In the NFL, the home team is said to have the advantage because the crowd is on their side, but the benefits of the crowd won’t be enough to help these three teams.
Whether the opponent is too good, the home team is simply horrendous or the cards don’t fall the right way, the local squad isn’t always able to honor their faithful fans with a victory.
Here are three home teams who will disappoint the home crowd on Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs
You don’t have to do a double-take looking at the schedule; I’m actually predicting a Chiefs home loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Fins have been on the cusp of their first win in the past two weeks with a pair of three-point losses. Miami led in the fourth quarter of both games, but was unable to seal the deal. In the first three quarters of each of the last two games, the Dolphins only allowed 10 points.
The Chiefs have rattled off four straight wins, so this seems like a trap game. A surprise player in this game will be Reggie Bush, who rushed for over 100 yards against the New York Giants.
Pick: Dolphins 23, Chiefs 16
The Titans need Chris Johnson to get back on track against Cincinnati this week, but the Bengals' second-ranked run defense will contain CJ2K.
Matt Hasselbeck has struggled since the loss of Kenny Britt, and the flaws of the Titans offense have been exposed. Hasselbeck needs to find a new favorite target if the Titans are going to find any success through the air.
The Titans allow almost 130 yards per game on the ground, which means Cedric Benson will get the chance to shine in a showdown with Johnson.
Pick: Bengals 17, Titans 16
Since Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals have been steadily reverting back to pre-Warner form.
Kevin Kolb is likely not going to play quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams, which just makes a bad situation worse.
The Rams know the feeling, as Sam Bradford missed a few starts with an injury earlier this season. Even though the Rams just collected their first win, they look to be in better shape than the Cardinals.
Steven Jackson is the best pure power back in football when he’s fully healthy and the Rams defense is young, but getting better.
The Rams won the last meeting between the two teams, but that was December of last season. Before that win, the Cardinals had claimed eight straight wins in the series, dating back to 2006.
Pick: Rams 26, Cardinals 20
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