NFL Over-Unders Week 6: Low-Scoring Games That Will Stay Under the Point Total

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIOctober 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 12:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against pressure from defensive end Allen Bailey #71 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on August 12, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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While this season may be the season of offenses, it doesn't mean that there aren't some teams who still struggle to put up points.

Let's look at a few games that will stay under the point total.

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Kansas City at Tampa Bay (40.5)

Kansas City has the 22nd-ranked pass offense, and that was with quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm. He's out, and it's up to Brady Quinn, who has thrown two passes this year, his first since 2009 with the Browns. 

They do have a good rushing offense, which is second in the league at 180.8 yards per game. However, the Bucs have the fourth-ranked rush defense, giving up 73.8 yards per game. That means the Bucs will be able to load up against the run, making it tough for Jamaal Charles. Look for the Chiefs to struggle putting up points.

And what about the Bucs? They're even worse on offense. They have the 29th-ranked passing offense, and the 23rd-ranked rushing offense. To make matters worse for Tampa Bay, the Chiefs have the eighth-ranked pass defense, giving up only 205.8 yards per game. 

40.5 points seems a bit astronomical for these two inept offenses. Look for a very low score in this one. 


New York Jets at Indianapolis (43.5) 

The Jets are without their best receiver, Santonio Holmes, and it shows. They have the 28th-ranked pass offense and the 25th-ranked run offense. Yikes. Mark Sanchez has struggled, and the team has not yet integrated Tim Tebow into the offense. They're really not a good offensive team.

The Colts are a bit better. Andrew Luck is proving his worth as the No. 1 overall pick, as their pass offense is ranked sixth in the league. However, the Jets pass defense is fifth in the league, giving up only 199.8 yards per game in the air.

The Colts should win this game, but they're not going to put up 30-plus points. The Jets will struggle to put up more than 10. This one will be on the lower side. 


St. Louis at Miami (38)

The Rams are 3-2 on the strength of their defense, not their offense. They are ranked 30th in pass offense and 22nd in run offense. It doesn't help that they are going up against the Dolphins, who have the No. 1-ranked rushing defense, giving up a stingy 61.4 yards per game.

The Dolphins are a bit better on offense, with their eighth-ranked rushing offense. Ryan Tannehill has proven to be a viable starting quarterback. The Rams have a good defense, albeit not a great one, with a 12th-ranked passing defense and their 18th-ranked rush defense.

The Rams will not score in the double-digits against the really good defense of the Dolphins. The Dolphins may score 20, but it won't be enough to hit a combined total of 38.