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NFL Week #3

Week 3

Sunday, September 23

Time (EST) Network Channel HD Channel Home Away

SD @ GB 1:00 PM T CBS 709 181 130
MIA @ NYJ 1:00 PM CBS 711 114 107
DET @ PHI 1:00 PM FOX 706 118 126
ARI @ BAL 1:00 PM FOX 704 125 123
IND @ HOU 1:00 PM CBS 710 110 143
MIN @ KC 1:00 PM FOX 705 119 140
BUF @ NE 1:00 PM CBS 712 122 127
STL @ TB 1:00 PM FOX 708 155 158
SF @ PIT 1:00 PM FOX 707 153 146
CIN @ SEA 4:05 PM CBS 713 126 122
JAC @ DEN 4:05 PM CBS 714 140 125
CLE @ OAK 4:05 PM CBS 715 110 121
CAR @ ATL 4:15 PM FOX 717 119 107
NYG @ WAS 4:15 PM FOX 716 130 123
DAL @ CHI 8:15 PM NBC 126 122


Monday, September 24

TEN @ NO 8:30 PM ESPN 206 123

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Week 3 picks:
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Eagles over Lions
Ravens over Cardinals
Colts over Texans
Chiefs over Vikings
Patriots over Bills
Bucs over Rams
49ers over Steelers
Bengals over Seahawks
Broncos over Jaguars
Browns over Raiders
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Steve McNair: Uncertain About Week 3 Status

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Monday, September 17, 2007


Update: McNair (groin) said "it's too early" to tell whether he will be able to start this coming Sunday against the Cardinals, the Baltimore Sun reports. McNair was in uniform for Week 2's win over the Jets, but he served as the Ravens' backup QB behind Kyle Boller.

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Bears get ready to sack Grossman

The head coach with the defensive background was grilled about his offense Monday.

Instead of taking to the defensive, Bears coach Lovie Smith preached patience. How much longer he will cling to that virtue remains to be seen, but one got the distinct impression quarterback Rex Grossman has been put on notice.

Smith never is going to come out and say so, but he also isn't going to wait an entire season for things to turn around.

In two games, Grossman has been picked off three times, has completed 56.1 percent of his passes, has been sacked six times and has a passer rating of 55.1. That rating ranked Grossman 32nd in the NFL entering play Monday. It's hardly the improvement that was promised in his second full season as a starter, and Smith didn't try to sell it as such.

''The turnovers on the offensive side are something that we have to eliminate,'' he said. ''It's as simple as that. Passing-game-wise, we didn't get a lot done [Sunday].''

Smith divides the season into quarters and said it's too early to rush to judgment about Grossman and an ailing offense that ranks 30th in yardage. It might be that Brian Griese is only a few games away from getting his opportunity because the organization is running out of ways to rationalize what is happening.

It's the same 11 starters with the exception of running back Cedric Benson, who was supposed to be an upgrade over Thomas Jones. It's the third season for coordinator Ron Turner, who spent the postgame talking about the good calls the Kansas City Chiefs made in the second half of the Bears' 20-10 victory Sunday. And Wade Wilson, the quarterbacks coach who supposedly wouldn't work on the things that needed work, has been replaced by Pep Hamilton.

''If you're doing well pass-wise, it's a combination of things,'' Smith said. ''It's protection, it's the quarterback throwing the ball to the receivers, pitch and catch. Right now, I'm going to say the entire operation, we're just not there.

''We made progress offensively as I saw it this past week [by] getting our running game going. The next phase of it will be to bring the passing game along with it, too.''

Did the Bears make progress?

The explanation handed out by Turner, Grossman and the receivers was that the Chiefs were in a deep zone and were doing everything in their power to prevent giving up the big play. Fine. In trading the deep stuff -- Grossman had exactly one completion go for more than 11 yards -- for the short stuff, the Bears also should have shredded the Chiefs on the ground.

Benson rolled to 101 yards on 24 carries, a workmanlike effort but hardly the kind of outing that left the Chiefs dazed and wounded. The Bears conceded the Chiefs took away their big-play capability, but they couldn't make the Chiefs pay where they were then vulnerable. You can't have it both ways in the aftermath of a rushing attack that produced only 107 yards with a 3.7-yard average.

