NFL Week 4 Predictions: Underdogs That Will Cover Spread on Sunday

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Carson Palmer #3 hands off to Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders celebrate a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Never have too much faith in a favorite in the NFL.

Between the parity among teams and the random upsets that no one saw coming, it is important to watch out for the underdogs before making weekly picks.

These weekend games could be very close. A smart move would be to grab the points and watch for the upsets to happen.

Note: All lines courtesy of Vegas Insider.

Oakland Raiders (+7) over Denver Broncos

After looking like one of the worst teams in football through two games, the Oakland Raiders turned it around with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team showed balance on offense and did just enough on defense to end with a win.

Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos are coming off two consecutive losses to kill the good feelings that Peyton Manning brought to start the season. Both losses were to elite teams, but it did highlight some problems that can be exploited.

With Darren McFadden running the football, Oakland will be able to score points and at least keep this game close.

New York Giants (+2) over Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have been the sloppiest team in football so far this season. Three bad turnovers contributed to the loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, after starting the year with nine more in two games.

Philadelphia was able to get away with the poor play for two weeks, but it gets harder to overcome this as the team faces tougher opponents.

Conversely, the New York Giants seem to be able to play through any problems. Despite racking up a number of injuries, Eli Manning has held the team together as it attempts to win another Super Bowl. 

With extra time to prepare after last Thursday's win over the Carolina Panthers, the Giants should be able to win this divisional battle.

St. Louis Rams (+3) over Seattle Seahawks

Over the past few years, the Seattle Seahawks have had one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL. Unfortunately, the team is 6-19 on the road since 2009.

Even with a 2-1 record, the Seahawks still have some issues. The offense stalled throughout the Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers and needed a fortunate call by the referees to even break double-digits.

The St. Louis Rams have the ability to pull the upset, but they are dependent on running back Steven Jackson. If he is unable to play, the team will have a hard time scoring points. However, if Sam Bradford plays like he did in the first two games, St. Louis will leave with its second win of the year.

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