NFL Week 6 Picks: Underdogs Who Will Earn Upset Wins on Sunday
Every week in the NFL is a new story, which gives plenty of teams a chance at redemption after terrible starts to the year.
A number of squads that looked awful over the past month unsurprisingly enter Week 6 as underdogs. However, there comes a point where talent shines through to provide an upset in the always surprising NFL.
This will not be the case in the lopsided matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos, but there are plenty of other underdogs capable of turning heads this week.
According to Vegas Insider, none of these squads are favored, but they have a good chance of coming through with wins this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
According to Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports, Michael Vick is listed as questionable for the game. However, the Eagles could end up struggling regardless of who is starting at quarterback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers remade their secondary over the offseason and now have one of the toughest units in the league. Darrelle Revis will certainly be able to slow down DeSean Jackson, who is the Eagles' only downfield target.
Still, the bigger problem will come on the other side of the ball, as the Eagles have had a hard time defending anyone this season, allowing the second-most yards per game in the NFL.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was able to use the bye week to get more acclimated to the Buccaneers, and second-year running back Doug Martin is set to have the breakout week that fantasy owners have been expecting all year.
While the Eagles have two road wins this season, they will not be as fortunate in this one as the Buccaneers win their first game of the year.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
The big difference in this game will be in the pass rush.
Cam Newton was sacked seven times last week and hit 11 times, which led to four turnovers for the inconsistent quarterback. However, the Vikings have not proven the ability to replicate this, ranking 29th in the league with only nine sacks all year.
Giving Newton time in the pocket will allow him to dissect the fourth-worst pass defense in the league and have a big game.
Meanwhile, Matt Cassel had a decent showing in his first start and will get the call again this week with Christian Ponder still out, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN. Of course, he was also helped against a terrible pass rush from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the other hand, Carolina has one of the top defensive lines in the league and will give the quarterback problems all game, likely leading to at least a couple of turnovers.
Minnesota entered its bye week on a high note after defeating the Steelers in London, but do not expect a big winning streak like we saw last season out of this squad.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets
The Jets are riding high after their Monday night win against the Atlanta Falcons, but some major injuries could limit the squad this week. According to ESPN, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Dee Milliner have already been ruled out, while cornerback Antonio Cromartie is questionable.
If both cornerbacks are unable to play against the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger could be in line for a big day. If there is one thing Pittsburgh can count on, it is receivers Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and others who can get open against inferior competition.
Additionally, Le'Veon Bell appears to have provided some balance to the offense with his strong running ability.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith could also struggle against a defense that ranks fifth in the NFL in passing defense, especially if the rookie gets overconfident after performing well a week earlier.
Pittsburgh is not as bad as the 0-4 record indicates, and the squad should finally get into the win column this week.
|Cincinnati Bengals||Buffalo Bills||Bengals|
|Detroit Lions||Cleveland Browns||Lions|
|Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Chiefs|
|Carolina Panthers||Minnesota Vikings||Panthers|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||New York Jets||Steelers|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Green Bay Packers||Baltimore Ravens||Packers|
|St. Louis Rams||Houston Texans||Texans|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|Tennessee Titans||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|New Orleans Saints||New England Patriots||Saints|
|Arizona Cardinals||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Washington Redskins||Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys|
|Indianapolis Colts||San Diego Chargers||Colts|
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