2010 NFL Predictions, Week 1: Four Underdogs That Will Cover the Spread

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2010

2010 NFL Predictions, Week 1: Four Underdogs That Will Cover the Spread

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams calls to his team during a timeout against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip V
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    This weekend is the first full slate of NFL game this season.  People across the country will sit in front of their TVs all day Sunday watching intently.

    Some of these people will also be involved in office pools in which they have to pick games based on the spread.  It is always hard to decide who to pick, but it is much harder to decide which underdogs will cover the spread.

    Here are four underdogs that will cover the spread in Week 1.

Denver Broncos +3

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball and is tackled by Heath Farwell #59 of the Minnesota Vikings  during an NFL preseason game at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on September 2, 2010
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    The Broncos start the season off against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  Technically, this is a home game for the Jags, but in all reality this game is being played at a neutral site, since there is no chance it will be close to being filled.

    Kyle Orton is a much better quarterback than David Garrard and in the end that will prove the difference in this game.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Tim Tebow get a couple snaps.  Broncos 20-17.

Oakland Raiders +6

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kyle Boller #7 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 2, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Over the past couple of seasons it would have been hard to come up with an argument as to why the Raiders would cover this spread.  This season that reason is Jason Campbell.

    Jason Campbell is a complete change from JaMarcus Russell, and it will show in the first game.

    Vince Young took a leap forward last season, but he is still vulnerable to the turnover, especially against a solid Raiders' defense.

    The Tennessee Titans are able to pull this one out 24-20.

Philadelphia Eagles +3

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Ima
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    This game is for those who love offense because there should be a lot of it.  This will the first test for Kevin Kolb in his first full season as starter. 

    Aaron Rodgers might be the best quarterback in football, but Kolb will be able to stick with him during the whole game.

    This game will come down to the wire, but in the end a late touchdown pass by Rodgers wins it for the Green Bay Packers 31-30.

Kansas City Chiefs +5

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Travis Daniels #34 and Justin Cole #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after stopping a final drive during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (P
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    This is a new era in Kansas City.  With the addition of Thomas Jones as the workhorse back and Eric Berry as a ball hawk in the secondary, the Chiefs could be for real this season.

    The San Diego Chargers' offense will struggle in this one, lacking a proven running back and Philip Rivers' top target Vincent Jackson.

    The lack of San Diego offense will keep this one close, but in the end the Chiefs take this one 20-17.