The quest to qualify for the NFL playoffs continues in Week 13, including an intriguing battle between two teams boasting 8-3 records as we get to the business end of the regular season.
Losing had become a horrible habit for the Browns in recent years, but now – behind the two-heading running attack of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt – Cleveland sits at 8-3, putting them firmly on course for a wildcard berth.
Next up for them is a trip to the Tennessee Titans, who leaned on leading rusher Derrick Henry to beat the Colts last time out and seize control of the AFC South.
The latest round of games also includes a pivotal NFC West battle, while the Steelers have to deal with a short week and the Washington Football Team as they aim to remain unbeaten.
Division Leaders through Week 12! pic.twitter.com/I5H0bPyyFk
— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2020
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – Sunday, 1pm (all times Eastern)
– The Titans are 10-5 against Cleveland since the Browns franchise came back in 1999, including winning the previous three meetings. Last season’s 43-13 Tennessee win in Week 1 was the largest by either team in the series since the Oilers set a franchise record in a 58-14 victory on December 9, 1990.
– Cleveland’s 8-3 start is the team’s best since 1994, when the Browns began 9-3 under Bill Belichick and went on to win a playoff game, the franchise’s last postseason triumph. Victory in Week 12 put an end to a 12-year streak of losing seasons.
– Baker Mayfield is the first Browns quarterback to win three straight starts without throwing an interception since Vinny Testaverde in September 1995. The previous Browns QB with four straight victories and no picks? Frank Ryan, back in 1967.
– Tennessee are coming off a 45-26 win at Indianapolis, the Titans’ most points in a game since 2016 when they put 47 on the Green Bay Packers. Ryan Tannehill attempted just 22 passes in that Week 12 triumph, though he set a season high at 10.05 yards per attempt.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 2, 2020
OTHER KEY GAMES
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, 4.05pm
– The Cardinals were held under 21 points for the first time this season in their 20-17 loss to the New England Patriots last time out. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this year and posted a 67.0 passer rating in the defeat, the second-worst rating of his NFL career.
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, 4.05pm
– These teams have split 18 all-time meetings. However, the Seahawks have won the past four, all by double digits. The most recent meeting was in 2017, a 24-7 Seattle triumph. The Giants last visited Seattle in 2014, a game the home team won by a 38-17 scoreline.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, 8.20pm
– The Chiefs have won their past 10 games against the Broncos, the franchise’s second-longest winning streak against any single opponent (11 games against Denver, from 1964 to 1969). Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards in the victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12, meaning he is now responsible for five of the 10 400-yard passing games by a Chiefs quarterback.
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers – Monday, 8.15pm
– The Bills have not had a 100-yard rusher in 16 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL. Still, throwing the ball has worked just fine for them this season – Josh Allen has become the fourth Bill to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jim Kelly and Tyrod Taylor.
Patrick Mahomes of the @Chiefs averaged 399.5 passing yards per game in November this year.
That’s the most passing yards per game by any QB in a single month in NFL history (minimum 4 games played).#ChiefsKingdom
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) November 30, 2020
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, 1pm
– Taysom Hill is the second player in the Super Bowl era to score four rushing touchdowns through two career starts at quarterback, along with Eric Hipple, who did so for the Detroit Lions in 1981. However, the Falcons have improved under Raheem Morris, a 43-6 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last week meaning they are 4-2 since he took charge on an interim basis.
Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers – Monday, 7pm
– The Steelers are 11-0 for the first time in franchise history after beating the depleted Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday in a game delayed from Thanksgiving. Since 1970, nine of the 11 teams to start 11-0 have gone on to make the Super Bowl, including five that won it.