NFL Picks Week 9: Teams Headed for a Shocking Upset

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Running back Curtis Brinkley #44 of the San Diego Chargers dives over the Kansas City Chiefs defense from two-yards out for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Last week saw the biggest upset of the NFL season when the Rams upset the Saints. Week 9 needs to step up its game big if it is going to contend with that shocker.

Here are three teams that are on upset alert this week:

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs look like they are getting on the right track. Their defense is stepping up and they are coming off of an impressice overtime win against the Chargers.

The Chiefs' opponent this week is the lowly Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are competing in games but have yet to pull off a win.

The Dolphins are looking to put together two halves like their first half of the Giants game last week.

They are going to be able to do it in Kansas City. Matt Moore will feel a bit more comfortable after putting in a respectable performance and Reggie Bush is coming off of one of his best games of the season.

Oakland Raiders

This is tough to do but it must be thought about. Tim Tebow will get his second win this Sunday when the Denver Broncos play the Oakland Raiders.

It is not that the Broncos are better or that Tebow is going to have an out-of-body experience and play the best game of his life, it is that the Raiders are playing without Darren McFadden and they have a new quarterback in Carson Palmer.

Carson Palmer had a very long offseason after he finally forced a trade out of Cincinnati and joined the Oakland Raiders to be their starting quarterback. He is not ready to do it and this is what will give the Broncos the edge.

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are at home and this is the only reason that this game could be called an upset.

The Cardinals have the edge playing in their own stadium, but the St. Louis Rams are riding high and going to continue to sit on cloud nine as they follow Steven Jackson’s lead right through University of Phoenix Stadium.