NFL Week 13: Potential Upsets
Turnabout is only fair play, so one week after the favorites dominated the Week 11 card in the NFL, it was the underdogs who took a bite out of the books. Last week, in Week 12, the pups were 9-4, with six of the dogs winning outright.
Favorites are 86-83-6 on the year, while the season tally for outright pups improved to 57.
With every team in action - a full 16-game slate that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday - there are underdogs worth looking at this Sunday (all lines courtesy of Bovada).
The Kansas City Chiefs are catching +5 at home against the Broncos, and have revenge on the brain from two weeks ago, when they went to Denver and suffered their first loss of the season. This could be an entirely different ball game this time around, as the Chiefs will look to capitalize on a potentially demoralized Broncos team that squandered a 24-0 lead last week in a 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots.
Kansas City has the 13th best rushing game and ranks fourth in the NFL in time of possession (31:45) so clock management will be on its side. The Chiefs will rely on running back Jamaal Charles, whose 918 yards rushing are tied for fourth in the league. Kansas City is worth a look.
Next up in rotation, and out of the NFC, are the Arizona Cardinals, who are catching +3 in Philadelphia against the Eagles. The Cards are suddenly in the thick of the NFC playoff picture, and even the NFC West race. While the Seattle Seahawks are running away with the division, second place is up for grabs with the San Francisco 49ers, and quite possibly the surging St. Louis Rams.
This happens to be one of three games on this week's slate that features two winning teams, and Arizona will be playing with a lot of confidence after last week's 40-11 win over the Colts.