This article is part of our Streaming Defenses series.
Injuries were the dominant story of Week 2, impacting NFL franchises and fantasy teams alike. We also saw the continuation of a couple trends from Week 1, with penalties and turnovers down from previous seasons, while overall scoring (25.2 points per team game) now is on track for an all-time high by a 1.8-point margin.
The current averages for passing yards (248.7), yards per pass attempt (7.4) and net yards per pass attempt (6.6) would all set post-merger records if they held up over a full season, while 1.19 turnovers per team game and a 5.8 percent sack rate would represent new lows. A decline in offensive holding penalties seems to be playing a role, with 18 accepted in Week 1 and 27 in Week 2. Even that second number is a huge drop from the pre-2020 average.
All of this is having a big impact on team defense scoring, with only 12 D/ST units exceeding five fantasy points in Week 1 and only 10 doing so