NFL Over Unders Week 8: High-Scoring Games Sure to Help You Break the Bank

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 25, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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If you're a fan of scoring or defensive players getting embarrassed, Week 8 would be a good time to tune in to the NFL

And if you're a fan of betting, Week 8 would be a good time to take advantage of some over/under lines that don't seem to be fully accounting for all the offensive firepower that is about to take the field against over-matched defenses on Sunday. 

Let's take a look.

Note: All over/unders from Covers. 


Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers (47.5)

At this point, I'm pretty sure a defense of Super Heroes wouldn't slow down Robert Griffin III, so I highly doubt an aging Steelers defense will find a way to stop the most exciting player in the NFL.

On the other side of the ball, Pittsburgh has gotten no consistency from the run game and as a result, will have to turn to Big Ben Roethlisberger until his arm falls off. Considering he's throwing to one of the best pass-catching duos in the league in Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace, Mike Tomlin will probably be alright with that strategy.

Oh yeah, and the Redskins can't stop anyone.

The Skins are 27th in yards per pass allowed and dead last in passing yards per game allowed.

This one is lining up for a classic back-and-forth battle. 47.5 will be easy to, ahem, "pass." 


Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers (45.5)

Here's my reasoning behind this one: The Green Bay Packers will score 42 in the first half before they call the dogs off.

Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind right now and against the Houston Texans, one of the best defenses in the league, he threw for six touchdowns as the Pack dropped 42 on the road. 

Now that they are at home against the league's 28th-ranked defense in terms of yards allowed per game, Rodgers and company could probably put 100 on the board if they wanted to. Forty-two before they leave the game to the replacements seems like a conservative estimate.

That will leave only a couple of field goals or a touchdown needed from the Jags.

It will be tough, but Mike Mularkey's squad can definitely do it against a Packers defense that is without Charles Woodson.


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (55.5)

The line on this one could be 80 and I would still take the "over."

On one side of the ball, you've got Drew Brees. He's leading the NFL in yards per game at 349.5, has already tossed 18 touchdowns (three per game) and should have no trouble torching a solid Denver secondary as he's forced to throw about 97 percent of the time. 

He'll be forced to throw, of course, because Peyton Manning is going to have a field day.

The Broncos QB is having the second-best season of his career statistically, and he gets to go up against a Saints defense that is last in the NFL in yards per pass allowed and just let Josh Freeman throw for over 400 yards.

Oh, the carnage.