League.

Overall, 25 teams have at least five wins through 12 weeks, the most at this point of a season in league history. In the AFC, 13 teams have five-or-more wins, the most in a conference through Week 12 since 2002, when 14 AFC teams entered Week 13 in that category.

Only six weekends remain to determine 14 playoff teams, and there’s peak volume on the highways in each conference.

Out in front, the races for the only first-round bye in both the AFC and NFC are separated by just half a game. BALTIMORE (8-3) and ARIZONA (9-2) enter play with hair-thin leads over NEW ENGLAND (8-4) and GREEN BAY (9-3), respectively.

In the middle of the bottleneck, in the race for the final playoff berth, each conference has nine teams within one game of the No. 7 seed.

Which teams will separate themselves from the traffic?

JANUARY HOPE: Don’t count out a team below .500 at this point in the season. In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one club with a sub-.500 record after 11 games has made the playoffs. Two teams did it last season.

Since 1990, 24 teams have been below .500 after 11 games and made the playoffs. Three of those clubs -- the 2016 Packers (5-6 after 11 games), the 2009 Jets (5-6) and the 1996 Jaguars (4-7) – advanced to their conference championship games.

At the front of the standings, three division leaders entering this week, ARIZONADALLAS and NEW ENGLAND, were not in the playoffs last season. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 years.

STAY IN YOUR SEATS, ESPECIALLY IN BALTIMORE: Through 12 weeks this season, a game-winning score on the final play has decided 25 contests, the most at this point of a season in NFL annals.

Also in 2021, a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime has decided 40 games, the third most through Week 12 all-time. Only 2003 (45) and 2015 (42) had more.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-3), who travel to meet the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-5-1) on Sunday at Heinz Field (4:25 PM ET, CBS), have excelled in each of those late-game categories.

The teams with the best records* in games decided by a winning score in the final two minutes or in overtime, 2021:

 

The teams with the best records* in games decided by a winning score on the final play, 2021:

TEAM

GAMES

RECORD

PCT

 

TEAM

GAMES

RECORD

PCT

Baltimore

5

4-1

.800

 

Baltimore

4

3-1

.750

Dallas

5

3-2

.600

 

Minnesota

5

3-2

.600

Minnesota

6

3-3

.500

 

Several tied

3

-

-

*minimum five games

 

*minimum three games

The Baltimore defense has led the way, with the NFL’s lowest red-zone touchdown percentage (42.9 percent) and stingiest third-down conversion rate (30.5 percent).

Including the postseason, Sunday’s game also marks the 30th meeting between head coaches JOHN HARBAUGH and MIKE TOMLIN. In NFL history, only two sets of opposing head coaches have met more often.

The head coaches with the most meetings, including the postseason, in NFL history:

HEAD COACH

HEAD COACH

MEETINGS

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

George HalasHOF

Earl (Curly) LambeauHOF

49

Halas, 30-16-3

Steve OwenHOF

Earl (Curly) LambeauHOF

31

Owen, 15-14-2

Mike Tomlin

John Harbaugh

29*

Tomlin, 15-14

*30th meeting on Sunday

Since Week 3, Steelers rookie running back NAJEE HARRIS has 929 yards from scrimmage. Only JONATHAN TAYLOR and COOPER KUPP, the NFL’s respective leaders in rushing and receiving yards, have more yards from scrimmage in that span.

ROOKIES PROMINENT FOR GIANTS, DOLPHINS: Rookies for the NEW YORK GIANTS (4-7) and MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-7) are leading their teams in both receiving and sacks. The two clubs meet on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • Miami wide receiver JAYLEN WADDLE paces the Dolphins in both receptions (77) and receiving yards (759), while linebacker JAELAN PHILLIPS leads the club with 6.5 sacks. New York wide receiver KADARIUS TONEY leads his club in both receptions (35) and receiving yards (392), while rookie linebacker AZEEZ OJULARI is tied with veteran teammate LEONARD WILLIAMS for the team lead with 5.5 sacks.
  • In last week’s win, Waddle had nine receptions for a career-high 137 yards and one touchdown. His 77 receptions this season are the second most by a player in his first 12 career games in NFL history. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (91) had more.
  • Also in Week 12, Miami quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 27 of 31 attempts (87.1 percent) for 230 yards and one touchdown with a 108.3 rating, while cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD recorded his third interception of the season.
  • At 23 years and 271 days old, Tagovailoa joined DAK PRESCOTT (88.9 completion percentage on 32 of 36 attempts, Dec. 18, 2016, at 23 years, 142 days old) as the only quarterbacks under the age of 24 with a completion percentage of 85-or-higher (minimum 30 attempts) in a single game all-time. Tagovailoa, who completed 27 of 33 attempts (81.8 percent) in Week 11, is the fourth player in NFL history with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (minimum 30 attempts) in consecutive games, joining DREW BREES (Weeks 1-2, 2018), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (Weeks 3-4, 2013) and KYLER MURRAY (Weeks 2-3, 2021).
  • Howard, appearing in his 67th game, registered his 25th career interception and surpassed MARCUS PETERS (68 games) as the fastest player to reach 25 interceptions since 1990.
 

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