NFL: Preseason-Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; A helmet from a San Diego Chargers player in a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 12 schedule: 5 teams on upset alert

Looking at the NFL Week 12 schedule, these five teams have to be on upset alert, with four trying to win away from home.

5. Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Baltimore is the better team by a significant margin, and has led every game by at least 10 points this season. However, the Ravens have also allowed poor teams to hang around, including the Carolina Panthers only last week. Additionally, the Jaguars are at home and coming off their bye week. Jacksonville will need a terrific effort from quarterback Trevor Lawrence to win, but it’s possible for Duval to enjoy an upset come Sunday.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (-3) at Arizona Cardinals

How can anybody trust the Chargers to win? Los Angeles is 5-5 and has been poor defensively while putting up average offensive stats. The Chargers are the classic group that can beat anybody but also get beat by two touchdowns on a given week. Meanwhile, at 4-7, this is it for the Cardinals. Arizona is probably done anyway, but with a loss here, the calls for head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job are only going to get louder. Expect the Cards to come out fighting.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5) at Tennessee Titans

This isn’t about the Bengals, but more about how underrated the Titans are. Tennessee is 7-3 and coming off a mini-bye, following last Thursday’s win over the Green Bay Packers. Somehow, despite Cincinnati being on the road without receiver Ja’Marr Chase and running back Joe Mixon, Tennessee is getting 1.5 points. The Titans are limited offensively, but they still have All-Pro running back Derrick Henry and a few intriguing receivers in Robert Woods and rookie Treylon Burks.

2. Denver Broncos (-1) at Carolina Panthers

Why are the Broncos favored against anybody on the road? Yes, Carolina stinks. The Panthers have only managed to win three games. Guess what? The Broncos also stink, and they also have only three wins. There’s little reason to think Russell Wilson is going to Raleigh and handling business, because he’s been one of the worst quarterbacks in football this year. Frankly, take the under and feel confident.

1. Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

For some reason, the NFL saw fit to make this a primetime game. We will all suffer through it together. The Colts are laying 2.5 points at home, and although they have the better record here, the Steelers have the defense to win by itself with turnovers and sacks. Believe in Pittsburgh to pull the upset.

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