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Week 13 has a number of big games on the agenda as the NFL playoff picture comes into sharp focus and ironically, two of the more interesting ones feature 3 teams that aren’t even smelling the playoffs.
Before diving into this week’s excellent program, Charles Robinson & Jory Epstein open up today’s podcast by checking out two other teams whose playoff hopes have been all but extinguished. Charles reports on former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and some of the comments he’s made about his firing since he took a job as the new HC of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Next, our guests talk about the Los Angeles Rams shutting down Aaron Donald for the week with an ankle injury and how the team will likely be one of the worst teams going into the rest of the season – great news for the Detroit Lions who own Los Angeles’ first pick in 2023.
Later in the podcast, Charles and Jori delve into why the Cleveland Browns-Houston Texans and Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens may not be the most mouthwatering on-field offerings this weekend, but they have the most compelling off-field storylines between the comeback by Deshaun Watson, the status of Lamar Jackson’s contract and the continuing stories about Russell Wilson’s unpopularity in the Denver locker room.
Next, Charles and Jori dive into five of the weekend’s hottest matchups that are sure to have an effect on playoff seeding: the Buffalo Bills traveling to the division rivals New England Patriots, Mike White’s New York Jets taking on the Minnesota Vikings by Kirk Cousins, an NFC East matchup in the Washington Commanders on the road against the New York Giants, a showdown between Kyle Shanahan and Mike McDaniel in the Miami Dolphins at the San Francisco 49ers and a rematch of the AFC Championship game in Kansas City Chiefs on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals.0:20 Matt Rhule starts talking after being fired by the Carolina Panthers.
7:25 Los Angeles Rams’ crumbling season means only good things for Detroit Lions draft picks
2:25pm Deshaun Watson’s return to football in the Browns @ Texans
26:30 Lamar Jackson’s contract and Russell Wilson’s locker room problems in Broncos @ Ravens
37:30 The Buffalo Bills try to keep the playoff seed to the New England Patriots
40:35 All eyes on Mike White as the Jets take on the Vikings
47:05 Washington Commanders and New York Giants kick off two games in three weeks against each other
50:15 The Kyle Shanahan-Mike McDaniel rivalry in the Dolphins @ 49ers is born
61:05 The Chiefs face the Bengals in the rematch of the AFC championship
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