Bart's Best - Week 3 Top Plays

Ouch!  That’s all I can say after my disappointing 1-3 in my picks last week.  It was ironic that in my first week I was 3-0 in non-Bears games and I lost the Bears game.  This week, I was 0-3 in non-Bears games, but I picked up a win with the Bears upset.  Right now, I’m down juice, but I knew last week was going to be tough.  I did have a vibe that last week was going to be a strange one, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on actually picking all of those upsets.  What on earth happened to the Packers last week?  It was fun watching them lose, but knowing they cost me in a survival pool, they have just added to my hate.  Well, onto Week 3. 

Packers (-6.5) @ Rams – Dare I take them after last week’s disaster?  The answer is yes.  This spread is a little lower because the Rams surprised people against Washington by keeping it close.  That is more the result of Washington being overrated than the Rams being good.  Packers are going to bounce back after a disappointing game last week.  Take them and give the points.

SanFran (+6.5) @ Minn – SanFran is extremely underrated.  The only thing that scares me about this is that West Coast teams don’t tend to travel across the country well.  However, Minnesota is not the East Coast.  I feel that SanFran even has an excellent  chance to win this game outright if they can match running games with the Vikings.  Frank Gore is running the ball well and SanFran will use their horse enough to keep this game close.  Look for a low scoring game that will be decided by 3 or 4 points.

Pittsburgh (-4) @ Cinci – Cinci claims that they are not going to be the league’s punching bag anymore.  They thought they proved that point last week by an improbable win at Lambeau.  Unfortunately for them, they are facing a Pittsburgh team that is coming off a loss that likely shouldn’t have happened.  Pittsburgh is not as strong defensively without Polamalu, but their defense will be enough to take care of the Bungholes.  Cinci had their day in the sun, they’re about to get a strong dose of reality again. 

Bears (-2) @ Seattle – Hasselbeck or not, this is a great pick this week.  Bears will take care of Seattle easily and put Bears fans at ease in the final seconds of the game, because it won’t be within a score.  Forte is licking his chops after watching Gore run wild against Seattle last week.  Bears give Seattle an even dose of run and pass and continue their solid “D” with Lovie making good Defensive calls. 

Last Week vs Spread:  1-3     Last Week Straight Up:  1-2

Year vs Spread:  4-4               Year Straight Up:  4-3

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