It took six days, but Week 12 is finally in the books and we can turn our attention to Week 13 of the 2020 NFL schedule. Week 13 contains a number of intriguing games on the schedule, which will have significant implications both for the playoff race and the 2021 NFL Draft.
NFL Week 13 featured games
Cleveland Browns (8-3) at Tennessee Titans (8-3) | Sunday, December 6, 1:00 PM ET
The headline matchup on the NFL Week 13 schedule features a matchup of two of the three rushing leaders in terms of yards per game, with only Dalvin Cook separating them. Derrick Henry produced a dominant performance to score three touchdowns and put up 178 rushing yards, the third week in a row he has topped 100 rushing yards. Since returning from injury, Nick Chubb has also gone over 100 rushing yards in three straight games, making it five times in seven games he has managed that feat.
This matchup is a repeat of Week 1 of the 2019 season, when the Tennessee Titans won in convincing style, picking off Baker Mayfield three times as Henry posted 179 total yards of offense as well as two touchdowns. This season, this headline game on the NFL Week 13 schedule is a clash between two playoff contenders in the AFC, with both needing to win to preserve their position in the AFC standings.
Los Angeles Rams (7-4) at Arizona Cardinals (6-5) | Sunday, December 6, 4:05 PM ET
The NFC West is the best division in football in 2020, and this matchup is crucial for both teams in their campaign to top the division standings. With the Seattle Seahawks double-digit favorites against the NFC East-leading New York Giants, potentially led by Colt McCoy in the absence of Daniel Jones, both teams need to win if they are to stay in the race to win the division and lock up a home playoff game on wildcard weekend.
The Los Angeles Rams will be looking to put a loss to the San Francisco 49ers behind them, while the Cardinals will be hoping that QB Kyler Murray has overcome his shoulder injury after being limited for the past two weeks. Losing this game would be terminal to the Cardinals chances of winning the NFC West, while the Rams will want to avoid potentially falling two games behind the Seahawks
Buffalo Bills (8-3) at San Francisco 49ers (5-6) | Monday, December 7, 8:15 PM ET
This is a huge matchup for both teams for different reasons. Josh Allen and the Bills are attempting to hold off the surging Miami Dolphins who are just a game behind in the AFC East.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are looking to get back into the wild card race, after losing three games in a row against Seattle, Green Bay, and New Orleans before their Week 11 bye. Their win against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12 was a statement of intent, and with winnable games down the stretch, getting to 6-6 would be huge.
Most disappointing game of Week 13
Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) at Miami Dolphins (7-4) | Sunday, December 6, 1:00 PM ET
Just two weeks ago this matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins was set to one of the most enticing on the schedule. The potential matchup of Joe Burrow heading to Miami to take on Tua Tagovailoa was already being thought of as the first in hopefully a long line of matchups between these two quarterbacks.
However, after Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 11, followed by Tua injuring his thumb in practice last week has meant there is a chance that we will see neither of the two exciting rookie QBs. Instead, we are set for a potential matchup of Brandon Allen and Ryan Fitzpatrick, which does not quite have the same ring to it.
Full NFL Week 13 Schedule
After a Week 12 which featured a rare Wednesday afternoon football game, the Week 13 NFL schedule also has some differences from a normal NFL schedule. Week 13 will feature two games on Monday followed by another edition of Tuesday Night Football in this 2020 NFL season
Week 13 early Sunday games | 1:00 PM ET
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
Detroit Lions (4-7) at Chicago Bears (5-6)
Cleveland Browns (8-3) at Tennessee Titans (8-3)
Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) at Miami Dolphins (7-4)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) at Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) at New York Jets (0-11)
Indianapolis Colts (7-4) at Houston Texans (4-7)
Week 13 Sunday afternoon games
Los Angeles Rams (7-4) at Arizona Cardinals (6-5) | 4:05 PM ET
New York Giants (4-7) at Seattle Seahawks (8-3) | 4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1) at Green Bay Packers (8-3) | 4:25 PM ET
New England Patriots (5-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-8) | 4:25 PM ET
Week 13 Sunday Night Football
Denver Broncos (4-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-1) | 8:20 PM ET
Week 13 Monday Night Football
Washington Football Team (4-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0) | 5:00 PM ET
Buffalo Bills (8-3) at San Francisco 49ers (5-6) (in Arizona) | 8:15 PM ET
Week 13 Tuesday Night Football
Dallas Cowboys (3-8) at Baltimore Ravens (6-5) | 8:05 PM ET