''Their philosophy defensively is they are not going to give up the big play,'' Turner said. ''We knew that going in, and we said going in that to move the ball against these guys, you had to be very efficient.''

The mistakes Grossman has been making aren't the gunslinging errors that have been discussed in the past. He's not getting picked off trying to force a ball into a tiny hole 30 yards downfield. He lobbed a screen pass to linebacker Napoleon Harris and said he never saw linebacker Donnie Edwards on a short throw to Rashied Davis.

''I just don't think we're playing as well consistently,'' Grossman said.

You've seen this happen here before. Rarely does it end happily. The coach is asking for your patience. He will need to ask his offense for points Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, who have rolled up 82 points in their first 2-0 start since 1999.

''I don't think you make any calls based on what you've done after two games,'' Smith said. ''You need to go into the first quarter [of the season] a little bit.

''We are taking steps. We just haven't been able to see it all in our play right now. It's still a little early to say, 'This happened last year.' Give us a little bit more time. We're not where we want to be as a football team. I can't give you reasons why.''

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Miami (0-2) at NY Jets (0-2)


Game Info: 1:00 pm EDT Sun Sep 23, 2007

By NICOLINO DI BENEDETTO, STATS Writer

Despite an impressive fourth-quarter performance by their backup quarterback last week, the New York Jets badly want starter Chad Pennington back on the field this week.

New York (0-2) hopes the injury-prone Pennington can play Sunday as it tries again for its first win of the season in a home matchup with the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins (0-2).

Pennington is nursing an ankle injury and the Jets, despite being desperate for a victory, are being careful about bringing him back too early.

"If he can, he will," coach Eric Mangini said. "We'll just assess it throughout the week, but if he's able to, he will."

Pennington suffered the injury when he was sacked in the third quarter of New York's season-opening 38-14 loss to New England on Sept. 9. He came back on the Jets' next series and led them to a touchdown, but pulled himself out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

He used the following week to test the injury and his game readiness, but Mangini chose to give Kellen Clemens his first NFL start Sunday instead. New York fell 20-13 to Baltimore, and afterward, an eager Pennington said he was ready to play.

"He did a really great job with his rehab," Mangini said. "He worked incredibly hard at it. It was one of those things where, just like we're talking about this week, you assess it throughout the course of the week. The progress he made was outstanding."

The could also describe the fourth-quarter effort of Clemens, a second-round draft pick out of Oregon in 2006. Somewhat shaky against the Ravens' tough defense during the first three quarters, Clemens cut a 20-3 deficit in the final period to seven and then guided the Jets to the Baltimore 7-yard line. However, his pass into the end zone went through the hands of Justin McCareins and was intercepted by Ray Lewis with 1:04 left.

Clemens had three passes on that final drive that could've been caught for tying touchdowns, but were dropped. The second-year player threw for 260 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on 19-of-37 passing while being sacked four times.

For Clemens and the Jets, though, there no controversy over who's the No. 1 quarterback.

"Chad's the starter and I'm the backup. That's been clearly communicated," Clemens said. "Whoever's healthy and ready to go will go on Sunday and we trust the coaches to put us in the best position to hopefully get that first victory."

Clemens will be at the ready Sunday, as Pennington has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. The eight-year veteran has only managed to play all 16 games once in his eight-year career, leading the Jets to a 10-6 record last season.

The Jets' last two defeats to the Dolphins have come without Pennington, who's 6-1 against Miami as a starter and has won all four meetings at Giants Stadium.

If Pennington plays, he'll be facing a Miami team that's off to its third 0-2 start in four years. The Dolphins haven't started 0-3 since dropping their first six games in 2004.

"We've got to try to turn this thing around quick," Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown said. "It's a little frustrating, knowing the things we're capable of. I might not be doing my job as well as I need to."

