2011 NFL Picks: Week 1 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 ones 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 1 of NFL betting action!

Year To Date Record: 1-0 ATS

Upset Record: 0-0 +$0

Underdog Pick #1: St. Louis Rams (+180 at Diamond Sportsbook) vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 1:00 ET: The Rams are one of the teams that we think could really click this year. QB Sam Bradford has the potential to take his team to the next level in this, his second season, and he could end up being a stud in this game. Going up against Philly’s secondary won’t be easy, but there were definitely some good games that the young Oklahoma Sooner had at home last year. RB Steven Jackson could be the ace in the hole, as he will certainly be used both in the rushing game and in the passing game this year, just like the Eagles use RB LeSean McCoy. For all of the “studs” that this Philly team has, it is green in a lot of positions. The Rams shouldn’t be huge pups in this one.

Underdog Pick #2: Washington Redskins (+135 at Diamond Sportsbook) vs. New York Giants, Sunday 4:15 ET: QB Rex Grossman was the better choice as the Skins’ signal caller, at least for the start of the season, and he should have himself a solid game against a Giants defense which really doesn’t have all that much of a secondary, especially with DB Prince Amukamara dealing with a broken ankle. We just aren’t all that keen on Big Blue this year, though we know that QB Eli Manning can light up even the best of defenses in this division. In the end though, home field advantage and this divisional rivalry will spurn the Redskins to victory in the first week of the year.

Underdog Pick #3: Chicago Bears (+115 at Diamond Sportsbook) vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, 1:00 ET: We’ll go with our third home underdog in Week 1 by taking the Bears, and we know that this one has the potential to be a goodie. For all of the problems that Chicago has had in recent years, this was still the team in the NFC Championship Game a season ago. Atlanta didn’t get out of its first playoff game. QB Jay Cutler is going to be eager to prove that he has what it takes to lead this franchise in his third year in the Windy City, and though the Falcons aren’t going to be easy to deal with, we do think that they are overhyped. Soldier Field is a nightmare to go into, though that advantage isn’t nearly a big in September as it will be in December. Still, the Bears are the right choice in Week 1 for the upset.

Underdog Pick #4: Minnesota Vikings (+320 at Diamond Sportsbook) @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:15 ET: Look out, survivor pool players! This is one of the biggest choices on the board and one of the likely picks for players to make right at the outset of the season to move on to Week 2, but we are definitely issuing in the warning that there is significantly better than a one in three chance that the Vikes win this game. Minnesota really didn’t make as many changes as it seems in the offseason, as the mass majority of its players have come back to rally around new QB Donovan McNabb. Defensively, this unit should play up to par, and if that’s the case, San Diego could really struggling. It hasn’t done a great job of protecting Qualcomm Stadium in years past, and this is clearly the moved overhyped this team has been. It’s a great price on a decent team that could ultimately win eight or nine games this year against a squad that is severely overrated in an overrated division.

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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