NFLE Week 3 PreviewApril 13, 2004 - National Football League Europa (NFLE)
NFL Europes biggest rivalry resumes this weekend as the undefeated Rhein Fire (2-0) travels to take on the Frankfurt Galaxy (2-0) in the first Deutschland Derby game of the new season between the long-time foes.
The meeting of long-time rivals takes place at Frankfurts Waldstadion on Saturday evening and headlines an intriguing week of NFL Europe action.
The game marks the first time two undefeated teams have met in Week 3 action since the London Monarchs hosted the Orlando Thunder in the inaugural 1991 season.
On Sunday afternoon, a pair of winless teams will battle for a taste of glory as the Amsterdam Admirals (0-2) visit a Scottish Claymores (0-2) club happy to be making their first appearance at Glasgows Hampden Park in 2004 after opening the year with two road losses.
Sunday will also see the undefeated Berlin Thunder (2-0) play host to the Cologne Centurions (0-2), who are still looking for their first victory in club history.
WEEK THREE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY APRIL 17
Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy
Waldstadion, Frankfurt, 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY APRIL 18
Amsterdam Admirals at Scottish Claymores
Hampden Park, Glasgow, 2:00 p.m.
Cologne Centurions at Berlin Thunder
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 4:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK WEEK 2
OFFENSIVE  ROHAN DAVEY  QB, Berlin
164 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 132.6 QB rating
DEFENSIVE  ABDUAL HOWARD  S, Rhein
3 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defense,
79-yard interception return for touchdown
SPECIAL TEAMS  JERMAINE LEWIS  WR, Frankfurt
Blocked punt and recovered ball in end zone for TD
NATIONAL  JÖRG HECKENBACH  Berlin
2 receptions for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns
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COVER STORY (Continued)
With just two weeks of the 2004 season gone, the three teams at the top of the standings have already opened up some breathing room on the chasing pack.
For the first time since NFL Europe became a six-team league in 1995, there are three 2-0 teams and three 0-2 teams after two weeks of play.
Something has to give in Week 3 when two of the undefeated clubs go head to head in Frankfurt.
Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK says of his table-topping team: We are going to do whatever we can to win next week. We have had our problems the last two times we faced the Galaxy so we are going to be ready for this game.
The Galaxy under rookie head coach MIKE JONES - has made a 2-0 start for the third year in a row and has won the last two meetings against the Fire (Week 9 and World Bowl XI).
Jones says: I am not going to need to say much to get our guys ready for that game. We will be working hard for the game this week.
Despite seeing their teams struggle in the opening two weeks of the new season, Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS and Scotlands JACK BICKNELL remain confident their teams will get back on track.
Andrus says: We are dealing with a young team here and they are obviously disappointed, but they have made major steps compared to where they were in Week 1.
Are they where we need them to be now? No. Are they going to get there? Yes. We will continue to improve each week.
Bicknell says: I told our team that if they stick together they are going to be good. Now, I know the people in Scotland have heard me say that before so it is time for us to put up or shut up. Things havent worked out for us but we have tough kids who want to be part of a good team so we are going to be okay.
When the Cologne Centurions visit the Berlin Thunder on Sunday, it will be an emotional day for head coach PETER VAAS, who won a pair of World Bowls with the Thunder in 2001 and 2002.
Vaas, who has started 0-2 for the third year in a row, has seen mistakes undo his Centurions in the opening two weeks of the year, but he is excited about the prospects of his team this season.
He says: It is frustrating because I really believe we are a good team. The scary part is that this is like in Berlin two years ago. We just need to win. I think we are one of the best teams in the league and it is going to take a lot to beat us.
Berlins RICK LANTZ is 2-0 as a rookie head coach and was happy to remain undefeated following a 28-17 victory over Amsterdam in Week 2. He says: It was a big win for us. We showed a lot of character because we did not play well in the first half.
Original Deutschland Derby brings together unbeaten rivals
THE original Deutschland Derby meetings between the Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire have always been intense affairs.
The fierce rivals have gone head to head in two World Bowls, battled in front of league record crowds and are the two most successful teams in NFL Europe, winning five championships between them (Frankfurt 3, Rhein 2).
