The scoring in the NFL just keeps going up, and it doesn’t seem like there is any chance of it slowing down this week. The Thursday Night Football between the Eagles and Giants easily hit the over on the scoring total and oddsmakers have to be watching and hoping for some defensive battles to get some money back.
At this point the “over” is going to be jumped on by the majority of bettors and it will be interesting to see what kind of totals emerge in Week 7. While high-scoring affairs have been common there will still be plenty of games that go “under” the expected totals. Here is a look at some of the best totals plays.
Chargers vs Browns (O/U 44.5)
Our pick: UNDER 44.5
Why?: The Los Angeles Chargers have an explosive offense but they are going on the road this week to face off against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns’ defense is more talented than many give them credit for. The scoring total is listed at 44.5 points and the “under” is the right call on this one.
Bears vs Dolphins (O/U 41.5)
Our pick: OVER 41.5
Why?: The Chicago Bears are hitting the road to face off against the Miami Dolphins. Chicago is coming off a bye but put together a dominant showing last time out against the Buccaneers. The scoring total is pretty low at 41.5 points. While the offenses aren’t great, some takeaways should result in either defensive touchdowns or good field position and easy touchdowns. Go with the “over” in this matchup.
Jets vs Colts (O/U 45)
Our pick: UNDER 45
Why?: The New York Jets played well last time out and will welcome the Indianapolis Colts to town. Indy quarterback Andrew Luck has been throwing the ball around a ton the past few weeks and the Colts will likely have a newfound dedication to the ground game in this one. Take the “under” on the 45-point scoring total.
Buccaneers vs Falcons (O/U 57)
Our pick: UNDER 57
Why?: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons are expected to face off in a defense-optional showdown this week. The scoring total is one of the highest among all games at 57 points. While the Falcons should be able to live up to their end of the bargain offensively, Tampa Bay will likely struggle. Take the “under” on the total as the Buccaneers aren’t going to score enough points.
Jaguars vs Cowboys (O/U 40.5)
Our pick: UNDER 40.5
Why?: The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to be in a defensive slugfest against the Dallas Cowboys. The scoring total has gone up a half-point in recent days but it is still low at 40.5 points. Even so, the Jaguars are so elite defensively that the “under” still seems like the right call. In an NFL that continues to get more spread out, both of these teams like to run the ball and will be happy to be involved in a low-scoring affair.
Packers vs 49ers (O/U 46.5)
The Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. The 49ers’ offense could have some trouble without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out for the season, while Green Bay’s offense is also having some issues. The “under” on the 46.5-point total is the choice in this one.
Chiefs vs Patriots (O/U 59)
The pick: OVER 59
Why?: The best wager on the scoring total is the much-anticipated matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. If this game is lopsided one way or the other it could be tough for the “over” to hit. However, the feeling here is that the teams will trade titanic blows and plenty of points. The total points of 59 is high but take the “over.” The Chiefs and Patriots both have star quarterbacks and plenty of playmakers around them. The defenses will be powerless to stop this shootout.
Check out the latest NFL betting odds for Week 7.