NFL Teams on Upset Alert in Week 2
By Max Staley
Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season brought us some surprising individual performances, but for the most part, the favorites dominated the first slate of games. The only team to lose that entered the game as more than a 3-point favorite was the Cleveland Browns, as they lost to the Tennessee Titans (43-13).
With that in mind, here are three NFL teams on upset alert ahead of Week 2 of the NFL season.
*All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.
NFL Teams on Upset Alert
3. Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers (-3)
The Green Bay Packers defense impressed in Week 1, but their offense certainly didn't. The Chicago Bears held the Packers to just 10 points, and that could be a problem against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota dominated the Atlanta Falcons' offense in Week 1, holding them scoreless for the first three quarters, before allowing 12 meaningless points late in the game. Minnesota's offense is no slouch either. With Dalvin Cook leading the way (111 yards), Minnesota scored 28 points, all in the first three quarters of the game. The Vikings are also 3-0-1 straight up in their last four games against the Packers, and their defense has surrendered just 14.0 points per game (PPG) during that span.
2. Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-4)
Neither of these teams looked particularly impressive in Week 1, but it's hard to feel confident in the Steelers after they got shellacked, 33-3, by the New England Patriots. Pittsburgh's secondary looked vulnerable against the deep ball, which could play right into Seattle's hands. Of the seven Patriots that recorded a reception, five of them had at least one catch that went for more than 20 yards. That's likely going to be problematic against Russell Wilson, who was the second-most accurate deep ball passer in 2018, according to Football Outsiders. Additionally, Seattle features big-play threats in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who both had receptions of at least 40 yards in Week 1.
1. Chicago Bears (-2.5) vs. Denver Broncos
After the Denver Broncos were defeated by the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, many fans are viewing this matchup as a potential bounce-back game for the Bears. However, that might not be the case, as the Broncos are really tough when playing at home in Mile High. Over their last four home games, the Broncos are holding opponents to just 19.0 PPG, which would've been the fourth-best mark in the NFL in 2018. With a fearsome pass-rushing unit, headlined by Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, Denver can make life tough for Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears.
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