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Things that make you go hmmm

By ROGER MILLS
Published December 21, 2003

Bucs fans should not be too upset if they host only one Monday night game next season. This season, home teams were 5-10 on Monday night, the worst winning percentage in league history.

As impressive as the run the Vikings had at the start of the season (6-0) is the inconsistent one they have had since then. At 8-6, Minnesota may not make the playoffs. That would make it only the second team since the merger to start 6-0 and not make the playoffs. The 1978 Redskins were 6-0 and finished 8-8.

The three active QBs with the best winning percentage with a minimum of 25 starts are New England's Tom Brady (32-12, .727), St. Louis' Kurt Warner (35-15, .700) and Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb (42-20, .677).

Familiar with the cliche that defense wins championships? Well, keep this in mind: the Bucs entered the weekend leading the NFL with fewest points allowed with 201, or 14.35 points per game. The second-lowest was New England with 222. The Patriots were 12-2.

At least in the AFC, the key to success is the giveaway-take-away ratio. After 14 games, the Chiefs (plus-21), Colts (plus-10), Patriots (plus-10), Titans (plus-8) and Bengals (plus-5) led the AFC. Four of the five are division leaders and they have a combined record of 53-17.

- Compiled by Roger Mills using information from other news organizations.

[Last modified December 21, 2003, 04:42:19]

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