The 2014 NFL season has been full of surprising results. Jumping on the bandwagon, here are a few games I believe could yield surprising results.
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Cardinals Over Broncos
With the Broncos at 2-1 and the Cardinals at 3-0 this matchup promises to garner plenty of attention. NFL fans want to see Manning and the high flying Broncos offense. There’s also a little bit of underdog enthusiasm around the Cardinals, who have been winning despite the loss of starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Denver at home? Tough gig. But I think the Cardinals may be able to get it done using the running game and some time consuming tactics.
Buccaneers Over Saints
Heresy, you say? The New Orleans Saints don’t lose at home, or at least they haven’t. But this is not the same Saints and this Tampa Bay Buccaneers team is riding high after a recent comeback win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The New Orleans defense is awful and just lost their starting safety. The Saints offense hasn’t been able to generate the big plays as they have in the past. The Bucs will play physical and win a nailbiter.
Bengals Over Patriots
Not much of an upset. Well, considering recent history, no. But the Patriots are known for not losing consecutive games. The entire NFL is expecting New England to snap back after a bad loss to Kansas City. It’s my feeling that the New England Patriots have been reduced to a team of mere mortals. Bengals not only win it but control it from the kickoff.
Revenge Bowl (Bonus)
The Kansas City Chiefs are nothing if not methodical, a reflection of Alex Smith their quarterback. The 49ers, pegged as Super Bowl contenders, are at home and hurting. While Smith has downplayed the trip to his former workplace, he is human and he’ll be especially sharp. The play of Colin Kaepernick has been erratic, often baffling. Smith is the consumate safe quarterback, which is maybe what the 49ers should have kept. Fans will be torn when Smith plods his way to a win in San Francisco and gets that cold plate of revenge.Eric Drouant