NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals: Bucs Top Expected Scoring Again

Posted By Mo Nuwwarah on September 13, 2021 - Last Updated on September 14, 2021

Each week during the NFL season, TheLines will compile a list of implied team totals for every NFL team. In other words, NFL Week 2 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 2 and beyond. Those ways include handicapping props, making fantasy decisions, etc.

All lines come from FanDuel Sportsbook as of Sept. 13, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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Highest NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals

TeamImplied Team TotalFanDuel Team TotalOver PriceUnder Price
Buccaneers3232.5-110-110
Browns3030.5-110-110
Packers3030.5-106-116
Seahawks3030-116-106
Chiefs2929.5-116-106
Chargers2928.5-110-110

One of these is not like the others, at least in terms of Week 1 output. The Packers mustered just three points in getting walloped versus the Saints on a neutral field. The league-low total was no fluke either as they dominated a green Packers offensive line and harassed Aaron Rodgers into an uncharacteristic 4.8 yards per attempt (YPA) and two INTs.

The market forecasts a bounce back against a Lions unit that got bulldozed by the 49ers for 8 yards per play.

The Browns turned in probably the most impressive losing performance of Week 1. Their offensive line looked particularly impressive in mauling the Chiefs in Arrowhead for 5.9 YPA on the ground. A rather uninspiring Houston front should allow them to keep it rolling.

Many questioned the sustainability of Justin Herbert’s 2020 performance for the Chargers. He acquitted himself well enough with 6.8 YPA facing a tough Washington defense on the road. A date with a Cowboys unit that looked helpless in Week 1 figures to provide easier opportunities.

Of course, the Bucs induced some of that helplessness with their efficient play. They looked strong in all facets of offense save for hanging onto passes, and they top this board once again. The Falcons looked even weaker on defense than expected, if that’s possible.

Lowest NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals

TeamImplied Team TotalFanDuel Team TotalOver PriceUnder Price
Texans1817-116-106
Lions1918-110-110
Giants1919.5-110-110
Jets1918.5-110-110
Jaguars2029.5-106-116
Falcons2020-108-112

The market appears skeptical the Texans can repeat their offensive success. The Browns took a beating from the KC offense, but the Chiefs and Texans are worlds apart in offensive talent level. Myles Garrett will force Tyrod Taylor to put his speed to good use.

The Lions were the second-highest scoring of this bunch, but don’t be fooled. They piled up a few garbage time TDs. Still, the Saints had success on the ground against the Pack and the Lions do have some solid blockers up front.

Perhaps the most worrisome offensive effort in the league in Week 1 came courtesy of Atlanta. Playing at home and indoors, they absorbed three sacks and posted an abominable 3.6 YPA through the air en route to six points against the Eagles. They’re huge underdogs against the Bucs.

Other Notable Team Totals

The Bills had one of the leading Week 1 team totals after breaking out as an offensive juggernaut in 2020. While Josh Allen still showed off his gun a few times, it took 54 dropbacks to muster 270 yards passing. Combine that with facing another defense-oriented team in Miami and you get a lowered team total of 26.

However, note that Mac Jones was reasonably efficient in Week 1 against the Fins, and the Bills eviscerated this same defense for 87 points in two meetings last season.

The Broncos were not expected to field a potent offense in 2021, but they put together some drives against a decent Giants defense (at least on paper). Now, they have one of the higher team totals of the week at 26. That despite an injury sidelining WR Jerry Jeudy, whom many expected to break out.

Is this total simply a product of Jacksonville’s awful showing? Or will Denver bring more to the table than expected on offense this year?

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