Upsets happen every week in the National Football League. It’s one of the main reasons why the NFL is far and away the most popular professional sports league in the country. With that being said, here is a look at four potential upsets in Week 8.
Note: All upset picks are against the spread (ATS) picks.
1. New York Giants (4-3) over New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Point Spread: Saints favored by 3.5 points
The Giants and Saints have both been hard to figure out in 2015. The Saints are coming off of two-straight impressive wins, but have also looked downright disastrous at times this season. The Giants, on the other hand, do have three losses, but two of those games weren’t decided until the final two minutes of regulation.
In the one game where the Giants were truly blown out (against the Philadelphia Eagles), they faced a defensive line that thoroughly dominated the line of scrimmage — something that should not be an issue for them this week against the Saints. As a result, we are expecting big games out of quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as a solid performance from the New York defense, which will result in an outright road win for the Giants over Drew Brees and the Saints.
2. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) over Seattle Seahawks (3-4)
Point Spread: Seahawks favored by 6.5 points
Simply put, both teams desperately need a win here. In their 2014 matchup, the Cowboys, behind the league’s best offensive line, ran the ball up and down the field for 162 yards against a Seahawks defense that gave up just 81.5 rushing yards per game. As a result, the Cowboys pulled off a shocking 30-23 upset win over the Seahawks in Seattle.
We highly doubt that Dallas will have a similar rushing performance on Sunday, especially with wide receiver Dez Bryant being limited to a strict play count and quarterback Tony Romo out of the lineup altogether. We do, however, see them playing a strong game defensively and keeping this game close from start to finish. Ultimately, we see the Seahawks winning this game by six points or less.
3. Denver Broncos (6-0) over Green Bay Packers (6-0)
Point Spread: Packers favored by 3 points
There is a chance that this game could turn out to be a preview of this year’s Super Bowl. Regardless, this is a must-watch matchup for every football fan. The Broncos have the best defense in the league, and the Packers have one of the top two offenses in the league. The Broncos will have the major advantage of playing this game at home, which should help to neutralize the hard counts that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has found so much success with this season.
This game marks just the second time during the Peyton Manning-era that the Broncos will be underdogs in a home game. And with Denver’s 24-2 home record with Manning at the helm, it’s easy to understand why. All said, we see this game as a bit of a toss-up that will be decided by a field goal or less in either direction.
4. San Diego Chargers (2-5) over Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
Point Spread: Ravens favored by 3.5 points
This is a matchup between two of the more disappointing teams in the league this season. The Ravens have the home field advantage, but we still like the Chargers in this game. Here’s why: The Chargers passing attack accounts for 79.8% of their total offensive yardage and the Baltimore defense ranks near the bottom of the league in nearly every major passing statistic. Furthermore, without Terrell Suggs coming off the edge, the Ravens are struggling to get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. With that being the case, we are predicting an outright road win for the Chargers in this game.