As Week 8 of the NFL season approaches, it's time to examine some games that might not turn out the way the sportsbook's odds are predicting. Below are three NFL teams that should be on upset alert as we hit the halfway point of the season.
1. Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
The San Francisco 49ers are undefeated, but the Carolina Panthers are well rested coming off a bye. Carolina is 3-0 on the road this year and have arguably the best offensive weapon in football this season in running back Christian McCaffrey. While the 49ers have one of the best defenses in the NFL (No. 2 in points allowed per game), they struggled on offense in Week 7 against a bad Washington Redskins squad. The Panthers also have one of the better passing defenses in the league, ranking No. 7 in passing yards allowed per game. If McCaffrey can continue dominating and San Francisco puts up another offensive dud like they did against Washington, Carolina could walk away with a win on Sunday in San Fran.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Tennessee Titans (-2.5)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had their fair share of struggles this season, but one place they've performed well is in the points department. The Bucs average 28.8 points per game (PPG), good for No. 4 in the NFL. Tennessee, on the other hand, only averages 17.3 points per game. Yes, the Titans' offense looked better with Ryan Tannehill at QB last week, but there's a reason he's came into the season as the team's backup. Even if Tampa Bay's defense struggles to keep the Titans out of the end zone, they might not be able to keep pace with the high-powered potential of Tampa Bay. The Bucs could pull off the upset if this one turns into a shootout.
3. Green Bay Packers (-4) vs Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without Patrick Mahomes in this one, but it's still being played at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest venues to win at for any visiting team. Matt Moore looked good when he played in Week 7 against a stout Denver defense. Aaron Rodgers might be coming off his best game of the season, but his struggles prior to that can't be ignored. Unless Rodgers puts up a similar performance to last week, Green Bay could struggle in this hostile environment, leading to a Chiefs' upset victory.
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