Pigskin pick 'em

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

ATLANTA -- There must be something they serve in the beer over at Schanks. Pat Gibson, last week's Barstool Quarterback, outsmarted our experts -- and even the sports editor's cat -- during Week 3, going 7-5-2. This week's Barstool QB, Joe Rose, has some big shoes to fill.

Otherwise, Week 3 was tough for everyone else. Betting Man Darren Friesen eked out a .500 record, while the other three picked wrong more than they picked right. Sun columnist Eric Francis could do no better than Cuddles, while the Fan 960's Rob Kerr -- well, his 12-4 record in Week 2 seems like a distant memory, doesn't it? But it's still early and the Pigskin Pick 'Em title is still anybody's to win, even if that anybody uses a litter box, drinks out of a bowl on the floor and, er, cleans herself.

SO HOW DOES THE CAT PICK?

Cuddles does not consider stupid stuff like injuries, spreads or records when she's making her selections. The names of two teams are attached to cat toys and dangled in front of her; the toy she paws or sniffs is her pick.

GAMES

1. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. CARDINALS @ FALCONS, FALCONS BY 7

2. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. CHARGERS @ RAVENS, CHARGERS BY 2

3. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. VIKINGS @ BILLS, EVEN

4. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. DOLPHINS @ TEXANS, DOLPHINS BY 5

5. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. SAINTS @ PANTHERS, PANTHERS BY 7

6. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. 49ERS @ CHIEFS, CHIEFS BY 7

7. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. COLTS @ JETS, COLTS BY 8

