The 13th week of the NFL is in the books with Week 14 on the horizon. This week saw a great cause take place, a player takes one step closer to league MVP, the Cowboys winning their 11th consecutive game, Eric Berry haunting the Falcons and the loss of a great player, among other things. Here’s what caught my eye in Week 13.
My Cause, My Cleats
The NFL has a strict rule on how players design the cleats they wear. Well in Week 13, the players were allowed to wear whatever cleats they wanted to, without penalty thanks to the My Cause, My Cleats cause. Players chose a cause and could design their cleats any way they would like. The NFL should let the players where whatever cleats they want, not just when they can make a profit off of it. The cleats were auctioned off to raise money for the various causes the players were sporting.
Cowboys overcome toughest test for 11th straight
The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys their toughest test during their 11-game winning streak, but it was to no avail. The trio of Dak, Zeke and Dez were too much. Dak completed 12 of 18 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown to Dez, who caught four passes for 84 yards. Zeke rushed for a tough 86 yards and a score. Dallas continues to roll with a tough stretch against winning teams to end the season. How bout them Cowboys?
Eric Berry haunts Falcons, leads Chiefs to win
Eric Berry is having himself a great season and the Atlanta Falcons experienced that firsthand this week. He picked off Matt Ryan and returned it 37-yards to the house. Then, after the Falcons took a 28-27 lead late in the fourth, Atlanta went for two and a field goal lead. Berry picked off Matty Ice yet again, returning it for the defensive two-point conversion. Ryan Finished with 297 yards passing and a touchdown. Julio Jones caught seven passes for 113 yards and Devonta Freeman rushed for two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Chiefs. Alex Smith threw for 270 yards and a score. Albert Wilson and Spencer Ware each ran for a touchdown. Atlanta has the offense, but not the defense to compete for a Super Bowl.
Colin Kaepernick’s numbers were not the true story
Kaepernick completed just one of five passes for four yards. The 49ers passed for only 35 yards as Blaine Gabbert threw for 34 yards in relief. Earlier in the day, Ian Rapoport reported that Kaepernick would void his contract and test the free agent market after the season and Rapoport also said not to rule out a return to San Francisco for Kap. This is old news, as everyone already knew this. Now, the 49ers front office is in tank mode for the rest of the season, as they currently hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft. The numbers are one thing, but that isn’t what the story was about this week.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks both suffered huge losses this week. The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski for the season after he underwent back surgery on Friday. That is a huge blow to that offense that will now have to find ways to get Martellus Bennet involved. The Seahawks lost safety Earl Thomas for the year after he fractured his tibia in his leg. He even tweeted out that he was contemplating a lot, including retirement. That vaunted defense just took a major loss as Thomas was the anchor. Now, the entire unit will have to step up to fill the void.
As of right now, Derek Carr is the NFL MVP. His latest step towards the award came this week at home against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills led the Raiders 24-9 in the third quarter, but Carr and company scored 29 unanwered points to win 38-24. Carr finished with 260 yards in the air and two scores and his go-ahead pass in the fourth quarter was his fifth of the season, which leads the NFL.