Another footnote will be added to the storied rivalry on Saturday when the Galaxy hosts the Fire at the Waldstadion. It will mark the first time a pair of 2-0 teams have met in Week 3 since the London Monarchs hosted the Orlando Thunder at Londons Wembley Stadium on April 6, 1991. London won that encounter 35-12.
After opening the 2004 campaign with victories over the Cologne Centurions and Scottish Claymores, Fire players and coaches cannot wait to test their mettle against a Galaxy team that ran out big winners over Rhein in Week 9 of the 2003 regular season (38-7) and in World Bowl XI (35-16).
Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK says: From working against the Galaxy in training camp in Tampa, we know they are a physical team that runs the ball really well. We will have to be really physical on defense to stop them.
Fire safety ABDUAL HOWARD has played in three Deutschland Derbies and is keen to face off against the Galaxy this weekend.
He says: The last two games we played against Frankfurt they really embarrassed us so we are going to be up for the game. Emotions will be running high.
Our hope is to come out with a win but it is going to be a tough game. Im part of the rivalry now and I know how it feels to play in Rhein-Frankfurt games. Its my job as a returning player to let the other guys on the team know how big this rivalry really is and to make sure everybody is up for this game.
The players will see it straight away, as soon as they get to the stadium and see all the fans there. It will be obvious then how big this game is.
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES will lead a confident group into battle with the Fire, as he explains: I am proud of my guys because they are playing as a team.
We emphasise to our players to play as a family and we can all make big plays. Our offense didnt play as well as we would have liked last week or move the ball well, but defensive turnovers gave us the chance to score when we needed to.
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McCready joins elite group of receivers with strong starts
BY catching 4 passes for 31 yards against the Rhein Fire in Week 2, Scottish Claymores wide reciver SCOTT McCREADY took his two-game reception total for the season to 15.
That puts McCready among the all-time league leaders in receptions through the opening two games of any season.
McCready, in his third season with the Claymores, caught 11 passes for 67 yards in Week 1 before producing another solid display in Gelsenkirchen.
Upon hearing he had joined the elite group, McCready said: Im pretty excited to be playing well but Im more concerned with the win-loss ratio than I am with individual accolades. Its nice to play well and you want to play well in order to contribute to the team, but if you dont win at the end of the day, its all for nothing.
McCready a Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots in 2001 - has been the focal point of the Claymores passing attack this season and earned National Player of the Week honours in Week 1.
Here is a look at the leading reception leaders through the opening two weeks of any season:
Rank Player Receptions
1 Marcus Knight (Ams 02) 18 rec, 210 yds, 2TD
2 Demetrius Davis (Bar 92) 16 rec, 163 yds, 2TD
3 Byron Chamberlain (Rhe 96) 16 rec, 140 yds, 3TD
4 Damian Vaughn (Bar 00) 16 rec, 118 yds, 1TD
5 Jimi Redmond (Fra 02) 15 rec, 235 yds, 0TD
Scott McCready (Sco 04) 15 rec, 98 yds, 1TD
With eight regular season games remaining, McCready needs to grab just 16 more passes to break the single-season receiving record for a national player (30 receptions by Frankfurt TE WERNER HIPPLER in 1999).
He is currently on pace to make 75 catches this season and that would shatter the club record of 66 set by James Whalen in 2001. That figure would also see him sneak past Jeremaine Copeland, who grabbed a league single season record 74 passes with the Barcelona Dragons in 2000.
McCready says: Were looking forward to going back to Scotland and getting this thing back on track.
McCready is also bidding to become the first national player to lead the league in a major statistical category outside of kicking.
Claymores glad to be home
THE Scottish Claymores will be able to avoid the hustle and bustle of airport departure lounges this week as they return to the familiar surroundings of Glasgows Hampden Park after starting the 2004 season with two road games in Germany.
After road losses against the Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire, the Claymores will trot onto home soil for the first time this year to face the Amsterdam Admirals.
Head coach JACK BICKNELL is excited about having his Claymores play in front of their home fans for the first time in 2004.
He says: The longer week helps, not traveling helps and of course being at home helps. You dont have to get on a plane and go somewhere. Ive never experienced a home game here in Scotland so we are looking forward to what we hope will be a positive experience.
