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NFL 2023 Week 13: Biggest questions, risers and takeaways

Week 13 of the NFL season started on Thursday with a show of offensive power between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

Around the NFL on Sunday, the Houston Texans’ defense had a big day and put an end to the Denver Broncos’ five-game win streak, the Detroit Lions (9-3) are off to their best start since 1962, and the Indianapolis Colts won in overtime over the Tennessee Titans.

In the late window, the San Francisco 49ers made a statement with a lopsided win over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams overpowered the Cleveland Browns’ defense. On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers pulled off an upset against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our NFL Nation reporters reacted to all the action, answering lingering questions coming out of each game and picking out who — or what — is rising and falling for every team. Let’s get to it.

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Is it time to start calling the Packers a playoff team? The Packers entered Week 13 with a 45% chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN Analytics. They still would’ve been at 37% with a loss, but now they’re starting to look more and more like a playoff team. Their chances spiked to 66% after Sunday night’s upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. And they don’t have a game remaining over the final five weeks against a team with a winning record. Only the Vikings (6-6) in Week 17 are even at .500. The way Jordan Love, Christian Watson and the rest of the offense is rolling, the path looks doable.

Stock up after the win: Keisean Nixon isn’t just an All-Pro kick returner anymore. The Packers’ nickel cornerback picked off Patrick Mahomes with 5:14 left in the game right after the Chiefs crossed midfield. It was Nixon’s first interception of the season and just the second of his career.

Stock down after the win: LB Quay Walker. Third-and-18 should be as close to automatic for a defense as anything in the NFL, yet it was hardly a surprise when a scrambling Mahomes hit a wide-open Travis Kelce for 27 yards over the middle in part because Walker ran up presumably because he thought Mahomes would take off running. It helped set up the Chiefs’ touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. — Rob Demovsky

Next game: at Giants (Monday, Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Should the Chiefs be concerned about their recent slow defensive starts? Absolutely. The Chiefs in Green Bay allowed a touchdown on each of the game’s first two possessions for the second straight game. The Chiefs aren’t as offensively gifted as they’ve been in previous seasons with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. Then, a double-digit deficit early in the game was an inconvenience. With this year’s team, it’s dangerous.

Stock up after the loss: RB Isiah Pacheco. He rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, although he also had a costly late penalty on the Chiefs’ final drive.

Stock down after the loss: Pass rush. The Chiefs entered the game with 37 sacks but put Jordan Love on the ground just twice despite blitzing 18 times in 38 dropbacks. — Adam Teicher

Next game: vs. Bills (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


What does the win mean for the Rams’ playoff chances? The Rams entered the game with a 37% chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN Analytics. That rose to 47% with their victory over the Browns, the Rams’ third in a row. Now at 6-6, the Rams are tied with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, who entered the day as the Nos. 6 and 7 seeds in the NFC playoff race. The Rams have another tough test next week, as they travel to Baltimore to face the 9-3 Ravens, who will be coming off a bye week. After that, however, the Rams face just one team that currently has a winning record in their final four games.

Stock up after the win: WR Puka Nacua. The rookie had four receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, becoming the sixth player since the 1970 merger to reach 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 games. He also had a 31-yard rush to set up the Rams’ game-winning touchdown. Nacua left the game twice in the first half due to injury (cramping and then a rib injury), but he came back to start the second half.

Stock down after the win: K Lucas Havrisik. His stock continues to go down after another missed kick, this one from 43 yards. Havrisik missed an extra point and 50-yard field goal in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. — Sarah Barshop

Next game: at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Is Joe Flacco the answer now at QB? Really, Flacco had a terrific game in his first outing this season before a backbreaking, ill-advised interception downfield in the fourth quarter (his only turnover, setting up a Rams touchdown). It’s unclear if the Browns will turn back to rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson or roll with Flacco from here on out. But if it’s the latter, and Flacco can play this well going forward, the Browns still will have an excellent chance to make the playoffs, even with Sunday’s loss. Given that he signed with Cleveland only two weeks ago, Flacco’s Browns debut was encouraging overall.

