NFL Teams on Upset Alert in Week 3
Week 2 of the NFL season was wild. Two franchise QBs were lost to injury, in Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, the Chicago Bears pulled off one of the ugliest last-second victories we've seen in a while and Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns in a single quarter.
Clearly, Week 3 will have a lot to live up to. Thankfully, there are a few games with the potential to bring us some pretty surprising results. Here are three NFL teams that could be on upset alert in Week 3.
*All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Carolina Panthers (-2.5) vs. Arizona Cardinals
Through two games, it hasn't been pretty for the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton has struggled, completing just 56.2 percent of his passes with zero TDs and a passer rating of 71.0, which is the fifth-worst mark among starting QBs. The team has jumped out to an 0-2 start, and is on the road against an Arizona Cardinals team that has been surprisingly competitive. In fact, if Carolina doesn't close the door early, Arizona has a real shot at dominating the second half. Through two weeks, the Cardinals have outscored opponents, 35-16, in the second half (including overtime in Week 1).
2. Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)
The Los Angeles Chargers lost a heartbreaker on the road in Detroit in Week 2, and they'll face another stiff test against the Houston Texans in Week 3. Philip Rivers and the Chargers' offense struggled without Hunter Henry, putting up just 10 points against the Lions, including a scoreless second half. With Mike Williams' status also up in the air due to a knee injury, and Russell Okung still sidelined, the Chargers could struggle to move the ball against a solid Texans defense. If Deshaun Watson plays like he did in Week 1 (308 total yards, four total TDs), the Texans have a shot at stealing this one on the road.
3. Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)
The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly escaped Baltimore with a win, 27-24, in 2018, but there's reason to believe the Ravens could pull off the upset here. It took a ridiculous Mahomes heave on 4th-and-9 with less than 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter for the Chiefs to win. That pass was completed to Tyreek Hill, who won't be suiting up in this game. Additionally, Lamar Jackson looks like a different quarterback than he did in 2018. Through two weeks, Jackson leads the NFL with a 145.2 passer rating, and he's tied for the league lead with seven passing TDs. Baltimore's dynamic passing attack could be a problem for a Kansas City defense that surrendered the second-most passing yards per game in 2018, and was torched by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 to the tune of 347 passing yards by Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles. Kansas City is a notoriously tough place to play, but Baltimore has a shot at pulling off the upset here.
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