NFL Teams on Upset Alert in Week 10
Week 9 brought NFL fans some surprising results, with the previously undefeated New England Patriots falling to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers topping the Indianapolis Colts, and the Patrick Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs beating the Minnesota Vikings.
If you're looking for some more underdogs that could pull off some surprising victories, here are three teams that should be on upset alert in Week 10.
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1. Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Frankly, the 2-6 Cleveland Browns have done little to suggest they should be favored over the 6-2 Buffalo Bills. Yes, the Bills have played an easier schedule than most, but Buffalo is a solid team that could present a tough matchup for Cleveland. The Bills have the fifth-best pass defense in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings. Baker Mayfield's Browns, meanwhile, are 0-3 when facing a top-10 defense in that metric, and they've lost all three of those by an average of 15.7 points per game (PPG).
2. Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (-2.5)
Matthew Stafford has played like an under-the-radar MVP candidate thus far, ranking in the top 5 in passing yards (2,499), passing touchdowns (19), yards per completion (13.4) and QB rating (106.0). That elite production hasn't been enough to get Detroit over .500, but that's due to the Lions' inability to stop opposing passers, surrendering 288.4 passing yards per game, which is the third-worst mark in the NFL. The Chicago Bears aren't exactly the best team to expose that weakness though, as Mitchell Trubisky has averaged just 209.7 passing yards per game across his last three appearances, while tossing just five TDs on the year. If Detroit's defense can hold up, Stafford looks poised to drag the Lions back to .500 in Week 10.
3. Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Los Angeles Rams almost certainly have the edge in talent, but the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a matchup nightmare for this team. Jared Goff's Rams have struggled with turnovers, as they've given the ball away on 13.3 percent of their drives, which is the 10th-worst mark in the NFL. The Steelers, meanwhile, have a taken the ball away on a league-high 23.3 percent of their opponents drives. If Goff continues to turn the ball over, Pittsburgh has a chance to pull off the upset at home on Heinz Field.
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