The 2021 NFL season enters December with more questions than answers.
Only two teams hold more than a two-game lead atop their division. Thirteen teams remain within striking distance of a playoff spot in the AFC, while only two teams in the entire NFC are more than a game out of a wild card slot. As for award races, MVP is still entirely up for grabs.
With just six weeks remaining in the regular season, each game presents a chance to solidify playoff positioning. So which teams will emerge from Week 13 with a clearer path to postseason football?
Here’s a full look at the Week 13 schedule, which begins with a Thursday showdown in the Big Easy:
Thursday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints
The Dallas Cowboys kicked off Week 13 with a 27-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football in a matchup of two teams coming off Thanksgiving defeats.
Dak Prescott completed 26 of 40 passes for 238 yards with a touchdown and interception to help Dallas improve to 8-4. CeeDee Lamb had 89 yards on seven catches, and Tony Pollard had a 58-yard TD run.
Taysom Hill, in his first start of the season at quarterback, went 19-for-41 for 264 yards and two touchdowns but also had four interceptions and a fumble. He rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries. The Saints fell to 5-7.
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NFL Week 13 Sunday Afternoon Matchups
The Sunday afternoon games include a mixed bag of divisional showdowns, contests with playoff implications and lopsided matchups.
The early headliner is in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will host the Los Angeles Chargers. The 1 p.m. ET window also features the top-seeded Arizona Cardinals visiting the Chicago Bears, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants facing the Miami Dolphins.
The later afternoon slate offers slightly more intrigue with a pair of rivalry games. The Baltimore Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to square off against the Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks welcome the San Francisco 49ers to Lumen Field. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Rams will attempt to turn things around against the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Washington Football Team will put its winning streak on the line against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Sunday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Denver Broncos have a major opportunity on Sunday Night Football.
Vic Fangio’s squad will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West showdown under the lights of GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos have won three of their last four games and sit just a game back of the division lead.
The Chiefs, who have claimed five consecutive division titles, sit atop the AFC West once again after turning their season around. Patrick Mahomes and Co. have put together four straight wins following a 3-4 start. A win on Sunday Night Football not only puts them in a strong position in the AFC West, but it would keep them squarely in the mix for the conference’s top seed.
Monday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
Someone will leave Highmark Stadium with the AFC East lead on Monday Night Football.
Mac Jones and the New England Patriots will put their six-game winning streak on the line against Josh Allen and the Bills. The Patriots currently hold a half-game lead in the division with two head-to-head matchups versus the Bills in December.
Buffalo ended a 25-year drought by winning the division in 2020. The team got off to a 5-2 start this season, but it dropped two games to AFC South opponents in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts in November. With two contests against the Patriots and a road trip to Tampa Bay over the next four weeks, Monday’s showdown could go a long way in determining where the Bills fall in the AFC playoff picture.
Check out the full 2021 Week 13 NFL schedule in the table above. Watch all Week 13 games online at FuboTV (free trial here).