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NFL Week 13 Sunday Schedule: Lions-Bears, Rams-Cardinals provide divisional drama

One game features teams jockeying for playoff positioning; the other has an interim coach and another fighting for his job.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

There is drama to be found on the NFL’s week 13 Sunday schedule, if you look for the right kind. No, this week does not have a large number of premier matchups, with only two games between teams currently in position for a playoff spot. But week 13 still has some intrigue anyway, if you look in the right place.

Early on, the Browns-Titans game should be an interesting one, as both teams enter with matching 8-3 records. Tennessee leads the AFC South division by a game over Indianapolis, with running back Derrick Henry continuing to run roughshod over the rest of the NFL. Cleveland, meanwhile, sits three games back of Pittsburgh but has drastically over-performed its expected record; the Browns actually have a minus-21 point differential on the season, a stunning number for a team five games over .500.

In the late games, the 7-4 Los Angeles Rams and the 6-5 Arizona Cardinals are both sitting in Wild Card position in the NFC. The two teams hold the 5th and 7th spots in the conference, respectively, and they are one and two games back of Seattle in the NFC West. This game will arguably be the best and most compelling matchup of the day in the NFL from a playoff perspective, as a Rams win could give another team like Minnesota, Chicago, or even San Francisco a chance to sneak into the back end of the playoff hunt.

For Chicago to do that, however, they must find a way to win a game for the first time since week six. The Bears have lost five straight after a 5-1 start to the season, and at noon Central time they will face a Detroit team that comes in fresh off firing its head coach. Darrell Bevell leads the Lions now on an interim basis, and he will surely look to make a statement against a divisional rival in one of the league’s early games this week.

With the Green Bay Packers waiting to kick off against the Philadelphia Eagles until 3:25 PM Central, the early slate is yours to take in. Check out the schedule below and discuss away in the comments!

Week 13 Sunday

Visiting Team Home Team Venue City Kickoff Time (ET) TV Network
Visiting Team Home Team Venue City Kickoff Time (ET) TV Network
Cleveland Browns Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium Nashville, TN 1:00 PM CBS
Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans NRG Stadium Houston, TX 1:00 PM CBS
Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 1:00 PM CBS
Las Vegas Raiders New York Jets MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 1:00 PM CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, MN 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit Lions Chicago Bears Soldier Field Chicago, IL 1:00 PM FOX
New York Giants Seattle Seahawks Lumen Field Seattle, WA 4:05 PM FOX
Los Angeles Rams Arizona Cardinals State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ 4:05 PM FOX
Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Green Bay, WI 4:25 PM CBS
New England Patriots Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium Inglewood, CA 4:25 PM CBS
Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO 8:20 PM NBC