After a 5 and a 6 the first two weeks of the regular season, a Steelers fan from Bayfield was as comfortable in Week 3 as a steel worker in Carolina.
Doug Carman, aka steeler75, scored 15 out of 16 on his Week 3 Gridiron Green scorecard to stand alone atop this week’s mountain.
Aaron Archuleta of Durango, however, our Week 2 winner, stands as our current king of the hill with 35 points – 10 in Week 1, 13 in Week 2 and 12 in Week 3. The cleverly named Aaron A. leads a Cardinals’ fan by two points, then four more players by three points, a list that includes our Week 1 winner, Hesperado, aka Marcia Kuzma of Hesperus.
There’s a long line of 31s, 30s and 29s, where your humble Gridiron Guru sits at 29-19 after three weeks of prognosticating. The Guru went 11-5 last week to finish among the top six in a competitive field.
Bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle and St. Louis.
Thursday, Sept. 25
N.Y. Giants at Washington (KCNC, KREZ; NFL Network) – Rashad Jennings gave the Giants an identity. Kirk Cousins gives the Redskins an offense. Pick: Redskins, 30-27. Line: Redskins by 3½.
Sunday, Sept. 28
Green Bay at Chicago (KASA) – Things just don’t get any easier for the Packers. Pick: Bears, 24-21. Line: Packers by 1.
Buffalo at Houston – Foster plays (he’s questionable), then Houston will Foster a little goodwill. Pick: Texans, 21-20. Line: Texans by 3.
Tennessee at Indianapolis – You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel Lucky? Yep. Pick: Colts, 31-13. Line: Colts by 7½.
Carolina at Baltimore (KREZ) – Cam Newton puts the Fig back in the Panthers’ cookie. Pick: Panthers, 20-16. Line: Ravens by 3.
Detroit at N.Y. Jets – The days of Revis Island are long gone, so Stafford to Johnson is the new destination. Pick: Lions, 27-22. Line: Lions by 1½.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh – Carman and the Steelers continue to cruise against the Buccaneers’ sinking ship. Pick: Steelers, 23-17. Line: Steelers by 7½.
Miami vs. Oakland, at London – Grab your Guinness, grill your bangers, don your silver and black kits, and enjoy the match. Pick: Raiders, 20-10. Line: Dolphins by 4½.
Jacksonville at San Diego (KCNC) – The Bolts are putting a Charge in the AFC West. Pick: Chargers, 31-13. Line: Chargers by 13.
Philadelphia at San Francisco (KASA) – Kaepernick is the San Francisco treat. Pick: 49ers, 23-21. Line: 49ers by 5½.
Atlanta at Minnesota – Matty Ice is the Bridge over troubled Water. Pick: Falcons, 28-20. Line: Falcons by 3.
New Orleans at Dallas (KOBF, KUSA) – The Saints finish what the Rams started. Pick: Saints, 32-31. Line: Saints by 3.
Monday, Sept. 29
New England at Kansas City (ESPN) – Chiefs spear victory at Arrowhead. Pick: Chiefs, 20-17. Line: Patriots by 3½.