NFL Week 8 Picks: Bengals vs. Seahawks and More Games Guaranteed to Go Under

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 9: Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after defeating the New York Giants 36-25 at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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With so many high-powered offenses currently in the NFL, most games usually seem to feature a fair amount of points. Defense certainly isn't dead, however, and neither are inept offenses. Because of that, betting the under can still be a good play under the right circumstances.

A few games will pit teams that aren't exactly offensively gifted against each other in Week 8, and while that will bring the over/under number down, it also makes a low score more likely. Here are three games guaranteed to go under this weekend.

Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers (38.5)

While many may be expecting a blowout win for the San Francisco 49ers over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, I think this game will be much closer than the oddsmakers think. The Niners don't have a particularly explosive offense despite their 5-1 start, so I think the Browns will hang around.

The Browns are weak offensively in their own right, and against the Niners' stout defense, I doubt they will get much going. Cleveland's defense is extremely underrated, though, particularly against the pass. Provided they can hold running back Frank Gore in check, this game should be a low-scoring one that stays under 38.5 points.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (44)

After giving up 62 points to the New Orleans Saints last week, taking the under in a game involving the Indianapolis Colts may seem like a bad idea. The Colts will be facing a Tennessee Titans team on Sunday, however, that certainly doesn't have that same type of scoring potential.

I expect the Colts defense to play some inspired football after being embarrassed last week. Tennessee should still win, but I don't think a blowout is in order. The Colts offense has struggled as well, so they won't put many points on the board either. I see the Titans pulling it out, but would be surprised if the teams combine for more than 44 points.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks (37.5)

In what is perhaps the most offensively-challenged game of the week, the Seattle Seahawks will host the Cincinnati Bengals. The Seahawks scored just three points against the Cleveland Browns last week, but they also only gave up six.

The Bengals may have the potential to put up some points, but Seattle's defense is very underrated. Also, the Bengals will be without running back Cedric Benson, who will be out on suspension. The Seahawks aren't often going to score much either, and that is especially true against the solid Bengals defense. I think the first team to 17 points might be the winner, and that bodes well for the under.


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