The Dolphins have struggled to run the ball, totaling a league-low 127 rushing yards for a 3.1 per-carry average and no touchdowns. Brown has managed only 65 yards on 22 carries, a season after gaining 1,008 yards and averaging 4.2 yards per rush with five TDs.

He had just 33 yards on 11 carries in a 37-20 loss to Dallas last week.

Brown could have a chance to get going against the Jets, who have has allowed 252 rushing yards through two games. The No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 draft has rushed for 317 yards and a touchdown with a 5.0 per-carry average in four games against New York.

Miami, though, is having its own problems stopping the run, giving up 357 yards to rank ahead of only league-worst Jacksonville (364). The Dolphins might have it easier this week against the Jets and top running back Thomas Jones, who has been slowed by a calf injury and has only 109 yards on 38 carries.

"We've got a lot of bugs right now," said Dolphins backup running back Jesse Chatman, who has 42 yards on 10 carries. "This week you're going to see a different team."

Along with a more effective ground game, Miami needs improved play from Trent Green, who threw four interceptions against the Cowboys.

Green is having a shaky first season with the Dolphins, posting a quarterback rating of just 70.8 while throwing for 506 yards, three touchdowns and the four INTs.

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49ers at Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers have taken very different paths to their 2-0 starts. The Steelers look to continue their dominance while the 49ers hope for their first convincing win of the year as the teams meet at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Under first-year coach Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh has won each of its first two games by at least 20 points. The Steelers haven't started 3-0 since 1992 - their first year under coach Bill Cowher, who resigned in January.
San Francisco, meanwhile, is poised to record its first 3-0 start since 1998 thanks to close wins in the first two weeks. The 49ers have won their first two games by a combined four points.

They could struggle to pull off another dramatic win against the Steelers, who have allowed only 10 points this year - 10 fewer than any other team. Pittsburgh is ranked third in total defense, holding opponents to just 222.0 yards per game.

The Steelers haven't blown out opponents with just their defense, however. Pittsburgh is also in the league's top five with 60 total points and 195.0 rushing yards per game.

Running back Willie Parker has carried most of that load, ranking third in the league with 235 yards on the ground. He had 126 and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 26-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday.

"He challenged himself to bounce back because he ran for 100 yards last week but he wasn't pleased with his performance," Tomlin said of Parker, who has three straight 100-yard rushing games dating back to last season's finale. "He came back this week and read blocks and had nice (running) tracks and did a good job of running the ball and taking care of it."

The Steelers improved to 14-1 when Parker reaches the century mark.

"Willie opens it up for us when he has 100-yard games," wide receiver Nate Washington said. "Teams have to try to stack the box (to slow Parker), but when we're making plays as receivers they have to respect us, so they can't stack the box anymore."

With opponents guarding against the run, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has gotten off to a strong start with five TD passes and one interception. Last season, following a motorcycle crash and an appendectomy, he had five interceptions and no touchdowns through two games - both losses.

While Pittsburgh already appears to be in midseason form, San Francisco is lucky to be undefeated after squeaking out a 20-17 win over Arizona in its season opener Sept. 10, and a 17-16 victory in St. Louis last Sunday.

The 49ers struggled offensively for most of the game, but took advantage of a muffed punt return by St. Louis to set up a go-ahead 40-yard field goal by Joe Nedney with 3:23 remaining. St. Louis missed a 56-yard field goal with less than a minute left to secure San Francisco's third straight win by three points or fewer, dating back to last season.

"It was a week of inconsistency again," coach Mike Nolan said. "Just like I said last week, it's nice to come away from a win with things to work on."

Defensive tackle Bryant Young, who has won a Super Bowl and endured a two-win season during his 14-year tenure with the Niners, knows that even ugly wins can be valuable. San Francisco has made the playoffs each of the last seven times it has been 2-0.

"We haven't been in this position in a long time," Young said. "We can't let our guards down. In the two wins we have, we didn't play our best football all around, (but) this league, it's something different now. Sometimes you're going to win ugly."

Running back Frank Gore, who set a franchise record with 1,695 yards rushing last season, had a 43-yard touchdown run in Sunday's third quarter, but has just 136 yards through two games.

