Volume 95, Issue 5

Friday, September 7, 2001
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If only multiple choice exams were this good...

Like gypsies? Our editors peer into their crystal football

Bucs will make the rest of the NFC walk the plank

A look into the OUA

Mustangs to beef up on offence

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Like gypsies? Our editors peer into their crystal football

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff

The Lazy-Boy industry is bracing itself for a sales rush and women everywhere are even more unsatisfied than usual – it must be football season.

Just as it is the right of every man to plop himself in front of the television from approximately 9 a.m. Sunday morning – when the first pre-pregame show takes to the air – until the wee hours of the night it is the divine right of members of any sporting media to play the role of swami and give those chronic gamblers the bone they need to risk the mortgage on the Jets.

Gazette Sports is no exception.

So here are the fearless predictions of one more moron in the extremely inexact science of NFL predictions:

AFC Preview

East Division

This is one of the tightest divisions in all of football. Traditional powers Buffalo and Miami have long had the run of the roost in the East, but the times they are a changin'.

Yes, the Dolphins won the division last year on the strength of strong defence and the surprising arm of quarterback Jay Fiedler.

But this year, they will have to take a back seat to the Colts of Indianapolis. Indy is led by the big three on offence, namely quarter back Peyton Manning, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James. These weapons will be too much for anyone in the East. Now that they have a little experience – Indy is ready to break out.

Central Division

This division is the home of the current Super Bowl champs from Baltimore. But this time, the Vince Lombardi Trophy will be landing in the Music City – Nashville, Tennessee.

The Ravens have to deal with the loss of running back Jamal Lewis and no doubt will have some sort of Ray Lewis catastrophe to cope with before Thanksgiving.

The Titans were close two years ago and were surprised (just like everyone else) by the Ravens last year in the play-offs.

This year, Tennessee has the added motivation of being knocked out prematurely and more importantly, they have Eddie George who may be the best pound-for-pound back in the league. After the top two teams, the talent in this division drops faster than your grade point average after you discover The Ridout on a Thursday night.

West Division

The West is full of question marks: Can Brian Griese emerge from the long shadow of John Elway and lead Denver to Mile High heights?

Can Oakland coach Jon Gruden patent a time machine out of an old locker and transport us back to 1988, where his tandem of Jerry Rice and Tim Brown would be truly untouchable?

Can Junior Seau strike enough fear in the hearts of his teammates to inspire the Chargers to two wins this year?

If you believe in experience, you take the Raiders to win this division with there arthritic tandem of Rice and Brown taking passes from another crafty veteran, Rich Gannon.

Nevertheless, something tells me Griese and the Broncos will be too slick for everyone.

East Winner

Indianapolis Colts

Central Winner

Tennessee Titans

West Winner

Denver Broncos

Wild Cards

Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders

AFC Champion

Tennessee Titans

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