But there is no reason why you cannot play well on the road in this league and its frustrating when you dont. We have our work cut our for us this week.
While Claymores players and coaches will be too focused to glance at the record books this week, history suggests teams returning from a two-game road trip to start a season tend to struggle in their opening home contest of the year.
Prior to 2004, seven teams in NFL Europe League history have started the season with two road games. Those clubs then went 1-6 in their first home games after spending two weeks on the road.
The only winners were the 2003 Barcelona Dragons, who were 35-17 victors over Amsterdam. The good news for the Claymores? Barcelonas head coach for that trend-breaking victory was Jack Bicknell.
Here is a look at how teams beginning the season with two road games have fared upon their return home:
Team On Road 1st home game
NY/NJ Knights 91 0-2 L 17-27 Frankfurt
Raleigh-Durham 91 0-2 L 14-26 Barcelona
Frankfurt 92 2-0 L 7-17 Birmingham
NY/NJ Knights 92 0-2 L 3-9 San Antonio
London 95 1-1 L 10-17 Amsterdam
Barcelona 97 2-0 L 10-17 Frankfurt
Barcelona 03 1-1 W 35-17 Amsterdam
Claymores wide receiver SCOTT COUPER explained how tough Scotlands start to the season has been.
He says: Its a hefty task because with short weeks you have to get back on the practice field without a day off. It all makes playing on the road a big test.
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History favours 2-0 teams in race for World Bowl berths
THERE is a lot of football to be played before the teams competing for championship glory in World Bowl XII will be known, but history suggests a quick start to the season can be very beneficial.
Since 1995, 13 teams have made 2-0 starts to a season. Those clubs have advanced to World Bowl nine times, winning on four occasions.
During that same period, 13 teams have started the year 0-2 and only one club the 2002 Berlin Thunder has reached World Bowl.
Following their victory over the Cologne Centurions in Week 2, the Frankfurt Galaxy confirmed themselves as kings of the quick start in NFL Europe. The Galaxy has started 2-0 for the past three years. They also made 2-0 starts in 1991 and 1996, giving them the most 2-0 starts in league history.
Joining Frankfurt with 2-0 starts this season are the Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire. Amsterdam, Cologne and Scotland remain winless but know a lot can happen in the next eight weeks to alter the standings.
Centurions head coach PETER VAAS, was in charge of the Berlin Thunder in 2002 when they overcame an 0-3 start to win World Bowl X against Rhein.
He remains confident his team can contend for honours this spring and is taking a philosophical approach to the highs and lows of coaching in NFL Europe.
Vaas says: Winning is never final and losing is never fatal. I believe we are a really good team and one of the best in this league. Im proud of the way we are playing the only thing I am not happy with is the results. We just need that one win to get us started.
Records of teams that started 2-0 (1995-2003)
Year Team Final Record
2003 Frankfurt Galaxy 6-4 (Won World Bowl)
2002 Amsterdam Admirals 4-6
2001 Barcelona Dragons 8-2 (Lost World Bowl)
2000 Scottish Claymores 6-4 (Lost World Bowl)
1999 Barcelona Dragons 7-3 (Lost World Bowl)
1999 Scottish Claymores 4-6
1998 Rhein Fire 7-3 (Won World Bowl)
1998 Barcelona Dragons 4-6
1997 Barcelona Dragons 5-5 (Won World Bowl)
1996 Scottish Claymores 7-3 (Won World Bowl)
1996 Frankfurt Galaxy 6-4 (Lost World Bowl)
1995 Amsterdam Admirals 9-1 (Lost World Bowl)
Records of teams that started 0-2 (1995-2003)
Year Team Final Record
2003 Berlin Thunder 3-7
2002 Berlin Thunder 6-4 (Won World Bowl)
2002 Barcelona Dragons 2-8
2001 Frankfurt Galaxy 3-7
2000 Barcelona Dragons 5-5
1999 Rhein Fire 6-4
1999 Berlin Thunder 3-7
1998 England Monarchs 3-7
1998 Scottish Claymores 2-8
1997 Amsterdam Admirals 5-5
1996 London Monarchs 4-6
1996 Rhein Fire 3-7
1995 Scottish Claymores 2-8
History repeats itself as Fire hero Howard shines in Week 2
RHEIN Fire safety ABDUAL HOWARD first made headlines in NFL Europe for his performance against the Scottish Claymores in Week 3 of the 2003 season.
