NFL Picks Week 2: Underdogs That Will Pull the Upset on Sunday
The NFL season is always filled with surprises, but people should really be able to see the upsets coming.
There are a number of teams listed as favorites in the latest NFL lines (via Vegas Insider) that simply did not look good in Week 1. In addition, a few teams that started the year off with a loss are really sleepers in disguise.
These outcomes might seem far-fetched, but these are the most likely upsets to take place in Week 2 of the regular season.
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) over Buffalo Bills
Both teams allowed 40 points to opponents in the first week of the season. At least the Bills get to return home after being throttled 48-28 by the New York Jets.
The Chiefs were dominated at home by the Atlanta Falcons, but there is a lot of good to take away from the loss.
Even with poor decision making, Matt Cassel looks strong throwing the football, especially with the increased role of Dexter McCluster in the slot to take the pressure off Dwayne Bowe. Running back Jamaal Charles also survived a full game in his first real action since missing most of last season.
Buffalo did not wake up as a team until it was down 41-7. Fred Jackson was injured in the game, leaving C.J. Spiller to handle running back duties on his own. He has shown great potential over the years, but he is yet to prove he can handle the workload of an NFL running back.
Kansas City is a very talented team when healthy. If the team is able to stay on the field, they have the talent to reach the postseason this year. Despite the lopsided scores, the Chiefs played much better than the Bills did last week.
Baltimore Ravens (+2.5) over Philadelphia Eagles
It is honestly hard to tell which games the oddsmakers were watching last week. Although the Ravens and Eagles are both 1-0, they took drastically different methods to get there.
Baltimore exploded offensively and held tough defensively against the Cincinnati Bengals, a playoff team from last season. Meanwhile, the Eagles struggled to get a one-point victory against a team with a rookie quarterback and running back, neither of whom played well in the game.
Unless both of these teams completely change what they did in Week 1, the Ravens should win this game with relative ease.
Carolina Panthers (+2.5) over New Orleans Saints
It is apparent that the New Orleans Saints miss suspended head coach Sean Payton. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was able to get 366 total yards from scrimmage, while the Saints offense stalled through most of the game.
If Griffin was able to have this much success, Cam Newton should be able to do more of the same. Even in the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, last season's Rookie of the Year threw for over 300 yards and completed just under 70 percent of his passes.
The key will be the run game, which was held to only 10 yards on 13 carries. It should have more success against the team that allowed 153 yards on the ground to the Redskins.
With the Saints traveling away from the Superdome, where they finished 5-4 last season, they could be in danger of falling to 0-2 for the first time since 2007.
Seattle Seahawks (+3) over Dallas Cowboys
The Seahawks were unable to come away with a win against the Arizona Cardinals last week, but they showed some solid play behind rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. The good news is that the team rarely wins on the road.
Including the playoffs, since 2009, Seattle is 14-9 at home and 6-20 on the road. The squad is certainly not unbeatable at home, but it has had an advantage at CenturyLink Field (formally Qwest Field), even when the team is bad.
Dallas, on the other hand, is coming off an incredibly emotional win on primetime television against a division rival. This is a classic let-down game for a team that has shown it can be inconsistent over the years.
If the Cowboys overestimate their opponent heading into the weekend, they will leave mightily disappointed.
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