Waiting 11 months for a rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals will have the Kansas City Chiefs eager to travel to Paul Brown Stadium. The Chiefs appeared headed to another Super Bowl before a second-half collapse in the AFC Championship game cost Kansas City a win.
The Bengals, who beat Kansas City in the regular season last year as well, outscored Kansas City 14-3 in the second half to force overtime in what would eventually become a 27-24 Bengals’ victory. While Week 13 NFL matchups aren’t chock full of great games, this battle between AFC contenders will mark how much progress each franchise has made since they last met at Arrowhead Stadium last January.
The first week of the NFL season gives teams an opportunity to show what they have learned after an offseason of reflection.
While a good or bad result in the season opener doesn’t make or break the season, this is a good chance for players and teams to build goodwill with the fanbase and the league at large.
NFL Games of the Week
Thursday, Dec. 1
Sunday, Dec. 4
Monday, Dec. 5
Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 13 matchups.
The New England Patriots bounced back under rookie quarterback Mac Jones last season to finish second in the AFC East. However, it was clear in the playoffs that New England is now firmly entrenched in chasing Buffalo for supremacy in the division. Jones passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills in the playoffs in what turned out to be a 47-17 loss.
Buffalo became the first team in NFL history to not punt, kick a field goal or turn the ball over on offense. Bills quarterback Josh Allen passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns in the win. This is one of the NFL Week 13 NFL matchups to keep an eye on.
Other important matchups
- Miami will test its road mettle by traveling to San Francisco. While the San Francisco 49ers will see fluctuation at quarterback between Jimmy Garrappolo and Trey Lance, Miami is firmly entrenched in backing Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailo will need so show improvement for last season when he threw 10 interceptions, while also compiling 2,653 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.
- The Washington Commanders will take on the Giants in a key NFC East battle. New York leads the all-time series 105-71-4, but has lost the last two in the series.
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines in 2021 for telling fans and players on the Chicago Bears that he owned them during a game. Recently, Rodgers has been especially right. Green Bay has won the past six games in the series.