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Gut Instinct Rules Brocoum's NFL Picks

By Chris Brocoum

Picking winners is a national pastime for scores of weekend sports analysts everywhere. Here at MIT, using the wealth of technology at my fingertips, I have labored to produce an utterly reliable quantitative algorithm for forecasting the outcomes of NFL games.

The process is relatively simple, producing a list of probable winners. Nine out of 10 calls are then promptly reversed by that intangible factor - gut instinct.

Being from Las Vegas, I am familiar with handicapping and the amazing effort put into developing weekly point spreads. I prefer to consider myself a sportsman as opposed to a gambler, and therefore I could care less if the Jets cover the spread. Now, if the Jets win, then I'm interested. I call winners straight up without spreads.

Necessary disclaimer: Born in Pittsburgh and a hearty Steelers fan (even after last year's debacle). In my book, the Steelers always win.

While it is only two weeks into the season, it is interesting to note that last year's Superbowl teams are a distinguished 22. This lackluster performance seems to have improved last week after initial stumbles, but the door is now wide open for a host of teams lead by Miami.

I realize that the past five years have all been "do or die" years for Miami, but Jimmy Johnson knows his stuff, and if the Dolphins remain injury-free, I suspect that this will be a very satisfying year.

Enough. On to the picks, week three.

Miami will steamroll the Jets and still barely lift a finger. Washington will squeeze one out against the Giants. New England will turn it around and finally coalesce against Arizona.

The Baltimore Browns will take care of Houston. Detroit will slide by Philadelphia. Minnesota will dispatch of da Bears in da Windy City. Saints over the Bengals in this week's scrimmage. Green Bay stomps on San Diego.

Indianapolis gives the depleted Cowboys a game. (Disclaimer: For obvious reasons, I dislike Dallas.) The young Jacksonville team will beat the old Raiders mystique. Kansas City will take Seattle. Denver; Tampa. Nuff said.

Monday night special: Steelers 34, Buffalo 17.

Season record: 000.