2011-12 NFL Picks: Week 17 NFL Upsets, Underdogs To Back

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Here at Cappers Info, we are taking a weekly look at the teams that could be ripe to pull off some major upsets! Check out the potentially ugly dogs that could come up and bite you in the butt in you aren’t careful for the Week 17 of NFL betting action!

Year To Date Record: 56-59 ATS
Upset Record: 16-31, -$820

Underdog Pick #1: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+450 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, 4:15 ET: There’s going to be a heck of a lot of, “Meh, what the hell!” this week, as there are a number of spreads that just don’t make all that much sense to us. Sure, the Bucs have been bad, but Week 17 is a week in which all sorts of dumb things happen. Apparently, the oddsmakers think that the Falcons are going to take this game seriously for at least a good, long time, but if the Lions beat the Packers earlier in the day, this game literally means zero to them. Atlanta is going to have its sights set on the Saints and that return trip to the Bayou this coming week, and Tampa Bay might be able to find the backdoor and pick up a victory to potentially save the job of Head Coach Raheem Morris.

Underdog Pick #2: Carolina Panthers (+320 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1:00 ET: Again, how hard are the Saints playing to win this game? We really aren’t all that sure, and we could get stuck with one here, but we do like Carolina’s chances anyway, even if QB Drew Brees is out there slinging the ball all over the field trying to make sure that he finishes this season with the most passing yards in a year in league history. QB Cam Newton has been good of late, and the rushing game really has gotten going. The Saints are a team that can be had, especially with the ultimate prize still being up in the air with a run to the Super Bowl. Odds have it, record or not, Brees and the gang are more looking forward to the postseason and the transgressions of last year in the first round against the Seahawks than anything else.

Underdog Pick #3: Houston Texans (+110 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Tennessee Titans, Sunday 1:00 ET: By all accounts, it sure looks like the Texans are going to play this game to win it. RB Ben Tate might be carrying more of the load instead of RB Arian Foster, but that doesn’t bother us one bit, as we know that Tate has just as much talent as Foster does. WR Andre Johnson is expected to be available, and we think that he and QB TJ Yates are going to try to hook up a few times to get in sync before next week’s first playoff game in team history. Perhaps most importantly though, is that DC Wade Phillips is going to be calling plays again this week. The Titans just haven’t looked great in weeks, and we think that they are going to get bounced out of the playoffs on Sunday.

Underdog Pick #4: Cleveland Browns (+240 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 4:15 ET: Why? Because it is like the Super Bowl to the Browns. This team virtually never has the playoffs to worry about, so its biggest game of the season, regardless of when it is and what else is on the line, is the visit to the Dawg Pound by the Steelers. If the Ravens are blowing out the Bengals, QB Ben Roethlisberger will sit down, and if that’s the case, this is absolutely a game that can be won by a Cleveland team that has been stingy for a good chunk of the season even though its offense just isn’t all that great.

Underdog Pick #5: San Diego Chargers (+130 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Oakland Raiders, Sunday 4:15 ET: Oakland just hasn’t played well down the stretch, and it probably shouldn’t have beaten the Chiefs last week on the road to keep its season alive. That being said, the Raiders know that they are probably in good shape if they can win this one and are as good as dead if they can’t. The Chargers are still playing well right now, and they are going to want to send out Head Coach Norv Turner on a high note in his final game. The Raiders just don’t have the better team in this game, and San Diego is probably going to be out to prove it. QB Philip Rivers has played a lot better down the stretch, and he’ll pull off the upset and send Denver and likely Cincinnati to the playoffs.

Underdog Pick #6: Kansas City Chiefs (+160 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:15 ET: Again, we ask why? Because this is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. If you’re a believer that QB Tim Tebow really does have some sort of magical power to win games, he’ll find some way to make sure that he gets into the playoffs. Good thing for us that the Chargers are going to beat the Raiders and take care of that. Meanwhile, back in Denver, the setting is just right. QB Kyle Orton is coming back to town, and he is trying to send the team that cut him, the Broncos out of the playoffs in the final game of the season at home. It’s exactly what KC did to the Broncos two years ago when they blew a four game lead with four games to play, and it would be poetic if a similar result happened on Sunday. The Chiefs will do their part, and Romeo Crennel will become the very popular full time coach of the team.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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