The NFL Big Five – Week 11

Last week a whole bunch of QBs got their bells rung. How does that bode for their teams?

The new NFL week is here and with it comes chaos. Fortunately,Maximis 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 – Raiders over Saints

The Saints clipped the wings of both the Eagles and the undefeated Falcons in the past two weeks, and everyone forgot one thing – they kinda stink. We wouldn’t even go as far as calling this a trap game, but there is definitely something to be said for coming down from a big win. Carson Palmer has shown flashes of his old self this season, and if he can pick apart the thoroughly picked-apart Saints secondary, this could be bad news for the bayou.

Big Performance – Danny Amendola

Sam Bradford’s main squeeze returned to the Rams’ lineup last week and despite looking like he might have re-aggravated his collarbone injury, he insisted that he was just dandy. He played like it too, hauling in 102 yards, not including an 80 yard sideline grab that was brought back for a penalty. He should be able to put up the same (or better) numbers again against the Jets, who lost Revis Island in the beginning of the season and didn’t really replace him (not even with a peninsula).

Big Flop – LeSean McCoy

Michael Vick’s injury means that McCoy will be looked upon for a lot of carries, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of success. Part of why the Eagles’ running game is so successful is the dynamics of having Vick under center. When you lose that and replace it with an untested QB who hangs in the pocket, you lose a lot of the cushion that Washington’s already average linebackers are giving. Hold on to your butts, Philly fans, it’s going to be a rough day.

Big Storyline – Bears over 49ers

Monday night has the Bears visiting the 49ers and will see Alex Smith square off against Jay Cutler. Or maybe Colin Kaepernick vs. Jason Campbell. Or maybe Scott Tolzien vs. Josh McCown – who knows? Alex Smith has been cleared for non-contact drills, which, as far as we can tell, doesn’t cover getting Hulk-smashed by Patrick Willis. The Bears remain mum on the status of Jay Cutler, but as we know, the man has a proclivity for leaving games before they are over. Whoever has less of a headache will have a distinct advantage. As for their reading comprehension skills down the line? Not so much.

Big Stinker – Jags at Texans

Holy moly, does this ever spell disaster for the big cats. Houston has only been knocked off by the Packers, and after a rain-soaked defensive melee in Chicago last week, they are certainly eager to put up some points. And how about on the other end of the ball, with a subpar offensive line and inexperienced quarterback? J.J. Watt will feast.

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