There are still four more weeks of action to go in the NFL, but week 13’s slate on Sunday sure has shaken up the mix considerably. After defeating the New England Patriots a number of weeks ago, the Baltimore Ravens have been on a tear and were just hoping- and waiting- for the Pats to lose again. That occurred this weekend, and because of that, they have now taken the #1 slot in the AFC thanks to their 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
It was rainy and windy, not the prettiest of scenarios, but Lamar Jackson still found a way through the talented, vaunted defense he was up against. Any ‘normal’ QB with just 105 yards in the air would be viewed as a failure, but he also rushed for 101 yards, too, cutting the 49ers apart any which way he could do so to lead his team to a win. He had a touchdown in both departments as well, helping them grab an eighth straight win in the process and take them up to 10-2, all while also ensuring he remains firmly in control of the MVP race. That 10-2 record is the one that is also going to appear beside the Patriots for the next week as well as they lost 28-22 to the Houston Texans on Sunday night to cede the advantage of home-field in the AFC. DeShaun Watson put on a show for the home-team Texans, throwing for three touchdowns and catching one as well on a nearly flawless day for him. Tom Brady had three TD throws as well and over 300 yards, a rarity this season, but it was not quite enough as the Texans and Watson got to their defense. That now means that should the Ravens win out, they would be guaranteed of home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs by virtue of their head-to-head win over the Pats.