Has the oddsmakers overcompensated on some of these totals?
Why is the Saints total 53? The absence/injury to Henderson has really limited New Orleans big playthreat down field. And, with the absence of Meachem, I really don't like the Saints chances to spread the field.
Vikings/Lions total 49... Are you kidding me? I don't care how bad the Lions secondary are, Ponder is NOT going to light the scoreboard and assuming the Vikings pass rush will be effective. the lions will utilize the clock by running more of a west coast offense rather than throwing downfield on every play.
Raiders/Broncos total 49....C"mon. The Raiders put up points last week against a tough Steelers defense but let's not kid ourselves, Carson Palmer's play last week was an anomoly. Sure, the Raiders might cover but it will be because of McFaddens legs and not Palmers arm. Teams are finally realizing that Mannings arm is actually a deficit downfield. Nickel defense from the Raiders should make things rough for Manning. Denver backers better hope McGehee is healthy today.