"There were yards left on the field," Nolan said Sunday. "As good as Frank is, there's a couple of runs that if he could have had back, he'd still be running."

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Monday night's victory over a disappointing NFC East rival gave the Washington Redskins two wins in as many games this season. They'll look to take advantage of another such team when they host the reeling New York Giants on Sunday.

The Redskins knocked off Philadelphia 20-12 on Monday night, getting a competent performance from young quarterback Jason Campbell and another dominant effort from their defense. Led by hard-hitting safeties Sean Taylor and rookie LaRon Landry, the unit has allowed only one touchdown in the first two games, something the franchise last accomplished in 1975.

Campbell was 16-for-29 for 209 yards and helped the Redskins go 8-for-15 on third-down conversions - yet another sign that Washington, tied with Dallas for first place, may have what it takes to make a run at the division title.

"With this team, it's just so much better than last year," receiver Antwaan Randle El said Tuesday, "in terms of just being together and understanding what it's all about."

Washington went 5-11 last season for its fourth losing season in five years, but the strong start to 2007 has the Redskins hoping to change the usual look of the division standings.

"Philly has been the king of this division for so long," middle linebacker London Fletcher said. "I think these guys have got to get used to winning and beating good teams. Beating good teams like this only adds to your confidence."

The Eagles, who won the NFC East from 2002-04 and reached the playoffs as a wild card last season, fell to 0-2. In the Giants, Washington faces another 0-2 division foe that was expected to compete for the East crown.

New York is off to its worst start in 11 years, due in large part to a horrible defense. The Giants have given up 80 points in their first two games for the first time since 1966.

"We are going to lose more games playing that way," linebacker Kawika Mitchell said Monday, a day after New York was blown out 35-13 at home by Green Bay.

The Giants allowed 368 yards to the Packers, with Brett Favre completing 14 straight passes to start the second half and leading Green Bay on three consecutive touchdown drives, the last set up by a fumble on a kickoff return. That performance came a week after the Giants were torched for 478 yards by Tony Romo and Dallas in a 45-35 loss.

The Redskins were able to contain Miami quarterback Trent Green and Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb in their two victories, and their resurgent defense will receive another test in New York's Eli Manning, who's played well so far this season.

Manning followed up a four-touchdown performance against the Cowboys by going 16-of-29 for 211 yards with a TD and an interception in the Packers loss. He threw a 26-yard score to Plaxico Burress and helped set up field goals of 48 and 32 yards by Lawrence Tynes.

Tynes, though, also missed a 34-yarder on the game's opening series, and undisciplined penalties by veterans Jeremy Shockey and Amani Toomer in the red zone forced the Giants to settle for field goals both times.

"Morale is fine," Manning said. "We understand we are making mistakes and stopping ourselves and not doing everything out there that we can do to win games. That's what we have to fix."

Washington was dealt a blow this week when starting right guard Randy Thomas underwent surgery on his torn left triceps, a procedure that could end his season. With starting right tackle Jon Jansen also out, recycled veterans Todd Wade and Jason Fabini will now have to anchor the right side.

"That's a big blow when you lose Jon and Randy," Fabini said. "Randy is the heart and soul of the team, an emotional guy. We've got big shoes to fill."

The pressure on Fabini and Wade, though, pales in comparison to what the entire Giants roster is facing. New York went 2-6 in the second half last season, with its last win coming again the Redskins on Dec. 30 in the regular season finale.

The Giants went on to lose to the Eagles in their playoff opener, and the slump has carried over into 2007.

"We need to get this thing corrected right now," guard Rich Seubert said. "This will be a tough test for us this weekend. They have a good ballclub, but it's Washington-Giants. It will be a physical test. We have our backs to the wall and we have to come out smoking."

New York took both meetings with Washington last season, winning 19-3 at home on Oct. 8 before a 34-28 victory in the Dec. 30 matchup at FedEx Field. The all-time series is tied 37-37-1.


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Colts (2-0) at Texans (2-0)


Time: Noon. Tuning In: KFDA-TV. Line: Colts by 6.

Last meeting: Texans won, 27-24, at Houston on Dec. 24.

