Week 13 featured a crazy weekend of football, which included major upsets and major injuries. With so much drama on the field this weekend, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories around the National Football League.
49ers Lose Another Quarterback For The Season
It has been a brutal season for the San Francisco 49ers when it comes to their quarterback position. After having already lost Trey Lance for the season earlier in the season due to an ankle injury, the 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13.
In a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins, Garoppolo was forced to leave due to a broken foot. After the game, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan informed the media that Garoppolo would indeed be out for the season.
In 10 games (nine starts) this season, Garoppolo threw for 2,381 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Prior to his injury today, he went two for four for 56 yards.
In his place, Brock Purdy led the team to the win. He threw for 210 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. It was an encouraging game for the new starter for the 49ers.
Currently, the 49ers lead the NFC West with an 8-4 record. While they have been mediocre on the road (3-3), they have dominated at home, going 5-1 on the season.
The 49ers have the fifth-best odds to win the Super Bowl this season at +1100, but that goal has obviously become a bit more difficult with the quarterback injuries.
Ravens Also Lose Quarterback To Injury
The 49ers were not the only team to lose a starting quarterback in Week 13. The Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson was forced to leave in the first quarter of their game against the Ravens as he suffered a knee injury.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the thought is that Jackson suffered a knee sprain. The hope, according to head coach John Harbaugh, is that Jackson will be back in the near future and not be out for the season.
This season, Jackson has thrown for 2,231 yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He has also rushed 111 times for 755 yards and another three scores.
The Ravens currently have the ninth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at +2000; however, that likelihood could largely depend on Jackson’s health moving forward.
For Jackson, he will also hope that he is able to return as he is set to become a free agent this offseason. While it is likely that Baltimore either tries to extend the 25-year-old or uses the franchise tag, the dollar amount of any future deal for Jackson could be somewhat predicated on his health.
Bengals Get Star Wide Receiver Back
Cincinnati has been without star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase since Week 7. That changed on Sunday as the 22-year-old superstar returned to the field.
Chase helped the Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in Week 13. For his part, he led all Bengals’ receivers with seven receptions and 97 yards on the afternoon.
That now pushes him up to 702 yards on the season, to go along with six touchdowns on 54 receptions. This follows a rookie season that saw him catch 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Bengals didn’t have all of their weapons back for Week 13 as running back Joe Mixon is still in concussion protocol, but Cincinnati also showed why it ranks fifth in scoring this year, averaging 25.9 points per game.
Cincinnati is tied with the Ravens at 8-4 in the AFC North. While the Ravens currently hold the tiebreaker, a rematch of the two teams will take place in Week 17.
Currently, the Bengals, who played in last year’s Super Bowl, are tied for the fifth-best odds of winning it this year at +1100.