Week 3 was brutal.
I blame the referees.
Whats 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 shes 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 its a good thing for the Guru: Theres a sequel to this movie.
Byes: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh.
Thursday, Sep. 27
Cleveland at Baltimore, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) Its a short week for the Ravens, but that still wont 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 wouldnt 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; theyll 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.