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Brocoum Not Too Shabby at 9-4 In Wild Week in the NFL

Column by Chris Brocoum

There are few things in my life that I truly regret. My failure to put any money down last week and call 9 out of 13 games breaks my heart. Of course, as I said before, I am a sportsman and not a bettor, and I therefore derive my satisfaction simply from the fact that I was right a whole lot more than I was wrong. I am a modest man, a 94 week means only, in the words of Ali, "I am the greatest."

Enough gloating - on to the important stuff, like the fact that Dallas lost to Indianapolis. Why is it I get the feeling that Barry Switzer's relationship with Jerry Jones might be headed down the toilet? I mean, if Washington has a better record than Dallas

More important stuff: Pittsburgh blasted Buffalo. Despite being gutted through free agency after um losing the Superbowl, the Steelers are starting to click. Kordell Stewart and Jerome Bettis were looking good.

The other great surprise of the week (barely a ripple compared to Dallas capsizing, but important nonetheless) was the way Green Bay stomped San Diego in what had been billed as a close game. The way Green Bay is playing, the Packers have declared themselves the team to beat in the NFC.

Disclaimer: Few things in life ever live up to expectations, and therefore all those of you expecting another 94 week might have to settle for a lousy 85. The picks, week four:

New England with a new-looking Drew Bledsoe and a new-found offense will easily dispatch of the struggling Jaguars.

Philadelphia looks good, especially with Rodney Peete and Ricky Waters getting things together last week. Look for the Eagles to soar higher than the Falcons.

I know the Bills looked bad Monday night against the Steelers, but Dallas looked worse. Buffalo will pull out a low scoring game over the Cowboys (disclaimer: This is, of course, a matter of principle more than of logical rationale).

In a toss up, I take Detroit over da Bears just because I think Barry Sanders is going to have a crazy game.

I like Minnesota. Unfortunately, Green Bay is on a roll. Take the Packers.

Denver will be led by a heroic John Elway against Kansas City in a battle of undefeated teams in the AFC West.

New Orleans will beat Arizona.

The Jets were formerly the only team bad enough to be mistakenly labeled as New Jersey. The Giants continue to amaze me. The N.J. Jets are inept. The N.J. Giants are inepter.

The Raiders will look downright great against San Diego.

Washington is a surprising team. Watch the 'Skins surprise St. Loius this Sunday.

San Francisco, Carolina. Hmmm

Seattle will barely escape the wrath of Tampa Bay?

Monday Night special: The Colts played a gutsy game knocking off the Cowboys, and Miami seemed to struggle against the N.J. Jets. I must take the Dolphins, however, because of the Jimmy Factor.

Season record: 94

Author's note: This column is written in good faith and good fun. It is not meant to offend anyone in particular too much. With this in mind, I would gladly address comments, questions, and complaints at jondoe@res.HARVARD.edu.