Poupart's Picks

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 3 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Sept. 24

N.Y. Jets (1-1) at Buffalo (1-1) — Those two teams look like they'll be better than anticipated. Chad Pennington is off to a hot start, but the Jets can't run the ball. Prediction: Buffalo, 20-14.

Green Bay (0-2) at Detroit (0-2) — The Packers' pass defense is awful and we're still expecting the Lions to get better soon. This could be a breakout game for them. Prediction: Detroit, 34-16.

Washington (0-2) at Houston (0-2) — Another battle of winless teams. The Texans are brutal at stopping the pass, but the Redskins aren't that dangerous through the air. Still, we see Washington winning this battle of hapless teams. Prediction: Washington, 19-16.

Jacksonville (2-0) at Indianapolis (2-0) — Now, we're talking. The Jaguars defense looked awesome on Monday night, but the Pittsburgh passing game ain't close to that of the Colts. It should be close, but Peyton Manning and Co. still are too much for Del Rio's gang. Prediction: Indianapolis, 23-14.

Tennessee (0-2) at Miami (0-2) — The Dolphins can't continue to play this poorly, can they? We still have major concerns about Daunte Culpepper, but Ronnie Brown should have a big game and the defense should shut down a putrid Titans offense. Prediction: Miami, 21-10.

Chicago (2-0) at Minnesota (2-0) — The Vikings have been one of the surprise teams, but the Bears look pretty awesome right now. Prediction: Chicago, 24-14.

Cincinnati (2-0) at Pittsburgh (1-1) — The Bengals look like they have the better team this year, but they're awfully banged up right now and that'll make the difference in this game. Prediction: Pittsburgh, 23-20.

Carolina (0-2) at Tampa Bay (0-2) — Steve Smith is expected to make his 2006 season debut in this game, and that obviously will make a huge difference for the Panthers. They get started on the road back against a Tampa Bay team that's banged on defense and clueless on offense. Prediction: Carolina, 23-13.

Baltimore (2-0) at Cleveland (0-2) — The Ravens defense isn't quite as good as it's shown the first two weeks, but the Browns are in disarray right now. It should be plenty of Jamal Lewis and Baltimore D in this one. Prediction: Baltimore, 21-6.

St. Louis (1-1) at Arizona (1-1) — If the Cardinals are to make good on those predictions that they could contend this year, this is a game they have to win. The Rams look mediocre at best, and Kurt Warner and his receivers should have a big day. Prediction: Arizona, 30-23.

Philadelphia (1-1) at San Francisco (1-1) — The Eagles lost a crusher last week against the Giants, and it didn't help that Jevon Kearse was lost for the season in the process. Tack on a trip across the country against an improving 49ers team and it spells trouble. Upset special. Prediction: San Francisco, 24-21.

N.Y. Giants (1-1) at Seattle (2-0) — The Seahawks have managed to start off 2-0 despite getting little out of Shaun Alexander. He's also got a foot problem right now, which isn't helping. But it's through the air that Seattle will win this game. Prediction: Seattle, 27-23.

Denver (1-1) at New England (2-0) — The Broncos offense has struggled so far this year, while the Patriots continue to do just enough to always win. Why should this week be any different? Prediction: New England, 20-16.

Monday, Sept. 25

Atlanta (2-0) at New Orleans (2-0) — The Falcons have looked awfully impressive in dispatching Carolina and Tampa Bay so far, while the Saints have taken advantage of opening against Cleveland and Green Bay. There's no doubt that the Falcons have the better team, but the emotions of the night at the Superdome will make a difference, and Drew Brees will throw the game-winning touchdown. Prediction: New Orleans, 24-21.

Last week's record: 10-6

Season record: 21-11


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