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Texans can’t hold ’em at home on Sunday

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Oscar: Both teams cannot afford to go 0-3. The two teams have struggled on offense, but Tampa hasn’t even reached the end zone yet. It is about time they score. Bucs barely win at home.

Johan: The Panthers caught a tough break last week against the Vikings, they even gave up a touchdown pass to the kicker for crying out loud. Steve Smith needs to hurry getting back into the lineup or their season might be over early. On the other hand, Tampa Bay has been horrible in their first two games and will fall to 0-3.

Chicago at Minnesota

O: Looks like the Bears have found their quarterback in a healthy Rex Grossman. The Bears are actually getting it done on both sides of the ball, and they end the surprising two-game winning streak of the Vikings.

J: Rex doesn’t look so gross anymore, which is bad news for Minnesota. Don’t be surprised if the Bears follow with another shutout win.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

O: Everyone wondered if the Steelers would have won the Super Bowl had Carson Palmer not been injured in the first drive of the playoff game. I say yes. Big Ben will bounce back from his rusty game and Willie Parker will make people forget last week’s performance. Steelers win a shootout.

J: The Bengals won last week, but they also got their butts whooped. A lot of players went down with injuries and Chad Johnson was so woozy he didn’t have anything smart to say after the win. I still think they have a good chance of winning, but it’s going to be close. Bengals win it on the road.

Green Bay at Detroit

O: Another duel this week of winless teams. Detroit showed signs of promise against Seattle, but then lost bad to the Bears. The Lions will continue to lose, as Brett Favre leads the Packers to their first victory of the season.

J: The Packer defense is suspect against the pass and the offense still hasn’t gotten the running game going. However, the Lions will not be able to stop Favre this week. The Packers win.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

O: The Colts’ offense meets the Jaguars’ defense. Defense wins championships, but the Jaguars’ defense won’t be able to keep up with the Colts’ offense.

J: Jacksonville looked really impressive against the Steelers on Monday night, but they played a sluggish Roethlisberger and not a Man(ning) on fire. Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards against the Texans and even though the Jaguars will not give up that much in the air, he will still pick them apart on route to another win.

New York Jets at Buffalo

O: The Bills played well against the Dolphins and will continue to do so. Jets will lose a close one on the road.

J: The Jets could have beaten the Patriots last week, they just got started too late. Look for them to air it out early and come away with a win, but their defense has to contain Willis McGahee, who’s bound for a breakout game.

Tennessee at Miami

O: Miami has underachieved, while the Titans have looked very bad, especially after losing 40-7 to the Chargers. Miami wins at home.

J: The Titans might actually be the worst team in football right now. They even make the Texans look good. Miami will have a field day and Culpepper will have a career day while collecting an easy win.

Washington at Houston

O: The Redskins have dug themselves into an 0-2 hole, and will continue to dig deeper. The Texans will surprise and beat the Redskins.

J: I’m intrigued to pick Houston as my upset for this week, but I just can’t see the Redskins going 0-3. Santana Moss will run streak routes all day on his way to 200+ yards receiving and a Washington win.

Baltimore at Cleveland

O: The Ravens’ defense continues to pressure their opponent’s offense. Cleveland has talented receivers, but not enough to beat the Ravens’ D. Ravens take another road win.

J: Good night, and good luck, Cleveland.

New York Giants at Seattle

O: Eli Manning continues to get better every game, and will keep the Giants rolling this week against the low-scoring Seahawks on the road.

J: The Giants are too hot to handle right now. Eli Manning orchestrated an amazing comeback win against the Eagles last week and will keep their momentum going in another win.

Philadelphia at San Francisco

O: The Eagles were disappointed after letting a big lead go away against the Giants last week. McNabb and Co. will take it out on the 49ers. Eagles win a shootout at San Francisco.

J: This has potential for an upset as well, but it’s not the 49ers’ time just yet. The Eagles will make sure they don’t make the same mistakes as last week and score some extra touchdowns.

St. Louis at Arizona

O: Both teams are similar in offense, with each having solid quarterbacks and good receivers. The Rams have an edge on defense, but the Cardinals will still win at home.

J: Arizona is not going to lose at home against a Rams team that has been playing very uneven. The Cardinals will take this one.

Denver at New England

O: The Broncos’ offense will continue to struggle and the Patriots will go 3-0.

J: Denver has not looked good offensively so far and they are not going to get it going against the Patriots, who will win this one at home.

Atlanta at New Orleans

O: The Saints got their first victory last week against a mediocre Packers defense. Atlanta will pound the ball and set up Michael Vick for a couple of touchdown passes. The Falcons keep their streak alive.

J: If Bush had a better supporting cast, this game could be like a three-hour highlight reel. The Falcons will dominate and win, but Bush will have plays that make it worth watching this blowout.

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