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NFL Betting: OVER emerges as top bet

Rumor has it, the heart attack rate rose significantly around 4pm ET last Sunday; that’s about the time the NFL early games went bonkers. Unbelievable finishes in game after game had bettors buzzing up and down the east coast, and the bulk of it occurred in snowy, frigid conditions that only added to a series of dramatic endings.

A record 90 touchdowns were scored on Sunday in Week 14. The scoring flurry produced a banner Sunday for OVER bettors, who have already been enjoying a season with more higher-scoring games than oddsmakers expected.

Ten of Sunday’s 16 games eclipsed the total. The New England Patriots used a late onside kick and 418 passing yards from Tom Brady to come from behind to beat the Cleveland Browns 27-26. The Philadelphia Eagles overcame a blizzard to score 28 fourth-quarter points and transform an 8-0 halftime deficit into a 34-20 shootout win over the Detroit Lions. In similar conditions, the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings scored 36 points in the final minute of the Ravens’ 29-26 win. The ending in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and Miami Dolphins had 17 fourth-quarter points and wasn’t decided until Steelers WR Antonio Brown, who had a clear path to the end zone, inexplicably stepped out of bounds before crossing the goal line for what would have set up a potential go-ahead extra point. The game still blew by the total in the Dolphins’ 34-28 win.

Last Sunday was just the most recent example of a higher-scoring NFL with rules clearly favoring offenses. On the season, the OVER has been the best in the NFL, cashing in 55.3 percent of games according to OddShark.com’s NFL betting standings.

The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings lead the OVER parade. Eleven of the Broncos’ 13 games this season have gone OVER the total. In Peyton Manning’s two seasons in Denver, 10 of the Broncos’ 15 home games have gone OVER the total. Denver hosts San Diego in the Thursday night game this week; the total was sitting at 56 as of Wednesday.

The Vikings don’t have the luxury of a franchise quarterback, but are still just behind the Broncos with 10 of Minnesota’s 13 games going OVER the total. This week the Vikings host the high-flying Eagles, who have won five straight games.