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Redskin Bandwagon Gaining Momentum

By Chris Brocoum
sports columnist

The halfway point of the season offers an excellent opportunity to make all kinds of ridiculous long-range predictions. Of course everyone wants to know the lowdown on the Super Bowl - all coming up in good time. But first a few deductions.

To those less observant, I wanted to point out that Atlanta is now the sole winless team. Even the Jets somehow garnered a miracle. I bring up the significance of Atlanta's futility only because I wanted to note that the Falcons have already been mathematically eliminated from the big game (actually, they were mathematically out of it two games into the preseason).

Washington is amazing. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Redskins are on a roll. Gus Ferotte is downright solid at quarterback. They are going to continue to amaze (Can you tell where I'm going with this?).

The Cowboys' Jerry Jones must feel vindicated after having beaten his arch enemy Jimmy Johnson of the Dolphins. Funny, but last time I checked, Dallas was only 53. There will be no Cowboys come January, folks.

Green Bay struggled this past week in the Battle of the Bays. That's right, they barely beat the Buccaneers. I will forgive them once.

Denver, led by John Elway, is doing great. They have positioned themselves solidly atop the AFCWest. If they remain injury-free, they are going to the AFCChampionship.

Now, I've said all along that Pittsburgh is my team, and love is blind to consecutive atrocious performances the past two weeks. I don't know what happened. I do know that Cowher will get that Steelers team together before the playoffs roll around.

Now that Statistical Analysis of the NFL is out of the way, on to the important stuff. NFCChampionship: Washington and Green Bay. AFCChampionship:Denver and Pittsburgh. And from that, if you look at everything, especially with a liberal dose of personal preference, I come out with Pittsburgh over Washington in The Show.

Green Bay is excellent but Washington has a small advantage known to many as Amazing Acts of God. Pittsburgh will get its act together and pound Denver on the ground and work some playmaking magic with crazy plays for Kordell Stewart.

Now I know these are conservative picks and all, but coming off last weeks debacle, I had to go with the general consensus. Back to the more manageable (maybe), regular season.

The picks, week 9

Miami has been rocked by reports of Jimmy Johnson's retirement after fallout from last week's loss to the evil Jerry Jones (Did anyone else notice that Barry Switzer was on the back burner last weekend? Can you say string puppet?). Take the Patriots.

The Giants won again last weekend while the Jets beat Arizona. I'm gonna have to go with the Giants.

As I said before, Atlanta is playing now to jockey for draft pick position or something. Losing helps. Take the Panthers.

The Cincinnati Bengals are synonymous with "daflgkjoithopy." Take the Ravens.

Detroit has been playing horribly. The FBIis hopeful that the missing person search for Barry Sanders will develop some leads soon. Not in time for Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Philadelphia and Dallas is a key matchup this weekend because it will clarify who is going to be second to the 'Skins. Take Philadelphia.

St. Louis couldn't manage to knock off the former Cleveland Browns. Therefore, there ain't no way they are going to beat the Steelers.

San Diego heads to Indianapolis at 44. They're heading back to San Diego 45.

Tampa Bay and Chicago. This game looks so bad, but it could have potential. Chicago beat Minnesota, and Tampa gave Green Bay a run. Wait - that was just because the Vikings and the Packers played so bad. Da Bears.

Kansas City is coming into the Metrodome where Minnesota just lost to their archrivals,da Bears. The Chiefs better look out. Vikings to win.

Houston is still a noticeable pain in Pittsburgh's collective rear. Therefore I'm calling for Seattle to upset.

Washington's schedule has slowly been getting more difficult. They keep rising to the challenge. Take the 'Skins over the Bills.

San Francisco at New Orleans is a model of opposites. San Fran is 62. New Orleans is 26. San Fran wins, New Orleans loses

Monday Night Special: Take the Denver Broncos and pinpoint Elway over the Raiders.

Last week: 86. Season record: 5536 (no, I won't admit that my winning percentage is steadily decreasing).