NFL Picks Week 8: High-Scoring Games That Will Hit the Over

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 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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Trying to predict the over/under is always a difficult proposition. That's why we'll focus today on just the overs. Which games are sure to hit the over? Read on to find out. 

All over/unders via CBS Sports


San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns

Surprised? Don't be. The over/under for this game is 43.5 and it would be a shock for the two teams to go over that. The Chargers give up 268.2 yards per game through the air, while the Browns give 276.9 yards through the air.

Phil Rivers and Brandon Weeden sure have had their struggles, but they are capable of putting up points on the board. With both defenses on the ropes, this could be a back-and-forth shootout, going way over 43.5 points. 


Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers

RG3 goes up against Ben Roethlisberger in what could be a big shootout. The over/under is 46, and that seems low. The Redskins give up 328.4 yards per game, which is the worst in the NFL. On the flip side, The Steelers have the sixth-best passing attack.

The Steelers defense is good, but RG3 and the Skins have the best rush offense in the league. It's been hard for any defense to stop Washington on the ground.

All of this could lead to a huge scoring output. Forty-six points seems low. This game will easily go over 50, and could go over 60, too.


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

This is another game that will prove to be high-scoring. The over/under is set for 48. That seems low. The Giants pass for 295.3 yards per game, good for third in the league. The Cowboys are seventh in the league, throwing for 277.7.

On defense, the Giants struggle against the pass, giving up 253.3 yards per game. The Cowboys are without their best defensive player, linebacker Sean Lee.

The Cowboys beat the Giants 24-17 in the first game of the season. Now that the two teams are settled into the season, they should beat that score, and score more than the over.


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

The Sunday night game should be the highest scoring game of the week. It's Drew Brees against Peyton Manning, two Hall of Fame quarterbacks going up against each other in what should be a back-and-forth shootout.

The over/under is set at 55. That's a bit conservative. Think about this: The Saints are the best passing offense in the league, throwing for 335 yards per game. The Broncos are the fourth-best passing offense in the league, throwing for 290 yards per game. 

The Saints have the 30th-ranked pass defense in the league, giving up 304.5 yards per game. The Broncos fare better, but will likely be without cornerback Tracy Porter. 

All of this is going to lead to a very, very high-scoring game. Both quarterbacks will throw for well over 300 yards and will throw a bunch of touchdowns. Eighty points is not out of the question.