Just like Rocky, Gridiron Guru gets his sequel

Week 3 was brutal.

I blame the referees.

What’s your excuse?

I was 4 of 12 last week, which dropped my overall record to a dismal 22-25. Sub .500. Unbelievable. And unacceptable.

As evidence of a difficult week for pro football pick ’ems, Durangoan Victoria Townsend won the Week 3 Gridiron Green with a meager 11 of 16 correct.

At least she’s consistent; Townsend has gone 11-for-16 all three weeks and leads the local Greenies – and the Gridiron Gold – with 33 points in first place.

Rocky Graciano of Manteca, Calif., picked 14 of 16 to win the Week 3 national poll.

The one thing I have in common with Rocky, and it’s a good thing for the Guru: There’s a sequel to this movie.

Byes: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh.

Thursday, Sep. 27

Cleveland at Baltimore, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) – It’s a short week for the Ravens, but that still won’t be enough for the Browns. Pick: Ravens, 30-10. Line: Ravens by 12.

Sunday, Sep. 30

Tennessee at Houston, 11 a.m. – The Texans are making their case as the best team in the NFL. Pick: Texans, 33-20. Line: Texans by 12.

San Diego at Kansas City, 11 a.m. – I see Jamaal Charles. Pick: Chiefs, 20-17. Line: Chargers by 1½.

Seattle at St. Louis, 11 a.m. – The Seahawks are good. The Rams still have work to do. Pick: Seahawks, 27-13. Line: Seahawks by 2½.

New England at Buffalo, 11 a.m. – I wouldn’t give up on the Patriots just yet. Pick: Patriots, 38-27. Line: Patriots by 3½.

Minnesota at Detroit, 11 a.m. – Two stocks heading in opposite – and surprising – directions. Pick: Vikings, 28-27. Line: Lions by 4½.

Carolina at Atlanta, 11 a.m. – The Falcons are making their case, too, as the best team in the NFL. Pick: Falcons, 31-17. Line: Falcons by 7.

San Francisco at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m. (KASA) – Last week was a blip; the 49ers will bounce back. Pick: 49ers, 17-6. Line: 49ers by 3½.

Miami at Arizona, 2:05 p.m. – Not sure about the O, but that D looks tight. Pick: Cardinals, 24-10. Line: Cardinals by 6½.

Oakland at Denver, 2:05 p.m. (KCNC, KREZ; KRSJ 100.5 FM) – If the Broncos are going to rally around Peyton Manning, it starts here. Pick: Broncos, 26-24. Line: Broncos by 6.

Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 2:05 p.m. – The Bengals won in D.C. last week; they’ll take their winning streak south this week. Pick: Bengals, 22-14. Line: Bengals by 1½.

New Orleans at Green Bay, 2:25 p.m. (KASA) – The Packers got jobbed last week by the officials on the West Coast. Home Sweet Home. Pick: Packers, 37-28. Line: Packers by 7½.

Washington at Tampa Bay, 2:25 p.m. – The Greg Schiano-tough Bucs will bounce back at home. Pick: Buccaneers, 30-28. Line: Buccaneers by 3.

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 6:20 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – The Giants are well-rounded. The Eagles need to protect the football. Pick: Giants, 23-21. Line: Eagles by 2½.

Monday, Oct. 1

Chicago at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) – Two words: DeMarcus Ware. Pick: Cowboys, 20-13. Line: Cowboys by 3½.