NFL Picks: Week 1 NFL Upsets

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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 first week of pro football betting action!

Baltimore Ravens (+120 at Diamond Sportsbook) @ New York Jets, Monday, 7:00 ET: Simply put, the wrong team is favored in this game. QB Mark Sanchez might lose his lunch while staring the Baltimore defense in the face. On top of that, what team could better digest what HC Rex Ryan is doing for his defense than the team he used to coach. HC John Harbaugh has a major, major advantage in this game, particularly since he has had all offseason to really prepare for this one. The combination of WRs Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason is going to be the best that the Ravens have probably ever had since moving from Cleveland. QB Joe Flacco could have a solid game, and a solid game against the Jets as is good as an amazing game against most other teams. The doors might be opening in primetime for the first time for the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium, but that doesn’t mean that Baltimore is going to be a welcome guest. The Ravens should escape the Big Apple with a big, big win.

St. Louis Rams (+180 at Diamond Sportsbook) vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:15 ET: This is going to be the biggest day in the life of QB Sam Bradford. Inevitably, jitters are going to be there for a man making his first career start, but this is the perfect situation to walk into. The former Sooner is going to be going against a defense that is suspect and trying to replace a lot of key pieces, and he is going to have an offense on the other side of the field that suddenly has a new leader in QB Derek Anderson. We tend to get the feeling that the Cardinals are in a state of flux right now. That being said, it could be a very, very long trip to the Gateway to the West from the desert, and the trip home could be made that much longer if the hosts pull this one off. The Edward Jones Dome hasn’t seen a lot of wins of late, but the Rams are hoping that this is the week that the franchise starts to turn around. This is a great price for St. Louis on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns (+125 at Diamond Sportsbook) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, 1:00 ET: We’re trying to figure out why the Bucs are favored in this game, especially if QB Josh Freeman really does have problems with his slightly fractured finger. The Browns looked alright in the preseason, save for one miserable game, under the new leadership of QB Jake Delhomme. Delhomme knows all about coming to Tampa Bay, as he used to make this trip every year while with the Carolina Panthers. RB Jerome Harrison might be able to run wild against a very, very inexperienced front seven for the Bucs. At best, this game is a 50-50 proposition, and we plan on taking full advantage of it.

Detroit Lions (+220 at Diamond Sportsbook) @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, 1:00 ET: We’ve already discussed one very young quarterback who could make a name for himself on Sunday, but at the exact same time, QB Matt Stafford might be able to do the same thing in the Windy City. The Bears went winless in the preseason and only scored 46 points in doing so. The hopes for QB Jay Cutler can’t be all that high, and even though he is going against a relatively porous defense, there might not be all that much required for Stafford to pull this upset. Look at the talent that Stafford has to work with now… RB Jahvid Best, WR Calvin Johnson, TE Brandon Pettigrew… Don’t kid yourself. The Lions are definitely live dogs on Sunday.

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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