We’re getting to the pointy end of the NFL season and the genuine Super Bowl LVII contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest if they hadn’t already.
The Hits Keep Coming For The Niners
The San Francisco 49ers have been dealing with injuries for much of the NFL season. Still, they’ve remained in the hunt and haven’t drifted out too far in the Super Bowl LVII Winner market. However, this latest injury might be too big to overcome…
With Jimmy Garoppolo breaking his foot today, the 49ers starting QB now will be Brock Purdy, their rookie 7th-round pick from Iowa St.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2022
Brock Purdy led the 49ers to a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins after taking to the field in Week 13. He finished up with an impressive 210 yards while connecting on 25 of his 37 throws. He threw the first touchdown of his NFL career and added another as the Dolphins defence tried to pressure the inexperienced quarterback.
In response to Jimmy G’s injury, the 49ers have signed Josh Johnson off the Broncos practice squad. If the name seems familiar, Johnson has probably played for your NFL team. This is his third stint with the 49ers having also spent time with the Buccaneers, Browns, Bengals, Jets, Colts, Bills Ravens, Giants, Texans, Raiders, Redskins, Lions and a handful of non-NFL teams throughout his 13 years in the league.
The 49ers defence will determine how far they go from here. Purdy has talent all around him so this squad will still be able to score points. However, their elite defence will be the difference and play a leading role in their Super Bowl campaign. On the third line of betting to win it at $7.50 last week, the Niners are now out to $13.
Eagles Fly Higher
The Philadelphia Eagles have had the record all NFL season but are only just now becoming a major part of the Super Bowl LVII conversation. Their best performance of the season in Week 13 added more weight to their credentials.
The Eagles are clearly, and I do mean clearly, the best team in the NFC. I was so tired of hearing critics attributing their success to a weak schedule. Last week we heard how the Titans would present a “real” test. The Eagles demolished them. Offense, defense, special teams 👍.
— Merrill Reese (@mreeseeagles) December 5, 2022
Jalen Hurts again dominated for 380 passing yards and three touchdowns for a 130.3 passer rating. He continued to push for the Most Valuable Player award with a rushing touchdown, too. However, A.J. Brown took the spotlight with a huge performance over his former team. A contract dispute forced a trade away from the Tennesse Titans and he made them pay throughout Philadelphia’s 35-10 win to end up with 109 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.
While the Titans haven’t been outstanding this season, their defence has been tough to crack having recently kept the Bengals and Chiefs to 20 points in recent weeks. Not the Eagles, though. They made it look easy and are now on the third line of betting to win Super Bowl LVII at $6.
More QB Injuries
It was a tough week to be an NFL quarterback. Along with Jimmy Garoppolo, Tua Tagovailoa and Lamar Jackson went down. Somehow, Trevor Lawrence stood up following a heavy and twisted tackle in the pocket.
With Lamar Jackson dealing with a knee injury, the Ravens are signing QB Brett Hundley, per his agent @kenny_zuckerman.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 5, 2022
Unlike Garoppolo, however, Tagovailoa is expected to be back next week when the Dolphins face the Los Angeles Chargers as $1.68 and -2.5 favourites. Meanwhile, Jackson is listed as out for “days to weeks” but will be back before the end of the season.
The team that fired their coach and saw the owner replace that coach with a TV personality that has never coached above high-school level isn’t very good.
The Colts are 0-3 since this tweet pic.twitter.com/ATDW2pXU0L
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 5, 2022
Bengals Beat Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs’ five-game winning streak is over after the Cincinnati Bengals came out on top 27-24 at Paycor Stadium.
Most of the rivalry talk is around Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, but as we highlighted when digging into the biggest rivalries in the NFL, Mahomes v Joe Burrow has stacks of potential.
“This one is new. It may not even end up being a rivalry quite like the others. Still, their recent history makes this Week 13 matchup a must-watch.” – Analysing The Biggest Rivalries
And must-watch it was…
In a topsy-turvy game that required the Bengals to come from behind to win, some Burrow brilliance and the return of Ja’Marr Chase helped Cincy beat the Chiefs for a third-straight time.
Burrow ended up with 25-of-31 passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns in this one. The calls for MVP came from all directions in the post-game discussions.
Ja'Marr Chase says Joe Burrow should be in the MVP conversation: "He is the best quarterback in the league. That's a fact."
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 5, 2022
Perhaps more notably for punters given the MVP award seems like Mahomes’ to lose, the Bengals have gone 17-3 against the spread in their past 20 games and covered nine of their last 10.
NFL Super Bowl LVII Odds
We’re checking in on the changes in the Super Bowl LVII Odds from Week 12 to 13.
The San Francisco 49ers have tumbled down the list from $7.50 to $13 following Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury. In contrast, the Cincinnati Bengals have shot up from $18 to $13 thanks to an impressive win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
We’ve covered the Eagles and their move from $7.50 to $6 already, too.
As it stands, and with the Tennessee Titans on the 11th line at $34, this looks like a Top 10 that might stick through to the end of the NFL season.
Top 10 Odds
|TEAM||WEEK 12 PRICE||WEEK 13 PRICE|
|Kansas City Chiefs||$5||$5.50|
|San Francisco 49ers||$7.50||$13|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$18||$21|