NFL Picks Week 2: Predicting Week's Most Compelling Games

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIISeptember 14, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: Peyton Manning (L) and Eli Manning attend DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For DirecTV)
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Week 2 of the NFL is shaping up to provide a fantastic set of games. There are a few games, in particular, that look like they will be must-see television.

Which are the week's most compelling games, and how they will they play out?

Read on to find out.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

The last time these two teams met, Adrian Peterson rushed for 104 yards in the first quarter.

Yes, Adrian Peterson is still the best running back in the league, and he will need to have a huge game if the Vikings are to win.

He rushed for 93 yards and two scores last week, although it's important to mention that 78 of those yards came on one play.

The Bears run defense was on point last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, giving up just 63 yards on the ground. Will AP be able to break through?

If so, it will be an easy win for the Vikes. If not, it will be a long day. Christian Ponder is just not a great quarterback, and the Bears put together a solid, balanced offensive attack.

It's never wise to bet against Adrian Peterson, but the Bears run defense was really stout against a good Bengals rushing attack, and they can focus all their attention on stopping Peterson, since Ponder does not pose that much of a threat.  

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It's going to be a close one, but the Bears will pull it out in the end, winning by a score of 17-14. 

Denver Broncos at New York Giants

Okay, so there's no way Peyton Manning will throw seven touchdowns again. But that doesn't mean that the Manning Bowl won't be interesting. 

Both of these teams have high-powered offenses. The Broncos put up a remarkable 445 yards in the air in Week 1, but the Giants weren't too shabby themselves, putting up 428 passing yards, good for second in the league. 

Eli Manning threw four touchdowns—three to Victor Cruz. While he did throw three picks, that seems more like an aberration than anything.

The Broncos gave up 335 yards in the air against the Baltimore Ravens, so Eli will put up huge numbers.

Of course, that won't really matter if Peyton is superhuman again. Peyton was remarkable, historic even, and the Giants, whose defense was just pedestrian last week, will be exploited. Cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a concussion in Week 1, and his status is unclear for Sunday. Even when he is healthy, he's not exactly a lockdown cornerback, anyway.

This will undoubtedly be a shootout, and it will come down to which Manning brother is better. Eli is great, but let's face it—he's no Peyton.

Look for the Broncos to win this, 42-38. 

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

This is a fierce rivalry between two of the best teams in the NFL, featuring two of the best quarterbacks in the league. 

The Seahawks were kind of disappointing last week, just barely edging out Carolina. Richard Sherman led a shutdown pass defense, but the 'Hawks gave up a whopping 134 yards on the ground.

That's good news for the 49ers. The trio of Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Colin Kaepernick rushed for 90 yards. They should get more on Sunday.

Of course, the real battle is between the two stud QB's, Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. Kaepernick threw for 412 yards last week, with three touchdowns and zero picks, while Wilson threw for 320 yards and a score.

Still, between the weak rush defense of the Seahawks and the overall better play of Kaepernick, it looks like the 49ers have the slight upper hand. Their defense is too stout, and Frank Gore will put up big numbers.

The Niners will win this one by a score of 21-14.