8. SUNDAY, 11 A.M. COWBOYS @ TITANS, COWBOYS BY 9

9. SUNDAY, 2:05 P.M. LIONS @ RAMS, RAMS BY 61/2

10. SUNDAY, 2:15 P.M. BROWNS @ RAIDERS, BROWNS BY 21/2

11. SUNDAY, 2:15 P.M. PATRIOTS @ BENGALS, BENGALS BY 41/2

12. SUNDAY, 2:15 P.M. JAGUARS @ REDSKINS, JAGUARS BY 3

13. SUNDAY, 6:15 P.M. SEAHAWKS @ BEARS, BEARS BY 3

14. MON., 6:30 P.M. PACKERS @ EAGLES, EAGLES BY 101/2

ERIC FRANCIS-SUN SPORTS COLUMNIST

1. ATLANTA-- Vick at home gets redemption after Monday nighter.

2. BALTIMORE -- Ravens D at home is impenetrable. LaDainian who?

3. MIAMI -- Vikes finally getting some well-deserved respect.

4. MIAMI -- The Fish are still going to make a run at the playoffs, starting in Houston.

5. NEW ORLEANS -- Reggie Bush and Drew Brees just don't get any respect. Why?

6. KANSAS CITY -- Chiefs at home don't need a quarterback. LJ can do it himself.

7. INDIANAPOLIS -- Silly, silly cat. Indy will humiliate Cuddles and the Jets.

8. DALLAS -- Cowboys, even though I hate Cowboys as much as I hate cats.

9. ST. LOUIS -- Detroit would be better off if Jeff Garcia came back.

10. OAKLAND -- Raider nation can start their bonfires for a rare win this year.

11. CINCINNATI -- New England's stay at top is officially over. Cincy is now elite.

12. JACKSONVILLE -- Lord Byron steals the show in honour of the golfing great.

13. CHICAGO -- Not sure how Chicago's going to get any points but they'll get enough.

14. PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Favre runs out of Monday Night magic.

DARREN FRIESEN-SUN SPORTS BETTING MAN

1. ATLANTA -- Falcons rebound against an overrated Cardinals squad.

2. BALTIMORE -- Ravens' D, plus home field, should contain LaDainian Tomlinson.

3. MINNESOTA -- Vikings too balanced for a young Bills squad.

4. MIAMI -- Miami, which has some defence and can run, wins battle of the basement.

5. CAROLINA -- Saints bubble bursts against resurgent Panthers and Steve Smith.

6. KANSAS CITY -- Larry Johnson will break out against young 49ers.

7. INDIANAPOLIS -- Manning and Co. will teach Jets a lesson in offensive firepower.

8. DALLAS -- Titans, even at home, can't handle the Big D. They're that bad.

9. ST. LOUIS -- Anybody seen Detroit's defence? Oh, they don't have one.

10. CLEVELAND -- Browns scared Ravens last week and will crush woeful Raiders.

11. CINCINNATI -- Bengals are on fire while Tom Brady and Pats seem out of synch.

12. JACKSONVILLE -- Jaguars are one of NFL's better teams and will down 'Skins.

13. SEATTLE -- Low scoring contest goes to 'Hawks and Hasselbeck.

14. PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook will shred the Pack's D.

ROB KERR FAN 960 BROADCAST HOST

1. ATLANTA-- Vick bounces back at home in Kurt Warner's last start for Cards.

2. SAN DIEGO--Too much LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates.

3. MINNESOTA -- A Titanic defensive struggle.

4. MIAMI -- Miami wins as Culpepper breaks out against a bad Texans squad.

5. CAROLINA -- As much as I want Saints to keep winning, they aren't that good.

6. SAN FRANCISCO -- Without Trent Green, the Chiefs are just Chefs.

7. INDIANAPOLIS-- Indy is too much for the overachieving Jets.

8. DALLAS -- Dallas too much for the lowly Titans but Vince Young will end up playing.

9. ST. LOUIS -- Rams too good at home.

10. CLEVELAND -- Somebody has to win this game, why not the Browns?

11. CINCINNATI -- Is there a better team right now than the Bengals?

12. JACKSONVILLE -- Jags defence will smother the poor Washington offence.

13. CHICAGO -- No Alexander, no luck for 'Hawks vs. one of the best Ds in the league.

14. PHILADELPHIA -- Philly at home too much for the hopeless Packers.

CUDDLES SPORTS EDITOR'S CAT

1. ATLANTA

FALCONS

2. SAN DIEGO

CHARGERS

3. MINNESOTA

VIKINGS

4. HOUSTON

TEXANS

5. NEW ORLEANS

SAINTS

6. SAN FRANCISCO

49ERS

7. NEW YORK

JETS

8. TENNESSEE

TITANS

9. ST. LOUIS

RAMS

10. OAKLAND

RAIDERS

11. NEW ENGLAND

PATRIOTS

12. JACKSONVILLE

JAGUARS

13. SEATTLE

SEAHAWKS

14. PHILADELPHIA

EAGLES

JOE ROSE SCHANKS BARSTOOL QB

1. ATLANTA -- Michael Vick rebounds.

2. BALTIMORE -- Too much defence.

3. BUFFALO -- Someone has to win.

4. HOUSTON -- They have to win at least one.

5. CAROLINA -- Huge letdown game for Saints.

6. KANSAS CITY -- Larry Johnson runs for more than 200 yards.

7. INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Pennington's arm finally gives out.

8. DALLAS -- Better without T.O.

9. ST. LOUIS -- Detroit is that bad.

10. OAKLAND -- Does anyone care?

11. CINCINNATI -- Bengals roar again.

12. WASHINGTON -- A field-goal battle.

13. CHICAGO -- Defence too strong.

14. PHILADELPHIA -- Real Packers show up and it won't be pretty.

RECORD AGAINST THE SPREAD-WEEKLY/CUMULATIVE

ERIC FRANCIS-SUN SPORTS COLUMNIST

LAST WEEK: 5-7-2 total: 25-18-3 (.576)

DARREN FRIESEN-SUN SPORTS BETTING MAN

LAST WEEK: 6-6-2 total: 19-24-3 (.446)

ROB KERR -FAN 960 BROADCAST HOST

LAST WEEK: 4-8-2 total: 23-20-3 (.533)

CUDDLES-SPORTS EDITOR'S CAT

LAST WEEK: 5-7-2 total: 21-22-3 (.489)

JOE ROSE-SCHANKS BARSTOOL QB

LAST WEEK: 7-5-2 total: 7-5-2 (.571)


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