Week 13 takeaways: Bears, Payments win; Saints clinch playoffs

Thursday’s first sport went as anticipated with the Bears beating the Lions, who had been right down to their third-string quarterback. The Payments proved they had been for actual within the second sport, beating the Cowboys at Dallas. And, the Saints clinched the NFC South with a win over the Falcons.

Listed here are Week 13’s greatest takeaways from NFL Nation.


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Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky performed his greatest sport of the season. It is easy to select aside the handful of errors Trubisky dedicated in opposition to the Lions. Sure, Trubisky wanted to run straight forward and never bounce outdoors on a third-and-short scramble close to the tip of the primary half. Final season, Trubisky most likely plows forward for the primary down. This season, due to shoulder and hip accidents, it is not that straightforward. Trubisky additionally threw a nasty interception on a ball supposed for Allen Robinson. However he accomplished 29 of 38 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and led Chicago on its successful drive. The Bears will take these outcomes any day of the week. — Jeff Dickerson


Subsequent sport: vs. Dallas (Dec. 5, eight:20 p.m. ET)

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The Lions nonetheless have not discovered learn how to win. Two-thirds of the way in which via the season and the Lions are in the identical place they had been two months in the past. As coach Matt Patricia mentioned, they’re attempting to “break via that factor that is stopping us proper now and smash that so we are able to get this factor going.” Besides Detroit hasn’t carried out that, and it is totally different variations of the identical story each week — an offense that does nicely sufficient to win and a protection that fails at key moments. 5 consecutive losses have ended the significant a part of Detroit’s season, and the subsequent month might decide what issues seem like in 2020 and past. — Michael Rothstein

Subsequent sport: at Minnesota (Dec. eight, 1 p.m. ET)

The Payments can beat good groups, too. The majority of the criticism in opposition to Buffalo has centered on its seven wins in opposition to groups with shedding data and lack of a “marquee” victory. The regular-season stage would not get a lot brighter than Thanksgiving at Dallas, and the Payments turned of their greatest efficiency — but they do not see it as an announcement win. With 10 days to organize for the Ravens in Week 14, Buffalo thinks it merely met its expectations. “No assertion sport, that is simply one other week in Buffalo Payments land,” defensive finish Jerry Hughes mentioned. “That is what we do, that is what the [Bills] Mafia expects us to do.” — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Subsequent sport: vs. Baltimore (Dec. eight, 1 p.m. ET)

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Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones won’t make a training change with 4 video games to play. He doesn’t imagine transferring on from Jason Garrett will make a distinction in how the staff performs, regardless of Dallas shedding for the sixth time in 9 video games with Thursday’s defeat to Buffalo. “I imagine in redemption,” Jones mentioned. The proprietor’s technique is extra hope than the rest. At 6-6, the Cowboys will stay in first place within the NFC East no matter what Philadelphia does Sunday, and so they say they continue to be assured regardless of proof on the contrary. When requested why the Cowboys have not righted the ship but, quarterback Dak Prescott, who additionally expressed confidence in Garrett, mentioned, “It can occur.” That is the closest factor to a assure that got here from the locker room. — Todd Archer

Subsequent sport: at Chicago (Dec. 5, eight:20 p.m. ET)

The Saints (10-2) turned the primary staff to clinch a playoff spot this season. They usually bought to serve up some revenge on Thanksgiving evening after their ugly loss to the Falcons 18 days earlier. However they had been nonetheless removed from good, thanks to a different barrage of penalties, some dropped passes and a stunning incapacity to get better onside kicks. They want a a lot cleaner efficiency in the event that they need to purpose for a better seed, with a essential residence date looming in opposition to the 49ers in Week 14. — Mike Triplett

Subsequent sport: vs. San Francisco (Dec. eight, 1 p.m. ET)

The very best transfer Falcons made Thursday evening was retaining receiver Julio Jones out of the lineup with a shoulder damage. Though the now Three-9 Falcons had little to play for with the postseason primarily out of attain, they wanted to be cognizant of the way forward for their greatest participant. The Falcons clearly weren’t the identical on offense with out Jones on the sector. Matt Ryan did not have his security web on the sector. And the Saints might focus their defensive consideration on closing down Calvin Ridley as the first goal. Now let’s have a look at if the Falcons proceed to play it cautious with Jones transferring ahead. — Vaughn McClure

Subsequent sport: vs. Carolina (Dec. eight, 1 p.m. ET)