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Today's games

By JOANNE KORTH, Times Staff Writer
Published September 18, 2005


PATRIOTS (1-0) at PANTHERS (0-1)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: The last time these teams met they produced one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever - XXXVIII - with two lead changes, a tie and a record 37 points in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady and Jake Delhomme combined for a record 649 net passing yards. This season, the Pats try to three-peat while the Panthers try to buck the Sports Illustrated jinx as the magazine's surprise pick to win it all. So far, the jinx looks solid. The Panthers, upset at home by the inspired Saints, are precariously close to 0-2. With Bill Belichick and Brady going for their 50th victory together, there's not much profit in picking against the Pats.

KORTH'S PICK: Patriots 24, Panthers 20

BILLS (1-0) at BUCS (1-0)

1 P.M., Ch. 10

THE SCOOP: If the Bucs defense can befuddle Daunte Culpepper, pity J.P. Losman in his first career road start.

KORTH'S PICK: Bucs 14, Bills 13

LIONS (1-0) at BEARS (0-1)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Rookie Kyle Orton catches the Lions napping.

KORTH'S PICK: Bears 17, Lions 14

VIKINGS (0-1) at BENGALS (1-0)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Daunte's redemption.

KORTH'S PICK: Vikings 24, Bengals 23

STEELERS (1-0) at TEXANS (0-1)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Duce who? Willie Parker rides again.

KORTH'S PICK: Steelers 35, Texans 12

JAGUARS (1-0) at COLTS (1-0)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Finally, Tony Dungy has a defense.

KORTH'S PICK: Colts 31, Jags 20

49ERS (1-0) at EAGLES (0-1)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Unless 27 Eagles get ejected, it's back to reality.

KORTH'S PICK: Eagles 99, 49ers 6

RAVENS (0-1) at TITANS (0-1)

1 P.M.

THE SCOOP: The Ravens defense will outscore both offenses.

KORTH'S PICK: Ravens 21, Titans 10.

RAMS (0-1) at CARDINALS (0-1)

4:05 P.M.

THE SCOOP: Mike Martz won't be the same fool twice. This time.

KORTH'S PICK: Rams 32, Cardinals 20

FALCONS (1-0) at SEAHAWKS (0-1)

4:05 P.M., Ch. 13

THE SCOOP: Michael Vick or Matt Hasselbeck? Gee, tough one.

KORTH'S PICK: Falcons 27, Seahawks 13.

CHARGERS (0-1) at BRONCOS (0-1)

4:15 P.M.

THE SCOOP: LaDainian Tomlinson will get the ball today.

KORTH'S PICK: Chargers 28, Broncos 20

BROWNS (0-1) at PACKERS (0-1)

4:15 P.M.

THE SCOOP: The Brownies hang tough ... for a half.

KORTH'S PICK: Packers 27, Browns 13

DOLPHINS (1-0) at JETS (0-1)

4:15 P.M., Ch. 10

THE SCOOP: Surely, Week 1 was an aberration. For both teams.

KORTH'S PICK: Jets 21, Dolphins 7

CHIEFS (1-0) at RAIDERS (0-1)

8:30 P.M., ESPN

THE SCOOP: Randy Moss scores, but not enough.

KORTH'S PICK: Chiefs 28, Raiders 26


SAINTS (1-0) at GIANTS (1-0)

7:30 P.M., Ch. 28

THE SCOOP: Remember, the Saints are the home team.

KORTH'S PICK: Saints 24, Giants 21

REDSKINS (1-0) at COWBOYS (1-0)

9 P.M., Ch. 28

THE SCOOP: Drew Bledsoe tops Mark Brunell for AARP player of the week.

KORTH'S PICK: Cowboys 27, Redskins 7


Last week: 9-7 overall, 9-7 against the spread.

Yeah, yeah. But who out there really picked the Dolphins, 49ers and Lions to win in Week 1. Call me crazy, but I didn't pick 'em today, either.

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