Stock up after the loss: WR Elijah Moore. The speedy Moore flashed an instant rapport with his former New York Jets teammate in Flacco, as Moore caught four passes for 83 yards in easily his most productive performance of the season.

Stock down after the loss: Pass defense. The Browns’ pass defense had been arguably the best in the NFL to this point but gave up three TD passes to Matthew Stafford and didn’t force a turnover minus injured Pro Bowl CB Denzel Ward. — Jake Trotter

Next game: vs. Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)



Cooper Kupp hauls in a touchdown to seal Rams’ win

Matthew Stafford finds Cooper Kupp in the end zone for a Rams touchdown to seal the win over the Browns.


Are the 49ers the best team in the NFL? Yes. A resounding yes. The Niners don’t have the best record in the NFL, but no one is playing better. The Niners aren’t just winning games against good teams such as Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Dallas and Seattle. They’re dismantling those teams. Sunday’s convincing win in Philadelphia undoubtedly felt good for the 49ers after what happened in last season’s NFC Championship Game, but it means far more than some silly measure of revenge for a game played almost a year ago. The 49ers are now only one game back of the Eagles in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Niners will likely need to win out to secure that spot, but the way they’re playing, there’s plenty of reason to believe they can do it.

Stock up after the win: WR Deebo Samuel. Samuel had plenty to say about what happened in January but backed it up and then some with 138 yards on seven touches from scrimmage and three touchdowns.

Stock down after the win: LB Dre Greenlaw. Greenlaw’s ejection was probably unnecessary, but the penalty he got for slamming DeVonta Smith on the sideline is nothing new for a good player who has developed a reputation with officials for pushing the line a bit too far on occasion. — Nick Wagoner

Next game: vs. Seahawks (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)


How do the Eagles regroup after this lopsided loss? A good start would be adding linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who is deciding between signing with the Eagles and Cowboys. The middle of the defense struggled against the Niners’ attack, with starters Nakobe Dean and Zach Cunningham sidelined with injuries. And they’ll have to address the red zone offense. They have been better in that area of late after some early stumbles, but a 2-for-4 effort Sunday was a key difference in the game, as San Francisco went 4-for-4. The fixes have to happen quickly with a trip to Dallas up next.

Stock up after the loss: WR A.J. Brown. He averaged only 37 receiving yards over his previous three games but got back on track against the Niners, eclipsing the 100-yard receiving mark for the seventh time this season.

Stock down after the loss: LB Nicholas Morrow. There is plenty of blame to spread around on defense — DE Josh Sweat had a pair of costly penalties, for example — but Morrow yielded a 33-yard reception to Christian McCaffrey to set up a third-quarter Niners score, and then missed a tackle on Samuel’s 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown on the following series, which helped turned the tide fully in San Francisco’s favor. — Tim McManus

Next game: at Cowboys (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)



Purdy and Deebo shine in 49ers’ win over Eagles in big NFC showdown

Deebo Samuel scores three touchdowns, two from passes from Brock Purdy, as the 49ers go into Philadelphia and beat the Eagles.


How does this win impact the Bucs’ standing in the NFC South? With the Buccaneers’ win over the Panthers and the Saints’ (5-7) loss to the Lions, they’re now tied for second place in the division. With a win over the Jets, the Falcons (6-6) moved into sole possession of first place. A win over the Falcons next week in Atlanta would put Tampa Bay in a tie for first place, with New Orleans facing Carolina next. The real concern, though, is how much more their defense can take with injuries, although Antoine Winfield Jr.’s game-sealing interception with 2:21 to go showed there’s still life.

Stock up after the win: WR Mike Evans. He hauled in seven catches for 162 yards — including a 75-yard touchdown — to capture his 10th consecutive 1,000-yard season, tying him with Randy Moss for the second-most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons behind only Jerry Rice.

