NFL Teams on Upset Alert in Week 4

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
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Week 4 of the NFL calendar doesn't exactly bring us the huge spreads we saw in Week 3, but the Miami Dolphins still come in as huge underdogs (16.5-point home underdogs against the Los Angeles Chargers), so not everything has changed.

In terms of potential upsets though, there are a handful of candidates on the docket in Week 4, below we have listed our three teams that should be on the highest upset alert.

1. Denver Broncos (-2.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Joe Flacco and the Denver Broncos have not had the prolific offense they had planned for heading into the 2019 season thus far. They sit at 0-3 and have yet to score more than 16 points in any game this year. That level of offensive output is going to be tough to improve upon going up against a talented Jacksonville Jaguars defense, which ranks No. 10 in the NFL in points allowed per game (20.0) despite a blowout in Week 1 that saw them surrender 40 points to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jaguars' offense has looked better than many expected it would under backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, scoring over 20 points in two games, topping out at 26 on the season. Mile High can be a tough place to play, but the Jaguars' defense has looked better than the Broncos' offense this year, which could, in turn, hand Denver a loss on its home field.

2. Chicago Bears (-2.5) vs Minnesota Vikings

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The Chicago Bears have arguably the best defense in the NFL (No. 3 in points allowed), but prior to their Monday night beatdown over the lowly Washington Redskins, their offense looked like one of the worst in the league. Even including their 31-point outburst in Week 3, the Bears still average only 16.7 points per game this season (No. 26 in the NFL). They will be going up against a Minnesota Vikings team that has looked great on both sides of the ball, averaging 26.0 points per game (PPG), which ranks No. 7 in the NFL and only giving up 15.7 PPG. If Chicago can't match the Minnesota Vikings' production on both sides of the ball, or at least overwhelm them on defense to keep it close, the Bears could be adding another one to the loss column Sunday.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5) vs Cincinnati Bengals

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals both enter this game 0-3 on the season, and while the Steelers will be at home in this one, the Bengals have played opponents tough on the road this year, losing by one point to the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 1 and by four points to the Bills in Buffalo in Week 3. With first-year starter Mason Rudolph being suddenly thrust into the role mid-game in Week 2, he's still getting his feet wet at the position. If Cincinnati can keep it close by flustering the young QB just enough, the Bengals and their veteran QB Andy Dalton might be able to steal a road win.

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