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NFL Week 14: Potential Upsets

Last week, in Week 13, the favorites got the best of the underdogs, going 9-7. Three of the seven underdogs that covered won outright. Favorites are now 95-90-6 on the year, while the season tally for outright pups improved to 60.

With the playoff picture getting clearer for division leaders, but remaining muddled for the wild cards, we're now in must-win mode for many teams. The 16-game slate begins on Thursday in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars host the Houston Texans. But it's not until Sunday where a couple of underdogs look like potential upsets (all lines courtesy Bovada).

After the New Orleans Saints lost on Monday in Seattle to the Seahawks, it's hard to ignore the Carolina Panthers, because of how well they've been playing this season. This game has been flexed to Sunday night, that's how big it is. The Saints are -3.5, but Carolina will have upset on the brain, as the two are tied in the NFC South with a 9-3 record. The Saints currently own the tiebreaker and could be running into a buzz saw, as the Panthers have allowed the fewest points in the league. So while New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has thrown an NFC-high 29 touchdown passes, he'll be up against his second straight stringent test after playing the Seahawks on Monday.

As good as Arizona has been playing, its matchup with the Rams could be a trap game for the Cardinals. After losing in Philadelphia last Sunday, the Cardinals return home for this game, and then have to play at Tennessee and at Seattle the next two weeks. Laying -6.5 to a scrappy Rams team that not too long ago trounced the Indianapolis Colts could be a tough chore to achieve. And lest we forget this is a rematch of the season opener, which St. Louis won 27-24. The Rams negated a 24-13 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, scored 14 unanswered points, and won the game. Though it's conceivable that puts the Cardinals in revenge mode, it's also conceivable it gives the Rams confidence they can waltz into the desert and steal a win.