NFL Odds Week 1: Underdogs Who Will Shock Favorites

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up on the field before a pre-season game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Upsets, anyone?

In my recent NFL predictions for Week 1, I picked a handful of underdogs who will upset the favorites in Week 1.

I see the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and New England Patriots as locks to begin the NFL season 1-0, and here are three teams I like to pull the upset:

*All spreads via ESPN's Pigskin Pick'em

Jacksonville Jaguars (4.5-point underdogs)

Even though Maurice Jones-Drew isn't going to start, he's definitely going to factor into the outcome of the Jacksonville Jaguars' road game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Aside from Jacksonville's ground game, Blaine Gabbert looked extremely impressive during the preseason, throwing three touchdowns to zero interceptions, and looking like he understood the offense.

The additions of Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon will be invaluable weapons to the young quarterback this season, especially against the Vikings this Sunday.

With Adrian Peterson's status for Sunday still up in the air (h/t ESPN), I think the Jags are a more complete team, especially once MJD starts shouldering the weekly load.

Jaguars upset the Vikings in Minnesota. 

Buffalo Bills (3.5-point underdogs)

I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I don't know how the Jets are going to score points this season.

Neither Mark Sanchez nor Tim Tebow looked deserving of the starting quarterback job in New York and Shonn Greene doesn't look too promising, either.

The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, enter the season with an improved defense, with the likes of Pro Bowler Mario Williams anchoring the defensive line.

I like Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to have their way against the Jets' rushing defense, with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson getting it done through the air when New York begins to key in on stopping the run.

After Week 1, surprisingly, Buffalo will be the only New York-based team with a 1-0 record.

Seattle Seahawks (1.5-point underdogs)

Even if Marshawn Lynch doesn't make it onto the field in Arizona, I still like the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Cardinals on Sunday.

Rookie QB Russell Wilson was ridiculously good this preseason, posting six touchdowns (one rushing) and just one interception to earn the starting job over free agent acquisition Matt Flynn.

Don't forget that Seattle has a more than capable defense and that the Cardinals' quarterback position still isn't set in stone, as both John Skelton and Kevin Kolb struggled this preseason.

With a new weapon in Sydney Rice, keep your eye on the Seattle Seahawks as a serious sleeper in 2012. 


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