During a game played over Easter weekend and won 34-17 by the hometown Fire, Howard picked off Claymores quarterback SHANE STAFFORD in the second half and raced 93 yards the other way for a touchdown.
During the second half of Rheins 31-3 defeat of the Claymores on Saturday in a game that was again played over Easter weekend Howard took a NATE HYBL pass 79 yards to the end zone to power the Fire to victory at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen and earn Defensive Player of the Week honours.
Speaking of his history-repeating heroics, Howard says: When I was running back the interception, I was only thinking about not getting tackled. But when I got to the end zone I had a very strong feeling of déja vu.
I always seem to do well against the Claymores. They are a tough group so I am just happy that we came out of this game with a win.
Eight and counting for Hart
SCOTTISH Claymores kicker ROB HART needs 8 points to become the all-time leading scorer in NFLEL history after notching 3 points at Rhein Fire in Week 2. The Brit kicker is on 322 career points to rank second all time behind JESUS ANGOY, who scored 329 points for the Barcelona Dragons from 1997-2003.
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Vaas heads back to Berlin
PETER VAAS will return to the scene of some of his sweetest coaching moments on Sunday as he takes his Cologne Centurions to Berlin to face the Thunder in Week 3 action.
Vaas coached the Thunder for four seasons from 2000-2003, winning two World Bowls and a Coach of the Year award in the process.
During that period, the Thunder became the first team in league history to win back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.
This weekend, Vaas will be on the opposing sideline as he attempts to guide the Centurions to their first victory in team history.
Vaas says: I am very much looking forward to returning to the wonderful city of Berlin and seeing the Thunder fans again.
I had four fantastic seasons with the Thunder and have great memories of the organisation, the fans and the city of Berlin.
I am now very excited about having the chance to build a winning team for Cologne and it is a great challenge to be with the Centurions at the start of an exciting new chapter in the leagues history and to have the chance to build a new football tradition.
With two weeks of the regular season consigned to the history books, the Centurions are still awaiting win number one, but Vaas feels his club are one of the best in NFL Europe and will be successful once they eradicate harmful errors.
He says: I believe we are a very good team. I dont believe we have lost to teams who have beaten us we have beaten ourselves. Before you can win you have to prevent yourself losing and we have to stop losing games.
The Centurions have followed a familiar trend featuring new franchises joining the league. The Ohio Glory was the only new team in 1992 and lost its first six games before beating Frankfurt; Berlin was the only new team in 1999 and lost its first four games before beating Amsterdam.
With eight weeks of the regular season remaining, Cologne will be out to become just the second expansion franchise to post a winning season in its debut campaign, not including the inaugural 1991 season.
Ohio went 1-9 in 1992, the Scottish Claymores and Rhein Fire posted 2-8 and 4-6 marks respectively in 1995 and Berlin went 3-7 in 1999.
Only the 1995 Amsterdam Admirals made a winning start to life in NFL Europe, posting a 9-1 regular season record before losing World Bowl on home soil to the Frankfurt Galaxy.
NFLEL FACTS:Early TD scorers
ALL three winning teams in Week 2 Berlin Thunder, Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire failed to score the first points of their respective contests. However, they did score the first touchdowns of the game and that statistic seems to be more important when it comes to winning in NFL Europe. Of the six games played to date this season, the teams scoring the first touchdowns have posted a 5-1 record.
NFLEL FACTS:Passing Fancy
QUARTERBACKS have made a strong start to the 2004 campaign. In the six games played this season, quarterbacks have posted a passer rating of 100 or above on eight occasions. DAVID RIVERS (Berlin), RYAN VAN DYKE (Cologne), J.T. OSULLIVAN (Frankfurt), GREG ZOLMAN (Rhein) and NATE HYBL (Scotland) went over the 100 mark in Week 1. Last weekend saw CLINT STOERNER (Amsterdam), ROHAN DAVEY (Berlin), and CHAD HUTCHINSON (Rhein) post 100-plus days. Also chipping in with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in Week 2 was Berlin WR RICHARD ALSTON, who threw a 47-yard touchdown strike with his only pass attempt at Amsterdam.