Stock down after the win: Inside linebacker depth. The Bucs were down to one by the end of the game Sunday in J.J. Russell, with K.J. Britt leaving with a back injury after Lavonte David (groin), Devin White (foot) and SirVocea Dennis (illness) were all out and safety Ryan Neal had to play out of position. — Jenna Laine

Next game: at Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


What’s next now that they’re officially eliminated from playoff contention? The priority is to protect QB Bryce Young, who has been sacked at least four times in eight games this season. Carolina is on pace to give up 66 sacks, just shy of the team record (69). Putting Young under center as he was seven times in the first quarter helped and set up play-action with no sacks. Short of doing more of that, sitting Young is the only way to protect him. His health for next season is most important.

Stock up after the loss: RB Chuba Hubbard. The Panthers committed to the run game under interim coach Steve Tabor, and the running back responded with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Stock down after the loss: CB Troy Hill. The cornerback was in for Jaycee Horn — who was on an apparent pitch count in his first game back since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1 — and gave up a 75-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans on the first play after Carolina took a 10-7 lead. — David Newton

Next game: at Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


How will a win propel the Cardinals through the bye and into the home stretch? This was the perfect way for Arizona to head into its bye: not just a win, but a convincing win, behind a strong showing for quarterback Kyler Murray, over a team in the playoff hunt. Now the Cardinals can rest for most of the week and come back for the final four games against the 49ers, Bears, Eagles and Seahawks. This was Arizona’s third win of the season, and its remaining schedule may yield just one more win (possibly two), but knowing it can win in a setting like Pittsburgh, under conditions on Sunday that included two weather delays, will give this team more confidence heading into the final stretch.

Stock up after the win: RB James Conner. Conner had quite a return to Pittsburgh. He finished with 105 yards — his second 100-yard outing in the Cardinals’ past three games — and two touchdowns in the stadium where he played his college football and started his NFL career.

Stock down after the win: The offensive line. A group that gave up two sacks early in the game struggled to slow down the Steelers’ pass rush, which was able to get to Murray with relative ease in the first half. — Josh Weinfuss

Next game: vs. 49ers (Sunday, Dec. 17, 4:05 p.m. ET)


Was the offensive surge in Week 12 real or a mirage? It certainly looked more like the latter than the former in Sunday’s loss to a three-win Cardinals team. The good vibes and momentum from a 400-yard outing and a win in Cincinnati seven days earlier were washed away, drowned out by two lengthy severe weather delays, nine penalties and poor execution on both sides of the ball. When the Steelers did move the ball, they couldn’t turn yards into points, scoring a touchdown on just one of three trips to the red zone, while the Cardinals scored on all three of theirs. Making matters worse, starting guard Isaac Seumalo left early with a shoulder injury, while QB Kenny Pickett was knocked out midway through the second quarter and finished the game on the sideline wearing a boot on his right ankle — hardly something the Steelers can afford with a Thursday night game against the Patriots on the horizon.

Stock up after the loss: WR George Pickens. The Steelers got him involved early, targeting him three times on the first drive of the game. Though they weren’t consistent in going back to him, Pickens still finished with four catches for 86 yards on five targets.

Stock down after the loss: Third-down defense. The Steelers allowed a season-high 10 third-down conversions, including plays of 21, 19, 17 and 15 yards in the first half. An unnecessary roughness penalty against Elandon Roberts also gave the Cardinals an early third-down conversion. — Brooke Pryor

Next game: vs. Patriots (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Can the Colts find some running-game consistency in Jonathan Taylor’s absence? The Colts had one of their worst rushing performances of the season (55 yards), not coincidentally in their first game since Taylor suffered a thumb injury. Despite Zack Moss’ standout showing against the Titans in the first matchup (a season-high 165 yards), he and the Colts struggled to get on track running the ball Sunday. Moss finished with 51 yards on 19 carries. Taylor could miss several games, and the Colts will need to establish a running game to offset the inconsistency of quarterback Gardner Minshew.

Stock up after the win: WR Alec Pierce. He caught three balls for 100 yards and a touchdown. Pierce scored on a 36-yarder, beating two defenders down the middle of the field on a deep shot.

