Week 3 Potential NFL Betting Upsets
Make that 2-for-2 in the NFL, for dogs winning outright. Just like in Week 1, when four of eight covering underdogs won outright, four of nine covering pups won outright in Week 2. And while the oddsmakers might be getting a bit more comfortable with their lines, so are the teams; and that means every week there are potential outright winners.
A couple of underdogs catching a value number this week could very well end up in the winner's circle, starting with the kickoff game for Week 3 (odds courtesy of 5Dimes).
Get ready Philadelphia, the coach you ushered out the door is bringing his undefeated Kansas City Chiefs to town, and they've looked awfully good on defense the first two weeks of the season. Andy Reid returns to the city where he spent 14 years as head coach and led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, but now he's wearing red and yellow with a vibrant looking squad that dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 and shut down the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
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The Chiefs, who went 2-14 a year ago, are a 3-point underdog in Philly, but it's Reid who may have the edge over his successor with the Eagles, Chip Kelly. Though Kelly has brought a whole new scheme to town, Reid knows the nuances of specific players - including quarterback Mike Vick - and knows how to prepare for playing at Lincoln Financial Field.
On Sunday, it's very hard to see the New York Giants opening their season 0-3, but that's what they face against the Carolina Panthers. The G-Men opened up as 2.5 underdogs, and have come down to a pick'em. But considering they were the original underdogs in this game, they are truly a live underdog. Coach Tom Coughlin has to know a mere 8.8 percent of 0-2 teams responded to make the NFL playoffs over the past 11 years, so recovering from 0-3 has to be worse. Then again, the Giants have been here before, after opening their 2007 campaign 0-2. They made the postseason with a 10-6 record then won three straight road playoff games and knocked off the 18-0 New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.