NFL Week 11: Potential Upsets
With 14 games on the board in Week 10 the favorites and underdogs split out, going 7-7, while for a second straight week five underdogs won their games outright - including three of the biggest underdogs on the card: Jacksonville winning its first game of the season, St. Louis winning at Indianapolis, and Carolina taking out the 49ers in Frisco.
Favorites are now 74-70-3 on the year, while outright underdogs improved to 47 wins this season. Just two teams are on byes this week, with the Cowboys and Rams resting in Week 11. With 15 games on the slate, two underdogs look awfully tempting, as they could very well win outright.
The New York Jets opened as a 1.5-point underdog, and can still be found as an underdog at some places but have been bet down to a pick at 5Dimes. And for good reason - they can beat the Bills this Sunday, yes even in Orchard Park, N.Y. While the Bills were getting beaten up by the Steelers last week, the Jets enjoyed the week off and came into this week's preparation for their AFC East clash with the Bills refreshed after their bye. New York is 5-4 and is easily one of the league's biggest first-half surprises. They're certainly in line to earn an AFC playoff spot, but would need to win games like these in order to cement their position in the postseason. This is a huge game for the Jets, with a trip to Baltimore on deck.
In what will easily be hyped as the game of the week for all those listening, the Kansas City Chiefs head to Denver for a battle for first place in the AFC West with the Broncos. Though the Chiefs are the lone remaining undefeated team in the league, the oddsmakers don't give them much of a chance, as they're catching 9.5 points. Don't you worry about Dwayne Bowe's arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana, he'll be in the lineup against the Broncos, and the well-rested Chiefs will be ready for this game. The bigger concern should be for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who was held out of practice Wednesday, and the Chiefs are the sack leaders of the NFL.