Stock down after the win: CB Jaylon Jones. The rookie had a rough day in coverage, struggling throughout and getting beat by DeAndre Hopkins on a 3-yard touchdown pass that tied the game. Jones, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, gave up four catches on four targets. — Stephen Holder

Next game: at Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


What was the price for the Titans’ loss? The Titans suffered their first home loss of the season, and it was costly. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, tight end Josh Whyle and punter Ryan Stonehouse all suffered knee injuries. Derrick Henry was ruled out and is in the concussion protocol. Losing four key players doesn’t bode well for a tough upcoming schedule, starting with a road game against the Dolphins before home games against the Texans and Seahawks.

Stock up after the loss: The red zone defense. The Colts managed to get the ball inside the 10-yard line four times and Tennessee kept them from scoring touchdowns each time.

Stock down after the loss: Special teams. Tennessee had two punts blocked, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and the Titans missed an extra point attempt that would have given them a lead with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter. — Turron Davenport

Next game: at Dolphins (Monday, Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m. ET)



Pierce’s 55-yard catch sets up Pittman’s game-winning TD for Colts in OT

Gardner Minshew connects deep with Alec Pierce and then throws the game-winning touchdown to Michael Pittman Jr.


Can the defense continue to ascend as the Texans make a playoff run? The Texans’ defense saved the day with three interceptions, capped by a Jimmie Ward’s in the end zone with nine seconds left to secure the win. Though the veteran sealed it, some of their younger players played big roles. The Texans’ 2022 No. 3 overall pick, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., finished with two interceptions, and their 2023 No. 3 pick, defensive end Will Anderson Jr., had two sacks and two tackles for loss. The youngsters are clicking at the right time, and that could be the difference between making the playoffs or not.

Stock up after the win: Stingley. He added two pass breakups to go along with his two interceptions and finally is clicking after missing half the season because of injury. Stingley now has interceptions in three straight games since returning and has four total.

Stock down after the win: The third-down offense. The Texans’ offense went 4-for-16 on third downs, which allowed the Broncos to hang around. — DJ Bien-Aime

Next game: at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


What does this loss mean for the Broncos’ playoff hopes? After their comeback attempt fell short when quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception in the end zone, the Broncos’ playoff hopes took a hit. They are now 3-5 against AFC opponents and in the middle of a crowded race for the wild-card spot. A win would have given the Broncos head-to-head wins over the Bills, Browns and Texans, but Sunday’s loss now puts the Texans in a position to be a big hurdle. The Broncos don’t necessarily need to win out, but they’ll probably need some help from other teams.

Stock up after the loss: WR Courtland Sutton. His stock has been up all season, but with his ninth touchdown catch Sunday, he has the most TD receptions by a Broncos wide receiver since Eric Decker (12) in 2014.

Stock down after the loss: The pass defense. The Broncos did right the ship to some degree in the second half when they cranked up the pass rush a bit, but Stroud had 27- and 52-yard completions in his first four pass attempts on the way to 153 yards passing (of 274 total) in the opening quarter. — Jeff Legwold

Next game: at Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)



Stroud connects with Collins for TD

C.J. Stroud has plenty of time in the pocket as he dumps off a touchdown pass to Nico Collins, giving the Texans a 22-10 lead.


What’s the next step for the offense? Atlanta had fewer than 200 yards of offense (195) and averaged 3.1 yards per play after a 396-yard outing last week. The Falcons’ offense has vacillated throughout the season, but the next step needs to be consistency. The rainy conditions played a role, but for the Falcons to seal a playoff berth, they’ll need more offensively than they got Sunday.

Stock up after the win: OLB Bud Dupree. The veteran had a stat-stuffing game against the Jets with seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble — by far his most productive day of the season.

Stock down after the win: Inside linebacker depth. The Falcons had already placed starter Troy Andersen on injured reserve earlier this season, and his replacement, Nate Landman, left the game with a knee injury, leaving starter Kaden Elliss and Andre Smith Jr., who has bounced between the practice squad and active roster this season, as the main linebackers. — Michael Rothstein

Next game: vs. Buccaneers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Does this loss put an end to Aaron Rodgers’ comeback bid? Rodgers said it wouldn’t make “a ton of sense” to return from Achilles surgery to play in a game with no playoff implications. The ugly loss to the Falcons — the Jets’ fifth straight loss — didn’t mathematically eliminate them, but it certainly felt that way. At 4-8, they have a microscopic chance for the postseason. The Jets are in the worst place a team can be: with no hope at quarterback. Next week they could start their fourth different quarterback, something they haven’t done since 1989.

