The NFL season is halfway over, and we now have a good sense of the talent on offense and defense of each team. Injuries can have an impact and each side of the ball can always have a clunker, but with all of this data bettors should start feeling good about their wagers on the scoring totals.
The “over” has been the more popular side of the coin thus far and it will be interesting to see if that happens once again in Week 9 of the NFL regular season. The “under” was the correct choice in the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Raiders and 49ers to kick off the week.
Here are our top choices on the total for this week’s games. All odds are courtesy of Bookmaker.eu.
Lions vs Vikings (Over/Under 49)
The pick: Over 49
The Detroit Lions will hit the road this week to face off against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions dealt wide receiver Golden Tate to the Eagles, which will make life tougher on the offense. Even without him, Detroit throws a lot and figures to do so in this one as it should fall behind. The scoring total is listed at 49 points but that seems low. There should be some scoring late to push the total to the “over”.
Chiefs vs Browns (Over/Under 51.5)
The pick: Under 51.5
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL but the scoring total against the Browns this week is set at only 51.5 points. A lot of that has nothing to do with Kansas City. The Browns fired coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley this week and Freddie Kitchens is the new offensive coordinator. He does not have a lot of experience and Cleveland may struggle to keep up in this one, even against a poor Chiefs defense. The “under” seems like the right play as Cleveland is not going to score enough.
Buccaneers vs Panthers (Over/Under 55)
The pick: Under 55
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and he hopes to lead the team to a win on the road against the Carolina Panthers. The oddsmakers believe this one could be a shootout as the scoring total is listed at 55 points. While each offense can certainly put up points, the Panthers are able to run the ball when ahead and that will take time off the clock. This total is too high, so take the “under” on this matchup.
Saints vs Rams (Over/Under 60)
The pick: Under 60
The titanic matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams features a pair of elite offenses. The scoring total is a super high 60 points. If this game is close the “over” is likely to hit, but the feeling here is that one team pulls ahead and then burns clock in the fourth quarter. Therefore, the “under” is the choice in this big-time showdown.
Falcons vs Redskins (Over/Under 48)
The pick: Over 48
There is one game that stands out among the rest as the best scoring total play of Week 9. The Atlanta Falcons will be on the road against Washington Redskins in a matchup that figures to be competitive. If the game remains close, that means both sides will be sticking with their offense and trying to move the ball.
The scoring total is listed at 48 points, which seems much too low. The Falcons have one of the highest-powered offenses in the NFL and a defense that can be leaky. This one is going to be much more of a shootout than the oddsmakers expect. The “over” in this total is the best choice of the week.
Check out the latest NFL week 9 betting odds.