Five Wildest Moments of NFL Week 13: Browns defense beats offense; ‘Mister. Irrelevant,” suggests Dolphins

NFL Week 13 brought us some incredible encounters. Deshaun Watson returned to the field AND to Houston that same week, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos without Lamar Jackson, the Green Bay Packers returned by 13 points to beat the Chicago Bears, and the Cincinnati Bengals angered Kansas city bosses .

This week was all about reunions, rematches and revenge. Some got that revenge, like AJ Brown. Others don’t, like Patrick Mahomes. There were many “wild” moments from another amazing NFL Sunday. Which moments made it into our top 5 list? Let’s start with the Miami Dolphins’ incredible start against the 49ers.

5. Dolphins score on the first game from scrimmage

The Dolphins’ trip to The Bay to face the San Francisco 49ers was a bit of a revenge game. First-year head coach Mike McDaniel plotted against his former boss, and duo Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert battled against his former team. People forget that this was also a revenge game for wide receiver Trent Sherfield – who spent last year with the 49ers.

Sherfield is in the middle of his best NFL season, and McDaniel called his number on the first play of the game. It turned out to be a good decision.

The Packers were nine points behind the Bears, who entered the final quarter, but ended up winning by nine points. One of the reasons Green Bay was able to orchestrate the comeback was because of rookie Christian Watson. He caught three passes for 48 yards and that touchdown in the second quarter.

Watson has had seven touchdowns in his last four games — leading the NFL in that span. Those seven touchdown receptions are shared second by a rookie in a four-game span in NFL history. Randy Moss had eight in four games in 1998.

His special reception wasn’t the only touchdown Watson scored, however, as he also reversed 46 yards to the house to freeze the game.

3. Deshaun Watson offensive touchdown-less

Watson’s suspension ended last week and he lined up for his first regular-season game since January 3, 2021 on Sunday. Against his former team at the Houston Texans, he completed 12 of 22 passes for just 131 yards and one interception. Nick Chubb also disappointed fantasy owners with just 80 yards rushing on 17 carries. Still, the Cleveland Browns won 27-14. Where do all these points come from?

Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Denzel Ward returned a fumble for a touchdown, Tony Fields II had a pick six, and then Cade York added two field goals. Those 27 points are the most points scored by a team without an offensive touchdown since 1999, when the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-10! Sunday also marked the first game in Browns history in which they had a punt return touchdown, a pick six, and a fumble return touchdown in the same game. It’s the first time a team has accomplished this since the Packers in 2014.

2. AJ Brown makes second chances count

Philadelphia Eagles fullback AJ Brown wanted to embarrass his former team at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and he did just that. He caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Early in the second quarter, Jalen hit Brown for an obvious 40-yard score down the right touchline.

However, it turned out that Brown had landed out of bounds and the catch/touchdown didn’t count. No problem. The Eagles just went right back to Brown, this time on the left side of the field. Landing.

Brown caught another touchdown early in the third quarter for a total of two on the day. It’s quite notable given that the Titans’ wide receivers have only caught four touchdowns as a unit this season. Brown has a whopping nine.

That was the shock of the week for me. I made the Dolphins upsetting the 49ers the best bet as Tagovailoa has yet to lose a game he finished in this season. Yes, I knew he was without his two offensive tackles. I have that much faith in Coach McDaniel.

When Jimmy Garoppolo went down with his unfortunate season-ending injury, I thought, “Wow, break it up. The dolphins are definitely winning this game.” Nope. The Dolphins only led about four minutes of play in the eventual 33-17 loss. Tagovailoa completed 18 of 33 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and at times seemed quite inaccurate. Miami also had four turnovers in the second half that hurt his cause.

Seventh-round Brock Purdy replaced Garoppolo under center and completed 25 of 37 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns and a pick and looked pretty solid. Christian McCaffrey helped him with 146 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, but it’s pretty amazing that this 49ers team with a Mr. Irrelevant at quarterback defeated one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. I wonder if Purdy could be the next Jimmy G, if you will. I’m not going to quickly count out Kyle Shanahan. I learned that this week.

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