Potential NFL Shootouts for Week 2

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs greets quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders after the Chiefs defeated the Raiders 35-3 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season brought us some remarkably high-scoring affairs. The Baltimore Ravens dropped 59 points on the Miami Dolphins, and the Tennessee Titans put up 43 points on the road against the Cleveland Browns. All told, there were 10 teams that scored at least 30 points in Week 1.

Week 2's slate of games could see some similarly high-scoring contests. With that in mind, here are three potential shootouts for Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season.

1. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders (O/U: 52.5)

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Josh Jacobs #28 of the Oakland Raiders takes the handoff from quarterback Derek Carr #4 against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 9, 2019 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs' offense impressed in Week 1, but their defense certainly didn't. Even though Nick Foles left with an injury, he and his replacement, Gardner Minshew, combined to throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. That's a troubling start to the season, as Kansas City's defense was similarly vulnerable through the air in 2018, surrendering 273.4 passing yards per game (No. 31 in the NFL). Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders may not be the most intimidating opponent, but he threw for 259 yards and completed 22-of-26 passes against what projected to be a far superior Denver Broncos defense. Unless Kansas City can shore up its leaky defense prior to Week 2, this game could quickly turn into a shootout.

2. New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams (O/U: 53)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 04:  Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams (L) greets quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after the Saints defeated the Ram 45-35 in the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Two of the most explosive offenses in the NFL will face off in Week 2, with both teams coming off 30-point performances in their respective season openers. Additionally, the last regular-season meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints ended with Drew Brees' team taking home a 45-35 victory. Not to mention, last year's NFC title game finished with a 26-23 final score. Neither of these defenses played particularly well in Week 1, with the Rams surrendering 27 points and the Saints allowing 28 points to the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, respectively. If Week 1 is any indication, we could see some fireworks in the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

3. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons (O/U: 51)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles meet after their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons' offense got off to a ridiculously slow start in Week 1, as the Minnesota Vikings held them without a point through three quarters. However, Atlanta is a much different offense when playing at home, as it will be in Week 1. In 2018, Atlanta averaged 29.5 points per game (PPG) at home, compared to 22.25 PPG on the road. The Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, dropped 32 points on what projects to be a stout Washington Redskins defense. With two explosive offenses, both teams have a chance to light up the scoreboard in Week 2.

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