Week 4 Upsets?
In this weeks edition of potential upsets, we’ll take a look at some Week 4 teams that could sneak up and grab a win when no one expects them to. The NFL is all about the match-ups, so lets take a look at some key games and how these match-ups might not turn out as you might think.
Jacksonville Could Shock Cincinnati
The Bengals haven’t been a great team this year. They have struggled against the likes of the Redskins and Browns. They were completely blown away by the Ravens. The reason why this qualifies as an upset is because Jacksonville is really that bad. Other than a long throw by Blaine Gabbert against the Colts on Sunday, he has done nothing to suggest that he is good enough to be a professional quarterback. Look for the Jags to run the ball with MJD as many times as possible.
Cleveland Seeks To Be The Textbook Trap Opponent
Cleveland is 0-3 right now. They have not looked good in two of their three losses. However, the Ravens are coming off an emotional win against the Patriots. They may be looking past the Browns. You also have to factor in that the game is being played on a Thursday night. Will the Ravens be able to play the physical style of football that they rely on so much? Will Ray Rice be able to run the ball 20 times on only a couple days rest?
Tennessee Could Put Some Pressure On The Texans
The Tennessee Titans could be another team that pulls off a major upset this week. The Titans are taking on a Houston team that has looked dominant in rolling to a 3-0 start. However, a divisional game is never something that you can take lightly. You can also throw in the fact that Jake Locker has finally found some sort of rhythm on offense. If Chris Johnson is able to get even 50 yards rushing this week, the Titans could pull off the surprise victory.
The Cats Will Be Eating Birds On Sunday
The Panthers would love to clip the Falcons wings. If Cam Newton can play with some more poise, he may be able to engineer some long scoring drives. Carolina must be willing to run the ball against Atlanta. It will be the only way to keep the red-hot Matt Ryan off the field. Micheal Turner isn’t nearly the player that he once was. This could allow the Panthers to rush four guys without having to worry about sending in extra help against the run.
There has been some amazing parity in the NFL through three weeks. This means that there won’t necessarily be a lot of upsets. Many teams that were predicted to do poorly this season have started off rather nicely. Many teams that were predicted to do well have started off poorly. It has really made it hard to determine what an upset victory is in the NFL this season. However, victories by these four teams would be true upsets this week.
About the Author: Don Phan is a full time marketing analyst with Fanatics Inc. His company sells licensed sports merchandise and runs several brands including Pro Sports Memorabilia. Be sure to visit their football memorabilia store for the latest in autographed NFL merchandise.