NFL Picks Week 12: Shootouts That Are Sure to Hit the over

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Looking across the the slate of action for the NFL in Week 12, there's a good chance that fans are treated to some offense on Sunday.

It's been a really erratic season in the NFL for bettors. The usual trends have been unreliable with away teams and underdogs just as likely to win against the spread as their home favorite counterparts.

Those who are getting tired of getting burned by picking teams against the spread may want to turn to picking the over/under's for NFL games. Taking the over doubles as a smart bet and a good reason to senselessly root for both teams to score a ton of points.

Here's a look at the best bets to hit the over this week.  

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Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars: 44.5

The Titans' and Jaguars' offenses have looked pitiful at times.

Both units are ranked in the bottom half in the league in passing and rushing offense. Both have struggled to put up points at times this year.

So why are they a lock to hit the over?

Neither team can play defense either.

Both defenses are among the league's worst teams against the run and pass. Both offenses are actually coming off great performances, too. The Titans put up 37 points on the road against the Dolphins, and Chris Johnson has really shined recently.

The Jaguars looked like a whole new offense with Chad Henne at quarterback and put up 37 points against the Texans. Both units should look great again this week going against marginal defenses.


Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs: 44

This game should hit the over of 44, although it may not be considered a shootout.

The Broncos have scored over 30 points in their last five games. Peyton Manning has turned this offense into one of the most explosive in the NFL and is playing as good as he ever has.

The Kansas City Chiefs have surrendered more than 30 points in five games this season and they have looked awful against units much less explosive than the Broncos. If the Broncos are going to spring for more than 40 against someone, it'll be the Chiefs.

With the Broncos likely to score at least 35, the Chiefs won't have to contribute many points to get this to the over.


Green Bay Packers at New York Giants: 51

This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Anytime these two meet, there's bound to be points aplenty.

Both quarterbacks have cooled off a bit in their recent games—both haven't had a 300-yard game since October 21—but they could both get back on track in prime time.

For Rodgers, the Giants are the perfect opportunity to get things rolling. New York is 25th in the league in pass defense at 257 yards per game.

For Manning, the Packers aren't much better at stopping the pass with 244 yards allowed per game. Plus, he's had the bye week to get healthy and work out the kinks in the offense.

Expect both quarterbacks to return to form in what should be a great duel on Sunday night.