By Stacey Pressman
Special to Page 3

Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson
Nick Lachey has lots to celebrate about on this 31st birthday -- just not his NFL picks!
We're just over the 50-yard hash mark, and it's still anyone's game. The importance of the two-point lock is becoming glaringly evident.

The Chicago Bears stunned more than just New Yorkers on Sunday. None of Page 3's celebrity pick'em participants picked the upset, which contributed to a dismal Week 9 with one of the fewest point totals this season.

Lakers forward Luke Walton stepped up with the week's top record, 10-4. And despite losing his lock (yup, Big Blue), Walton still rolled out the best points total with eight.

Noteworthy:
Happy Birthday to Nick Lachey, who on November 9th, celebrates turning 31 and his Week 9, four-person, second-place tie!

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 9 CELEBRITY PICKS/RESULTS
     
    MATCHUP Nick Lachey
    Performer
    Drew Lachey
    Performer
    Holly Robinson Peete - Actor Andy Roddick
    Tennis player
    Cardinals-Dolphins Cardinals Cardinals Dolphins Dolphins
    Eagles-Steelers Eagles Eagles Steelers Steelers
    Chiefs-Bucs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Bucs
    Raiders-Panthers Panthers Raiders Panthers* Panthers
    Jets-Bills Jets Jets* Jets Bills
    Cowboys-Bengals Bengals Bengals Cowboys Bengals
    Redskins-Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
    Saints-Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
    Seahawks-Niners Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Niners
    Bears-Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
    Texans-Broncos Texans Broncos Broncos Broncos
    Patriots-Rams Rams Patriots Rams Rams
    Browns-Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
    Vikings-Colts Colts* Colts Colts Colts
    WEEK 9/POINTS 6-8 (7) 9-5 (7) 6-8 (4) 8-6 (6)
    OVERALL/POINTS 68-62 (71) 74-56 (77) 72-58 (69) 79-51 (72)

     
    MATCHUP Heather Mitts
    US Olympian
    Steve Harris
    Actor
    Jermaine Dye
    MLB outfielder
    Pat McGee
    Singer
    Cardinals-Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Cardinals Cardinals
    Eagles-Steelers Eagles Steelers Eagles* Steelers
    Chiefs-Bucs Chiefs Chiefs* Chiefs Chiefs
    Raiders-Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
    Jets-Bills Jets Jets Jets Jets*
    Cowboys-Bengals Bengals Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
    Redskins-Lions Lions Redskins Lions Redskins
    Saints-Chargers Saints Chargers Chargers Chargers
    Seahawks-Niners Seahawks* Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
    Bears-Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
    Texans-Broncos Texans Broncos Broncos Broncos
    Patriots-Rams Patriots Rams Rams Patriots
    Browns-Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
    Vikings-Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
    WEEK 9/POINTS 5-9 (6) 7-7 (5) 6-8 (4) 9-5 (7)
    OVERALL/POINTS 71-59 (80) 74-56 (71) 75-55 (81) 77-53 (77)

     
    MATCHUP James Blake
    Tennis player
    Bow Wow
    Performer
    Luke Walton
    Lakers forward
    Wilma McNabb
    Donovan's Mom
    Cardinals-Dolphins Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals
    Eagles-Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Eagles*
    Chiefs-Bucs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Bucs
    Raiders-Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
    Jets-Bills Jets Jets Bills Jets
    Cowboys-Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
    Redskins-Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
    Saints-Chargers Chargers Saints Chargers Chargers
    Seahawks-Niners Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
    Bears-Giants Giants* Giants* Giants* Giants
    Texans-Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Texans
    Patriots-Rams Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
    Browns-Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
    Vikings-Colts Colts Colts Colts Vikings
    WEEK 9/POINTS 9-5 (7) 8-6 (6) 10-4 (8) 7-7 (5)
    OVERALL/POINTS 88-42 (91) 82-48 (79) 81-49 (81) 83-47 (89)

    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.