NFL Teams on Upset Alert on Sunday
With the first week of the 2012 NFL season complete, it is now much easier to figure out each team. Some surprising performances in Week 1 included the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens, two teams that both scored more than 40 points against solid defenses.
With the second Sunday of the NFL season looming, a few teams that are favored will surely get upset by underdogs.
Here are a few teams that are currently favored that could lose on Sunday:
The fact that the Eagles are favored by three points (according to Bovada) over the Baltimore Ravens is quite surprising, as Philadelphia only beat the Browns 17-16 last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Ravens blew out the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 in their season opener, as quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
With Eagles receivers Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin questionable for the game due to injuries, Philadelphia's offense may struggle to get going. Unless quarterback Michael Vick can improve from his poor performance against the Browns that included four interceptions, the Eagles will struggle to score points against the Ravens.
Despite giving up 48 points to the New York Jets in Week 1, the Bills are favored by three points over the Kansas City Chiefs. While the game is being played in Buffalo, the Chiefs are the more talented team and they should be favored.
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions in Week 1, and Kansas City's defense will be another tough challenge. Without Fred Jackson and David Nelson, the Bills offense will experience immense struggles on Sunday, and the Chiefs could win this game by 10 or more points.
New Orleans Saints
With both the Saints and the Carolina Panthers coming off Week 1 losses, this division rivalry will surely be a hard-fought battle. After scoring just 10 points in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Panthers need a huge performance from Cam Newton to ignite an offense loaded with potential.
Despite throwing for 300 yards in Week 1, Newton threw two costly interceptions. If Newton can limit himself to one or zero interceptions, the Panthers offense will score plenty of points against a New Orleans defense that let up 40 points to the Washington Redskins last week.
Expect a high-scoring game that will be close throughout, with the Panthers possibly prevailing at home despite being the three-point underdogs.
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