It's almost time to Pack up

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

I had things all wrong at the start of the season: The Matt Leinart sweepstakes don't involve the Bears and the Browns -- it's the Packers and Vikings who have taken over the reins in the futility race for the No. 1 pick in next spring's NFL draft.

While that may sound harsh, Green Bay and Minnesota are both 0-2 and, at this point, brutal ... looking up at 1-1 Detroit and Chicago in the NFC North. The freakin' Lions and Bears for crying out loud.

The only thing sadder than that would be my picks, and here they are for Week 3:

Tennessee (+6.5) at St. Louis: A Super Bowl rematch from five years ago. The Rams won that game and they'll do the same in their home opener on their fast track. RAMS

Oakland (+8) at Philadelphia: Randy Moss vs. Terrell Owens? I like Terrell's supporting cast a lot more. EAGLES

Cincinnati (-3) at Chicago: Sorry, Bears fans, hope you enjoyed your week of glory. The Bengals, after wins over the Browns and Vikings, are not about to have a letdown against one the NFL's true weaklings. BENGALS

Jacksonville (+2.5) at NY Jets: If the Jaguars can hold the Colts to 10 points in Indianapolis, they might just pitch a shutout in the Meadowlands. JAGUARS

New Orleans (+3.5) at Minnesota: What's worse? The Saints' six turnovers last week or the eight picks tossed by Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper in the first two games? Well, I'm willing to give Minnesota another chance. All this travelling has got to be mind-numbing for New Orleans. VIKINGS

Carolina (-3) at Miami: If the Panthers can knock off the Super Bowl-champion Patriots, surely the Dolphins should be easy pickings. PANTHERS

Cleveland (+13.5) at Indianapolis: The Colts have only scored 34 points in their first two games. They might score double that against the Browns. COLTS

Atlanta (+3) at Buffalo: Falcons QB Michael Vick (hamstring) has been upgraded to probable for this matchup. Hmmm, a Michael Vick with limited scrambling mobility ... I'll take the Bills by a field goal. BILLS

Tampa Bay (-3.5) at Green Bay: The Packers couldn't beat the Browns at Lambeau Field. Now, they'll face a team that has a real defence and an offence driven by a Cadillac. BUCCANEERS

Arizona (+6) at Seattle: Only because I have to make a pick. SEAHAWKS

New England (+3) at Pittsburgh: If you consider that the Patriots haven't lost two straight games in almost three years and that they are the only team to beat Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as a pro, passing up three points is probably silly. Expect Pats QB Tom Brady to ratchet things up this week. PATRIOTS

Dallas (-6.5) at San Francisco: The Cowboys should blow out the 49ers. Of course, they should also be able to hold onto a 13-0 lead vs. the Redskins with mere minutes to go. 49ERS

NY Giants (+6) at San Diego: I can't see the Chargers falling to 0-3, but at the same time, I can't see them burying any team right now. Giants QB Eli Manning will take his boos from the city he spurned and at least keep things close. GIANTS

Kansas City (+3) at Denver: The Chiefs may very well have found a defence to complement their outstanding offence. The Broncos are too much of an enigma to trust at this point. CHIEFS

Byes: Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Washington.

Last Week: 8-7-1. Season: 16-15-1.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay. Best Bets: 2-0, after 6-point favourite Pittsburgh beat Houston 27-7.

Suicide Pick: Indianapolis. Suicide Picks: 2-0 after Philadelphia beat San Francisco 42-3.


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