Poupart's Picks

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 4 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Oct. 1

Arizona (1-2) at Atlanta (2-1) — Kurt Warner cost the Cardinals a victory last Sunday against the Rams, and he'll be out of the starting lineup soon if he doesn't get his game in gear. On the opposite side, the Falcons will want to bounce back after a dreadful showing in New Orleans on Monday night. Atlanta's ground game makes the difference here. Prediction: Atlanta, 23-16.

San Diego (2-0) at Baltimore (3-0) — This has the makings of a tremendous defensive struggle. The only question about the Chargers is how much their great start was the result of playing Oakland and Tennessee in the first two weeks. This should be close, but L.T. makes the difference. Prediction: San Diego, 14-10.

Minnesota (2-1) at Buffalo (1-2) — The Vikings have become a solid team under Brad Childress, but they're not very impressive offensively. The Bills, meanwhile, would be 2-1 had they not turned the ball over against the Jets. Buffalo wins at home. Prediction: Buffalo, 20-16.

New Orleans (3-0) at Carolina (1-2) — The Saints rolled an emotional wave to their upset victory over Atlanta on Sunday, but now they go on the road for the third time in four games against a Panthers team that needs to get going. This won't be close. Prediction: Carolina, 27-10.

Miami (1-2) at Houston (0-3) — Ugh. This really is a game the Dolphins should dominate, but we've seen no reason to expect big things from their offense yet. Houston's passing game also could be a problem. Prediction: Miami, 20-17.

San Francisco (1-2) at Kansas City (0-2) — The Chiefs badly need this game, but will have to get it with Damon Huard at quarterback. Won't matter, as Larry Johnson runs wild. Prediction: Kansas City, 26-16.

Indianapolis (3-0) at N.Y. Jets (2-1) — Chad Pennington has been reborn this season and the Jets passing game has been proficient as a result. That said, the Jets can't stay with Peyton Manning and Co. Prediction: Indianapolis, 27-17.

Dallas (1-1) at Tennessee (0-3) — Jeff Fisher is staying with Kerry Collins at quarterback, while the Cowboys get to make news on the field for a change. The Titans really are a bad team, but they play hard and should keep this game close. Prediction: Dallas, 20-14.

Detroit (0-3) at St. Louis (2-1) — The Lions have moved the ball on offense, but their defense hasn't been able to stop anybody. The Rams, meanwhile, got a lucky break against Arizona and aren't necessarily a great team. Upset special. Prediction: Detroit, 27-24.

New England (2-1) at Cincinnati (3-0) — Did you know the Pats haven't lost two games in a row since late in the 2002 season? That's pretty impressive stuff. But this isn't the same New England team. The offense is a bit one-dimensional, and the secondary is questionable. That's not good news against the explosive Cincy passing game. Prediction: Cincinnati, 31-20.

Cleveland (0-3) at Oakland (0-2) — Ugh. Two bad teams in a bad game. We're thinking, though, that the Browns are less ugly at this point. Prediction: Cleveland, 20-10.

Jacksonville (2-1) at Washington (1-2) — The Redskins offense is coming off a big game, albeit against the lowly Houston defense. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are coming off two emotional games against Pittsburgh and Indy, and we smell a letdown here. Prediction: Washington, 17-14.

Seattle (3-0) at Chicago (3-0) — A potentially great game here. The Seahawks sure look like they can win without Shaun Alexander the way they spanked the Giants for most of the game last week, but the Giants defense isn't the Bears defense. Seattle will wish it had Alexander for this one. Prediction: Chicago, 13-10.

Monday, Oct. 2

Green Bay (1-2) at Philadelphia (2-1) — Let's see, nobody can stop the Eagles passing game and the Packers passing game can't stop anybody. This game shouldn't be close. Prediction: Philadelphia, 34-16.

Last week's record: 8-6

Season record: 29-17


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