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Fearless football fan forecasts playoff favorites

October 17, 2006|by ROBERT KELLER

Ahh, football. One of America's most watched sports.

Most of the watching is done during the Super Bowl. But who will make it to the Super Bowl?

It all depends on the regular season. As we finish week six, statistics tell us who has a good chance of going.

In the NFL, the Tennessee Titans took on the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Midway through the third quarter, 'Skins quarterback Mark Brunell got injured - his toenail was ripped off - and was out for some of the second half, bringing out quarterback Todd Collins. In the end, the Titans pulled ahead of the Redskins to win, 25-22. This was big for the Titans, whose young quarterback, Vince Young from the University of Texas, is not the kind of quarterback used to losing.

In Atlanta, the New York Giants took on the Falcons. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick ran the ball a few times, once for a touchdown, but it wasn't enough. He threw an interception and fumbled four times. After being sacked a few times, Vick had a tough time getting up. The Giants defeated Atlanta, 27-14.

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In Pittsburgh, the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Steelers. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 16 of 19 passes for 238 yards. Roethlisberger made his first touchdown pass of the season. The Chiefs just couldn't make anything happen. In the end, the Steelers won, 45-7.

In New Orleans, the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Saints in the Superdome. The Eagles were favored to win this game, but it didn't happen. The Saints and Reggie Bush defeated the Eagles 27-24, dropping the Eagles to 4-2.

In Baltimore, the Carolina Panthers took on the Ravens at home. It was a horrible game for a Ravens fan. In the first quarter, Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair was sacked and suffered a neck injury and a concussion, bringing backup quarterback Kyle Boller out. Boller hadn't made anything happen the past few seasons, so I thought it was all over for the Ravens. But Boller led a drive that wound up with a touchdown to tight end Todd Heap. Boller did much better than I expected, but the Ravens still lost, 23-21.

After week six, I can start making predictions.

The two teams that I predict to make it to the wild card spots in the playoffs are the Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The top five teams who have a likely chance to the playoffs, are the San Diego Chargers, the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears.

New England will probably emerge from the AFC East.

There are two teams I think can possibly make it in the top five - the Ravens and the Eagles. The Eagles need a better defense and to make bigger plays. If the Ravens can get a good offense going, they have a chance at the Super Bowl. They can't keep relying on their defense.

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