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Week 3 Is Completely Unpredictable

By Amir A. Mesarwi
COLUMNIST

Elway, then Sanders, Testaverde, Anderson... the hard luck list keeps growing this season. It’s pretty much a given that this Super Bowl will line up very differently from the last with several key players out with injuries and retirement. Who will last? I can’t tell you - I was only 8-7 last week.

Here are my picks anyway.

Atlanta at St. Louis: No Chris Chandler, no Jamal Anderson. The Falcons are doomed from the start. The Rams luck out and go 2-0 to start the season. Edge: St. Louis

Detroit at Kansas City: From out of nowhere, Barry Sanders leaps from the stands and scores the go ahead touchdown in Arrowhead, and the Lions are 3-0! Not. Edge: Kansas City

Cincinnati at Carolina: Who cares? I can’t believe one of these teams has to win a game. Edge: Carolina

Washington at NY Jets: When you score 42.5 points a game, you’re bound to win a few games. Vinny’s the difference in NY. They have to rely on their defense which got hammered last week by a weaker team than the Redskins. Edge: Washington

Seattle at Pittsburgh: The Steelers rush offense and the Seahawks rush defense complement each other well. Bettis and Kordell will have good days running the ball. Edge: Pittsburgh

Cleveland at Baltimore: The last time the Browns went to Baltimore, they didn’t come back. This time, maybe they’ll just give up football altogether. Though they scored their first points against Tennessee, they’re still not good enough to win a game, even against the lowly Ravens. Edge: Baltimore

Denver at Tampa Bay: Denver’s good enough to win some games this year, even without Elway. This won’t be one of them - Tampa Bay’s defense is too good. Terrell Davis will wait another week to break out of his slump, and the Broncos will continue to slide. Edge: Tampa Bay

Philadelphia at Buffalo: Local favorite Doug Flutie pulled out a great effort to beat the Jets. He won’t need a similar effort against the Eagles. They suck. Edge: Buffalo

Indianapolis at San Diego: This will be a fun game to watch. OK, it won’t, but it’ll be interesting to see who wins. After totally blowing it against the Patriots in historical fashion, the Colts will be coming out with a vengeance against the Chargers, who beat the Bengals soundly last week. Edge: San Diego

Chicago at Oakland: After starting the season with Green Bay an upset over the Vikings, this game will be a breather for the Raiders. They’re not supposed to be this good, it makes no sense. The Bears will be looking to upset on the road, but the Raiders will win a close one. Edge: Oakland

Minnesota at Green Bay: A battle between the two teams costing me a 10-5 record after my first week. This will definitely be a fun, offensive oriented game, with two good teams out to avoid 1-2. The Packers have the home field edge, which means a lot to Packers fans. Edge: Green Bay

Tennessee at Jacksonville: Jacksonville has been arguably the best team in the league so far despite winning a squeaker against Carolina. Tennesse, while impressive in it’s opening two wins, played the Bengals and the Browns. Neil O’Donnel will have a good game, but Jacksonville is too good right now. Edge: Jacksonville

NY Giants at New England: The Pats are on fire, overcoming a 21 point deficit against the Colts to pull it out in Week 2. In the Giants, they get a considerably easier matchup. Edge: New England

San Francisco at Arizona: Jake Plummer has thrown 7 interceptions in this young season. His QB rating is under 30. To his credit, he’s been playing with a sore thumb. A sore thumb? Gimme a break. Only one way to get a sore thumb-- stick it up your...YEAH! Edge: San Francisco