We didn’t hit on any of our upsets in week eight. The Bears got demolished by the Patriots, the Jaguars looked inept against the Dolphins, the Rams finally got blown out on the road and the Raiders let a close game get out of hand against the Browns.
On paper, those were potential upsets, but they clearly didn’t even come close to panning out. That’s the downside of NFL betting, but with such a random league like the NFL, we know by now it still pays to take those chances. Let’s get back to it again as we gear up for week nine with four more potential upsets via our NFL Picks:
Upset to Chase: Jets over Chiefs (-9.5)
Usually our “upset to chase” spot is simply reserved for the game with the biggest line. Unfortunately, the Raiders are in Seattle and they probably will get beat 56-0. A -15 spread might be worth chasing, but we’re still not willing to vouch for that. That puts the Jets in this spot, as Michael Vick takes over as the new starting quarterback to try to turn Gang Green around. It’s not likely to happen in Arrowhead this week, but they’re an underdog worth taking a shot on in week nine.
Buccaneers over Browns (-6.5)
Tampa Bay can be inept at times, but so can the Browns, which could make for a close game and possibly even a win for the Bucs. Cleveland’s running game has gone downhill since losing center Alex Mack, while their defense is shaky enough to be taken advantage of. Taking the Bucs straight up isn’t the worst idea out there, while Tampa has a shot at beating the spread, regardless.
Cardinals over Cowboys (-3.5)
This is going to be a tight game, so working off the spread might be a tough call. However, Arizona is a very strong 6-1 team and they’ll be a fun underdog to roll with in week nine. Dallas just lost to the Redskins, of all teams, and Tony Romo (back) isn’t 100%. That could make for an upset special for the Cards.
Patriots over Broncos (-3)
Same deal in this one as with the Cardinals, as Tom Brady and the Pats actually host this one and arguably should even be the true favorites. The spread is probably a joke to try to work with, but rolling with the Patriots could get you some winnings. They boast the better defense, are absolutely on fire on offense right now and are at home this week. You could opt for a worse upset pick.