NFL Picks Week 2: 5 Teams Who Will Get Their First Wins

jim beamContributor IIISeptember 13, 2011

NFL Picks Week 2: 5 Teams Who Will Get Their First Wins

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    The NFL is a 16-game season, but sometimes it only takes the first two games to ruin the year.

    It is very difficult for a team to make the playoffs in the NFL if they start the season 0-2, and half of the teams will be trying to avoid that mark in Week 2.

    Here are five teams that will even their record this coming week.

Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns squandered a golden opportunity against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, but do not expect a similar let down against the Indianapolis Colts.

    The Colts are in complete disarray without star quarterback Peyton Manning, as was evident when they were dismantled by the Houston Texans 34-7 on opening day. The Colts offense under recently un-retired quarterback Kerry Collins will make the mediocre Browns defense look imposing.

Denver Broncos

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    Don't let the results from Week 1 fool you; the Denver Broncos are better than the Cincinnati Bengals, and they will prove it in Week 2.

    The Browns gift wrapped the Bengals' first win by committing 11 penalties, horrible punts and a blown coverage assignment in the fourth quarter. Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton may have looked impressive early in the game, but his play significantly declined once his offense stopped receiving the ball with generous field position.

    Dalton, who is nursing a wrist injury, will not match the success he had during the first quarter of his debut. Expect quarterback Kyle Orton and the pass-heavy Broncos offense to annihilate the Bengals defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go from playing one of the top young quarterbacks to one whose NFL career is rapidly fading in Week 2.

    The Buccaneers defense should dismantle the Minnesota Vikings offense as long as they focus on running back Adrian Peterson.

    Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb made Minnesota fans wish that Brett Favre was still their quarterback after his 7-of-15, 39-yard passing performance against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. McNabb does not give the Vikings any chance to win if Peterson is shut down.

    Minnesota's defense is still strong and will present a formidable challenge to the Buccaneers' offense. But that won't matter as Tampa Bay will win this game because of Minnesota's inability to pass.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty to be angry about, and expect them to turn their anger towards the Seattle Seahawks.

    The defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers were embarrassed by the Baltimore Ravens in the opener, and some are questioning whether the Steelers and their aging roster are still an elite team.

    The Steelers' front seven should have a bounce back game against Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. They should also have little trouble against running back Marshawn Lynch and Seattle's ground attack.


Dallas Cowboys

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    The Dallas Cowboys offense was responsible for the team's meltdown against the New York Jets in Week 1. But luckily for them, they still have an aggressive defense that will carry them to a win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

    Dallas' defense will apply serious pressure to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who will need big games from Braylon Edwards, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree to bail him out. The Cowboys defense will also contain Frank Gore and the 49ers rushing game.