Wake me up when September ends

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Did Green Day have Green Bay in mind when the band penned the tune Wake Me Up When September Ends?

After a rotten opening month, in which they went 0-3, the Packers visit Carolina Monday night as 8-point underdogs. Next week, Green Bay is home to the Saints and will likely be the favourite.

After that, however, the Packers' next six games (at Minnesota, at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, at Atlanta, Minnesota, at Philadelphia) will likely see them as the underdog.

If Green Bay drops its next two games, it's conceivable the Packers could be 0-11 by the time December rolls around.

As for me? Week 4 has to be better than Week 3's brutality.

San Diego (+5) at New England: Here's all you need to know: The Patriots will wear their silver jerseys once this season -- Sunday vs. the Chargers. Silver has served the Pats well; they have won all three previous games in which they wore it, including two shutouts. If Giants QB Eli Manning was able to shred the Chargers secondary for 352 yards in San Diego last week, what can Pats QB Tom Brady -- who threw for 372 yards against the Steelers in Pittsburgh last week -- do on his home turf? PATRIOTS

Denver (+4) at Jacksonville: The Jaguars might well be the best team nobody knows about. Despite the fact the Broncos won two straight home games, don't forget about their season-opening trip to Florida: A 34-10 loss to the Dolphins. JAGUARS

Houston (+9.5) at Cincinnati: Yes, the Bengals are for real. Yes, the Texans are that bad. BENGALS

Indianapolis (-7) at Tennessee: Sooner or later, Colts QB Peyton Manning has to explode. And the Titans are pretty good at giving up points. COLTS

Philadelphia (+1.5) at Kansas City: Banged-up bodies vs. Banged-up egos. At least the hurting Eagles have proven they can win under duress. The Chiefs, well, after their humiliating loss in Denver, look no better than a lot of the other mediocre teams in the NFL. EAGLES

Detroit (+6.5) at Tampa Bay: All you have to remember is how poorly the Lions played two weeks ago in Chicago. Unless they're playing with tire spikes, there's no way Detroit can slow Cadillac Williams down. BUCCANEERS

St. Louis (+3) at NY Giants: If QB Eli Manning turns in the same type of performance against the Rams as he did vs. the Chargers, all will be well in New York. GIANTS

Buffalo (Pick) at New Orleans: Even though this game is in San Antonio, at least the Saints don't have get on a plane afterward. As for the game, the philosophy is simple: Until I see Bills QB J.P. Losman win a game again, I'm betting against him. SAINTS

Seattle (+2) at Washington: The Redskins aren't a very good 2-0 team. And, as the old adage goes, a team that's not good enough to start 3-0 won't. SEAHAWKS

NY Jets (+7) at Baltimore: All the talk surrounding this game has been about how the Ravens defence will eat up Jets third-stringer Brooks Bollinger. The last time I checked, the Ravens had scored just 17 points this season. JETS

Minnesota (+5.5) at Atlanta: The Vikings and QB Daunte Culpepper were good for one week. Let's seem them do it on the road before we start trusting them. FALCONS

Dallas (+3) at Oakland: The Cowboys were fortunate to escape San Francisco with a win last week. They won't be so lucky on their second straight trip to California. The Raiders are so due for a win. RAIDERS

San Francisco (+2.5) at Arizona: The 49ers won two games last year, both, you guessed it, were 31-28 wins over the Cardinals. The Cards are the home team in Mexico City. Whatever. 49ERS

Green Bay (+8) at Carolina: The Packers will have an awfully tough time shutting down red-hot Panthers WR Steve Smith, who saw his season end last year in a Monday night game vs. Green Bay. PANTHERS

Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh.

Last Week: 6-8.

Season: 22-23-1.

Best Bet: Jacksonville.

Best Bets: 2-1 after 3.5-point favourite Tampa Bay only beat Green Bay 17-16.

Suicide Pick: Cincinnati.

Suicide Picks: 3-0 after Indianapolis beat Cleveland 13-6.


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