The scores in Week 14 came way down, as the offenses in the NFL got cold with the weather. It will be interesting to see if the trend continues throughout December games, and what kind of adjustments oddsmakers will make to the scoring totals.
There is a lot to look out for as Week 15 of the regular season approaches. Teams are getting banged up which is also accounting for some scoring issues. Gamblers must determine if this was a one-week blip or if all the prolific scoring we saw early in the year will disappear completely moving forward.
As always, some games are going to go “over” their projected total and plenty of others “under” in Week 15. The successful bettors will determine which side will hit on certain games, and here is a good guide to get you started. Odds provided by Bookmaker.eu.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers (O/U 53.5)
Our pick: OVER 53.5
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers have two of the better offenses in the AFC. They are facing off in Kansas City, where it could be cold. The Chiefs are dealing with injuries to their key skill players and were not as explosive last time out against the Ravens. Even so, the scoring total of 53.5 seems much too low. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and this could be a shootout.
Cleveland Browns vs Denver Broncos (O/U 45.5)
Our pick: UNDER 45.5
The Cleveland Browns’ offense has been clicking lately under new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has looked good but he has a tough road matchup next time out against the Denver Broncos. The scoring total in this one is 45.5 points but that is too high. Mayfield is not going to have as much success against a talented foe.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Baltimore Ravens (O/U 47)
Our pick: UNDER 47
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens. Tampa Bay has a solid passing game but a lot of yards don’t always translate into points. The Ravens have a good defense and are playing at home. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson seems likely to get another start. If so, the “under” on 47 points is the right call. If Joe Flacco starts for the Ravens, this is a much tougher call on the scoring total.
Detroit Lions vs Buffalo Bills (O/U 38)
Our pick: OVER 38
The Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills have the lowest scoring total of any game this week. The game, which is in Buffalo, has an over/under of only 38 points. That number seems low considering that the Bills were able to find a decent groove offensively last time out against the Jets. The Lions have lost a lot of talent at the skill positions but still have a standout quarterback in Matthew Stafford who should make enough plays with his arm for the “over” to hit in this game.
Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears (O/U 45.5)
Our pick: OVER 45.5
These other scoring totals are intriguing, but there is one game that stands out above the rest this week. The Green Bay Packers are hitting the road to face off against the Chicago Bears, and the total is listed at 45.5 points. Based on how Chicago looked last time out in a dominant defensive performance against the Rams, the public will likely hit the “under.”
However, Aaron Rodgers is an elite player and he will be able to move the ball in a must-win game for Green Bay. Chicago’s offense is underrated and should also score some points. The “over” is the correct call in this crucial NFC Central showdown.
While the Bears are known for their defense this season and the Packers have struggled on offense, neither will be true in a game which is going to turn into a shootout.
Check out the latest NFL Week 15 betting odds.