Three NFL Week 11 Upset Picks To Consider (2023)

Three upset picks for NFL Week 11 stand out as value bets based on model predictions, matchup research, and/or recent news.

Week 11 NFL upset picks

Kyler Murray and Arizona will go for another upset (Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

Successfully predicting an upset in an NFL Week 11 matchup, unnoticed by the general public, extends beyond mere boasting rights. Historically, underdogs can present more lucrative opportunities for betting value than favorites.

In this piece, we present our top three Week 11 upset picks, focusing on moneyline odds—the potential payout when betting on the underdog to secure an outright victory.

While some of these upset selections may closely resemble coin-flip scenarios, others might be considered long shots, with an expectation of far more losses than wins (refer to the conclusion section for pertinent notes on expectations).

The common thread among these picks is our conviction that they represent sensible wagers when considering the balance between risk and reward. We anticipate that, viewed through the lens of risk versus reward, these choices will prove to be profitable bets in the long term.

Upset Picks Results to Date

We keep track of our overall season performance against consensus moneyline odds (at publication time) for every upset pick we make in this column.

Past Season Performance

We started writing this article a few weeks into the 2021 NFL season. From inception through the end of the 2022 season, the picks we highlighted went 44-56-2 (a 44% win rate) for a total profit of +23.1 units, if you had flat-bet one unit on each pick.

(Because we’re picking underdogs at plus-money odds, we don’t need to hit 52.4% or even 50% of them to turn a profit.)

If you want to see the archives, you can view the final 2022 article here and the 2021 end-of-year version here.

Current Season

Last Week: 1-2 for +1.1 units
2023 Season: 10-20 for -3.7 units

We hit a big upset pick last week, with a bit of fortune, but came close in two others that went the other way. (All 2023 season picks are now listed below.)

  • Green Bay (+151) came close against Pittsburgh, but a controversial pass incompletion (that could have been ruled a backwards lateral and Packers TD) and two late interceptions near the Steelers goal led to a 23-19 loss.
  • Denver (+306) won at Buffalo 24-22, getting a second-chance at a late field goal after the Bills had too many men on the field.
  • Washington (+296) scored a touchdown to tie with under a minute left, but then Seattle won on a closing field goal, 29-26.

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Week 11 NFL Upset Picks

In the analysis below, “SU” means a team’s straight up win-loss record, while “ATS” means its record against the spread.

Arizona Cardinals (at Houston Texans)

Moneyline: +185
Point Spread: +5

This is our highest-rated playable moneyline underdog pick according to our Ensemble Forecast model.

With Kyler Murray returning as the quarterback for Arizona, the team is expected to perform at an improved level compared to their overall season statistics. Although Houston has demonstrated strong performances and a knack for winning close contests, their last two games were decided in the final moments.

The Texans boast a 5-1 ATS record when playing as underdogs this season. However, their record stands at 1-2 in SU victories and 0-3 ATS when favored, a trend that includes their recent loss to Carolina three weeks ago.

The public is also heavily on the Texans, as our public pick data is showing 92% are picking Houston to win in game winner pools, a really high number for a team favored by 4 points. Of our 15 largest differences so far this year between actual win odds and pick popularity, the underdog has won 7 outright.

Philadelphia Eagles (at Kansas City Chiefs)

Moneyline: +125
Point Spread: +2.5

This is a playable moneyline value pick according to our Ensemble Forecast model.

The Eagles and Chiefs face off in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, and we see some value on the underdog Eagles on the road. Kansas City’s offense has been struggling, and they have not had good wide receiver play all year. Kansas City hasn’t scored in the second half of either of the last two games, and now ranks 13th in points scored.

The Chiefs’ defense has played really well, but the Eagles’ running game is a potential area of advantage, as the Chiefs rank relatively lowest in yards allowed per rush (27th).

Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cleveland Browns)

Moneyline: -105
Point Spread: +1

This is a playable moneyline value pick according to our Ensemble Forecast model.

Okay, we’ll finally give in on Pittsburgh, at least for this week, with the news that Deshaun Watson is done for the year for Cleveland and the Browns have announced they will start Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Pittsburgh has notably won six games this year while being outgained in yards in every game. But the rushing attack has been emerging, as Pittsburgh’s backfield duo of Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris have helped rack up over 360 rushing yards in the last two wins.

Over the last three years, Pittsburgh is 15-14 SU and 17-11-1 ATS as an underdog, including 4-1 ATS against Cleveland as an underdog in that span.

Upset Pick Expectations

Whenever you read about upset picks from a betting perspective, it’s important to understand the implications. Both the betting markets and our models give all three of these three teams less than a 50-50 chance to win.

If you bet an underdog on the point spread, that isn’t such a big deal to you. You’re just hoping for the pick to at least keep it close and cover the number.

If you bet an underdog on the moneyline, though, you need them to win the game outright. When that happens, you bet produces an outsized return.

Depending on the payout odds, you can still turn a profit by winning, say, 30 or 35 out of every 100 moneyline bets that you make on underdogs. However, you need to manage your bankroll carefully to weather what could be long losing streaks along the way.

Remember that we expect to get the majority of these picks wrong, and we also expect to see big swings in results from week to week. That includes losing all three picks in plenty of weeks.

After two straight seasons of profitable picks for this column, will the advice be profitable again in 2023? Who knows. Given the lower win probabilities and larger payout odds inherent with underdogs, variance can be pretty wild over an 18-week season and only around 50 total picks.

Profitability may end up depending on whether or not we hit a few home runs over the course of the season with long shot picks, or whether a several-week heater more than offsets most weeks being losers.

Given the dynamics at play, the week-to-week performance of our three picks is not worth dwelling on. We’ll see how pick performance ends up overall when the dust settles at the end of the 2023 season.

2023 Upset Picks To Date

1CLECIN118-110W 24-3Yes
1TENNO149125L 16-15Yes
1ARIWAS271250L 24-20Yes
2NEMIA127105L 24-17Yes
2CHITB129115L 27-17Yes
2CARNO159152L 20-17Yes
3LARCIN120145L 19-16No
3TBPHI187220L 25-11No
3CARSEA215180L 37-27Yes
4TENCIN115120W 27-3No
4MIABUF133127L 48-20Yes
4NEDAL240220L 38-3Yes
5LVGB-105-120W 17-13Yes
5MINKC179155L 27-20Yes
5JACBUF215200W 25-20Yes
6WASATL119107W 24-16Yes
6CHIMIN125140L 19-13No
6NELV148135L 17-21Yes
7ATLTB120132W 16-13No
7DENGB105-110W 19-17Yes
7ARISEA298340L 20-10No
8CARHOU139154W 15-13No
8DENKC280265W 24-9Yes
8CLESEA160175L 24-20No
9TBHOU130130L 39-37No
9ARICLE296575L 27-0No
9TENPIT130150L 20-16No
10GBPIT151147L 23-19Yes
10DENBUF306305W 24-22No
10WASSEA296220L 29-26Yes

NFL Week 11 Betting Picks & Model Predictions

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To see algorithmic picks from our various data models for Week 11 (including game winner, point spread, over/under, and moneyline value predictions), visit our NFL picks page on TeamRankings.

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