NFLEL FACTS:Galaxy on top
WITH victory against the Cologne Centurions in Week 2, the Frankfurt Galaxy became the first team in NFL Europe League history to reach 60 regular season wins, surpassing the Barcelona Dragons, who notched 59 victories from 1991-2003.
NFLEL FACTS: Home success
COLOGNES loss at home to the Galaxy in Week 2 means that of the current NFL Europe League teams, only Amsterdam has won its first home game in franchise history. The Admirals defeated the Barcelona Dragons 17-13 in Week 1 of the 1995 campaign.
NFLEL FACTS: Air Admirals
FANS of the passing game should enjoy watching the Amsterdam Admirals under head coach BART ANDRUS. In 2003, three of the leading four receivers in NFL Europe were Admirals and QB SHAUN HILL led the league with 2,256 passing yards. Through the opening two weeks of the 2004 season, QB CLINT STOERNER leads the league with 487 passing yards and three of the top four receivers in the league (CHRIS HORN, CHRIS TAYLOR and TONY DONALD) are Admirals.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (0-2)
Head Coach: Bart Andrus (12-20 in NFLEL)
Colours: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Darryl Sims (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 46-46
MEDIA CONTACT: Perry Hendriks
LAST GAME: Lost 17-28 vs Berlin (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 14.0 pts/game; 324.0 yds/game (rank 2); 51.0 yds rush/game (rank 6); 273.0 yds pass/game (rank 1)
Passing: Clint Stoerner, 487 yards
Rushing: Chris Downs, 40 yards
Receiving: Chris Horn, 10 rec 151 yards
DEFENSE: 31.0 pts/game; 374.5 yds/game (rank 6); 140.5 rush yds/game (rank 6); 234.0 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Steve Josue, Drew Wahlroos, 1.0
Interceptions: Todd Howard, 1
 THIS WEEK: at SCOTTISH CLAYMORES 
Head coach BART ANDRUS takes his winless Admirals on the road in Week 2 convinced they are a club heading in the right direction. He says: We have made major improvements. We are not there yet but we are continuing to work on it and we will get better each week. QB CLINT STOERNER (Miami Dolphins) faces his old team in Week 3 having played for Scotland in 2001. Completed 30 of 40 attempts for 329 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions last weekend. Leads NFL Europe in passing yards (see table) QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Washington Redskins) completed 1 of 2 passes for 9 yards vs Berlin in Week 2 and has hit on 7 of 12 attempts for 82 yards this season QB DAVID PRIESTLEY (Seattle Seahawks) did not complete a pass from 3 attempts last week RB JASON ANDERSON (Houston Texans) gained 12 yards on 4 carries as a Week 2 starter and added 1 reception for -5 yards RB CHRIS DOWNS (Oakland Raiders) carried 12 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 and added 4 catches for 28 yards WR CHRIS HORN (Kansas City Chiefs) leads the Admirals in receiving (see table) after adding 78 yards on 5 catches last weekend WR CHRIS TAYLOR (Houston Texans) grabbed 6 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown vs Berlin in Week 2 and now has 10 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown in two games this season WR CARLOS ROSADO caught 5 passes for 66 yards last week WR ANDRE FORDE (Chicago Bears) made his Admirals debut last week and caught 4 passes for 30 yards WR DEANDREW RUBIN (Indianapolis Colts) caught 2 passes for 26 yards last week TE TONY DONALD (Green Bay Packers) caught 4 passes for 38 yards in Week 2 and is NFL Europes leading tight end (see table) DE CLINT MITCHELL (Denver Broncos) recorded 2 tackles and forced a fumble in Week 2 and has 3 tackles this season DE DARRELL WRIGHT registered 1 tackle vs Thunder DT JAWAREN BLAIR recorded 2 tackles and knocked down a pass last week LB BEN MAHDAVI (Indianapolis Colts) recorded 3 tackles and forced a fumble in Week 2 and has 4 tackles to his name this season
LB JERRY SCHUMACHER (Chicago Bears) made 1 tackle and recovered a fumble in home debut last week and has 6 takedowns this in two games this year Japanese LB RIKIYA ISHIDA registered 4 tackles and a special teams stop last week LB DREW WAHLROOS made 3 tackles and added a quarterback sack during last weeks meeting with Berlin CB TODD HOWARD intercepted a pass last weekend and also came up with 1 pass defense S JASON PERRY (New England Patriots) leads the Admirals with 14 tackles after adding 4 in Week 2 loss to Berlin S WILLIE PILE (Kansas City Chiefs) made 2 tackles last week CB LIGARIUS JENNINGS has 3 tackles this season after adding 2 in last weeks loss to Berlin CB DEREK COMBS (Green Bay Packers) led club with 5 tackles last weekend and has a total of 6 stops on the season Dutch kicker SILVIO DILBERTO is in his eighth NFLEL season and has a club record 254 to his name. Missed last weeks game through injury K TODD SIEVERS (Houston Texans) kicked a 22-yard field goal against Berlin last weekend but missed from 47 and 52 yards P NATE FIKSE (San Francisco 49ers) punted 4 times for a 39.0-yard average with a long of 45 yards in Week 2.
