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Sailing Comes Up Short in Fading Wind

Column by Chris Brocoum
Sports Columnist

The Tampa Bay watch has officially begun. Yes, do not be alarmed, this is just a test of the NFL emergency broadcast system. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in fact 50. Several prominent MIT professors have confirmed that there is a massive study underway to try to understand this unique natural phenomenon.

In other news, leave it to the 49ers to disrupt a perfectly great streak of exciting Monday night games by wrecking Carolina. Fortunately next Monday will quickly see a return to football at its best as New England and Denver will be flying high in the Mile High City. This will be without question one of the best games yet this season. Adjust your televisions because this is going to be a good one.

But let's not get carried away. Sure, the Patriots are 40 and outscoring their opponents 13440 so far this season. The only catch is the combined record of those teams: 514. The Broncos are 50 outscoring their opponents 15672 so far this season and the combined records of those teams are 915. Not exactly a strong test for either team. So this is the game to step it up. This game will help to show who is this year's team to beat in the AFC.

There are a couple of other potentially amazing games this weekend. Washington at Philly is a perennial rivalry. The battle of the Bays takes on new significance as Green Bay hosts Tampa Bay.

The picks, week 6

Jacksonville hasn't enjoyed the dream season of last year, but they still lead their division. Look for them to take care of Cincy.

I am in a numerical mood so I was going to whip out some convincing stats on why Dallas is going to beat the Giants. But then I thought, the evidence is so overwhelming in Dallas' favor, why bother.

Detroit and Buffalo are both wallowing on the brink of staying competitive. Detroit is looking a little better.

I like Dan Marino, and I like Jimmy Johnson. But I can't handle the 22. Gotta go with the streaking Chiefs.

Last week Pittsburgh scored 37 points, defeating Tennessee and effectively equaling their offensive output for the first three games this season and the last five games from last season. Kordell Stewart gets creative against the Ravens.

Lets talk about upset for a second. The Packers are hosting the Buccaneers. Who would have thought? I wouldn't have, but I'm feeling lucky. Take them Tampa Bay boys in a classic.

Washington heading to Philadelphia is one of the classic NFC East rivalries. Despite Philly's freak victory over G.B. they have reverted to their previous mysterious ways. Take Washington in a closer game than expected.

The bottom of the AFC Central heading to take on the bottom of the AFC West. Now that is a prime time matchup. Take the Seahawks over the Oilers.

Minnesota played a solid game last week after struggling as of late. They should have little trouble with Arizona.

Parcells is proving that he is more valuable than the Patriots thought. The Jets are doing very well by Jets standards. Take N.Y. over the Colts.

Northern Cali versus Southern Cali. Too bad both teams aren't very good. Take the Raiders over the Chargers.

Alright, the latest "former coach coming back to his glory city" turned out a great game last week. This week, Mike Ditka returns to Chicago at the helm of the Saints. Da Bears are 05 and the Saints are 14. Somehow I can't seem to hype this. This is all about pride. Take da Bears in da Windy City.

Monday Night Special: The Patriots are heading to Denver. Not much more needs to be said. The number of undefeated teams will be only two after this. Now don't get me wrong, I think the Patriots are a good team and all. But this is Monday night football and it is screaming: Monday Night Football, at Denver, by John Elway. This could be a changing of the guard, but probably not. Take the Broncos.

My picks last week:94, season record: 3716.

Back at home, MIT will play Salve-Regina University. They are the reigning conference champs, but MIT is looking better this year, especially offensively. All I need to say is any team named Salve-Regina Take the Engineers. Come check it out on Saturday at 12 p.m.