Thursday’s first recreation went as anticipated with the Bears beating the Lions, who have been right down to their third-string quarterback. The Payments proved they have been for actual within the second recreation, beating the Cowboys at Dallas. And, the Saints clinched the NFC South with a win over the Falcons.

Listed here are Week 13’s largest takeaways from NFL Nation.

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Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky performed his greatest recreation of the season. It is simple to select aside the handful of errors Trubisky dedicated in opposition to the Lions. Sure, Trubisky wanted to run straight forward and never bounce outdoors on a third-and-short scramble close to the tip of the primary half. Final season, Trubisky most likely plows forward for the primary down. This season, due to shoulder and hip accidents, it is not that straightforward. Trubisky additionally threw a foul interception on a ball meant for Allen Robinson. However he accomplished 29 of 38 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and led Chicago on its successful drive. The Bears will take these outcomes any day of the week. — Jeff Dickerson

Subsequent recreation: vs. Dallas (Dec. 5, 8:20 p.m. ET)

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The Lions nonetheless have not discovered learn how to win. Two-thirds of the best way by the season and the Lions are in the identical place they have been two months in the past. As coach Matt Patricia mentioned, they’re making an attempt to “break by that factor that is stopping us proper now and smash that so we will get this factor going.” Besides Detroit hasn’t completed that, and it is totally different variations of the identical story each week — an offense that does nicely sufficient to win and a protection that fails at key moments. 5 consecutive losses have ended the significant a part of Detroit’s season, and the subsequent month may decide what issues appear to be in 2020 and past. — Michael Rothstein

Subsequent recreation: at Minnesota (Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

The Payments can beat good groups, too. The majority of the criticism in opposition to Buffalo has centered on its seven wins in opposition to groups with shedding data and lack of a “marquee” victory. The regular-season stage does not get a lot brighter than Thanksgiving at Dallas, and the Payments turned of their greatest efficiency — but they do not see it as an announcement win. With 10 days to arrange for the Ravens in Week 14, Buffalo thinks it merely met its expectations. “No assertion recreation, that is simply one other week in Buffalo Payments land,” defensive finish Jerry Hughes mentioned. “That is what we do, that is what the [Bills] Mafia expects us to do.” — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Subsequent recreation: vs. Baltimore (Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

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Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones won’t make a training change with 4 video games to play. He doesn’t imagine transferring on from Jason Garrett will make a distinction in how the crew performs, regardless of Dallas shedding for the sixth time in 9 video games with Thursday’s defeat to Buffalo. “I imagine in redemption,” Jones mentioned. The proprietor’s technique is extra hope than anything. At 6-6, the Cowboys will stay in first place within the NFC East no matter what Philadelphia does Sunday, they usually say they continue to be assured regardless of proof on the contrary. When requested why the Cowboys have not righted the ship but, quarterback Dak Prescott, who additionally expressed confidence in Garrett, mentioned, “It can occur.” That is the closest factor to a assure that got here from the locker room. — Todd Archer

Subsequent recreation: at Chicago (Dec. 5, 8:20 p.m. ET)

The Saints (10-2) grew to become the primary crew to clinch a playoff spot this season. They usually acquired to serve up some revenge on Thanksgiving evening after their ugly loss to the Falcons 18 days earlier. However they have been nonetheless removed from excellent, thanks to a different barrage of penalties, some dropped passes and a stunning lack of ability to get well onside kicks. They want a a lot cleaner efficiency in the event that they need to goal for the next seed, with a crucial residence date looming in opposition to the 49ers in Week 14. — Mike Triplett

Subsequent recreation: vs. San Francisco (Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

The very best transfer Falcons made Thursday evening was maintaining receiver Julio Jones out of the lineup with a shoulder harm. Though the now 3-9 Falcons had little to play for with the postseason basically out of attain, they wanted to be cognizant of the way forward for their greatest participant. The Falcons clearly weren’t the identical on offense with out Jones on the sector. Matt Ryan did not have his security internet on the sector. And the Saints may focus their defensive consideration on closing down Calvin Ridley as the first goal. Now let’s examine if the Falcons proceed to play it cautious with Jones transferring ahead. — Vaughn McClure

Subsequent recreation: vs. Carolina (Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET)