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Thumper's Picks - Week 3

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Thumper
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    <img width="226" height="168" align="left" alt="NFL Logo" title="NFL Logo" src="http://www.hoinews.com/uploadedImages/whoi/Sports/Stories/NFL_LOGO.jpg" />Once again I went 10-6, but I had a bad week. Week one there were quite a few upsets. Week two I called for some upsets that just didn't happen. Sure, there were some upsets, but for the most part, the teams that were supposed to win, won. There were, however, a few exceptions. Did anyone call San Francisco over St. Louis? And who thought Miami, Carolina, Kansas City, or Tampa Bay would be 0-2 at this point of the season?

    Let me take a look at how I fared against the "Inside the NFL" crew. Honestly, not to well. Here are our current standings.

    <em><strong>Bob Costas 22-10</strong>
    <strong>Chris Carter 21-11</strong>
    <strong>Chris Collinsworth 20-12</strong>
    <strong>Dan Marino 20-12</strong>
    </em><em><strong>Thumper 20-12</strong> </em>

    You know things are wrong in the world when Bob Costas leads at anything. Don't worry; even a broken watch is right twice a day. Costas won't lead for long. Now, on to this weeks picks:

    Open date: Dallas, Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego

    <strong>Sunday, Sept 24</strong>

    <strong><em>Carolina 17, Tampa Bay 9</em></strong>
    I expected both of these teams to have strong seasons, now in only the third week of the season, they're both in a must win situation. At this point of his career, Chris Simms is no Phil Simms. He gets rattled easily and makes bad decisions. Expect a big game from Julius Peppers getting pressure on the quarterback.

    <em><strong>Chicago 24, Minnesota 17</strong></em>
    The Bears have a dominating defense and are playing well on the offensive side of the ball as well. Both teams are 2-0. The Vikings proved they can play in two tough games against Washington and Carolina, but the Bears are an elite team. The Vikings are not. Who would have thought Rex Grossman would be leading the league in QB passer rating?

    <em><strong>Cincinnati 19, Pittsburgh 21</strong></em>
    The Bengals can run and pass, but injuries on defense will take their toll. Willie Parker and Big Ben will get back on track and pull this one out in a squeaker.

    <em><strong>Green Bay 10, Detroit 24</strong></em>
    Favre will regret not retiring after starting the season 0-3 on this bad Green Bay team. Detroit will regroup and get their first win of the season with a dominating performance.

    <strong><em>Jacksonville 16, Indianapolis 21</em></strong>
    Indy still needs to find an answer to their running game and Jacksonville played inspired defense against the Steelers. But, sometimes a team just has another team's number. Indy owns the Jags. They swept them last season and will win this battle.

    <strong><em>N.Y. Jets 10, Buffalo 17</em></strong>
    The Bills defense looks legit and should be enough to hold off a rejuvenated Chad Pennington. This is the Bills game to win or lose.

    <strong><em>Tennessee 14, Miami 31</em></strong>
    Miami should get back on track against a Titans team that is complete disarray. Culpepper should get it together against a weak Titans defense. Expect him to throw for at least two scores.

    <strong><em>Washington 22, Houston 17
    </em></strong>Which every team loses this one will have a huge hole to climb out of if they want to have any kind of meaningful season. Houston is dead last in total defense. Washington is expecting Clinton Portis back. This will provide a huge boost for the Redskins.

    <strong><em>Baltimore 17, Cleveland 9</em></strong>
    The Ravens look wicked good on defense and their offense is good enough to get the job done. Will the Browns be limited to just field goals? I think they might.

    <em><strong>N.Y. Giants 21, Seattle 28</strong></em>
    For me this is probably the hardest game of the week to call. These are both quality teams, but I don't think the Giants have faced a team with this much offensive firepower. Shaun Alexander is ready for a huge game.

    <em><strong>Philadelphia 26, San Francisco 15</strong></em>
    San Francisco is playing much better than expected. They may have a respectable season, but the Eagles with a healthy Donovan McNabb will be too much for the 49ers to handle.

    <em><strong>St. Louis 19, Arizona 20</strong></em>
    I picked Arizona to upset the Seahawks last week and they burned me. I still believe in this team, but it really depends on which Rams team shows up. The one that beat the Broncos or the one that lost to the 49ers.

    <em><strong>Denver 17, New England 24</strong></em>
    How does New England keep it up? They just seem to find ways to win. Across the field, Jake the Snake is finding ways to lose. Expect another erratic day from Plummer facing a tough New England defense.

    <strong>Monday, Sept 25</strong>

    <em><strong>Atlanta 24, New Orleans 23</strong></em>
    This game is very tough to call. Mike Vick has been on fire and the Atlanta defense has been solid. Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister have been very effective running the ball and you can never count a Drew Brees led team out, but the Falcons just pose to many threats for the Saints defense. Atlanta wins a close one.

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