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NFL Picks Week 2: Projecting Highest-Scoring Games of the Weekend
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Defense may win championships, but offense sells tickets. 

More than a handful of NFL teams put big numbers on the scoreboard in Week 1, starting with the Denver Broncos riding Peyton Manning's seven touchdown passes to a league-high 49 points on opening night against the Baltimore Ravens. 

Week 2 should provide similar fireworks across the board, with several offensive juggernauts set to test each other's defensive fortitude. 

Without further ado, here are a few games to take the over on this weekend. 

 

Complete NFL Week 2 Picks

Game-by-Game Predictions
Date Matchup/Prediction
Thursday, Sept. 12 New England Patriots 13, New York Jets 10 (Final)
Sunday, Sept. 15 Atlanta Falcons 21, St. Louis Rams 13
Sunday, Sept. 15 Philadelphia Eagles 35, San Diego Chargers 25
Sunday, Sept. 15 Dallas Cowboys 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17
Sunday, Sept. 15 Indianapolis Colts 16, Miami Dolphins 14
Sunday, Sept. 15 Houston Texans 20, Tennessee Titans 6
Sunday, Sept. 15 Green Bay Packers 35, Washington Redskins 28
Sunday, Sept. 15 Baltimore Ravens 31, Cleveland Browns 21
Sunday, Sept. 15 Buffalo Bills 17, Carolina Panthers 16
Sunday, Sept. 15 Chicago Bears 22, Minnesota Vikings 19
Sunday, Sept. 15 New Orleans Saints 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Sunday, Sept. 15 Arizona Cardinals 28, Detroit Lions 24
Sunday, Sept. 15 Oakland Raiders 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 13
Sunday, Sept. 15 Denver Broncos 30, New York Giants 20
Sunday, Sept. 15 San Francisco 49ers 24, Seattle Seahawks 16
Monday, Sept. 16 Cincinnati Bengals 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 13

 

Projecting Highest-Scoring Games

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

Washington and Green Bay were the victims in Week 1, but don't let that fool you—the offensive potential in this game is off the charts.

Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Aaron Rodgers were a bit rusty against the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, but they still combined for 662 passing yards and five touchdowns against their opponents.

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One team will be 1-1 by Sunday's end. The other will be 0-2.

That kind of pressure should produce high-scoring results. The key to the win might be the running game; Alfred Morris and Eddie Lacy both struggled to get going in their season openers. 

From a point perspective, though, the scoreboard should be working overtime at Lambeau Field on Sunday. A 50-point output between the two wouldn't be a surprise at all.  

 

San Diego Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia might produce one of the highest-scoring two-team totals by itself in Week 2. 

The Eagles scored 33 points against the Redskins in their Week 1 tilt but actually did most of their damage in the first half, as this tweet from ESPN suggests:

San Diego was no slouch, putting up 28 points against a Houston Texans defense many projected to be one of the best in the league by season's end. Quarterback Philip Rivers had four touchdown passes despite completing just 14 passes. 

But the big story in this one will be the Eagles, who will be under pressure to duplicate—if not improve upon—their performance against the Redskins. Head coach Chip Kelly might be on his way to creating a revolution, and that revolution should include a lot of points. 

Don't expect much defense in this one. 

 

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Detroit Lions made several statements in their win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but the loudest of those statements was simple: This offense can be great.

Now in his fifth season, Matthew Stafford is expected to turn the corner this year. He got off to a great start against the Vikings, but it helps to have weapons like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Brandon Pettigrew on the roster. 

Detroit will travel to Phoenix to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, and Bruce Arians' team had a solid afternoon against the St. Louis Rams before folding on defense in the fourth quarter. 

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Carson Palmer is a clear upgrade at the QB position, and let's face it: Arians knows how to run a successful offense in the NFL. With weapons like Larry Fitzgerald on the outside, the Cardinals should pose a threat to every team on their schedule in 2013. 

These two teams feature a lot of athleticism on both sides of the ball. Each defense has playmakers in place and wants to rebound from giving up nearly 30 points apiece in Week 1, but the offensive units in this game won't allow it. 

 

Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants

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It's "Manning Bowl III" in New York this week, as Peyton and little brother Eli go to war after very different Week 1 performances.

Peyton, as mentioned, tied an NFL record for touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champions. Eli, on the other hand, played on a team that had almost as many turnovers (six) as Denver had TDs on opening weekend.

If the all-Manning battle isn't enough to draw your attention, the injuries and absences on defense should do the trick.

For starters, Denver is missing top pass-rusher Von Miller via a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Broncos did enough to beat the Ravens, but it was largely because of Manning—the defense conceded 27 points. 

Similarly, the Giants have uncertainty at key positions. Jason Pierre-Paul, returning from offseason surgery, had a self-proclaimed "struggle" Monday night against Dallas. As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, secondary issues persist for both teams:

On offense, things are a different story. 

Denver was in midseason form against the Ravens, getting two-touchdown days from three different players in the rout. After a rough start, Eli and the Giants still managed to put up 31 points against the Cowboys. 

Looking back, Manning versus Manning games have produced point totals of 47 (26-21) and 54 (38-14). Both of those games were Indianapolis Colts wins over New York. 

Peyton is in a new uniform, but his right arm is as familiar as ever. His little brother is no slouch, and this total might approach 60 before it's all said and done. 

 

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