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We witnessed another incredibly crazy weekend of NFL action in Week 13 featuring upsets, major injuries and…ties. Yes, this is stating that ties are not boring, you have to earn the right to win in this league. The Commanders and Giants failed to do so, making the race in the NFC East incredibly interesting. But with all the attention paid to the NFC East in the previous edition of the Matchup Mania, the AFC East will be getting its own share of the shine this week.
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
And here we are with a rematch that will determine the postseason fate of both of these squads in a division where any member is a playoff threat, even in the AFC. The first round between these squads seems like worlds away where Buffalo lost and quarterback Josh Allen fell out of contention (for now) as an MVP candidate. This was also the biggest win for Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who is no longer even starting for all intents and purposes.
There’s no rocket science here that Allen’s performance will be the X-factor in this contest. If he does well, expect a light show that you’ve come to know from that offense when it’s humming. If it’s not, watch the NFL lose its collective mind as the Student of the Game Midseason Coach of the Year Robert Saleh continues collecting receipts from all the doubters. (Also buy more ink to print more receipts for Saleh if he does win this game.)
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
After the way Philly slapped the Titans around on the back of wide receiver A.J. Brown going off against his old team, the Giants’ hopes don’t look too great. Teams have figured out that stopping Saquon Barkley is the key to stopping the boys in Blue. That being said, if New York head coach Brian Daboll and his defense can figure out how to contain a balanced Eagle offense, that could change everything.
The rematch to this one is in Week 18. If the Eagles win this week, they might be pulling starters if success continues. Beyond that, the Giants need this one to help stay in the playoff picture and keep the Washington Commanders at bay, who are on the bye week.
Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers
With the aforementioned Bills and Jets doing battle and the New England Patriots facing a likely win on Monday against the Arizona Cardinals, this suddenly becomes a big week for Miami. With a victory, they not only recover from last week’s big loss against the San Francisco 49ers, but they deliver a blow that could knock the Chargers out of playoff contention.
That’s not to say that Los Angeles will simply roll over with Keenan Allen back in the lineup catching passes from Justin Herbert and Miami’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa dealing with an ankle injury. That being said, rookie head coach Mike McDaniel does still have Tyreek Kill and Jaylen Waddle in the lineup, so this one will be a potential shootout to enjoy.