NFL Picks Week 4: 3 Upsets on the Horizon

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers rolls to his left during the first quarter of play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Panthers defeated the Jaguars 16-10.  (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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Upsets in the NFL are some of the most exciting and frustrating games to watch as a fan. They are an inevitable entity of the pastime we love.

Week 4 is here, and we all think we have it figured out. This is why it is prime time to look for upsets, because teams' identities have not been formed yet, and the season is still very young.

Here are three upsets that will change what we think about teams.

Carolina to beat Chicago

The Chicago Bears are favorites in this match up, and are a very strong team led by their stifling defense.

The Panthers, however, have a player at quarterback who has the intangibles that cannot be taught, and has surprised everyone with his play thus far in the young season.

Cam Newton has been able to throw the ball exceptionally well this season. It was the one thing that scouts had huge question marks around.

Cam Newton threw for 432 yards against the Super Bowl-winning defense of Green Bay.

That was a Green Bay defense that has been better at getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers than Chicago this season.

Cam Newton showed that he can hold his composure under pressure, and will lead his team to victory and the upset this weekend.

San Francisco to beat Philadelphia

The 49ers will most likely not have or have to limit their biggest offensive weapon, Frank Gore, for the game against the Eagles. So how are they going to pull off the upset?

It comes down to defense. The 49ers will get after Michael Vick, whose offensive line has shown that they cannot give the Eagles quarterback what he needs.

Vick is going to play with a bruised right hand. It is his second injury in the last two weeks.

The more-than-fragile Vick will be tossed around again a lot during this matchup, and in turn will be held by the 49ers, who will just have to put up a few scores on the board.

Oakland over New England

The Oakland Raiders showed their muscle last week in their upset win over the New York Jets.

The Raiders will continue to roll with Darren McFadden leading the charge.

The Patriots will be looking for a bounce-back win after a very tough upset to the Buffalo Bills, but Tom Brady and company will have to wait one more week.

Brady can certainly throw the ball around, but he floundered to a defense that is not nearly as good as the Raiders, who will run a bunch of blitz packages and eventually get to him and put him on the ground.