After four prime-time matchups in Week 1, the NFL regular season reverts to the norm with two prime-time games in Week 2.
While on Monday night it is a battle of the walking wounded as two teams with seemingly endless injury lists face off. The St. Louis Rams travel to face off against the New York Giants in the Big Apple.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles:
The Eagles will play their second game in a row in a dome as the Georgia Dome will host the return of Michael Vick. With the team's speed on offense, playing on turf is a death sentence for opposing defenses. The St. Louis Rams found this out in Week 1 as LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson made big plays, with Michael Vick's scrambling in the pocket in particular standing out.
The Falcons lost Jonathan Babineaux which could prove crucial as the team will need to get inside pressure on Vick to prevent him from throwing from a clean pocket. Babineaux, Ray Edwards and John Abraham would have been crucial in keeping Vick contained while also pressurizing him.
Offensively the Falcons will need to get Michael Turner involved and not allow Matt Ryan to throw the ball over 40 times again. The Falcons may have added Julio Jones in the offseason but their best weapon in this game remains Michael Turner to take advantage of a weak Eagles' run defense.
Michael Vick looks set to return to Atlanta and once again disappoint the Falcons' fans. The Eagles offense will have too much firepower for the Falcons to win this game.
Philadelphia Eagles 37, Atlanta Falcons 21
New York Giants vs. St. Louis Rams
The Rams and Giants both enter this game coming off of tough losses. The Giants will be bitterly disappointed to lose a divisional game against the Washington Redskins, while the Rams had high hopes of upsetting the Philadelphia Eagles.
A big reason why the Rams couldn't upset the Eagles was the loss of Steven Jackson. Jackson doesn't look set to feature in this game either, and while Carnell Williams will be a serviceable replacement, he cannot replace the explosion of Jackson.
The Rams will need to set the tone early in the running game to prevent the Giants' pass rushers from getting to Sam Bradford. Bradford himself must overcome his finger injury as well as deal with the loss of Danny Amendola.
The Rams have the weapons and the Giants' defense is frail however I feel the home field advantage will be crucial in this game.
New York Giants 24, St. Louis Rams 21