NFL picks and predictions, Week 2: Rams vs. Falcons

Dilip Vishwanat

Atlanta is expected to get into the win column in Week 2 with St. Louis coming to town ... unless you ask Mike Ditka, that is.

St. Louis hopes to maintain its early momentum as it travels to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Rams pulled out a late victory over Arizona in Week 1, scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the 27-24 win as Sam Bradford guided the rally.

For host Atlanta, the first week of the season was less enjoyable. An early 10-0 lead crumbled to a 23-17 loss at New Orleans as Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense struggled in the second half, punting three times after taking the lead then throwing an end zone interception with a chance to take the lead in the final minute.

Experts are still happy to tab the Falcons as winners in this one, though, as all eight CBSSports.com writers predict an Atlanta victory (though against the spread, opinion is split). At ESPN.com, only Mike Ditka thinks the Rams will prevail while every other writer chose the Falcons to win. Atlanta is currently favored by 7 to 7.5 points, according to OddsShark.com, even though there is no such thing as a half-point in football.

More from SB Nation NFL:

Pride of the City: FDNY vs. NYPD's annual baseball game

Breaking Madden: Let's give Peyton Manning the worst O-line ever

The best plays & players from Week 1

NFL power rankings: 49ers still on top

Disarming the NFL's newest weapon: How to stop the read-option

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.