NFL Picks Week 2: Which Games Will Go Down to the Wire?
The NFL has blessed us with a second week of fantastic games. Many of the games will involve likely playoff teams going head to head to set the tone for the season.
In all likelihood, we'll be seeing these games come down to the final minutes, as clutch quarterbacks try to pull out games at the last minute.
These five teams will battle it out in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
This game promises to be one of the most thrilling of the week.
Matt Ryan plays much better at home than he does on the road, having a 96.5 career passer rating at home compared to his 79.4 rating on the road.
Michael Vick is one of the most compelling storylines for this week (as he is every week). Vick returns to the team that drafted him and he brought back to popularity before his imprisonment in 2007.
Both teams were playoff teams last year and have high expectations. The Eagles showed they still have weaknesses against the run and on the offensive line last week, even though they still put up 31 points on the Rams.
These two high powered offenses will undoubtedly give us a killer game.
Pick: Falcons 27, Eagles 24
St. Louis Rams at New York Giants
These two teams have been devastated by injuries in the last few weeks, making for an interesting matchup.
The Giants are missing their top three cornerbacks and will have to rely on a well-rounded front seven to carry their defense.
The Rams are in the same situation. Ron Bartell is out for the season and Bradley Fletcher is questionable for this game.
Running back Steven Jackson will also be missing from the Rams lineup, but Cadillac Williams showed he can step his game up when asked.
Eli Manning might be missing Hakeem Nicks. At best, Nicks will be able to play this game but will not be 100 percent, which could hurt a Giants passing game that is already struggling due to Manning.
St. Louis and the Giants will be hungry after two score losses in week one. Don't sleep on this Rams team, who's front seven got to Vick early and often. Manning is no Vick, so this game will undoubtedly be a dog fight in the trenches.
Pick: Giants 21, Rams 17
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
In a battle of two bottom feeders, these teams will need to step it up to come away with wins.
Cincinnati surprised a lot of people by overtaking a struggling Browns team in week one. That won't cut it against an improved Denver defense.
Both teams struggled mightily on offense and the Bengals won their game mostly because of the Browns' inability to play any defense.
Denver's Kyle Orton struggled in week one against a Raiders defensive line that was dominant. The Bengals don't have a defensive line half as good as the Raiders, so it makes for an interesting match up.
Brandon Lloyd will most likely be out for this game, which hurts Denver a lot. Knowshon Moreno is also questionable due to a hamstring injury.
This game will be just plain ugly and will probably be decided by a late field goal.
Pick: Broncos 17, Bengals 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Neither team looked good in Week 1, but both will be look to keep themselves in the hunt this week.
Donovan McNabb has looked like a shell of his former self in the last season and a half, particularly last game. That being said, McNabb still has ability, and the Chargers defense is one of the best pass-defending teams in the league.
The Bucs' defense struggled to get any pressure against the lions offensive line, but luckily for them the Vikings sport one of the worst lines in the league.
This game will come down to McNabb and Josh Freeman. Freeman is the master of fourth quarter comebacks. The Vikings will be hungry at home, but Freeman will put the team on his back.
Pick: Bucs 20, Vikings 17
San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots
Two high-powered offenses will meet each other to do battle.
Tom Brady threw for 517 yards last weekend, one of the few quarterbacks in history to do so. Phillip Rivers struggled in his first game, but nothing can keep a quarterback of his caliber down for long.
The Chargers and Patriots have played twice in 2008 and once last year. New England has won two of the three, including a nail-biter last year that they pulled out by three points.
This game will come down to how well the defenses are able to respond to these dangerous offenses.
Both teams struggle containing the run, and with the special teams gaffes the Chargers are already having, this game could get interesting quickly.
Either team could come back from a 14-point deficit with ease. This one won't be decided until the late fourth quarter.
Pick: New England 27, Chargers 21
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