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Monday Matchup Not Too Promising

Column by Chris Brocoum
Sports Columnist

The NFL has now officially considered moving all games to Monday night in an attempt to make the games more action packed. The Washington Redskins hung on to beat arch rival Dallas in new Jack Kent Cooke Stadium last Monday. Allowing Dallas a chance to drive when they were down only five (with less than three minutes to go) definitely kept the game exciting, especially after Washington lead 143 at the half.

This week however, sees only one Monday night game and the matchup between Buffalo and Indianapolis does not seem very promising; neither does the first Thursday night game with San Diego heading to Arrowhead in K.C.

Last week saw a few important developments. First of all, Miami seem to have found their rhythm after blasting the Jets. Atlanta did just beat New Orleans to erase their winless record. Chicago gave Green Bay all kinds of problems but still managed to preserve their "oh-fer" distinction which is now up to oh-fer-seven. Tampa did not rebound against Detroit from the loss to Green Bay and are now facing a treacherous two-game skid. Finally, the Giants beat Arizona to show that two weeks ago the victory over Dallas wasn't a fluke.

Thursday night, Seinfeld, Friends, and ER will have to compete with the NFL. Well, not really, the San Diego Chargers at the Chiefs doesn't seem very exciting. Check the score during commercials. Take the Chiefs easily.

After starting the season with six straight tough games against teams over .500, the Eagles should look to enjoy a breather against the struggling Cardinals. Take Philly.

The Saints have 28 turnovers on the year. That works out to four turnovers a game. That ain't gonna cut it, Ditka or no Ditka. Take the Panthers, despite their quarterback controversy.

As the Cowboys slowly descend from dynasty to disaster, somebody new has to come along to fill up their shoes. Take the Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, who are going to follow Washington's lead last week.

Although the Seahawks haven't been looking all that hot lately, the Rams are looking downright disgraceful.

The Redskins have vaulted into the lead of the NFC East with a victory over Dallas. When Dallas used to be good, there was a huge rivalry. The former Houston Oilers, however, signify territories uncharted and shouldn't be much work for the 'Skins at all.

Alright, Denver is the last undefeated team in the NFL for a reason. And although they just don't lose, especially to teams like the Raiders, that's not the reason.

The Dolphins on paper are much better than the Dolphins on the field so far this year, although the last two weeks have seen Dan Marino kick it in gear and play much better. Look for a big game for #13 against the Ravens.

Barry Sanders rushed for a season high 215 yards last week in the victory over Tampa Bay. First of all, that is ridiculous. Second of all, the Giants are not the Buccaneers. Take Detroit.

The Steelers are having a rollercoaster season: blowing out opponents and then being blown out. The pattern says they should be getting blown out this week. But I just can't see the Bengals blowing anyone out. Take Pittsburgh.

Atlanta managed to pull off a close one for their first (and last?) victory of the season last week. Let's not get excited just yet, it was only the Saints after all. San Fran just keeps on chugging. Take the Niners.

Monday Night Special: Indianapolis used to be a gritty, gutsy, physical football team. Now they are 06. The Bills used to be "Boy I Love to Lose Super Bowls." That is not meant to be derogatory. Now they are kind of fading into mediocrity. This is one Monday night game that doesn't have impressive billing or significance in the NFL, but may be fun to watch anyways because both teams are struggling for their lives. Take the Bills.

Last week: 75. Season record: 5028.