Poupart's Picks: Week 3

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Arizona (1-1) at Baltimore (1-1): The good for the Ravens is that Steve McNair is expected to play, but Jonathan Ogden is not. This game will be closer than many thing. Baltimore, 19-17.

San Diego (1-1) at Green Bay (2-0): The Chargers offense has yet to get going so far this season, although San Diego did face Chicago and New England in the first two weeks. On the flip side, the Packers defense has picked up where it left off last year. Still, we can't see LaDainian Tomlinson getting shut down again. San Diego, 24-16.

Indianapolis (2-0) at Houston (2-0): The Texans might be the biggest surprise in the NFL this season and they might have given the Colts a battle if not for the fact they'll be without their best player, WR Andre Johnson. Indianapolis, 28-20.

Minnesota (1-1) at Kansas City (0-2): We still don't know whether Travaris Jackson or Kelly Holcomb will line up at quarterback for the Vikes, but it won't make a difference because the Chiefs will get their first win. Kansas City, 17-14.

Buffalo (0-2) at New England (2-0): A ridiculous mismatch. New England, 37-7.

Miami (0-2) at N.Y. Jets (0-2): Looks like Chad Pennington will start at quarterback for the Jets, but the biggest issue is whether the Dolphins offense can get on track. Sorry. N.Y. Jets, 20-16.

Detroit (2-0) at Philadelphia (0-2): Donovan McNabb needs to stop worrying about making political statements and start focusing on playing better football for the Eagles to start winning. It doesn't help that do-it-all RB Brian Westbrook has a minor injury and the secondary is banged up. Philadelphia, 24-23.

San Francisco (2-0) at Pittsburgh (2-0): Both teams are undefeated, but the Steelers have looked entirely more impressive than the 49ers so far. Still, this will be a battle. Pittsburgh, 20-17.

St. Louis (0-2) at Tampa Bay (1-1): The Bucs are coming off a very impressive victory over New Orleans, but it's time for Marc Bulger and the Rams offense to break out. St. Louis, 27-14.

Jacksonville (1-1) at Denver (2-0): The Broncos should feel very lucky to be 2-0 after close victories over Buffalo and Oakland. The Jaguars are a better team, but their offense isn't in sync yet. Denver, 24-14.

Cleveland (1-1) at Oakland (0-2): The Browns put up 51 points with Derek Anderson at quarterback last Sunday against Cincinnati, but that was a fluke and the Raiders will get their first victory here. Oakland, 23-20.

Cincinnati (1-1) at Seattle (1-1): The Bengals defense can't possibly be as bas as it showed last Sunday, and Carson Palmer will put enough points on the board anyway. Cincinnati, 31-24.

Carolina (1-1) at Atlanta (0-2): As long as Joey Harrington is at quarterback for the Falcons, we're picking against them. No offense. Carolina, 27-10.

N.Y. Giants (0-2) at Washington (2-0): Maybe the Redskins are a lot better than originally thought. Nah, we smell an upset here. N.Y. Giants, 24-21.

Dallas (2-0) at Chicago (1-1): That Cowboys offense, with Tony Romo looked mighty good, is for real. Even against the Bears' rugged defense. Dallas, 27-20.Monday, September 24

Tennessee (1-1) at New Orleans (0-2): If Houston is the biggest surprise so far this season, then New Orleans is the biggest disappointmet. But Drew Brees and Co. get on track against the Titans in their home opener. New Orleans, 34-24.

Last week's record: 10-6

Season record: 20-11


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