NFL over/Unders Week 17: High-Scoring Clashes Sure to Hit the Over

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2012

Ravens and Bengals
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Every week, games consistently go above their assigned overs. It's much harder, though, to pick which teams and which games will do just that.

We'll make it easier and tell you which games are most likely to hit the over.

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Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

The over for this game is set at 41, and the two best teams in the AFC North should well exceed that.

The Bengals are on a tear, winning six of their last seven as they made their march into the playoffs. A.J. Green has been fantastic.

Meanwhile, the Ravens just broke a three-game losing streak with a 34-14 drubbing of the New York Giants.

Both teams feature able offenses, but the Ravens defense has been leaky of late. The Bengals should put up big points. In addition, look for Ray Rice to be used more often and continue with another terrific season.

Both teams should score over 20 and could hit a combined 50 points.


Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

The over for this game is set at 54. That seems a bit low. The Saints feature the second-best passing offense in the league, while the Panthers have won three straight and averaged 26 points in those victories.

The last time these two teams met, in Week 2, the Panthers won by a score of 35-27—a combined 62 points.

It can be argued that the Panthers offense is even better now than it was in the beginning of the season, as Cam Newton has begun to regain his rookie form. The Saints defense is as porous as the finest strainer, and the Panthers defense isn't much better. Look for this to be a high-scoring affair.


Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

The over for this game is set at 49.5. The winner of this game will win the NFC East, so this will be a hard-fought matchup.

That said, these two teams contrast perfectly. The Cowboys have the third-rated pass offense, averaging 302 yards per game. The Redskins, on the other hand, have the 30th-ranked pass defense, giving up 287 yards per game.

The Redskins have the fifth-best rush offense, gaining 95.5 yards on the ground per game. The Cowboys, conversely, have the 17th-rated rush defense in the league, giving up 115 yards per game.

So something has to give.

Whichever offense can perform better will likely win. It also means that this will be a high-scoring game. The last time these two teams met, the Redskins won by a score of 38-31—a combined 69 points. This game will prove no different, and both teams will blow the over out of the water in what should be a fun, high-scoring game.