By Stacey Pressman
Special to Page 3

Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yeah.

In Week 3 it's rapper Bow Wow who has emerged from mediocrity -- like his beloved Falcons -- going 12-2 and soaring into a first place tie with tennis player and Giants fan James Blake in the overall standings. Bow Wow definitely sees something in those Jacksonville Jaguars because he's picked them to win each week.

Last week's leaders, Holly Robinson Peete and Luke Walton, didn't have such a hot week. Both chose Kansas City as their lock picks and lost as the Texans defeated the Chiefs.

Congratulations to actor Steve Harris, who had an impressive 11-3 week, a definite improvement over his last place finishes in weeks 1 and 2.

The race is tight. Pat McGee, Drew Lachey, and Wilma McNabb all lurk closely behind. Stay tuned as things heat up in Week 4.

The rules:

  • Games are picked straight up
  • Poolers pick one lock-of-the-week, indicated by an asterisk*
  • Every other game is worth +1 if won and 0 points if lost
  • Lock is worth +2 points if won and -2 points if lost
  • Five points added to overall score for a perfect week
  • In the event of a tie, pool will extend to postseason

    WEEK 3 CELEBRITY PICKS
     
    MATCHUP Nick Lachey
    Performer
    Drew Lachey
    Performer
    Holly Robinson Peete - Actor Andy Roddick
    Tennis player
    Saints-Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
    Steelers-Dolphins Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
    Bears-Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings
    Browns-Giants Giants Giants Giants Browns
    Cardinals-Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
    Ravens-Bengals Ravens Ravens Ravens Bengals
    Eagles-Lions Eagles Eagles* Eagles Eagles
    Jaguars-Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
    Texans-Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs* Chiefs
    Chargers-Broncos Broncos* Broncos Broncos Broncos
    Packers-Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
    Niners-Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks*
    Bucs-Raiders Bucs Raiders Bucs Raiders
    Cowboys-Redskins Cowboys Redskins Cowboys Cowboys
    WEEK 3/POINTS 10-4 (11) 10-4 (11) 10-4 (8) 9-5 (10)
    OVERALL/POINTS 29-17 (29) 29-17 (32) 32-14 (32) 28-18 (25)

     
    MATCHUP Heather Mitts
    US Olympian
    Steve Harris
    Actor
    Jermaine Dye
    MLB outfielder
    Pat McGee
    Singer
    Saints-Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
    Steelers-Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Steelers
    Bears-Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings
    Browns-Giants Browns Giants Giants Browns
    Cardinals-Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons* Falcons*
    Ravens-Bengals Ravens Ravens Bengals Ravens
    Eagles-Lions Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
    Jaguars-Titans Titans Titans Titans Jaguars
    Texans-Chiefs Chiefs Texans Chiefs Chiefs
    Chargers-Broncos Broncos Broncos* Broncos Broncos
    Packers-Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
    Niners-Seahawks Seahawks* Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
    Bucs-Raiders Bucs Raiders Raiders Raiders
    Cowboys-Redskins Redskins Cowboys Cowboys Redskins
    WEEK 3/POINTS 7-7 (8) 11-3 (12) 9-5 (10) 10-4 (11)
    OVERALL/POINTS 23-23 (26) 26-20 (26) 27-19 (30) 30-16 (33)

     
    MATCHUP James Blake
    Tennis player
    Bow Wow
    Performer
    Luke Walton
    Lakers forward
    Wilma McNabb
    Donovan's Mom
    Saints-Rams Rams Saints Rams Saints
    Steelers-Dolphins Dolphins Steelers Steelers Steelers
    Bears-Vikings Vikings* Vikings Bears Vikings
    Browns-Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
    Cardinals-Falcons Falcons Falcons* Falcons Falcons
    Ravens-Bengals Ravens Ravens Bengals Bengals
    Eagles-Lions Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles*
    Jaguars-Titans Titans Jaguars Titans Titans
    Texans-Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs* Chiefs
    Chargers-Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
    Packers-Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
    Niners-Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
    Bucs-Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
    Cowboys-Redskins Cowboys Redskins Redskins Redskins
    WEEK 3/POINTS 10-4 (11) 12-2 (13) 8-6 (6) 10-4 (11)
    OVERALL/POINTS 34-12 (34) 31-15 (34) 31-15 (31) 30-16 (33)

    Stacey Pressman is a freelance producer for ESPN as well as contributing writer to ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine's "The Jump" She can be reached at StaceyPressman@aol.com.