3 Teams on Upset Alert in NFL Week 13

David Kaestle
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The Week 13 NFL slate is one loaded with 13 out of 16 games with spreads of less than a touchdown. In fact, there isn't a single double-digit line on the docket. The largest spread is a three-way tie between the trio of games with spreads above seven points, as the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles are all favored by 9.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

With 16 chances for underdogs to come away with wins, starting on Thanksgiving Day, let's take a look at three teams that need to be on upset alert in Week 13.

1. New Orleans Saints (-6.5) at Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EST

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While the New Orleans Saints sit at 9-2 and the Atlanta Falcons are 3-8, one of the Saints' losses this season was handed to them by this same Falcons team – in convincing fashion in Week 10. That previous matchup was in New Orleans. Now, Atlanta gets the Saints at home, where they should theoretically be more comfortable and potentially dangerous. If the Falcons defense can continue its strong play of late, holding opponents to 20 points or less in four of its last five games and 10 points or less in three of the last five, then Atlanta could find itself walking away with a win on Thanksgiving.

2. Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) vs Tennessee Titans, Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

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The Tennessee Titans come into this one playing great football, with their collective backs against the wall and playoff hopes still alive. The Titans have won four of their last five games, including impressive wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four and, if they aren't careful, we could see Jacoby Brissett and Co. fall out of the playoff picture with an upset loss in Week 13.

3. Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

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After starting the season at 2-6, the Cleveland Browns have now won three straight. On Sunday, they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the revenge game of all revenge games. Despite starting Devlin Hodges at QB, the Pittsburgh Steelers could come out in this one looking to make a statement, following the incident between Mason Rudolph and Miles Garrett in their game two weeks ago. That incident is why the Browns will be without their best defensive player in this one, something that could help soften the blow of starting a third-string signal caller for the Steelers. A home game for Pittsburgh, the Heinz Field crowd could give an added boost to the Steelers in a potential upset on Sunday afternoon.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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