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3 Potential NFL Upsets in Week 15

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The National Football League has arguably more parity than any other professional sports league in the world. With parity, you get upsets. In Week 14, we saw multiple significant upsets which included the Oakland Raiders beating the San Francisco 49ers in the battle for the Bay Area, the Baltimore Ravens upsetting the Miami Dolphins in Miami, and the Carolina Panthers dismantling the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Here is a look at three potential upsets in Week 15 of the 2014 NFL season.

All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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1.  Arizona Cardinals (10-3) over St. Louis Rams (6-7)

Point spread: Rams favored by 4.5 points

This Thursday Night Football matchup between NFC West division rivals has all of the makings of being a defensive struggle. The Cardinals have had one of the consistently best defenses in the league all year, and the Rams’ defense will be going for their third-straight shutout in this game. Both offenses have been up-and-down throughout the year, but the fact remains that the Cardinals have much more to play for in this game. Expect to see a top-notch effort out of Arizona in Week 15.

Cardinals Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 325 total yards per game (23rd)
  • 245 passing yards per game (14th)
  • 80 rushing yards per game (30th)
  • 21.2 points per game (22nd)

Cardinals Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 355 total yards allowed per game (17th)
  • 263 net passing yards allowed per game (27th)
  • 92 rushing yards allowed per game (6th)
  • 18.3 points allowed per game (3rd)

Rams Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 317 total yards per game (27th)
  • 208 passing yards per game (26th)
  • 109 rushing yards per game (19th)
  • 21.9 points per game (17th)

Rams Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 345 total yards allowed per game (11th)
  • 240 net passing yards allowed per game (14th)
  • 105 rushing yards allowed per game (10th)
  • 21.9 points allowed per game (14th)
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2.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-11) over Carolina Panthers (4-8-1)

Point spread: Panthers favored by 3.5 points

Tampa Bay has struggled mightily on both sides of the ball in 2014, but their Week 15 opponent, the Carolina Panthers, will be without their franchise quarterback in this game after Cam Newton was injured in a car accident earlier this week. Veteran journeyman Derek Anderson will start in place of Newton, and given his track record, nobody knows what to expect out of Anderson. Carolina will have their hands full trying to defend Tampa Bay wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, and the Panthers may not be able to overcome not having Newton on the field in this one. Don’t be surprised if Tampa Bay goes into Carolina and leaves with a win.

Buccaneers Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 307 total yards per game (29th)
  • 229 passing yards per game (19th)
  • 79 rushing yards per game (31st)
  • 20.7 points per game (23rd)

Buccaneers Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 365 total yards allowed per game (21st)
  • 249 net passing yards allowed per game (24th)
  • 116 rushing yards allowed per game (20th)
  • 26.8 points allowed per game (26th)

Panthers Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 342 total yards per game (19th)
  • 225 passing yards per game (21st)
  • 116 rushing yards per game (11th)
  • 20.7 points per game (23rd)

Panthers Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 357 total yards allowed per game (19th)
  • 242 net passing yards allowed per game (16th)
  • 115 rushing yards allowed per game (19th)
  • 26.2 points allowed per game (23rd)
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

3.  Dallas Cowboys (9-4) over Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)

Point spread: Eagles favored by 3.5 points

The Cowboys hosted the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day in a game that resulted in a blowout 33-10 win for Philadelphia. This time the Cowboys will be traveling to Philadelphia, where the Eagles have gone 6-1 so far in 2014. Dallas is coming into this week 15 matchup with an undefeated (6-0) record on the road this season, and have looked like a completely different team outside of AT&T Stadium this year. Both defenses have their work cut out for them, but in Week 14, Philadelphia quarterback Mark Sanchez looked like the quarterback that the New York Jets gave up on for the first time since joining the Eagles. If Sanchez is unable to rebound with a better performance in Week 15, the Cowboys will have an excellent opportunity to go into Philadelphia and upset the Eagles.

Cowboys Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 379 total yards allowed per game (9th)
  • 229 net passing yards allowed per game (18th)
  • 149 rushing yards allowed per game (3rd)
  • 26.4 points allowed per game (8th)

Cowboys Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 365 total yards allowed per game (22nd)
  • 252 net passing yards allowed per game (25th)
  • 113 rushing yards allowed per game (7th)
  • 23.2 points allowed per game (17th)

Eagles Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 395 total yards per game (5th)
  • 270 passing yards per game (8th)
  • 124 rushing yards per game (7th)
  • 29.9 points per game (4th)

Eagles Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 372 total yards allowed per game (24th)
  • 258 net passing yards allowed per game (26th)
  • 114 rushing yards allowed per game (18th)
  • 23.8 points allowed per game (20th)