Metro recommends three more over/under bets in the NFL season win total market with a look at Buccaneers Steelers Redskins NBAL over under win totals and more.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers under 6 wins (-125)
Jameis Winston is proving to be more trouble than he’s worth in Tampa Bay, as he’ll be sitting out the season’s first three games due to suspension after violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Considering he sported a mediocre 19-11 TD-INT ratio and lost eight fumbles in 2017, it may not matter who lines up under center (Ryan Fitzpatrick is the backup), as the Bucs open their season against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. An 0-3 start could turn things sour very quickly, as head coach Dirk Koetter is suspected to be on the hot seat after missing the playoffs two years in a row.
The Bucs drafted heavily on defense, which isn’t a bad thing, but having an inexperienced squad of stoppers probably won’t help them win this year. Expect them to finish last in the ultra-competitive NFC South.
Pittsburgh Steelers over 10.5 wins (+105)
The NFL is all about parity, which usually leads to across-the-board shakeups on a yearly basis. But one thing that remains constant is the Steelers being in prime position to win the AFC North. The Ravens and Bengals, 9-7 and 7-9 in 2017, respectively, did little to make themselves a threat to Pittsburgh in the offseason, while Cleveland will offer the Steelers their two annual “gimmie” wins in 2018.
Pittsburgh’s volatility was on full display early last season; they struggled on defense and scraped by some lowly road opponents, but they still managed a 13-3 record and nearly beat New England in Foxboro. In 2018, they’ll have to deal with a discontent Le’Veon Bell, playing out the last year of his contract after offseason extension negotiations fell through, along with the usual drama surrounding Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Mike Tomlin. However, they should get out of the gate quickly; their first three games are at Browns, home to the Chiefs, and at Bucs.
Washington Redskins under 7 wins (-125)
Washington hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1992, and it’s easy to see why when they treat an excellent quarterback like Kirk Cousins as persona non grata. After slapping Cousins with the franchise tag for two straight years, they let him walk to Minnesota and traded for the aging Alex Smith, who never even made it to the AFC Championship game in Kansas City in five seasons.
There’s a scarcity of skill players on the Redskins’ roster; not a single wide receiver on the depth chart has a 1,000-yard season under his belt, and tight end Jordan Reed is a constant source of anxiety due to various injuries. Rookie running back Derrius Guice, brought in to be a needed difference-maker in the backfield, tore his ACL in a preseason game and is done for the year.
Even if their defense is marginally better than it was in 2017 (that won’t be hard to do) after bulking up in this year’s draft, it’s hard to see Washington staying in the NFC East race with the Eagles and Cowboys.