Sizzle or Fizzle – NFL Week 13

30 November 2023 • by abovedev

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Welcome Back to Sizzle or Fizzle! We took last week off to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we have a lot of trends to look at as the NFL regular season winds down. 

Keep in mind, we aren’t going to inundate you with stats, nor are we going to do deep dives into these topics. We’re keeping things bite-sized on purpose, so you can get the quick hits and make decisions accordingly. Let’s dive in ahead of Week 13.

Sizzle: The Packers are Finding Their Stride

A few weeks ago, it seemed like everyone was calling for Jordan Love’s head. The interceptions, accuracy issues, and team losses were quickly stacking against him. Some television personalities were saying Love isn’t that good and the Packers may need to cut their losses. 

Well, Love turned that into a thumping of the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day to the tune of 268 yards and 3 touchdowns to 3 different receivers. His line is finally giving him time to let plays develop, and Love is spreading the ball around. 

It’s early, but it looks like the ship has righted itself in Green Bay. Matt LeFleur is leading one of the youngest teams in the NFL to solid wins and competitive losses, and it’s time we stop worrying about this offense and trust them for fantasy.

Fizzle: The Texans are Going to the Playoffs

If you’ve watched the Rival Fantasy Sunday Livestream, you know that I am a Texans fan. I write this caveat so it is known I have nothing but respect and admiration for C.J. Stroud. He’s the Texans’ franchise QB for the foreseeable future, and he looks amazing out there. I’m also a huge fan of DeMeco Ryans and what he’s done to turn this team around.

Unfortunately, though, after the loss to the Jaguars last week, the Texans’ path to the playoffs is bleak. Indianapolis owns a tie-breaker over the Texans due to head-to-head record, and there are a lot of teams with a flat-out better record ahead of them. 

While there’s a lot of football left and this team has fight, I think the path is challenging given the parity around the NFL. No one expected the Texans to even sniff the playoffs, and this means it’s only going to get better for this team in the years to come.

Fizzle: Aaron Rodgers is Coming Back in 2023

Stop it. Get help. It’s not happening. Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon in Week 1 this season. Aka less than 3 months ago. Aka he’s still injured. 

The typical recovery time from an Achilles tendon rupture and repair is 6-12 months, give or take. No amount of darkness retreats, herbal remedies, or miracles of modern medicine would make this man ready to compete on an NFL field before 2024. 

Not to mention the Jets are all but out of the playoff hunt. Why risk an even more severe injury and probably the end of your career for a lost season? Let Rodgers heal and get back to it in 2024, “The Last Dance” style.

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