There's nothing more thrilling for bettors than when underdogs pull off an upset—especially when all odds are against it happening.
Last weekend, the St. Louis Rams went into Houston and dismantled the dysfunctional Texans, and those who bet on the Rams for the upset won a tidy sum of money.
There are some intriguing NFL matchups on the schedule for Week 7, too, that feature underdogs with a great chance of beating the spread—if not winning the game outright.
Here's a look at the current odds for every game on the schedule, via Covers, followed by a closer look at three underdogs sure to cover the spread.
|St. Louis Rams||Carolina Panthers||CAR (-6.5)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Detroit Lions||DET (-2.5)|
|Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||MIA (-7)|
|San Diego Chargers||Jacksonville Jaguars||JAX (+7.5)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons||ATL (-7)|
|Chicago Bears||Washington Redskins||WAS (+1)|
|New England Patriots||New York Jets||NYJ (+3.5)|
|Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI (-2.5)|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans||TEN (+4)|
|Houston Texans||Kansas City Chiefs||KC (-6.5)|
|Cleveland Browns||Green Bay Packers||GB (-10)|
|Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT (-1)|
|Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts||IND (+6.5)|
|Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants||NYG (-3.5)|
St. Louis vs. Carolina (-6.5)
The Panthers feature one of the league's top pass defenses, but then again, so did Houston before the Rams cut through the Texans like a hot knife through butter last Sunday.
Sam Bradford has thrown six touchdown passes in his last two games, and rookie running back Zac Stacy has been the catalyst for his improved play. Stacy has rushed for 157 yards on 32 carries (4.9 yards per carry) since taking over for Daryl Richardson as the team's starting running back.
Carolina's defense has been solid against the run this year, but the Minnesota Vikings had success running the ball last weekend (when they actually did run the ball), averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
On the other side, Carolina's offense isn't tailor-made to dominate St. Louis' defense.
Cam Newton doesn't have a viable threat in the middle of the field to take advantage of St. Louis' safeties. He will be pressured relentlessly by Chris Long and Robert Quinn, who will force him into at least one costly interception.
Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta (-7)
Given the way Atlanta has lost its last three games, combined with the devastating injuries this team has sustained on both sides of the ball, it's insane to think the Falcons are favored by a touchdown this Sunday.
Even against the winless Buccaneers.
The Falcons will be without Steven Jackson and Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan has looked extraordinarily average of late playing behind a porous offensive line. The New York Jets' front seven absolutely demolished Atlanta's offensive line in the team's last game, sacking Ryan twice and pressuring him countless other times.
Rookie Mike Glennon has started to look like he knows what to do on Sundays, throwing three touchdown passes in his first two starts. He's gotten receiver Vincent Jackson involved, and the veteran playmaker exploded with nine catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns last weekend.
If second-year running back Doug Martin can find a rhythm, then Tampa Bay will not only cover the spread, but they will also win the game.
Which underdog has the best chance to win?
Cleveland vs. Green Bay (-10)
When healthy, the Packers feature one of the NFL's most dangerous teams.
Unfortunately, this team is far from healthy.
Randall Cobb broke his leg last weekend, and he'll miss at least six weeks after he was placed on IR with a designation to return, as noted by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. James Jones is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report, while Brad Jones, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and James Starks are all out.
Yes, Brandon Weeden is starting, and yes, he stinks.
That said, Cleveland's defense is good enough to keep the Browns in this game, and as bad as Weeden can be, he also has a knack for making big plays to his speedy receivers and athletic tight end.
The Browns won't likely win, but this team will easily cover the 10-point spread.
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