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NFL Picks Week 2: Teams That Will Ride Momentum to 2nd Consecutive Win
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The 1972 Miami Dolphins better look out. A whopping 16 teams remain undefeated.

OK, so it's only Week 2. Maybe it's a little too early for Mercury Morris to panic.

Still, plenty of teams got nice wins in Week 1 and will be looking to build on that momentum with wins this weekend.

Here are the picks for Week 2, followed by three teams that will build upon their Week 1 success with critical wins Sunday.

Week 2 Predictions
Time Home Team Away Team Winner
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:25 p.m. ET New England Patriots New York Jets Patriots
Sunday, Sept. 15
1:00 p.m. ET Atlanta Falcons St. Louis Rams Falcons
1:00 p.m. ET Philadelphia Eagles San Diego Chargers Eagles
1:00 p.m. ET Kansas City Chiefs Dallas Cowboys Chiefs
1:00 p.m. ET Indianapolis Colts Miami Dolphins Dolphins
1:00 p.m. ET Houston Texans Tennessee Titans Texans
1:00 p.m. ET Green Bay Packers Washington Redskins Packers
1:00 p.m. ET Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns Browns
1:00 p.m. ET Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Panthers
1:00 p.m. ET Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings Bears
4:05 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Orleans Saints Saints
4:05 p.m. ET Detroit Lions Arizona Cardinals Lions
4:25 p.m. ET Oakland Raiders Jacksonville Jaguars Raiders
4:25 p.m. ET New York Giants Denver Broncos Broncos
8:30 p.m. ET Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers Seahawks
Monday, Sept. 16
8:40 p.m. ET Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers Bengals

Schedule via NFL.com

 

Seattle Seahawks

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The 12-7 win for the Seattle Seahawks over the Carolina Panthers was one of the more deceiving scores of the weekend. You would have guessed it was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team getting much of an advantage.

However, Seattle out-gained Carolina by 117 yards and turned the ball over once, and the Panthers fumbled twice. It was a good performance from the Seahawks, and they should have won by double digits.

They'll need to be a lot better if they're going to win in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.

In games like these, the margin for victory can be very small. Playing at home might swing this game in the Seahawks' favor. Seattle has one of the best secondaries in the league as well. Colin Kaepernick won't be able to throw for 400 yards for the second week in a row.

 

Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears surprised a bit in Week 1. They are obviously very good and are coming off a season in which they should have made the playoffs.

The biggest positive for the Bears from Week 1 was the offensive line. Against what is arguably the best front seven in the league, Chicago didn't surrender a single sack. Jay Cutler had plenty of time to throw, and when the pocket was collapsing, he was able to dump it off or throw it out of bounds.

On defense, Charles Tillman was a ball hawk, intercepting two passes. In the second half, he blanketed AJ Green.

The key for Week 2 against the Vikings will be to not let Adrian Peterson dominate the game. The Bears should be able to limit his effectiveness and make Christian Ponder win the game. If that turns out to be the case, Minnesota is in trouble.

 

Denver Broncos

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Tony Romo didn't torch the New York Giants secondary, but he was very successful—to the tune of 263 yards and two touchdowns. You could see the loss of Stevie Brown has had a big impact on the Giants, and that means Peyton Manning should have a field day against them. 

Denver should also have an easy time stopping what has become a sinkhole in the Giants rushing attack. David Wilson fumbled twice, and Da'Rel Scott's mistake led to the pick-six that sealed the game. As a result, New York is auditioning three veterans for a spot on the team, per NFL on ESPN.

No team looked better in Week 1 than the Broncos. They dominated the Baltimore Ravens, and Manning tied the single-game record for most touchdowns (seven). With the holes you see on the Giants, Denver shouldn't have any trouble getting a win in Week 2.

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