NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals: Can Rams Bounce Back From Opening Dud?

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on September 14, 2022
NFL Week 2 implied team totals

Each week during the NFL season, TheLines will compile a list of implied team totals. 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 DraftKings Sportsbook as of Sept. 14, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals

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Highest NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals

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LA Rams

Sean McVay and his men authored quite a dud to open the season, on national TV no less. Expected to move the ball through the air against a green pair of Buffalo corners, the Rams instead banged their heads against the wall with a series of widely questioned first-down running calls. Matt Stafford looked like a shell of himself and took a number of unnecessary sacks.

But, the market clearly expects a dead cat bounce here. The Falcons allowed the Saints to roll up 27 points on 6.8 YPP, including a league-leading 7.9 yards per rush. Granted, Taysom Hill brings to the table some unique challenges not present on the Rams roster. But still, the Falcons did not project as a good defense outside of their boundary CBs.

If the Rams flop again, it’s probably time to get worried about the Super Bowl champs.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders certainly looked like a team that would play some higher-scoring games in 2022-23. They entered the season with a highly suspect defense but an abundance of weapons on offense. A total in the 50s for Week 1 seemed normal, but the scoring never came close in a 24-19 loss.

Arizona actually had a solid defense in 2021, rating top 10 by most metrics. However, the talent never matched up to the production. An opening week incineration at the hands of the Chiefs did little to quiet the skeptics and the market. The Chiefs could basically name their score. Patrick Mahomes marched up and down the field at will and posted a 94.1 QBR (100 is perfect).

Davante Adams now looms, indoors no less. Best of luck to Byron Murphy and Marco Wilson.

Lowest NFL Week 2 Implied Team Totals

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Chicago Bears

Expected as one of the lowest scorers in Week 1, the Bears played true to expectation and managed just 19 points. Plot twist, it earned them a pretty comfortable win as the 49ers proved even more inept.

Justin Fields completed just 8-for-17 for 121 yards but did connect for 2 TDs. That won’t be enough most weeks, but the conditions surely played a part. His offensive line provided little support. The Packers bring a fierce pass rush as well, however, so he gets no reprieve here.

Darnell Mooney will have to do his best Justin Jefferson impression if the Bears have any hope going for 20-plus.

New York Jets

Joe Flacco has preferred a dink-and-dunk approach in recent years after initially making his name as big-armed guy capable of threatening defenses deep with Torrey Smith. He fired a whopping 59 passes in Week 1 but managed just 307 yards for a piddling 4.8 YPA when including sacks.

Can he turn back the clock and beat the Browns deep? Will he even have time with Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney bearing down? Baker Mayfield twice connected for deep shots, but it’s an open question whether Flacco can do the same. The Jets do have a solid receiving corps but Corey Davis and Elijah Moore do most of their work short to intermediate.

Overall, the Jets do look to be in a rough spot playing against a tough defense outside in a stadium sometimes prone to high winds.

Other Notable Implied Team Totals

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Arizona Cardinals

Now, the market did not expect particularly good things from Arizona in Week 1, with the Chiefs receiving some steam and closing as nearly touchdown favorites on the road. But, few could have predicted seven points until garbage time.

Undrafted fourth-year man Greg Dortch serving as the leading receiver is a rather poor omen for the near future of this passing offense — Deandre Hopkins has several more weeks of suspension to serve. And starting backfield combo of Kyler Murray and James Conner rushed for just 55 yards against a KC defense known as a run-funnel team.

The Cardinals have a pair of capable tackles in DJ Humphries and Kelvin Beachum. That’s key against the imposing Raiders pass rush led by Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones.

This number just looks pretty low given Arizona’s offensive pedigree and the Raiders’ defensive shortcomings.

Tennessee Titans

Speaking of run-funnel defenses, teams have had some success attacking this Bills bunch on the ground over the past few years. Tennessee counts among that group. Derrick Henry ravaged them for 143 yards last year including a 76-yard TD gallop, one of three visits to the end zone.

The Titans scored 34 in that win, yet their team total sits at a lowly 19.5 here.

The Bills completely dominated the line of scrimmage against the Rams, though, suggesting their days of being ran over may be in the past. And Henry struggled to get going against a stiff Giants front. His offensive line lacks the punch it once had and teams have little respect for a passing game highlighted by a Ryan Tannehill-Kyle Philips connection in Week 1.

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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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