NFL Week 10: Over and Under Best Bets
This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we're making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we're offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week.
Over and Under Best Bets
Over of the week: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
In their last meeting, the Seahawks and Rams combined for 64 points. Seattle has since scored 55 points in two road games, while Los Angeles is coming off a 45-35 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
These teams should push the 60-point plateau when they meet Sunday in L.A.
Sure, both teams still have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is hungry and should pounce on a still-vulnerable defense when backed into somewhat of a corner in Week 10. Meanwhile, the Rams have scored at least 29 points in eight of their nine games this season.
Seattle is beatable on the ground. The Rams have Todd Gurley. L.A. is struggling in pass defense. Seattle has Wilson. It's simply a bad matchup for those riding the under.
Predicted score: Rams 33, Seahawks 30
Under of the week: Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have allowed 76 points to the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers in the last two weeks, which might explain why this total is above 50. But I'd expect somewhat of a correction with Oakland hosting a more familiar opponent Sunday.
The Chargers managed "just" 26 points in a home victory over the Raiders earlier this season. They may be a little more tired for this road matchup after a big Week 10 victory in Seattle, so I wouldn't be surprised if they scored 26 or fewer again here.
But even if that doesn't happen, is there any reason to think the Raiders can suddenly score points? They've been held to 10 or fewer in three of their last four games, and this Los Angeles defense is a lot stronger than the Colts D on which they scored 28 a couple weeks ago.
This might not even hit 40, let alone 50.
Predicted score: Chargers 26, Raiders 13
Good luck, we're all counting on you.
Last week: 2-0
2018 season: 12-6