This season as much as any has proven that anything can happen in the NFL from season to season down to week to week. The same is true for the Atlanta Falcons (3-9) and the Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) in their matchup Sunday.
The Packers, who finished last season with an 11-5 record, and the Falcons, who went 13-3 en route to the NFC Championship game, currently have fewer wins combined than each had individually last season.
There are many glaring reasons for Green Bay's decline, most notably injuries at almost every position, a young secondary and a patched-up offensive line. Atlanta's struggles have hinged more on an offense that was deflated after injuries to Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson early in the season.
But in 2013, if you think you've figured a team out, wait until next week.
There's the question of which Packers team will show up—the one that went undefeated in the month of October or the one that hasn't won a game in five weeks. And is Atlanta good enough to actually take advantage of the Packers' flaws?
In this matchup—a struggling Falcons team coming off its first win in six games and a roller-coaster Packers team at Lambeau—nothing would be a surprise.
That's why the following seven predictions, though bold, are still grounded in reality.