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Brocoum Announces Death of the Patriots

Column by Chris Brocoum
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I hate the job, but I feel it is my duty to report on the Downfall of the Patriots. Losers of yet another game, this time to the Vikings, the Patriots season has taken a decided turn for the worse over the past few weeks. Granted the Vikings are 72, tied with Green Bay and proving to be a force in the NFC behind San Fran. The Pats just don't seem to be playing this year with any of their Super Bowl form of last year. A late surge gave Minnesota a scare in the second half but Chris Carter stepped it up and hauled in a beauty to seal the victory. New England (read Pete Carroll) still trails the Jets (read Bill Parcells) for the lead of the AFC East.

In other news, Pittsburgh lost a huge Monday night game 1310 against K.C. to drop into a tie with Jacksonville. The Chiefs' victory puts them in position to apply some pressure to Denver, just a game ahead in the standings, especially after Denver struggled against the Seahawks in a game much closer than expected. Tampa Bay returned to winning ways by squeezing past the lowly Colts, who retain the distinction of being the worst team in the NFL at 09.

This week offers some good matchups in the close divisions. The Jets-Miami game should be big, as should New England-Buffalo and Carolina-Denver.

The picks, week 11

St. Louis is the mirror image of Green Bay. Rams: 27, Packers: 72. Rams: bad, Packers: good. Ram: losers, Packers: winners. You get the idea

Alright, Washington is getting awfully close to the point of no return. They need to win against Detroit. I have faith, take Washington.

For some reason I see the Arizona-Dallas matchup as a big rivalry but I can't figure out why. Dallas is going to kill them.

Cincinnati is coming off a big win against the Chargers. They should be able to hold off the Colts to put together a big two game winning streak. Don't count the Bengals out just yet, on their way to 97 (author's note: sarcasm abounds).

K.C. versus Jacksonville is huge, for a number of reasons. The Chiefs have the second best record behind the Broncos - they can't lose at all if they want to keep up with Elway and Co. The Jaguars are tied with the Steelers for the lead in the AFC Central. From my standpoint the choice is clear: Go Chiefs.

Miami and Jimmy Johnson are taking on the Jets and Bills Parcells. I don't understand why the hype has focused on the coaches. How can you overlook the thrilling matchup between Dan Marino and Neil O'Donnell, I mean Glenn Foley? Call it the QB factor, but I have to go with Miami in this do-or-die game.

This classic NFC Central matchup leaves much to be desired. Like maybe the possibility of some good football. Whatever happened to da Bears? The Vikings will be raping and pillaging once again in the Metrodome.

After getting back on their feet (or maybe just on one knee) last week versus the Colts, the Bucaneers are easing back into the NFL slowly, but surely. So they have decided to use Atlanta to run some three-quarter speed practice routes. Take Tampa Bay.

QB sensation Heath Shuler gets the call for the Saints against the Raiders this week. Mike Ditka has faith, I guess. Take the Raiders.

In order to maintain their esteemed position atop the NFC East, the Giants must withstand the Oilers of Tennessee. Now that, my friends, is a true test of NFC greatness. There is no hope - the NFC East is gone for good. Take the Giants.

Carolina has been struggling this year for no apparent reason but I expect them to come out ready against the Broncos. Now the Broncos will proceed to destroy them, but as my mom always used to say, it's the thought that counts. Take Elway.

Deadlocked in a three-way gridlock in the AFC East, the Patriots and the Bills are dueling it out this week. Both teams seem to be in post Super Bowl appearance decline. At least the Bills made it four times before disintegrating. After pulling out a ridiculous 96 win last week, I gotta go with the Bills. The Patriots just have that black-hole, no-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel type thing going on here.

Seattle will have gained some confidence after pushing the Broncos to 3027. Impressive. The Chargers on the other hand will still be reeling from the in cognito Bengal surprise of last week. Take the Seahawks.

The Steelers died last week in K.C. as the entire game stagnated during the second half with neither team mustering a score in the second half of the Monday Night game. Losing 1310, they must pull it together this week against the Ravens to keep pace with surging Jaguars. Take the Steelers.

Monday Night Special: The Forty-Niners are awesome this year. They can't be beat. I am going to make a bold prediction here, but the Niners are going to beat the Eagles easily this week and continue to win and win and win. Sometimes teams just click and the Niners are on the verge of running away with the whole darn thing. Except for that little nuisance from the AFC, the Broncos. It should be a fun Super Bowl come January.

Last week: 95, season record: 7940.