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Bears lose first game

'Skins win a close one

November 07, 2006|by ROBERT KELLER

The Super Bowl is coming closer as Week 9 passes. Many teams are doing well, but a shocking game brings a team down. This will all be recorded in this football column, so don't look anywhere else!

In Chicago, the Miami Dolphins took on the undefeated Bears. The Bears were beginning to look like the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who went undefeated for an entire season. Bears quarterback Rex Grossman did not have a very successful game, completing only 18 of 42 passes for 210 yards. It was definitely not enough. The Dolphins gave the Bears their first loss, 31-13.

In Landover, Md., the Cowboys took on the Redskins. Washington's key player, wide receiver Santana Moss, was not playing, yet the 'Skins made an amazing comeback. With the score tied 19-19 with 31 seconds left, Washington kicker Nick Novak missed a 49-yard field goal. Dallas brought the ball to Washington's 20. 'Skins defensive back Troy Vincent blocked the field goal attempt and Redskins safety Sean Taylor picked it up and brought it to the Cowboys' 30. In his second field goal try in less than a minute of play, Novak barely made the winning field goal to give the game to Washington, 22-19.

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In Baltimore, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Ravens. The Ravens took over the game early, recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff which led to a touchdown. Then, Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle intercepted the ball and handed it to safety Ed Reed as he was tackled. Reed returned it for a second touchdown. The Bengals could not come back, even when they had the time. In the end, the Ravens won 26-20.

So far, what I've said was right. The Bears lost their first game, and they will probably lose more. Other teams, like Miami, are beginning to emerge out of the dust and defeat tough teams.

I feel that we are far enough into the season for me to start making Super Bowl predictions.

In the AFC, it will either be Indianapolis or Baltimore. In the NFC, it will either be Chicago or New York.

This is about as good as football gets.

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