QB CLINT STOERNER (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Frank 25 14 158 1 3
Wk 2: vs Ber 40 30 329 1 0
TOTAL 65* 44* 487 * 2 3
WR CHRIS HORN (Kansas City Chiefs), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 5 73 0
Wk 2: vs. Ber 5 78 0
TOTAL 10 151* 0
TE TONY DONALD (Green Bay Packers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 5 65 1
Wk 2: vs. Ber 4 38 0
TOTAL 9 103 1
* Leads NFL Europe League
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-0)
Head Coach: Rick Lantz (2-0 in NFLEL)
Colours: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jim Tomsula (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 24-28
MEDIA CONTACT: Maik Matischak
LAST GAME: Won 28-17 at Amsterdam (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 24.0 pts/game; 324.5 yds/game (rank 1); 110.0 rush yds/game (rank 2); 214.5 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Rohan Davey, 270 yards
Rushing: Ray Jackson, 95 yards
Receiving: Chas Gessner, 8 rec, 114 yards
DEFENSE: 15.5 pts/game; 315.0 yds/game (rank 5); 61.0 rush yds/game (rank 1); 254.0 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Corey Smith, 3.0
Interceptions: James Thornton, 1
 THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS 
RICK LANTZ is 2-0 as a rookie NFLEL head coach and praised his team following last weeks defeat of Amsterdam. He said: It was a big win for us because we didnt play well in the first half. We were not very efficient on offense in the first half but we came back and showed some character, making plays on offense and defense. Things turned out all right.... QB ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots) was named Offensive Player of Week 2 after posting a QB rating of 132.6 in Amsterdam. Has yet to throw an interception this season (see table) QB DAVID RIVERS did not see playing time last week. Has a passer rating of 127.1 this season QB MARC DUNN (Kansas City Chiefs) saw his first playing time of the year last weekend, completing 4 of 8 attempts for 56 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception RB ERIC McCOO has rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries this season after gaining 26 yards on 8 runs last week RB RAY JACKSON (Tennessee Titans) rushed for 51 yards on 9 carries last week and has carried the ball more times than any other Thunder back this season, leading the club in rushing yards (see table) WR CHAS GESSNER (New England Patriots) has scored a touchdown in both Thunder games this season (see table) WR LASHAUN WARD (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 2 passes for 39 yards last week German WR JÖRG HECKENBACH is the clubs all-time leading receiver with 64 catches after adding 2 for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns in Amsterdam last week, earning National Player of the Week honours and praise from Lantz, who says: We dont see Heck as a national player he is somebody is on the field because he should be there. He is a good player. WR RICHARD ALSTON (Cleveland Browns) threw a 47-yard touchdown pass last week TE MIKE PINKARD (Kansas City Chiefs) has 6 receptions for 90 yards to his name this season after grabbing 2 passes for 24 yards in Week 2 DE T.J. BINGHAM recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack last weekend at Amsterdam, taking his career totals vs the Admirals to 7 tackles, 3 sacks and a fumble recovery DE COREY SMITH (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) leads NFL Europe with 3 sacks after adding 2 tackles and a sack for 11 yards at Amsterdam in Week 2 DT DEVONTE PETERSON recorded 1 tackle last week DT TANK REESE (Indianapolis Colts) has 1 tackle in two games LB BRENDEN GIVAN (Miami Dolphins) leads
the Admirals with 15 tackles after adding 7 stops and 2 pass defenses at Amsterdam in Week 2 LB LAWRENCE FLUGENCE (New England Patriots) has made 10 tackles this year after adding 4 last week LB KEVIN DeRONDE (Houston Texans) registered 3 tackles last week LB JASON KAZAR grabbed 6 tackles last week and has 11 on the season CB WILLIE FORD (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 5 tackles and knocked down a pass in Week 2 CB OLIVER CELESTIN registered 4 tackles and 1 pass defense against the Admirals CB JERMAINE MAYS (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 5 tackles and 2 pass defenses last week and added 1 tackle on special teams CB JAMES THORNTON made 2 tackles in Week 2 S KEITH DAVIS (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass defense in the Netherlands and has 9 stops this year Danish K HEINZ QUAST has scored 6 points this season after adding 4 PATs in Week 2 P HAYDEN EPSTEIN (Denver Broncos) punted 3 times for 44.3-yard average with a long of 47 yards last weekend.
