Week 2 NFL Picks: Teams That Will Dial Up Offense This Weekend
Face it—you'd rather watch a good ol' shootout than a defensive stalemate.
You wish you can properly enjoy a hard-nosed, old-school display of fundamental football, but you cringe every time an offense haplessly runs up the middle three times and calls it a day.
You want to watch uptempo offenses meticulously spread the ball with precision, operating so relentlessly that you struggle just as much to keep up with the action as opposing defenses.
Now that we can admit it, which squads will pile up the points this weekend? Not every choice is a team you associate with offensive juggernaut, but that's to even out the two obvious selections.
Points will come in bunches for these squads on Sunday.
|Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|San Diego Chargers||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Ravens||Ravens|
|Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans||Texans|
|St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||Falcons|
|Carolina Panthers||Buffalo Bills||Panthers|
|Miami Dolphins||Indianapolis Colts||Colts|
|Washington Redskins||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||Bears|
|Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||Chiefs|
|Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||Lions|
|New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Saints|
|Denver Broncos||New York Giants||Broncos|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Oakland Raiders||Jaguars|
|San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals||Bengals|
Carolina Panthers (at Buffalo Bills)
Cam Newton amassed 125 passing yards last week, averaging 5.4 yards per passing attempt. Not exactly an offensive explosion.
Yet Carolina should bounce back with a smorgasbord of points against a Buffalo defense that was left off the hook by Tom Brady's shaky supporting cast.
Containing the New England Patriots to 23 points is usually a cause for celebration, but it no longer proves much against a group of inexperienced wide receivers that barely engineered more offense than the New York Jets on Thursday night.
The Panthers, on the other hand, had the misfortune of playing the Seattle Seahawks, whose passing defense ranked sixth in 2012. Don't expect such a bland offense now that a threat of the league's premier secondary is behind them.
Even if Carolina's passing attack isn't loaded, Newton and DeAngelo Williams should make Buffalo pay on the ground. Shane Vereen grabbed 101 yards on the ground, and Stevan Ridley was averaging 5.1 yards per carry before his butterfingers banished him to the bench.
Carolina's Projected Point Total: 30
Green Bay Packers (vs. Washington Redskins)
This is more like it.
When in doubt, pick Aaron Rodgers, who seldom lets anybody down. There's no reason to believe he can't decimate a flimsy Washington defense this Sunday en route to Green Bay avenging a Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
In a losing effort to the 49ers, Rodgers still compiled 333 passing yards and three touchdowns, but Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis shredded the Packers defense. The former MVP will take out his frustration on Washington, and this time the defense will do enough to obtain a victory.
Washington's defense rated 28th last season in total yards allowed, and they showed no signs of new life last Monday night, as Chip Kelly's schemes left the unit huffing and puffing. After getting shredded on the ground to a tune of 263 yards, Washington's secondary will be bullied this time around.
Green Bay's Projected Point Tally: 34
Denver Broncos (at New York Giants)
Peyton Manning's crew isn't going to stop.
While 49 points is setting the bar to an unsustainable level, the Broncos should still boast the NFL's apex passing offense. And if any of their running backs want to help out, that's just gravy.
There were times last year when John Fox wasn't grasping the fact that he now has arguably the greatest quarterback of all time running the show. Tossing his conservative style down the shredder, he let Manning air it out 42 times, which resulted in 462 passing yards and seven touchdowns.
At first glance, the Giants defense had a terrible night at the office on Sunday, as the Dallas Cowboys tallied 36 points. However, Dallas' defense captured six takeaways, taking two to the house and placing its offense in the red zone on another.
But besides one stretch where they managed back-to-back sacks, the Giants mustered no pass rush against Tony Romo, who could have gotten a snack from the sideline and returned in plenty of time to find Jason Witten down the middle. That's the hallmark of their defense, and their secondary will have fits against Manning without help from the defensive line.
This is a matchup to watch for offense, as Eli Manning should put up some gaudy numbers in his older brother's shadow. They will unfortunately come in another loss for Big Blue.
Denver's Projected Point Total: 37
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