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Friday, October 24, 2003

Pro Picks, Week 8: 'Boys to Men?

As in the Dallas Cowboys, in case you are wondering what my overly-creative headline means. This week they take their 5-1 record to Tampa to see if they are really any good. Despite the media adulation over the turnaround, Bill Parcells continues to claim his team stinks. In truth they have run up a good record against the weak sisters of the league--they're the Virginia Tech of the NFL (sorry, Blacksburg, I gotta kick you when you're down).

Even so, I've seen Parcells pull off some crazy things over the years, and I'll be watching to see if he does again. Fox must be so excited to have this game that they are almost getting over the fact that Joe Millionaire got worse ratings than the WB sitcoms on Monday night. My theory is that people saw so many ads for it during the baseball playoffs that they made the conscious decision to stay away (six of the ten top-rated shows last week were baseball).

I am, of course, assuming here that the local Fox affiliate will have the brains to show the Tampa-Dallas game in Boston. Unfortunately, CBS will be follwoing up the Pats-Browns game with Jets-Eagles as the late game. Gee, I've never seen those teams play before! But really, Chad Pennington's return is sure to be thrilling...

As always, the selections are for recreational purposes only.

Cleveland at New England

Pats tackle Kenyatta Jones has been accused of throwing boiling water on his roommate while the guy was on the toilet. However, even that news shouldn't throw any cold water on the Patriots' recent hot streak! After the Giants slugfest two weeks ago in Foxboro, I was greatly pleased to see a thrilling overtime game last week in Miami; here's hoping the quality viewing continues.

Pick: Patriots

Miami at San Diego

Junior Seau, asked how to slow down LaDainian Tomlinson, said, "You give him watermelon and load him up with fried chicken and tell him to keep eating." No racial intent, claims Seau, who is a pal of Tomlinson's from their time as teammates--they actually used to have fried chicken together every Friday! I really don't know what to do with this one. In any case, the Chargers better hope Tomlinson eats his Wheaties for San Diego to have any shot against Seau and the Fins' stifling D.

Pick: Dolphins

Denver at Baltimore

Danny Kanell will be the Broncos starter at QB. Kyle Boller throws for about 70 yards a week for the Ravens. I'll be interested to see if Jamal Lewis and Clinton Portis can both outgain their respective QBs.

Pick: Ravens

Detroit at Chicago

From John Clayton's First and Ten column: "I'm including this game for amusement only. It could have major ramifications for next year's draft." This column is all about amusement too, so here you go. The big rematch is in another two weeks.

Pick: Bears

Seattle at Cincinnati

Jon Kitna will be looking for revenge against his former team. What a juicy subplot! Meanwhile, Corey Dillon continues to look stupid by asking for a trade just when Cincinnati seems to be improving some after last week's victory.

Pick: Bengals

Other Games

Minnesota over NY Giants, New Orleans over Carolina, St. Louis over Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay over Dallas, Tennessee over Jacksonville, Baltimore over Denver, San Francisco over Arizona, NY Jets over Philadelphia, Indianapolis over Houston, Kansas City over Buffalo

Last Week: 8-6
Season Record: 64-38