The 2013 NFL Big 5: Week 3

The Vikings look to get even.

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 – Kansas City over Philadelphia

Andy Reid makes his return to Philly after a gracious exit on the heels of multiple championships and almost unanimous appreciation by the fans and organization. HAHA! Just kidding! He was run out of town for poor clock management and terrible playoff performances by a city that embraced a dog-killer as their starting QB. But since then, Reid has linked up with fellow castoff Alex Smith in Kansas City and risen to a very respectable 2-0 record. And while Reid’s visit will surely be sentimental, he also has a lot to prove.

Big Performance – Vikings Defense

Saying that Adrian Peterson is going to have a big game is similar to announcing the wetness of water or the grossness of either one of the Ryan brothers, and the job Christian Ponder’s doing can be described as “just enough to let Adrian Peterson do his thing,” but the lads on the other side of the ball have not been able to make stops at crucial moments. After leaving two divisional games out on the field, you can bet that the play-calling will be tight and the coverage – with Josh Gordon returning to the Browns’ starting receiving corps – will be even tighter.

Big Flop – Jay Cutler

After pulling two down-to-the-wire wins, the Bears are going up against a 2-0 Steelers team with a whole lot to prove. Luckily for them, their defense still has some gas in the tank and Jay Cutler might be forced to throw more from outside the pocket than inside. On top of that, they are playing in Pittsburgh, so Cutler’s “Don’t hassle me, I’m local” shirt will have little-to-no effect.

Big Storyline – Oh, Cleveland

We feel like we might have gotten away with something earlier when we picked the Vikings D to have a big game. With the huge and sort of inexplicable move of Trent Richardson to Jim Irsay’s RB-hungry Colts for a first-rounder, the Browns essentially forfeited their season in the hopes that the Colts still tank, and that Cleveland can pick up another QB for this poor girl’s jersey. Maybe a “Manziel” would look good at the end of that?

Big Stinker – Jacksonville at Seattle

The Seahawks are currently favored by 19.5 points, and Maurice Jones-Drew is not 100%. The only thing uglier than this outcome is the helmets that the Jags will be wearing. 

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