NFC South Week 2 picks: Falcons-Giants and other NFC South picks

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Sep 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn reacts on the sideline against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)

The Falcons won against a good Eagles team. The defense pretty much won this game, which is something we aren’t used to saying. The pass rush was steady and rather consistent facing one of the best offensive lines in the league. Knowing that the Giants possess a shaky one, the defense should hold up well against New York’s offense. Furthermore, Desmond Trufant is certainly going to shadow Odell Beckham Jr, the only real offensive threat.

Atlanta’s offense showed itself to be productive, as expected. Matt Ryan committed several costly errors that put back Philadelphia into the game, but this won’t happen against New York, who will not show a better defense than Chip Kelly’s.

It would be surprising not to see Atlanta control this opponent and get away on the scoring board.

Pick: Atlanta 31, New York 17

Houston Texans (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Houston owns a great defense but is really shaky at the quarterback position. Carolina is solid on all levels but injuries are crippling the roster. This game could get ugly. The Panthers will survive thanks to better playmakers. Cam Newton will make something happen.

Pick: Carolina 16, Houston 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)

New Orleans did not play particularly well last Sunday, but Tampa Bay was even worse. The only positive signs for the Saints are that Jameis Winston is still learning the professional game and it all unfolds in New Orleans. Sean Payton’s team should win this game but nothing will be easy.

Pick: New Orleans 20, Tampa Bay 17

Last week: 2-2
Season: 2-2

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