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NFL Week 4: The Underdogs Outlook

Five underdogs covered in Week 3 of the NFL season - all five won outright. The favorites were 9-5-2 and are now 23-22-3 after the first three weeks of the season and 13 of the dogs have won outright.

There are two underdogs this week that look awfully enticing, and just like last week when we told you to start with the kickoff game and take the Kansas City Chiefs against the Philadelphia Eagles, the first pup that might carry value is on Thursday with the St. Louis Rams catching +3 from the San Francisco 49ers. (odds courtesy of Bovada).

The Rams scored an overtime win and a tie last season against the defending NFC champs. Though the 49ers are 11-6 on the road over the last three seasons, the blueprints are out on this team, as the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts both stymied the normally high-octane offense led by Colin Kaepernick, the pistol-offense perfectionist struggled in both games.

Don't be surprised to see St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford step up in his primetime debut this season, as he's 5-1-1 in his last seven meetings against intradivision foes. The Rams have covered 5 of the last 6 meetings and are on a 6-1-1 spread streak as a home underdog. The 49ers are just 1-9 in their last 10 against NFC West teams.

The second pup is out of the NFC North, as the undefeated Chicago Bears are catching +3 from the Detroit Lions, in what is an early battle for first place. A win puts the Bears (3-0) two games ahead of the Lions (2-1). A Detroit win puts the teams in a tie with the Lions owning the early tiebreaker.

Chicago's Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman said he is playing against the Lions after leaving last week's win at Pittsburgh with a groin injury. While there aren't that many teams that can say they've been successful in containing Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Bears can thanks to Tillman, who has seven pass defenses and an interception in his last three games against the Lions - all wins for Chicago.