The 2021 NFL season has been a roller coaster ride.
Upsets are a weekly occurrence.
There is no reason to believe the last two weeks of the regular season will not follow suit.
Here are three NFL teams who should be on upset alert in Week 17.
3. Seattle Seahawks (5-10)
Although this year hasn’t been exactly what I’ve dreamed of it to be… I’m Grateful! Grateful to do what I love with amazing teammates & men with high character & passion for the game. Another Opportunity this week! Grateful!#BlueFriday #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/XXeBvML1pn
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) December 31, 2021
The Seahawks have been a colossal disappointment in 2021.
The normally healthy Russell Wilson suffered a finger injury that caused him to miss time.
Even when he returned, they have not played well, and it is puzzling.
In Week 17, the 2-12-1 Detroit Lions are coming to Seattle for a Sunday afternoon 4:25 PM EST game airing on FOX.
The Lions have played better than their record indicates and seem to be improving as the season goes on.
Both teams are 2-3 in their last five games.
Seattle possesses a huge home-field advantage, but it would not be out of the realm of 2021 NFL season possibilities for the Lions to come out of this game with a win.
2. Buffalo Bills (9-6)
Flick of the wrist.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) December 26, 2021
The Bills are tied for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots.
In the past five games, Josh Allen and company have gone 3-2.
On Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM EST on FOX, the Bills are hosting the 7-8 Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons are also 3-2 in their past five games.
Matt Ryan has also gone four consecutive games without throwing an interception.
He needs to continue that trend in Buffalo for the Falcons to have a chance to be victorious.
Can the Bills contain rookie tight end Kyle Pitts who averaged 17 yards per reception in Week 16 and 19.25 yards per reception in Week 15?
If they cannot, it could spell trouble for the Bills.
Top players from today’s win:
✅ Matt Ryan: 18-24 for 215, 1 TD
✅ Kyle Pitts: 6 catches for 102 yards
✅ Foyesade Oluokon: 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass deflection, 1 INT
— PFF ATL Falcons (@PFF_Falcons) December 26, 2021
1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 31, 2021
Remember when everyone was worried about the Chiefs?
You may not because that was ages ago as the Chiefs are riding an eight-game winning streak.
The Chiefs have improved week after week, but can they win ten straight to finish the season?
Not if the Cincinnati Bengals have anything to say about it.
The Bengals are 9-6 and are hosting the Chiefs in a 1:00 PM Sunday game airing on CBS.
Cincinnati is coming off a huge win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16.
Joe Burrow threw for over 500 yards, and the Bengals looked outstanding.
The Bengals can win the AFC North division if they beat the Chiefs.
This is potentially the most interesting game on Sunday.
With a win, the Bengals could show everyone they are contenders right now.
If the #bengals beat the #chiefs tomorrow and will win the division at the same time, WR Tyler Boyd told me it would show the league “we’re the team to beat”. 👀. Also Joe Burrow a young Tom Brady. My report on @gmfb on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/MT8cYwVRAu
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 1, 2022
Honorable Mention: Tennessee Titans (10-5)
Can the @MiamiDolphins make it eight straight?
— NFL (@NFL) January 1, 2022
Speaking of winning streaks, it is worth noting that the 10-5 Tennessee Titans should be on guard for a potential upset by the surging Miami Dolphins who are riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Dolphins come into the game at 8-7 and are seated seventh in the AFC.
If all goes as planned, the Dolphins would meet the Titans again in the first round of the playoffs because the Titans are the second seed.
The Titans are 2-3 in their last five games so the Dolphins definitely have the momentum.
A Dolphins win could further muddy the waters in an already tight AFC playoff picture.