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The NFL Big Five: Week 13

The new NFL week is here and with it comes chaos. Fortunately, Maxim is here to help you navigate these uncharted waters with five predictions that will undoubtedly (or just maybe) come true.


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Big Upset – Saints over Falcons
The Falcons seem to have been revealed as a sham. They’ve skated by the past two weeks on lucky breaks and Matt Ryan’s boyish good looks. At the beginning of this backslide you can find New Orleans. The Falcons are on their home turf this time, but they have a quarterback with six INTs over two games and a rushing attack that couldn’t gain 50 yards on the Saints last meeting. The first good game of the Thursday night slate appears; it only took 13 weeks.

Big Performance – Jay Cutler
Big Jay got his brain rattled by the Texans, but rebounded quickly and was able to take home a victory against the Vikings. Seattle’s D is a different monster, however (not of the purple people-eating variety). They are tougher, faster, and might be greasing the palms of some replacement refs (we’re looking at you, Golden). On the other hand, this Seattle team cannot seem to win on the road and the Bears are looking to separate themselves from a competitive division. Everything will probably go well for Jay and Chi-town. Except for their hot dogs – leave some of that shit off, guys, it’s gross.

Big Flop – Robert Griffin III
Just ask Aaron Rodgers: the Giants' pass rush has finally hit its stride. The first time RGIII went against the Gmen they escaped with the win, but not without allowing the QB to go for 258 yards passing plus another 89 on the ground. This time around, the pass rush is looking vintage and the Big Blue Wrecking Crew won’t let RGIII out of the pocket so easily.

Big Storyline – Wildcard Madness
With five games to play and five teams (Steelers, Bengals, Vikings, Bucs, and Seahawks) tied for the last two wildcard spots, the race to 10-6 is on. The teams have little-to-no margin of error since there are so many in the running; a 9-7 team might have some issues.

Big Stinker – Raiders at Browns
This game stinks so bad that even the oddsmakers can’t be bothered to make a line for it. It doesn’t matter how many times you beat Charlie Batch, Believeland, you’re still irrelevant this season.

To see what we learned last week, go here.
Or just check out these cheerleaders.