Stock up after the loss: WR Xavier Gipson. The rookie was one of the few bright spots, finishing with 5 catches for 77 yards — both career highs. He brought some energy to the offense, not that it resulted in much on the scoreboard.

Stock down after the loss: QB Tim Boyle. The third-string journeyman was replaced by Trevor Siemian early in the fourth quarter after an ugly interception on a deep ball to Garrett Wilson. In two starts (18 drives), Boyle led the offense to only one touchdown. — Rich Cimini

Next game: vs. Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Are the Lions’ in-game lapses a cause for concern? Detroit jumped out to a 21-0 lead but allowed the Saints to get within a score in the second half. The Lions have won three of their past four games, but also blew an early lead against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10 and haven’t been able to consistently sustain leads over this four-game stretch. Their goal is to be playing their best football in December, per coach Dan Campbell, but they still have work to do.

Stock up after the win: TE Sam LaPorta. No stage appears to be too big for the rookie tight end after another standout performance. He finished with a team-high nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown and now has seven games with at least five receptions, which is tied for the second-most by a rookie tight end in NFL history.

Stock down after the win: Defense. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said he would address some of the unit’s needs, which included getting more pressure off the edge and limiting explosive plays in the secondary. But on Sunday, they gave up 113 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while allowing 249 combined passing yards to three quarterbacks in Derek Carr, Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. — Eric Woodyard

Next game: at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Will the Saints have to make a quarterback change next week? Derek Carr has now left three games because of injuries and was in the concussion protocol in addition to sustaining a shoulder injury Sunday, two issues he has faced earlier this season. (Carr was also in the concussion protocol in Week 10.) Saints coach Dennis Allen has repeated that Carr is their starting quarterback, but they might have to go with Jameis Winston next week if Carr’s injuries keep him out for an extended period.

Stock up after the loss: WR Chris Olave. Olave returned just one week after leaving a game with a concussion and had an outstanding second half, hitting the 100-yard receiving mark (119 yards on five catches) for the second straight game.

Stock down after the loss: Carr. He completed 15 straight passes in the second half before leaving with an injury, but he was booed by Saints fans and had another slow start (2-of-7 with an interception) that ultimately proved too much for the team to overcome. — Katherine Terrell

Next game: vs. Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)



Kamara sets Saints’ franchise record with rushing TD

Alvin Kamara passes Mark Ingram for the most touchdowns in Saints history with a rushing score in the fourth quarter.


Is there reason to be concerned with the offense? Defense had been the problem for the Chargers for most of this season, but in recent weeks, the paradigm has shifted. Now, scoring points has been this team’s biggest issue. The Chargers scored 10 points in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week and 20 a week prior against the Packers before scoring six on Sunday against New England. There has been blame to go around, from shaky offensive line protection to questionable play calls by offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Stock up after the win: LB Khalil Mack. He had two sacks for the third straight game, giving him 15 on the season to tie his career high. Mack is a half-sack away from 100 for his career; he’d become the seventh active player to reach that mark.

Stock down after the win: The pass-catchers. The Chargers had five drops by five different receivers Sunday, two weeks after having six drops in a loss to the Packers in Week 11. — Kris Rhim

Next game: vs. Broncos (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


When will the Patriots score again? This marks the first time in franchise history the Patriots were shut out in multiple home games in a season (they lost 34-0 to the Saints in Week 5). They were shut out in one home game from 1994 to 2022 (the first 29 seasons of Robert Kraft’s ownership). It’s also the first time since 1993 they didn’t score a first-half point in back-to-back games, and the first time they’ve been shut out multiple times in a season since 1992 (when they were blanked three times).

Stock up after the loss: DT Davon Godchaux. Big defensive tackles don’t usually garner much of the spotlight, but they are usually at the heart of the run defense, which was excellent, as the Patriots limited the Chargers to 29 yards on 24 carries.

