NFL Upset Alert: Week 2 Picks and Predictions

NFL Upset Alert: Week 2 Picks and Predictions
Head coach Matt Rhule confers with Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

The NFL is back and we have coverage for every game, handing out free top picks and NFL odds analysis as always. We were able to hit big wins in Week 1, and Week 2 has some juicy lines for us to take on as upset alerts. We have three covers and underdogs for you to take a look at. 

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium

Arguably my favorite game of Week 1 featured the Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders. The Panthers, armed with new coach Matt Rhule, legendary LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady, and personal favorite quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, showed offensive promise in their debut. The defense was bad, but they also brought in several new starters, and it's a rebuilding year.

I like how they match up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with almost 10 points being given to them on the best betting sites. The Panthers have speed and will push the tempo on an undisciplined Bucs defense, and with their scheme, the Panthers can at least push Tom Brady into less-aggressive throws.

The Buccaneers also showed they have their fair share of issues on Sunday's debut. Their run game was ineffective, and their playmakers aren't yet on the same page as Brady. This is the time for the Panthers to keep a close game and have a chance to pull an upset.

NFL Upset Pick: Panthers +9.5 at -112 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Panthers +9.5-112
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Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Football Team drops back to pass. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Washington Football Team vs. Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 4:05pm ET at State Farm Stadium

The most shocking result of Week 1 was Washington coming back to overtake a much more talented and veteran Philadelphia Eagles. Though the Eagles have issues, Washington deserves a lot of credit. Head coach Ron Rivera brought toughness and identity to this team even though the offense is built around mostly nondescript talent.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins played better in the second half against a scary-good defense, and his task will be easier against Arizona this week. The Cardinals' defense is alright, but not nearly as dangerous. I expect the entire Washington offense to play better.

Meanwhile, Arizona had a terrific Week 1 upset of their own against San Francisco. Kyler Murray is quite good in his own right, but that Washington defense brings a different level of a challenge, even though the 49ers have their own great unit. The pass rush is better and the secondary is more physical across the board. I think this game ends up being a one-score contest and Washington has a chance to pull off another big win.

NFL Upset Pick: Washington +7 at -120 at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Washington +7-120
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Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for his first NFL touchdown. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 8:20pm at FirstEnergy Stadium

The two broken teams in the AFC North square off in this rivalry game. The Cleveland Browns ran into a buzzsaw when Baltimore steamrolled them. Fans should be concerned about Baker Mayfield at this point, but there's plenty of time this season for him to adjust to the scheme and be a competent signal-caller moving forward. Playing against Baltimore was simply a nightmare.

The Bengals can somewhat relate. Their roster isn't bad outside of the offensive line, but that's a highly-limiting facet. Head coach Zac Taylor hasn't looked like the coach of the future, considering the offensive talent available to him, but Joe Burrow is a rookie and might buy him some time if he can adjust to the league in 2020.

Point is, this line is way too high for how similar these teams are. Cleveland probably isn't as bad as they showed in Week 1, and the Bengals are tougher than some expected them, even as Burrow has growing pains. Take the Bengals on the top sportsbooks and trust that history will continue to bring close results between these teams.

NFL Upset Pick: Bengals +6 at -110 at Bovada

Bengals +6-110
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