NFL Week 16: Potential Upsets
The dogs were barking loud in Week 15 of the NFL season, as pups went 8-6-2, and seven of those underdogs won outright. Favorites are now 111-104-8 on the year, while the season tally for outright pups improved to 69.
With so many upsets last week, and neither the Philadelphia Eagles nor Dallas Cowboys looking like they even want to win the NFC East, the playoff picture remains muddled. The Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears are suddenly in an NFC North logjam, and the AFC West is up for grabs after the San Diego Chargers knocked off the Denver Broncos.
So what does Week 16 have in store for us? Don't be surprised to see some more outright underdog winners, like these two that stand out.
In the NFC, the Chicago Bears are catching +3 at Philadelphia against the Eagles, according to 5Dimes. Though a big deal is being made out of coach Chip Kelly's statement that he will play his starters regardless of Dallas' result in Washington - if the Cowboys win, then Week 17's game vs. the Eagles would be for the NFC East title - this is more about how dangerous Chicago has been with its offense of late. Plus, since the Bears currently hold a half-game lead over Green Bay in the NFC North, they have plenty to play for in this game. This game will have an effect on seeding in the NFC, regardless of which teams win their respective divisions. The Bears are worth a shot.
In the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts look enticing at +7 at against the Chiefs in Kansas City, as the baby horses are gunning for the No. 2 seed in the postseason. Now, there is plenty that needs to happen, including the Baltimore Ravens winning their last two games, but for the Colts it comes down to winning out these last two weeks if they want a first-round bye and a second-round home game. And keep in mind, that over the course of the season, this is the same team that has won at San Francisco by 20, put a 34-spot on the Seahawks in a home win, and outdueled the Broncos, 39-33, in a nationally televised affair. A win here is not impossible