Stock down after the loss: Trent Brown/Mike Onwenu. The offensive tackles were beaten for sacks on back-to-back plays, which reflected the Patriots’ overall struggles in pass protection Sunday. — Mike Reiss

Next game: at Steelers (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)


What are the options at linebacker if Jerome Baker’s knee injury is serious? Miami’s starting middle linebacker left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and was quickly taken to the locker room and ruled out. In his stead, Duke Riley played 57% of the team’s defensive snaps and finished with a team-high six tackles. The veteran linebacker can cover sideline to sideline and should see an increased role If Baker misses time. Andrew Van Ginkel could also slide to middle linebacker as the Dolphins grow comfortable mixing recent signee Jason Pierre-Paul into the rotation. It’s potentially another major hit to a linebacker corps that just lost Jaelan Phillips for the season last week.

Stock up after the win: WR Tyreek Hill. He had touchdown catches of 78 and 60 yards in the first half and finished with 157 yards on five receptions.

Stock down after the win: LT Terron Armstead. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was not sacked, so this has little to do with Armstead’s play and more to do with the fact that he left the game with an injury for the second straight week. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Next game: vs. Titans (Monday, Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Has Sam Howell taken a step back? The Commanders have faced teams with explosive offenses and good defenses in the past two games — Dallas and Miami — and it has impacted Howell. He has thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games and tossed one touchdown to five interceptions in that time. It’s not all his fault, but the passing game has not worked. The receivers and line have struggled. But if Howell doesn’t finish strong, whoever coaches here next year has a decision to make.

Stock up after the loss: WR Curtis Samuel. It’s difficult to pick anyone out after another blowout loss, but Samuel caught four passes for 65 yards, including a 33-yarder on a wheel route in which he fooled the linebacker with a double move.

Stock down after the loss: Coach Ron Rivera. He took over as the defensive playcaller this week, but it didn’t make a difference, as Miami scored 24 points and registered 247 yards of offense in the first half. At 4-9 and having lost nine of the past 11 games, Rivera’s time in Washington is coming to a close. — John Keim

Next game: at Rams (Sunday, Dec. 17, 4:05 p.m. ET)



Achane rushes for second TD

De’Von Achane scores his second rushing touchdown of the second half against the Commanders.



Are the Cowboys ready for their rematch with the Eagles next week? They have not lost since walking out of Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 5 with a 28-23 defeat. They left that game with some confidence and have won four straight. Coach Mike McCarthy thinks beating Seattle after falling behind at home for the first time this season will be a benefit, saying: “We’re where we need to be right now.”

Stock up after the win: TE Jake Ferguson. The second-year player has stepped into the role previously occupied by Jason Witten and Dalton Schultz as Dak Prescott’s top tight end target. He caught six passes for 77 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 4:37 to play. When Prescott needs a big play, he is not afraid to go to Ferguson.

Stock down after the win: The third-down defense. The Cowboys allowed the Seahawks to convert 9 of 14 third-down attempts, the most this season. That’s after allowing seven third-down conversions on Thanksgiving against Washington. They also did not register a sack against Geno Smith. If there’s a bright spot, Seattle was 0-for-3 on fourth down. — Todd Archer

Next game: vs. Eagles (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)


Is the Seahawks’ offense fixed? Geno Smith & Co. got out of their funk in a big way thanks in large part to an emphasis on getting the ball out quickly. Smith’s average time before throws was 2.54 seconds, considerably faster than his 2.91-second average in Weeks 1-12. He wasn’t sacked and threw for 334 yards. Seattle went 9-of-14 on third down. Their run game is missing Kenneth Walker III, but quicker throws appears to be an effective template for their passing game going forward.

Stock up after the loss: WR DK Metcalf. In perhaps the best game of his career, Metcalf caught six of eight targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns, matching the number of scores he had this season entering Thursday night.

Stock down after the loss: The defense at every level. Some questionable penalties were a factor, but Seattle allowed 411 total yards and gave up scores on eight of Dallas’ nine possessions before the final kneel-downs. — Brady Henderson

Next game: at 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)


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