Key stat: Colts have won 16 of last 18 September games.

Fantasy factor: Peyton Manning has thrown 25 TD passes in 10 career games vs. Texans. Ahman Green averaging 4.6 yards per carry for Texans.

The buzz: Colts haven't lost since their last visit to Houston, which is one reason they won't be ambushed in this one. Joseph Addai can match Green yard for yard.

The pick: Colts 24, Texans 20.


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Lions (2-0) at Eagles (0-2)


Time: Noon. Tuning In: KCIT-TV. Line: Eagles by 6.

Last meeting: Eagles won, 30-13, at Detroit on Sept. 26, 2004.

Key stat: Lions are going for first 3-0 start since 1980.

Fantasy factor: Lions' Jon Kitna has been solid with four TDs vs. three INTs in first two weeks. Eagles' Donovan McNabb has only one TD pass (and one INT) in first two weeks.

The buzz: Eagles have issues, plenty of issues. Lions are improved, but many teams would be 2-0 vs. Raiders and Vikings. Eagles find a way at home.

The pick: Eagles 26, Lions 17.


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Giants (0-2) at Redskins (2-0)


Time: 3:15 p.m. Tuning In: KCIT-TV. Line: Redskins by 4.

Last meeting: Giants won, 34-28, at Washington on Dec. 30.

Key stat: Giants have won three of last four meetings.

Fantasy factor: Derrick Ward, trying to solve Giants' running problems, is getting 6.4 yards per carry. Antwaan Randle El leads Redskins with nine catches for 22.9-yard average.

The buzz: The Giants are surrendering 40 points per game, and the Redskins' offense is improving under QB Jason Campbell. Giants have to show something quickly.

The pick: Redskins 28, Giants 17.


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Bills (0-2) at Patriots (2-0)


Time: Noon. Line: Patriots by 161/2.

Last meeting: Pats won, 28-6, at Buffalo on Oct. 22.

Key stat: Pats have won 12 of last 13 meetings.

Fantasy factor: Rookie RB Marshawn Lynch has quickly become a key Bill, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Pats' Randy Moss, who leads the NFL with 17 catches, trying to become the first receiver to have 100-yard games in first three games with a new team.

The buzz: Hard to see this one being competitive as Pats have brushed off distraction of Spygate. They've won their first two games (Jets, Chargers) by same score - 38-14.

The pick: Pats 38, Bills 14.


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Chargers (1-1) at Packers (2-0)


Time: Noon. Line: Chargers by 5.

Last meeting: Packers won, 38-21, at San Diego on Dec. 14, 2003.

Key stat: Packers have won six in a row in the last two seasons.

Fantasy factor: LaDainian Tomlinson can't be held to 1.9 yards per carry all season. Packers' Donald Driver off to good start with 14 catches, one TD.

The buzz: Packers are improved, but Chargers should be able to open up their attack after a tough opening schedule (Bears, Patriots). Packers will have emotion on their side as they go for first 3-0 start since '01.

The pick: Chargers 27, Packers 24.


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Vikings (1-1) at Chiefs (0-2)


Time: Noon. Line: Chiefs by 3.

Last meeting: Vikings won, 45-20, at Minnesota on Dec. 20, 2003.

Key stat: Chiefs have been outscored 40-13 (both on road).

Fantasy factor: Vikings' offense has rookie Adrian Peterson's 4.3 yards per carry, and little else. Chiefs waiting for Larry Johnson to get warmed up - he has only 98 rushing yards in the first two weeks.

The buzz: Both teams have major problems on offense, especially in the passing game. A big play or two by Peterson could lead to an upset, but it is Chiefs' home opener.

The pick: Chiefs 16, Vikings 10.


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Cardinals (1-1) at Ravens (1-1)


Time: Noon. Line: Ravens by 8.

Last meeting: Ravens won, 26-18, at Arizona on Oct. 12, 2003.

Key stat: Ravens have won eight of last nine at home.

Fantasy factor: Larry Fitzgerald, with 10 catches, will be key for Cardinals. Willis McGahee needs to get more than 3.9 yards per carry this week for Ravens.

The buzz: Cards' Edgerrin James off to a fast start, but Ravens' defense may force Matt Leinart and receivers to come through in upset bid. They won't be able to do enough.

The pick: Ravens 23, Cardinals 17.


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Dolphins (0-2) at Jets (0-2)


Time: Noon. Line: Jets by 3.

Last meeting: Jets won, 13-10, at Miami on Dec. 25.

Key stat: Jets have won five of last six meetings.

Fantasy factor: Ronnie Brown is off to a slow start, but he ran for 127 yards and 110 against Jets last season. Jets' Laveranues Coles, who has nine career TDs vs. Dolphins, could have big day against troubled secondary.

The buzz: These teams expected to be better, but tough early schedules have helped to drag them down. Jets have plenty of experience at beating the Dolphins.

The pick: Jets 27, Dolphins 13.


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49ers (2-0) at Steelers (2-0)


Time: Noon. Line: Steelers by 9.

Last meeting: 49ers won, 30-14, at San Francisco on Nov. 17, 2003.

Key stat: Steelers have outscored opponents 60-10.

Fantasy factor: Frank Gore tied for the NFL lead with three rushing TDs. Steelers' RB Willie Parker averaging a hefty 4.7 yards per carry.

The buzz: These teams have gotten off to fast starts against soft schedules, but the Steelers have been doing it in grand style. An upset here would be a major step forward for the 49ers.

The pick: Steelers 30, 49ers 17.


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Rams (0-2) at Buccaneers (1-1)


Time: Noon. Line: Bucs by 31/2.

Last meeting: Rams won, 28-21, at St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2004.

Key stat: Rams have scored only two TDs.

Fantasy factor: Rams' Torry Holt has had at least 100 yards receiving in all four games vs. Bucs. TB's Jeff Garcia could find room to throw against a defense giving up 22 points per game.

The buzz: Rams are struggling on offense without OT Orlando Pace, managing just 29 points in two games. Bucs will be tough at home.

The pick: Bucs 21, Rams 16.


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Jaguars (1-1) at Broncos (2-0)


Time: 3:05 p.m. Line: Broncos by 3.

Last meeting: Broncos won, 20-7, at Jacksonville on Oct. 2, 2005.

Key stat: Broncos have outscored foes by just 38-34.

Fantasy factor: Dennis Northcutt leads Jaguars with nine catches for 14.7-yard average but no TDs. Broncos' Travis Henry leads NFL with 267 yards rushing and is getting 5.4 yards per carry.

The buzz: Broncos haven't exactly dominated against a soft schedule (Bills, Raiders), so Henry may be challenged to stay hot vs. Jags' defense. But Jaguars haven't proved they can score with David Garrard at QB.

The pick: Broncos 24, Jaguars 13.


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Browns (1-1) at Raiders (0-2)


Time: 3:05 p.m. Line: Raiders by 3.

Last meeting: Browns won, 24-21, at Oakland on Oct. 1.

Key stat: Browns have allowed 79 points, Raiders 59.

Fantasy factor: It's a day to watch the receivers: Browns' Braylon Edwards has 11 catches, two for TDs. Raiders' Ronald Curry has 12 catches, one TD.

The buzz: If Derek Anderson's five TD passes Sunday are any indication, this could be a high-scoring affair. Raiders' defense capable of putting up good fight.

The pick: Raiders 28, Browns 23.


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Bengals (1-1) at Seahawks (1-1)


Time: 3:05 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 31/2.

Last meeting: Bengals won, 27-24, at Cincinnati on Oct. 26, 2003.

Key stat: Seahawks have allowed only 29 points in two games.

Fantasy factor: T.J. Houshmandzadeh has taken over NFL lead with 17 catches, three for TDs. Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck has thrown two TDs and no INTs.

The buzz: Seahawks' defense is capable of holding Carson Palmer and Co. in check. The Seahawks are feeling some heat, having lost to Arizona last weekend. They'll be hungrier.

The pick: Seahawks 30, Bengals 20.


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Panthers (1-1) at Falcons (0-2)


Time: 3:15 p.m. Line: Panthers by 31/2.

Last meeting: Panthers won, 10-3, at Atlanta on Dec. 24.

Key stat: Panthers won three of last four meetings.

Fantasy factor: Jake Delhomme playing well with six TD passes in first two games. Falcons' biggest threat is Warrick Dunn, but he's averaging only 3.0 yards per carry.

The buzz: Until Falcons prove they can beat somebody, they're not going to get the benefit of the doubt. They've scored only 10 points in their first two games.

The pick: Panthers 20, Falcons 10.


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Titans (1-1) at Saints (0-2)


Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuning In: ESPN-TV. Line: Saints by 4.
Last meeting: Titans won, 27-12, at Tennessee on Sept. 21, 2003.

Key stat: Saints have been outscored 72-24.

Fantasy factor: Titans should be able to do something through the air, and Brandon Jones leads them with a modest six receptions. Marques Colston has led Saints' offense with 14 catches, one for TD.

The buzz: The Superdome is looking good to the Saints after two straight road losses. Titans lack offensive punch to pull off an upset.

The pick: Saints 20, Titans 14.

Last week's record: 9-7.

Season record: 20-12.
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Winners, losers and other thoughts: Week 3

By James C. Black, Yahoo! Sports

September 23, 2007




Brett Favre got even. Donovan McNabb shook off the rust. And Kurt Warner crashed the party.

Three veteran quarterbacks, either routinely questioned or simply forgotten, on Sunday provided glimpses of the brilliance that made them among the game's elite signal-callers and once turned their franchises into Super Bowl contenders.

Favre, a three-time league Most Valuable Player, seems to be sending a message that retirement is not imminent. The Green Bay Packers sit atop the NFC North at 3-0 following a 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers in which Favre threw three touchdown passes to tie Dan Marino for first all-time with 420.

McNabb, thrust into controversy again after stating that black quarterbacks are more criticized than their white counterparts, was even more impressive. After struggling in his first two games and hearing whispers about being replaced, McNabb threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns during the Philadelphia Eagles' 56-21 victory over the Detroit Lions. McNabb completed 18 straight passes at one point and finished 21-of-26.

But the shock of the group was Warner. If nothing else, Warner has established himself as the NFL's modern-day version of Michael Corleone: Just when you thought he was done, he keeps getting brought back for more. The two-time league MVP worked some of his old magic, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns in place of a struggling Matt Leinart as the Cardinals rallied during a 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

While the trio headlined, here are some more winners in addition to losers and other observations from Week 3:

Winners: All right, Mike Tomlin and crew, I am out of excuses for disregarding the Pittsburgh Steelers' early-season success. The Steelers haven't beaten a team deemed as one of the league's elite, nor does it matter. As Herm Edwards used to say, "you play to win the game." Well, that's what Pittsburgh is doing – and quite impressively, I might add – following a 37-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Pittsburgh has given up a combined 26 points and has not allowed any of its three opponents to gain 300 net yards this season. In the AFC North, where the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals don't look as good as advertised, Pittsburgh easily could rise to the top of its division.

• Quarterback Joey Harrington could have had his head down and been resigned to eventually losing his starting job. Yet despite 13 sacks and no touchdowns in the first two games and the Atlanta Falcons' signing of Byron Leftwich last week, Harrington completed 31-of-44 for 361 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

• The New York Giants must have sent a different set of defenders against the Washington Redskins than they had the previous two weeks when they allowed 80 points and a ton of yards. New York held Washington to 83 yards in the second half and kept the Redskins out of the end zone after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 51 seconds remaining.

• There's no way of telling if the Old (Joey Galloway) and Obscure (Earnest Graham) can keep scoring multiple touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the franchise at least should stay in games with the way it has been playing defense.

Losers: Norv, Norv! Please tell the fans of Chargersville that this woeful start is not the beginning of a painfully long and disappointing season. You'll get some benefit of the doubt given the tough schedule, but that excuse will only go so far. Especially when all-everything MVP LaDainian Tomlinson is getting bottled up more than a six-pack and his release comes in the form of exploding on quarterback Philip Rivers. This doesn't look good for a team that was deemed as the league's most talented and one possessing a head coach who perhaps is the "best offensive play caller in the game."

• Kevin Everett's improving health is about the only good thing happening for the Buffalo Bills. Not only did they get wiped out for a second straight week after a crushing season-opening loss, but quarterback J.P. Losman (sprained left knee) and first-round pick Paul Posluszny (broken left forearm) were sidelined during the loss to New England.

• So much for the new Greatest Show on Turf preseason projections. The St. Louis Rams have been limited to 32 points in three games, including Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Buccaneers. There is no doubt Orlando Pace is one of the league's best offensive tackles. However, the way the Rams look without him, it makes you wonder if he's simply one of the league's very best players.


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Ugly uni alert: Apparently, there will be a weekly mention in this space of attire. Here's hoping the references to hideous jerseys are kept to a minimum. A week after the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to take unis from three eras – bad, ugly and worse – and create a new look, their in-state rivals decided to upstage them. The Eagles rolled out a yellow and baby blue throwback ensemble so ugly that any further description won't do justice. See for yourself.

Ask and you shall receive: Whatever tight end Vernon Davis said to the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff last week worked. The No. 6 overall pick in 2006 complained about being limited to four catches for 27 yards in the first two games. Against the Steelers on Sunday, Davis hauled in a 31-yard reception on the team's seventh play from scrimmage. He finished with four catches for 56 yards.

Karma, baby?: The Oakland Raiders' timeout and subsequent blocked field goal attempt against the Cleveland Browns will be labeled as payback following a similar occurrence taking place during a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos. The suspense and intensity weren't quite the same this time, particularly since Lane Kiffin was shown signaling for a timeout well before the kick and Oakland's defenders made little effort following the initial snap.

Overshadowed champs: When was the last time a Super Bowl team started 3-0 in defense of its title and was such an afterthought? The Indianapolis Colts have displayed the right mixture of offense and defense while beating three teams that seemingly had legitimate chances of prevailing, yet all the attention is on the high-scoring Patriots and disappointing Chargers. Somewhere in the Colts locker room, there's a player or coach on the verge of playing the disrespect card.

Broadcasting jinx: Don't you just love when announcers make comments or graphics are shown highlighting trends or streaks, only to have something bad happen on the very next play? As the Patriots drove inside the Bills' 5-yard line early in the second quarter, this graphic was shown: "Tom Brady has thrown 103 consecutive passes without an interception." So of course, he threw a pick on the next play, right? No … he lost a fumble at the 1-yard line instead.

Fantasy vs. reality: For the second week in a row, fantasy football owners turned cartwheels over a quarterback's numbers that made his real-life coach cringe. One week after Carson Palmer threw for 401 yards and six touchdowns in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit's Jon Kitna threw for 446 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' defeat in Philly.

Megatron breaks down: Gifted first-year Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who got his nickname from a Transformers character, made a tremendous leaping grab between two Eagles defenders that would be his last catch of the day. He hit the ground hard after the reception and did not return to action.

Questionable choreography: We're accustomed to seeing wide receivers and cornerbacks jump up and bump one another after touchdowns or big plays. Exactly when did it become fashionable for hefty tight ends (Carolina Panthers' Jeff King) and offensive linemen (unidentified member of the Seattle Seahawks) doing the same? What next, Sam Adams doing the Lambeau Leap after a defensive score? OK, wrong city, but you get the point.

Week 4 forecast: Is there any reason to watch the Patriots-Bengals game next week? After all, the Patriots have put up the same amount of points (38) in all of their contests while limiting the opposition to two scores or less.


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Bears lose Briggs, Vasher with injuries

September 23, 2007
CHICAGO (Ticker) - Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Nathan Vasher left Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with injuries.

Both players left with groin injuries.

Briggs stayed in the game after injuring himself in the second quarter but did not come out for the second half.

Vasher was injured in the third quarter while dropping back to defend a pass.

The Bears also lost guard Ruben Brown to an ankle injury in the second half.


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