NFL Week 18 Implied Team Totals: Lowest Numbers Of Season On Cardinals, Giants

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on January 4, 2023 - Last Updated on January 6, 2023
NFL Week 18 implied team totals

Each week during the NFL season, TheLines will compile a list of implied team totals. In other words, NFL Week 18 implied team totals are how many points each team is expected to score this week, based on simple math with the spread and over/under.

Readers can make use of these team totals in a variety of ways for NFL Week 18 and beyond. Those ways include handicapping props, making fantasy decisions, etc. All lines come from DraftKings Sportsbook as of Jan. 3, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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NFL Week 18 Implied Team Totals

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Highest NFL Week 18 Implied Team Totals

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Philadelphia Eagles

One needs to only look at the game line of Eagles to realize what’s happening here. The Giants are locked into the No. 6 seed, while the Eagles must win to assure themselves of the No. 1 seed and the bye.

We should see a slew of key Giants defenders resting here. Guys like Dexter Lawrence, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Leonard Williams and Adoree’ Jackson have been banged up this year and will likely rest up for the playoffs.

Furthermore, Jalen Hurts is expected to return for the Eagles offense. It should be open season on the end zone for an Eagles team that hung 48 on the G-Men not even a month back.

Green Bay Packers

Must-win season continues for the Packers, who just hung 41 on the Vikings. Just be aware that number is a bit misleading as they benefited from both a kickoff and interception that went for touchdowns.

The key battle here will be up front with Green Bay’s running game. While AJ Dillon hasn’t had the best season, and Aaron Jones has been notably hot and cold, the Packers run blocking unit has done outstanding work, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards.

Meanwhile, the Lions have been crushed at times by opposing running games. There have been stretches of competence, but overall, things haven’t been good. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Panthers notably steamrolled them for an unthinkable 320 yards on 7.4 YPA.

Lowest NFL Week 18 Implied Team Totals

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Arizona Cardinals

A team total of 12.5 is the lowest we’ve seen all season in this space. Even in a year where offenses have struggled, this number stands out.

The Cardinals continued their QB carousel in Week 17, signing David Blough off the Vikings practice squad and giving him a surprising start. He didn’t embarrass himself, throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown while avoiding any turnovers. He gave the team a chance to win, though they ultimately succumbed 20-19.

That was a notable improvement on what Trace McSorley brought to the table, so Blough figures to be handed the ball again.

A fearsome 49ers defense playing for an outside shot at the No. 1 seed and trying to at least hold No. 2 looks like a mighty challenge. If Jarrett Stidham can throw for 365 yards on them, though, a decent Cardinals output isn’t out of the question here.

New York Giants

Just as the Giants defense will be looking to rest their key guys, so too should the Giants offense. Instead of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, we’ll probably see a strong dose (if not an entire game) of Tyrod Taylor and Matt Breida. Who knows if this already decimated receiving corps can dip any further into its ranks after a slew of injuries already Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James playing key roles.

The interesting part of this is that the Eagles defense has not looked at its best of late. The Cowboys cooked up 419 yards of offense on them. Then, an anemic Saints passing game posted 9.5 YPA, albeit a number that drops to 5.9 if you include sacks.

Brian Daboll has shown he can work some magic all season with limited tools. But how much effort will be spent prepping for this meaningless contest?

Other Notable Implied Team Totals

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Las Vegas Raiders

Jarrett Stidham’s shockingly effective performance moved the market here, with the Raiders going from +10.5 on the look-ahead markets to as low as +7.5 before beginning to climb back up on Wednesday. He torched a stellar Niners unit for 10.7 YPA, although he did turn the ball over a couple of times.

While the Raiders have typically provided little to no resistance to the Chiefs offense in recent years, they have had some huge offensive games of their own. They have averaged 24.6 PPG over the past five meetings, which includes a nine-point stinker last season.

In October, the Raiders dominated the KC defensive front as Josh Jacobs had huge holes en route to 154 yards rushing. The Vegas OL ranks first in Adjusted Line Yards, while the Chiefs are 22nd in the defensive side of that metric, so that should continue to be a plus matchup for the Raiders.

Indianapolis Colts

Few if any offenses have looked as bad as that of the Colts in recent weeks. Jeff Saturday has thrown every QB he can unearth out there to see if anything positive happens, with Nick Foles getting the latest shot and looking the worst of anyone the team has used all year.

The team has already announced Sam Ehlinger will draw the Week 18 start. He entered Week 17 in relief of the bumbling Foles and didn’t provide much improvement. On the season, Ehlinger has gone 41-of-66 for 364 yards, a piddling 5.5 YPA. He has at least only thrown 1 INT to go with his 1 TD.

With Jonathan Taylor already on ice for the year, this should be another unexciting day for the Colts offense. With the Texans up to a surprising 19th in EPA/play allowed, don’t be surprised if the Colts fall short of this modest market number.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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