NFL over Unders Week 8: Shootouts Sure to Hit the over

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans tries to break a tacle during an NFL game by Nigel Bradham #53 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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If you enjoy rooting for offense, there's nothing more fun than watching a good ole-fashioned shootout.

Whether it's because of pitiful defensive play or two elite offenses, there's nothing more fun for fans than watching two teams go touchdown for touchdown with each other. It's also pretty enjoyable for a bettor that's taken the over.

For bettors, it's all about finding a good line. Looking across Week 8's games, there are a few matchups that are sure to see a ton of scoring. Here are the most likely candidates to hit the over come Sunday. All over/under totals come from


Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, 47 Points

The Titans and the Colts aren't offensive powerhouses by any means, but they should look the part on Sunday.

The Colts defense hasn't looked great all season and gave up 35 points to the usually inept Jets offense in Week 6. They rallied in Week 7 to hold the Cleveland Browns to 13 points, but that could be chalked up to miscues on the Browns part rather than a great defensive game from the Colts.

The Titans haven't been impressive on the defensive side of the ball either. They are coming off a 35-34 win over the Buffalo Bills and have given up at least 26 points in every affair this season.

Expect both offenses to look way better than they actually are as they light up the scoreboard. You can't take the over fast enough in this game.


Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers, 46 Points

In case you haven't been watching football this season, this Robert Griffin III guy has been playing really well this season.

The Redskins aren't the best team in the league, but they have an offense that will keep them in every game they play this year.

In other news, the Steelers defense isn't what it used to be. With Troy Polamalu struggling with injuries, this Pittsburgh unit isn't horrible, but it is no longer dominant. The Steelers are now a team that loves to air it out and will rely on Big Ben to pick apart the 'Skins secondary.

Considering the Steelers struggle to beat teams like the Raiders and Titans this season, this one should be a shootout that goes down to the wire.


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos, 54.5 Points

This is by far the biggest over/under of the week, and it's not enough points to make under appealing with these two teams.

The matchup of Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning is sure to be the media narrative that comes with this game, and it very well could come down to which team gets the ball last.

After a brutal 0-4 start, the Saints offense really seems to have ramped things up to lead the way in back-to-back wins against the Buccaneers and Chargers. The Broncos on the other hand have been explosive all year but have a penchant for getting into shootouts.

With both offenses firing on all cylinders, defensive stops will be at a premium. Take the over and enjoy watching two of the leagues best quarterbacks duel it out.