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NFL Chart will be up by tomorrow...

Later today I will post the mobile me account you can check tonight for live photos from the Bucs reception for the 1979 team, if photos are permitted. This is why the Picks chart is delayed.

But the pics are in, can you do better?

Niko

Washington at Atlanta- Atlanta really did a great job of keeping up with a hot Saints team on Monday night. The kicker here may be the losing record Monday Night teams have that lose, but Washington is the road team here, and that squad is in disarray. Thank goodness we didn't get Albert Haynesworth, that headcase would have been ours!

KC at Jacksonville- Jacksonville is so hard to predict, but one thing Jax seems to do is run the ball. This will probably be lower scoring than people think, but the Jags will come out on top.

UNFNOLE - Huge Failure last week.

SanDiego at NY Giants - I warned you not to read to much into the win or loss last week against Philthy. Both teams were overrated. Apparently the national media hasn't caught on to Buc 'Em yet and doesn't read my articles. Both teams strengths play to the others strengths (SD can Pass, but NYG can stop the pass. Visa Versa) It's going to be close, but NYG are hosting a team traveling across the country and need a win to continue to compete in the NFC East.

Dallas at Philadelphia - Philthy is not the team they were last week. They are closer to the team that has only beaten one team with a winning record (NYG). Dallas on the other hand beat a very palatable Falcons team. Dallas is red hot and while Filthy has the 2nd best Pass Defense, Dallas can beat you in a variety of ways. Matchup of the week will be new star WR Miles Austin vs perenial pro-bowler and former UCF player Asante Samuel.

Craig T

SEA over DET. Game is in the Pacific Northwest and Stafford, Kevin Smith, and Megatron are all gimpy and iffy for this one. Seattle should bounce back in a big way.

SF over TEN. In game of former top-5 draft picks looking for redemption, it'll be other factors that determine the outcome. I'll take Frank Gore to blow up the TEN defense and Mike Singletary to find a way to contain Johnson and the TEN running game.

Paul

GREEN BAY at Tampa Bay

- Coming off a devastating division loss to the Vikings at Lambeau, Ryan Grant and the Packers bounce back against a Buccaneer defense ranked 30th against the rush. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Josh Freeman gets his first start against a Packer defense ranked 4th in total defense. Prediction: Packers 28, Buccaneers 17.

Miami at PATRIOTS

- Bill Belichick had the bye week to prepare for the Wildcat. Case closed. Prediction: Patriots 27, Dolphins 20.

Houston at COLTS

- The Colts are plagued with injuries in the secondary, but Peyton Manning and the NFL's top passing attack always gets the edge in a shootout. Fantasy owners will be busy keeping up with this one. Prediction: Colts 42, Texans 31.

CARDS at Chicago

The Cardinals are 3-0 on the road and the bears are 3-0 at home, so something's gotta give between these middle-of-the-pack teams. Ken Wisenhunt wants a more vertical passing game, so look for Kurt Warner to take more shots down the field against a Bears defense averaging around two sacks per game. Prediction: Cardinals 25, Bears 20.

NIKO for LeeCaz

RAVENS at Cincinnati - What a year the Bengals are having. Does it continue? Is Baltimore starting to establish themselves as a premier team in the league?

Carolina at SAINTS- This has no contest written all over it. But it's a division game, something Sean Payton is surely hammering home on the heels of a Monday Night Win.

BUCSFANDAVE

Mon- Pittsburgh at Denver

-       The Steelers fly to Denver in the midst of a four game winning streak.  As always, they will need to score defensively to win.  The Broncos are better than they showed last week, and will enjoy a homefield advantage this week.  The Broncos try to eliminate mistakes, play good defense, and let their wide receivers make big plays.  Pittsburgh has improved their running game under Rashard Mendenhall and will look for a balanced attack.  In the end, the Broncos make a few more plays courtesy of Elvis Dumervil.  Broncos 20-17