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4 NFL Underdogs That Could Still Win Their Division

Zach Brunner
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The 2019 NFL season has been a strange one, with doubts about every team in the league not named the New England Patriots. This year feels wide open, with most teams having the ability to win any given week. However, this level or parity has clouded the playoff picture, with many divisions up for grabs.

Here's a look at four underdog teams that could win their division, including their respective odds to do so, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. Carolina Panthers (+300 to Win NFC South)

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The Carolina Panthers began the season 0-2 under Cam Newton. Since then, backup quarterback Kyle Allen has led the team to four straight wins. The success has been a combination of terrific defensive play and the offense protecting the football, as Allen has still not thrown an interception since taking over for Cam. As a result of this rebound, the Panthers have positioned themselves as a clear No. 2 behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. And while it would be tough to overcome the Saints, it appears possible with the way the Panthers are playing behind Allen under center right now.

2. Cleveland Browns (+310 to Win AFC North)

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The bye week could not have come at a better time for Cleveland, with the Browns starting the season 2-4. Tied for second in the division, Cleveland has the chance to regroup this week, correct its chemistry issues and get healthier defensively. The Browns' remaining schedule should set them up more favorably to make a run for the division title, with two games against both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals remaining. They also have one more game against the division-leading Baltimore Ravens, who they beat in the first matchup earlier this season. Aside from divisional games, the Browns also have remaining games against the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, which all have potential to go down in the win column for Cleveland.

3. Los Angeles Rams (+460 to Win NFC West)

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A disappointing 3-3 start and a hobbled Todd Gurley has come as one of the biggest surprises of the season so far for the Los Angeles Rams. The fact that the San Francisco 49ers are undefeated and the Seattle Seahawks are sitting second in the division adds to much of this shocking follow-up campaign for the defending NFC champions. However, after making it to the Super Bowl last season, we know how talented this Rams' team can be. That being said, it feels like they will get back on track as soon as their offensive line picks up their play, which makes the Rams an interesting dark horse to win the NFC West through Week 6, as Los Angeles currently has the second-worst odds to do so.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (+600 to Win AFC West)

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The Los Angeles Chargers went 12-4 last season, but they have struggled to replicate that kind of success in the early goings of 2019, mostly due to injury. If they can get healthier on the line on both sides of the football, a big opportunity recently presented itself, with Kansas City Chiefs' star QB Patrick Mahomes expected to miss three weeks after suffering a knee injury Thursday night. This potentially opens the door even wider for the Chargers to win the division, who would be sitting just two games back with a win this week against the Tennessee Titans.

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