As always, NFL Week 12 brought lots of surprises. I’m a longtime Detroit Lions fan and current NFL reporter and podcaster, so I’ve studied this team for years and totally didn’t see their Week 12 loss to the Green Bay Packers coming. Thanksgiving Day, taking on the Packers at Ford Field in Detroit with the strongest Lions team we’ve had in years, even decades. What could do wrong, right? Well, a lot went wrong. The Lions fell, 22-29, and now, the same commentators who were saying the Lions were Super Bowl bound are starting to coin the Packers as the NFC North darlings. But, I personally believe, strongly, that the Lions will come back and win the NFC North. They’ll play the New Orleans Saints in Week 13, and it’s one of’s top games to watch. Here’s the full NFL Week 13 schedule and top games to watch.

So, what NFL teams have bye weeks in Week 13 in 2023? Nobody had a bye week during the oh-so important Thanksgiving weekend schedule, so a lot of teams actually have this weekend off. NFL teams that have bye weeks in Week 13 include the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. For the Vikings, this bye week must be brutal. They just lost in a major upset to the Chicago Bears, their NFC North rivals, and they’d probably rather get out there right away again and win some games. But, they’ll have to sit on that loss for two weeks now and do some soul searching. Meanwhile, for the Bears, they can enjoy that upset win for two weeks and take a breather.

As for this week, the first game of interest happens during Thursday Night Football (Nov. 30) when when the Seattle Seahawks head to Arlington, Texas, to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are considered one of the strongest teams in the NFC this year, and the Seahawks have pulled off some big wins, so this game matter bigtime to both teams. Other Week 13 highlights include the aforementioned Detroit Lions game as they head to New Orleans on Sunday (Dec. 3) to take on the Saints.

Probably the biggest game of the weekend takes place on Sunday (Dec. 3), when the San Francisco 49ers head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles for a 4:25 PM EST game. Both teams are considered the best in the NFC, along with the Lions, so this game will draw a lot of eyeballs. Another game of interest is Sunday night’s Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers game, as the Packers just pulled off that big win over the Bears and art starting to look like contenders. Finally, Monday Night Football (Dec. 4) will bring Cincinnati against Jacksonville, and with the Jags looking like possible Super Bowl contenders, this game is also a big one.

Here’s the full schedule for NFL Week 13.

Here’s the full NFL Week 13 schedule of games:

Thursday, November 30, 2023 Games:

Seattle @ Dallas, 8:15 PM, PRIME VIDEO
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Indianapolis @ Tennessee, 1:00 PM, CBS
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

Los Angeles @ New England, 1:00 PM, CBS
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

Detroit @ New Orleans, 1:00 PM, FOX
Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Atlanta @ New York, 1:00 PM, FOX
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Arizona @ Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM, CBS
Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

Miami @ Washington, 1:00 PM, FOX
FedExField, Landover, MD

Denver @ Houston, 1:00 PM, CBS
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

Carolina @ Tampa Bay, 4:05 PM, CBS
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Cleveland @ Los Angeles, 4:25 PM, FOX
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA

San Francisco @ Philadelphia, 4:25 PM, FOX
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Kansas City @ Green Bay, 8:20 PM, NBC
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI

Monday, December 4, 2023

Cincinnati @ Jacksonville, 8:15 PM, ABC and ESPN
EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL