- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

The NFC East kicks into high gear Sunday with two potentially great matchups — CEO Joe’s Redskins at LaVar’s Giants and T.O.’s Cowboys at McNabb’s Eagles. The division will begin to take shape, especially if the Redskins and Cowboys can nab important division road wins.

To the picks:

The Five-Pack

In a contest with the Virginian Pilot’s Jim Ducibella, I went 3-2 last week and Duce went 4-1, stretching his lead.

Redskins 30, Giants 26: Add up the total points and you get 56 — LaVar Arrington’s number with the Redskins. The Redskins have played two straight stinkers at the Meadowlands so they’re due. Plus, the Giants’ defense is reeling.

Duce: Big Blue 27, Skins 17

Philadelphia 20, Dallas 19: Owens will do this thing and McNabb will do his thing. The difference will be Brian Westbrook, moving the Eagles to 4-1.

Duce: Philly 21, Cowboys 17

San Diego 17, Pittsburgh 16: Interesting Sunday night game, the Steelers come off a bye and face a must win (they’re 1-2, already 2.5 games behind 4-0 Baltimore).

Pittsburgh 20, San Diego 13

New England 16, Miami 15: The Patriots ram another nail in the Fins’ coffin, dropping Miami to 1-4.

Duce: Pats 38, Fins 21

Toilet Bowl Game: San Francisco 6, Oakland 3: Perhaps the worst match up of the entire season — the Raiders have an excellent chance of going 0-16. At least only the Bay Area will be forced to watch this.

Duce: Raiders 13, 49ers 10

The Other Games

Minnesota 34, Detroit 19: Nothing cures a two-game losing streak and a stretch of bad offense like the Lions. The Purple move to 3-2.

Chicago 22, Buffalo 6: As much as I hate to it (being a Vikings fan), the Bears are pretty darn good right now. Can’t find a weakness.

St. Louis 29, Green Bay 14: Monday night’s game in Philly confirmed it — the Pack isn’t back and Favre appears finished. The Rams will be a surprising 4-1 with a win.

Indianapolis 55, Tennessee 7: The Titans warm up for the Redskins by getting clobbered by the Colts, who, if they really wanted to, could score 75 against Tennessee.

New Orleans 26, Tampa Bay 21: The Bucs start a rookie quarterback and the Superdome is sure to be rocking again. The Saints will eventually fade, but they improve to 3-1.

Carolina 36, Cleveland 17: The Browns came from 18 down to defeat Oakland last week. There will be no such comeback against the resurgent Panthers (who, like the Redskins were 0-2 only to win two straight).

NY Jets 17, Jacksonville 13: Raise your hand if you were a) disappointed in the Jags’ run defense; b) disappointed with Byron Leftwich’s decision making and c) impressed with the Jets’ early-season play. I agree with all three statements.

Denver 12, Baltimore 9: The Ravens are undefeated and their win over San Diego was impressive. But a team — even though the 2000 Ravens disproved it — need to consistently score touchdowns to win consistently in the NFL.

Last week: 10-4

Season: 38-21

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