Nover: Regular Season Win Total Picks

If you don’t mind tying up your bankroll for five months, wagering NFL over/under regular season win totals can prove profitable. These three I like. Lines courtesy of Bodog.

Tennessee Titans Over 5 1/2 wins

The Titans struggled through three quarterbacks in going 2-14 last year.

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt now has a potential franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Dick LeBeau brings credibility to the defensive coaching staff.  

The Titans play in the NFL’s weakest division, while also drawing non-division cupcakes in the Buccaneers, Browns, Falcons and Raiders.

Tennessee may catch a break in Week 17 meeting Indianapolis when the Colts might be sitting out starters if a playoff berth is sealed.

Chicago Bears Under 7 wins

New Bears coach John Fox has to tear down in order to rebuild.

The Bears lack the talent and type of players who fit Fox and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s style of defense. Chicago’s defense has been in steep decline since Brian Urlacher retired following the 2012 season.

Fox inherits Jay Cutler, a player far from loved by teammates, a porous offensive line and cluster injury problem at wide receiver.

The other three teams in the Bears’ NFC North division are playoff contenders. The Bears also have to play teams from the NFC West and improved AFC West.

It wouldn’t be shocking if the Bears ended up semi-tanking trying to land a potential franchise quarterback in the draft.

Philadelphia Eagles OVER 9 1/2 wins

Perhaps no team looked as good as the Eagles did during the preseason, beating playoff teams in the Ravens, Colts and Packers by a combined 62 points.

The Eagles have reached double-digit victories during each of Chip Kelly’s first two seasons. This looks like Kelly’s best Eagles team.

Sam Bradford is the most talented quarterback Kelly has had. The Eagles also may have the strongest running back trio in the league, an improved defensive front seven and more depth in the secondary along with very good special teams.

The NFC East is weak because of the Giants and Redskins. The Eagles also get to play six non-division foes who failed to make the playoffs last season.

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