- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 23, 2006

I rebounded from a sub-par Week 1 effort (8-7) with a stout 13-3 record last week, missing only on the Eagles, Rams and Steelers.

In my contest with the Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Ducibella, I went 3-2 and he went 4-1. Through two weeks, he leads by two games (6-4 to 4-6).

Our five pack of games

Washington 22, Houston 14. The Redskins save their season behind the running of Clinton Portis.

Duce: Washington 28, Houston 17

Minnesota 29, Chicago 25. I’m picking with my heart (grew up a Vikings fan) rather than my brain (Bears are probably better at this point).

Duce: Minnesota 17, Chicago 13

Seattle 27, NY Giants 22. Another game of the day-type matchup. These teams played a classic OT game last year. The Seahawks offense is too much for Big Blue.

Duce: Seattle 16, Giants 10

Philadelphia 41, San Francisco 17. A devastating loss for the Eagles last week; they take out their anger on the 49ers.

Duce: Philadelphia 23, San Francisco 13

(Toilet Bowl Game of the Week) Green Bay 10, Detroit 6. Two awful teams, but barring a tie, one team will get a rare victory.

Duce: Detroit 27, Green Bay 13

The rest of my Week 3 selections

Cleveland 19, Baltimore 12. Baltimore has looked good so far (2-0) but it runs into a desperate Browns club.

Miami 31, Tennessee 10. Jeff Fisher’s rant about former QB Billy Volek was pretty cool.

Buffalo 20, NY Jets 14. Two teams that are better than I thought. The Bills move to 2-1 - all in the division.

Cincinnati 37, Pittsburgh 34. Potentially, the best game of the day. The Bengals win because Big Ben isn’t himself quite yet.

Indianapolis 24, Jacksonville 10. The Jags come to FedEx next week; the Redskins go to Indy in late October.

Carolina 17, Tampa Bay 13. This one has ‘tractor pull’ written all over it. Both teams are 0-2 so the Bucs can say bye-bye to the postseason.

Arizona 34, St. Louis 23. The Cardinals are very good on offense but will eventually be done in by a bad defense.

New England 27, Denver 10. This just in: Jake Plummer is no good. Bench him and put in Jay Cutler.

Atlanta 28, New Orleans 20. The NFL returns to New Orleans and ESPN is treating this game like a Super Bowl. The surprising Falcons move to 3-0.

Last week’s record: 13-3

Season record: 21-10

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