Every week it seems that are three or four match ups where the team that is a heavy favorite loses.
Week 10 of the NFL schedule had a couple of shockers.
I happened to have a to have a small stake in two of them. I was in Miami as a Marylander while a small purple army invaded the sunshine state only to see their Ravens fly away with a loss.
In an ugly effort from Baltimore, that included Lamar Jackson being blitzed into hell by the Dolphins. I am a beat reporter for the Washington Football Team. And I was closely watching that game as my rooting interest and as my season long writing assignment while Tom Brady threw two interceptions.
Taylor Heinicke, after a few games of struggling had his best game of the season. Washington won without Chase Young who tore his ACL in the first quarter and Montez Sweat who is on IR for the rest of the season.
Tampa is now on a two game losing streak at 6-3 after looking like a sure Super Bowl team a few weeks prior.
The Los Angeles Rams who have decided to burn the ships and go all in on the next couple of seasons. By trading a ton of draft picks for the likes of Matthew Stafford and Jalen Ramsey.
They made a trade deadline deal for Von Miller, and signed Odell Beckham Jr after he was released from Cleveland. With all of that talent, the Rams were pummeled by the Derrick Henry-less Titans and embarrassed on Monday Night Football by the 49ers.
The 49ers, who were 3-5 coming into their matchup, but who had beaten the Rams the last few times they had matched up.
The answer to this quandry is there are no dominant NFL teams this season. The top NFL teams have flaws or have come back to the pack. The teams at the bottom of the league have enough talent that they are capable of making big upsets.
Washington was only 2-6 going into the Tampa Bay game, but their underachieving defense has started to play well. It only took their offense waking up for them to be able to beat Tampa Bay.
The Detroit Lions don’t have any wins, but have played some good teams tough until the bitter end. The Ravens needed a 60+ yard long field goal to beat the Lions, and the Lions took the Steelers into overtime and got a tie to ensure a year where they don’t go 0-17.
The Browns, who have a ton of talent on both sides of the football in Nick Chubb and, Kareem Hunt, great tight ends, and Myles Garrett and Jadaveon Clowney on their defensive front. But they have been a disappointment and they sit at 5-5.
Seattle who has been a perennial playoff team since 2012 with the arrival of Russell Wilson haven’t cooked with or without Russell Wilson as they have scored 20 points or less in 5 of 9 games, and they were shutout in their loss against Green Bay in Week 10.
Expect more of these upsets in the weeks to come. The NFL likes parody, and well this season they have it.
While many folks who were making Super Bowl predictions early in the preseason thought the Chiefs and Buccaneers were on a collision course for a second match up in the Super Bowl. The Bucs may still make it into the play-offs.
However, the Chiefs already have four losses and a hellacious schedule to end the season starting with the Dallas Cowboys in week 11. The Cowboys who only have 2 losses and with an outer space offense that’s one of the top in the NFL.
If you’re a gambler with a match-up with a heavy favorite team and good odds. Then it might not be a terrible idea to look for some upsets.
I’m sure lots of bettors have made a nice chunk off of Vegas this season.
The end of the season could be very interesting for the sharps in Vegas, and for fans as just about everyone has a chance to win every Sunday.