5 NFL Teams on Upset Alert for Week 9

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NFL Week 9: Five Teams on Upset Alert

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Getting a read on the NFL season is tough this year. Just when it looks like one favorite has an advantage entering their game, they come up short. At this point, teams are starting to break away from others and are standing out as contenders. Somehow, the Kansas City Chiefs are unbeaten behind solid quarterback play and defense. Now they will try to prove their worth against an injury-ravaged Buffalo Bills squad searching for quarterback play. New York Jets rookie Geno Smith has looked good literally every other game. His team has had the habit to pull off a great victory, only to go down the following week. When they suffer defeat, it usually comes in a blowout. Such play seems disappointing because there is some talent on head coach Rex Ryan's roster. Their opponent brings the 7-1 New Orleans Saints, whose offense revolves around quarterback Drew Brees.

There has great been upheaval in an NFC East division that seems destined for an eight- or nine-win champion. Owner Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys currently reside in first place. Quarterback Tony Romo represents inconsistency of the highest order, so there is no telling what will happen every Sunday. These are three contests where unexpected victors could emerge. I will provide details of these matchups along with revealing two more upsets. Without further ado, here is my take on five teams who could be stunned in Week 9 of the 2013 NFL season.

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5. New Orleans Saints

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Gang Green has shown two identities so far this season. If you are one who believes in patterns, then they are due for a home win Sunday. Any chance of making this happen rests with their defensive front's ability to make Brees uncomfortable.

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4. Kansas City Chiefs

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Andy Reid must be considered the midseason favorite for Coach of the Year honors. Jamal Charles takes pressure off Alex Smith, allowing him to be a game manager. Buffalo can be a trap. Thad Lewis has played well enough for the Bills, and I think that he will continue if he gets the opportunity. Jeff Tuel starting kind of takes away some of this optimism.

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3. Dallas Cowboys

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Romo can be awesome at times and then revert to his self-destructive ways. Receiver Dez Bryant has all the talent one could want, but is something of a head case. The Minnesota Vikings are not good, but it would be just like Dallas to fall into a trap.

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2. Baltimore Ravens

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The Cleveland Browns continue their quarterback carousel. Jason Cambell wasn’t bad last week and Jordan Cameron has emerged as a solid tight end. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's mega contract looks like a mistake, although his entire team has been inconsistent.

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1. Indianapolis Colts

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Quarterback Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts have several signature wins and should be considered an AFC contender. Coming off an emotional victory against the Denver Broncos, they could look flat. Case Keenum is capable of playing even better than last week. The Houston Texans need him to because of their banged-up backfield. Too much talent exists for them to keep losing, so they have shot to pull off the upset.