Williams spliffs the D

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

With no production date set for the remake of Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, Ricky Williams will finally make his return to the NFL this weekend.

A year after going into early retirement and publicly stating his desire to hit the bong far overrode his desire to run the ball, the oft-maligned running back will be in the backfield for the Miami Dolphins against the cross-state rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

Now, with the resin off both his mind and body, will this be the same rusher as before and can he make the Dolphins a top team in the AFC?

Only time will tell but my guess is the pretty lights of the scoreboard will soon have his name all over it.

* CINCINNATI -3 AT TENNESSEE: A rift may be developing between Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Chad Johnson. Will it keep the Cats from winning football games? Not yet anyway. Bengals 24 Titans 20

* MIAMI +4 AT TAMPA BAY: Ricky Williams and No. 2 overall draft pick Ronnie Brown will have their work cut out for them against the best rushing defence in the league but they'll somehow find the holes. Dolphins 28 Buccaneers 22.

* ATLANTA -3 1/2 AT NEW ORLEANS: Even if Mike Vick doesn't make it back Sunday, Falcons coach Jim Mora is cracking down on his defence, which will no doubt stop at the very least the Saints' ground game. Falcons 34 Saints 17.

* JACKSONVILLE +5 AT PITTSBURGH: Doesn't look like Big Ben Roethlisberger will go and with no Tommy Maddox to run the offence, the Jags must take this one. Jags 19 Steelers 14. UPSET OF THE WEEK

* CAROLINA +1 AT DETROIT: The Lions were impressive at home last week versus the Ravens but this is a much stronger test. Panthers 30 Lions 27.

* N.Y. GIANTS +3 1/2 AT DALLAS: Even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then -- meaning the Cowboys wasted their best game against Philly last weekend. Giants 28 Cowboys 24.

* MINNESOTA EVEN AT CHICAGO: Minnesota has apparently addressed its offensive line woes, which should allow a rested, healthy Daunte Culpepper to hit his targets -- in theory but we'll see. Vikings 17 Bears 10.

* CLEVELAND +4 1/2 AT BALTIMORE: Ravens solve their turnover problems only for the game and, as a result, don't allow Trent Dilfer and Co. to put as many numbers on the board. Ravens 23 Browns 17.

* WASHINGTON +7 AT KANSAS CITY: Enough is enough, says Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. The six-time Pro Bowler has expressed his dissatisfaction with not getting the ball thrown to him more often, so expect him to make the difference as the pigskin's coming his way. Chiefs 42 Redskins 23.

* N.Y. JETS +3 AT BUFFALO: This is the battle of the two veteran pivots but Sunday won't be as memorable for Vinny Testaverde as it was last week. Expect Bills Kelly Holcomb to outgun his counterpart, while Willis McGahee chews up some big yardage. Bills 24 Jets 15.

* SAN DIEGO -1 1/2 AT OAKLAND: The Chargers could have slight problems with LaMont Jordan and the so-called Raiders' rejuventated rush attack, however, I think it'll stay on days off. Chargers 34 Raiders 27.

* NEW ENGLAND +3 1/2 AT DENVER: Yet another tough road contest for the champs but a big win over Atlanta was just what the Pats needed to keep a winning momentum. Patriots 20 Broncos 15.

* HOUSTON +8 1/2 AT SEATTLE: Trust me, the 'Hawks got this one. Watch QB Matt Hasselbeck rip apart the Texans secondary with ease. Seattle 35 Texans 18. WEEK'S BEST BET

* ST. LOUIS +13 AT INDIANAPOLIS: This one will be closer than the spread indicates as the Rams should be able to finally get to the Colts' tough D. Colts 32 Indianapolis 28.

HOW I DID: I'm apparently getting pretty good at this, or rather just extremely lucky. At any rate, I was 9-5 against spread for the second straight week, which brings my season total to 19-23. Straight up, I was 8-6, improving my total to 26-16.


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