There is never a dull moment in the NFL. This is especially true this week as there will be a lot of exciting storylines taking place in the stadiums on Sunday.
Given the number of stories, it’s easy to miss one, so we decided to list the most interesting ones before playing this weekend. Not included Bears and Packers playing for rightand the strange decision of Bill Belichick at the end of New England’s Thursday night loss to Buffalo.
Here’s a look at the 10 biggest storylines coming into week 13.
Watson meets former team in first game since suspension
For the first time in nearly two years, Deshawn Watson. His first game since his 11-game suspension will be in Houston against the team he led to the playoffs three years ago. Watson’s return sheds light on a boring matchup between two teams that were losing records.
Watson focused on football whenahead of Sunday’s match. The former Pro Bowl quarterback has been suspended after 25 women sued him on charges ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault. Watson has since settled 23 of those cases.
McDaniel returns to San Francisco for possible Super Bowl preview
In January 1985, the Dolphins and 49ers played in the most popular Super Bowl ever. While future Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Dan Marino both put up tawdry numbers, the second-half game was mostly a nap-fest as the 49ers pulled away after the break to take the win 38-16.
Sunday’s game could be a Super Bowl rematch between the two teams. The Dolphins are 8-3 and have won five games in a row. Miami, led by former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, is undefeated this season as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa ended the game. The Dolphins face the 49ers, who are 4-1 up from the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey until the trade deadline. San Francisco really took a hit this week when running back Elijah Mitchell was placed on injured reserve.
Reed talking about trash in front of the Bengals-Chiefs
Justin Reed obviously doesn’t care about teasing the bear. Or maybe the Chiefs’ security team thinks he and his team are the proverbial bears going into Sunday’s AFC Championship rematch. Reed acted like he didn’t know the names of Bengalis Tee Higgins and Hayden Hirst when asked about the match.when the Bengals Pro Bowl went out, Ja’Marr Chase tweeted him.
Hirst who enjoysclearly offended by Reed’s comments.
“He could have picked anyone in that locker room, but I feel like I’m the last person you’re likely to want to talk shit about,” Hirst said. “I have a long memory.”
Mahomes vs Burrow part 3
Reid’s bulletin board material was somewhat overshadowed by a thrilling quarterback matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. Burrow, who is 2-0 against Mahomes after leading the Bengals to two wins over Kansas City in January of this year, praised Mahomes earlier this week.
“He’s the best now,” Barrow said. via cincinnati.com. “He played the best all year long. It’s nice to watch him play, he does it in different ways. Not many people like him have completed the game.”