Saturday, October 15, 2005

Week Six

First, what you didn't get last week:

The Inner Columnist did well in Week Four, with a second consecutive winning week (9-5) that brought him over .500 for the first time this year, at 31-29. The final score prediction was typical at 0-13-1, this week's tie being due to Baltimore's 13-3 victory over the Jets (predicted final score: 13-7.) That ran the overall record to a thrilling 0-55-5. And the Bengals' win over Houston evened the Eliminator Challenge at 2-2, with a two-game winning streak. Not bad.

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled football post:

Last week, the Inner Columnist held serve by going 7-7, running his overall record to 38-36. Once again, he posted an 0-13-1 mark in final-score predictions (0-68-6 overall), this time getting the predicted 24 points out of Pittsburgh - except that he predicted Pittsburgh would be 31-24 losers at San Diego, rather than 24-22 winners. Considering the quality of this Monday night contest, and considering that the Inner Columnist has long been a Steeler fan, he will happily accept being wrong. Not that he has much choice, considering how often it happens. He was right again, however, in his Eliminator Challenge selection, this time taking Indianapolis and going to 3-2 for the year, with a three-game winning streak underway.

This week, the Inner Columnist selects Minnesota. Hey, somebody has to win these NFC North games.

This week's picks:

Atlanta 27, New Orleans 17
Carolina 37, Detroit 14
Cincinnati 28, Tennessee 17
Cleveland 19, Baltimore 9
Pittsburgh 24, Jacksonville 21
Tampa Bay 20, Miami 17
Minnesota 21, Chicago 6
Dallas 28, N.Y. Giants 24
Kansas City 24, Washington 16
New England 34, Denver 31
Buffalo 24, N.Y. Jets 20
San Diego 27, Oakland 14
Seattle 21, Houston 10
Indianapolis 38, St. Louis 24

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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