NFL Week 4: 5 teams on upset alert
Looking at the NFL Week 4 schedule, these five favorites should be worried about an upset in the making come Sunday.
5. Cleveland Browns (-1) at Atlanta Falcons
Te Browns could easily be 3-0, but had that meltdown in Week 2 against the New York Jets. Still, they land on the list because the Falcons are playing solid football, and Cleveland has a small margin for error with quarterback Jacoby Brissett being limited, and edge rusher Myles Garrett recovering from a car accident. Atlanta is at home, with a real offense, and the ability to get big plays from receiver Drake London and tight end Kyle Pitts.
4. Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5) vs. Denver Broncos
The Raiders are 0-3 and yet laying points to the 2-1 Broncos. The reasons for this are clear: Denver has only scored 43 points in three games while Las Vegas has lost all three affairs by one-score margins. Still, the Raiders haven’t proven they can win under new head coach Josh McDaniels, and Denver is winning because of great defensive play. It’s a critical game for Las Vegas, but Denver has shown to be superior thus far.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Eagles are the only undefeated team remaining in the league, but Jacksonville has won its last two games by a combined score of 62-10, beating the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers with ease. Philadelphia is the more talented team and at home, but the Jaguars have enough ability on both sides of the ball — especially in second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence — to pull off an upset and announce themselves as legitimate playoff contenders.
2. Buffalo Bills (-3) at Baltimore Ravens
Why are the Ravens a great pick here? Because the Bills are beat up in the defensive secondary, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson might be the league MVP through three games. Baltimore and Buffalo are very similar in dynamic abilities, and the Ravens are at home while coming off a quality win in New England. With both teams being legitimate contenders, an underdog pick makes ample sense.
1. Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5) at Houston Texans
Have you seen the Chargers? They’re missing a litany of stars including left tackle Rashawn Slater (out for season; biceps) and edge rusher Joey Bosa (IR; groin) long-term along with Keenan Allen (hamstring) for the third straight week. Houston doesn’t have a win yet, but it’s been close in all three games. The Texans can absolutely win this one if Los Angeles makes a few mistakes.