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In years past, this late into the season teams have usually defined the structure of the league, and this year, that structure includes plenty of offense and a lack of defense.
Of the thirteen games that will be played this weekend, ten of them have betting totals that are 40 or above, a sign that there is not much defense being played in the NFL this season.
Sunday’s games are highlighted by two games with totals of 48. The Giants and Dolphins are playing all the way on the other side of the World, in London, and odds makers feel that they will put on an offensive show.
The other game with a total of 48 is the Steelers and the Bengals, both of whom bring high powered offenses into the game. The total seems a bit high, though, considering the Steelers have given up the fewest points in the league so far.
The Monday night game between Green Bay and Denver is the next highest total at 47.5. The Packers have been scoring a lot of points with Brett Favre seeming to be rejuvenated, and the Broncos might be back on track offensively after a strong showing against Pittsburgh last year.
Another surprise arises in the next tier of games with high totals as the Bears, with their usually stingy defense, will be facing a Lions team that has been scoring points in bunches. The total for this game is 45.
Usually, as the season wears on and teams find their grooves the betting totals come down, but this is not the case this year as the offenses have been dominant, leading to weeks such as this with totals stretching into the upper 40’s.