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3 Best Week 6 NFL Underdogs To Bet On

Posted by Stan Simmons on 10/6/2014 11:07:44 PM

The early slate of Week 5 games were exciting as many of them came down to last minute drives that decided the game. Week 6 could be the same as four of the noon games opened with an Even spread. Below, however, is reserved for underdogs who not only have a shot at coming within the spread, but ending up on top next Sunday as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5

Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like the worst team in the NFL against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football, a switch at quarterback has turned things around and now Mike Glennon looks to lead the Buccaneers to a second-half comeback. Glennon already has 672 passing yards and five touchdowns in three appearances this season, which includes his most recent start against the New Orleans Saints in which he completed 60% of his passes and threw for two touchdowns on his way to a 91.8 quarterback rating. The Tampa defense has shown improvement as well, but it's more a matter of health as they previously were missing players such as Michael Johnson and Gerald McCoy. The defense allowed just 24 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Buccaneers' lone victory this season, and although the New Orleans Saints scored 37 last week, the Buccaneers were able to take the home team to overtime with a near upset victory. On top of it, the Buccaneers are set to face the Baltimore Ravens, a quiet contender that struggled to score against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5

For the first time in recent memory, the Cleveland Browns are favored against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers and Browns both won their games last Sunday, but the Steelers did so in unconvincing fashion as they scored just 17 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Browns on the other hand made a come from behind victory on the Tennessee Titans, but did so after Jake Locker left the game with an apparent hand injury. Ben Roethlisburger is better than both Charlie Whitehurst and Locker, and the offensive weapons around him include the underrated Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. Bell is averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season, and Brown is third in the league with 511 receiving yards.

Chicago Bears +3

Although the Chicago Bears are 2-3 on the year, they're still my underdog pick to make some noise in the playoffs because of their offense that features Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, and Martellus Bennett. Head coach Marc Trestman is thought of as an offensive guru, and the misdirection play the Bears ran for a touchdown in Week 4 is just an example of how he single-handedly can win a game. The defense is where the questions begin even though rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller is proving to be the real deal with three interceptions and two forced fumbles through just five weeks of action. As a unit they rank in the middle of the pack, but with a healthy Jared Allen back on the defensive line the Bears should have no problem pressuring opposing quarterback Matt Ryan, and giving the Atlanta Falcons their third straight loss.


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