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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) talks with back judge Perry Paganelli (46) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

5 NFL over bets to hit hard in 2018

Which NFL teams are going to do better than Vegas believes? It’s always tough to say considering the year-to-year nature of the league, but there are a few over/under lines that are worth exploring if you’re looking to drop a wager. See 5 NFL over bets to get your teeth into below.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – 6.5 wins (-165)

The Bengals are easy to overlook. Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since 1990, the longest active drought in the NFL. Still, look for Andy Dalton and Co. to be better than this line suggests. Cincinnati has a very good defense and while the offense is A.J. Green and a bunch of question marks, the division and conference are bad enough that the Bengals should at least win seven games.

 

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4. Green Bay Packers – 10 wins (-125)

The Packers were a tough call here. If only because the NFC North is absolutely loaded to the hilt with talented teams. Still, Green Bay quietly had a very good offseason with the additions of Jimmy Graham, Muhammad Wilkerson, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. Add in that Aaron Rodgers is healthy again after breaking his collarbone last October, and the Packers are locked and loaded for a run at the Super Bowl. If Rodgers stays upright, the over is a great bet here.

3. Baltimore Ravens – 8 wins (-165)

The Ravens are my second AFC North pick here. Baltimore has a middling offense to say the least. Although, it was revamped this winter with the additions of Willie Snead, John Brown and Michael Crabtree on the outside. With Lamar Jackson on the team, Joe Flacco has every reason to put together his best season in years. The defense has the goods to be top 10 in the league, and if that’s the case, the Ravens could be in contention for the division title.

 

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2. New Orleans Saints – 9.5 wins (-140)

It’s going to be tough to win games in the NFC, especially the South. New Orleans, though, has all the making of a group that could win 11 or 12 games if health doesn’t betray it. The Saints have a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees to go with one of the league’s most underrated receivers, Michael Thomas. As importantly, Brees is afforded the duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram — once back from suspension — in the backfield. The Saints have a very tough schedule, but they should be able to scratch out double-digit wins.

1. Arizona Cardinals – 5.5 wins (-200)

Arizona isn’t going to the playoffs, but 5.5 wins is really low. The Cardinals were able to win eight games with Blaine Gabbert starting many of their games in 2017, and while Sam Bradford is made of glass, he can play when healthy. Arizona has some issues and a winning record is a stretch, but the Cardinals have more than enough talent to win six games.

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