QB ROHAN DAVEY (New England Patriots), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Scot 14 8 106 0 0
Wk 2: at Ams 18 12 164 2 0
TOTAL 32 20 270 2 0
WR CHAS GESSNER (New England Patriots), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Scot 4 37 1
Wk 2: at Ams 4 77 2
TOTAL 8 114 3*
RB RAY JACKSON (Tennessee Titans), GAME-BY-GAME
No Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Scot 16 44 0 2 19 0
Wk 2: at Ams 9 51 0 3 20 0
TOTAL 25 95 0 5 39 0
* Leads NFL Europe League
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (0-2)
Head Coach: Peter Vaas (19-23 in
NFLEL, plus 2-0 in World Bowl)
Colours: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Bob Bicknell (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: David Duggan (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 0-2
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Lost 10-20 vs Frankfurt (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 17.5 pts/game; 310 yds/game (rank 3); 106 yds rush/game (rank 3); 204 yds pass/game (rank 3)
Passing: Ryan Van Dyke, 339 yards
Rushing: Avon Cobourne, 110 yards
Receiving: Carl Morris, Reggie Newhouse 7 rec, Carl Morris 103 yards
DEFENSE: 23 pts/game; 232 yds/game (rank 1); 82 rush yds/game (rank 3); 150 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Felipe Claybrooks, 2.5
Interceptions: Bobby Brooks, Cedric Henry, 1
 THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER 
Centurions go into Week 3 still looking for first win in franchise history Head coach PETER VAAS, who won World Bowl in 2002 after an 0-4 start as Berlin head coach, says: The scary part is that this is like it was in Berlin. We just need to win. I said that many times that year. I think we are one of the best teams in this league and it is going to take a lot to beat this team. Vaas is frustrated by continuing special teams problems. After allowing two KO return TDs in Week 1, Centurions gave up crucial TD on blocked punt last week. I dont believe we have lost to teams that have beaten us. We have beaten ourselves, he says . Centurions have lost both games in 2004 despite outgaining opponents and winning time of possession battle in both games Centurions averaging 35:15 minutes of possession per game Starting QB RYAN VAN DYKE (New York Giants) threw three second half picks last week (see table) but Vaas says: Ryan will do a fine job over the course of the season. QB ROB ADAMSON (Carolina Panthers) completed 6 of 13 passes for 93 yards with 1 TD last week, his first action of the season . RB AVON COBOURNE (Detroit Lions) leads the team in yards form scrimmage (see table) . RB CHAD BRINKER (New York Jets) gained 30 yards on 3 carries last week, taking his season total to 86 yards on 15 carries, but left the game early with a head injury . WR REGGIE NEWHOUSE (Arizona Cardinals) is joint team leader with 7 receptions after catching a team-high 5 for 41 last week WR CARL MORRIS (Miami Dolphins) leads the team in receiving yards and is joint leader with 7 receptions (see table). He scored Centurions first-ever home TD last week WR TODD DEVOE (Baltimore Ravens) gained 96 yards on 3 catches in Week 1 but did not have a reception last week . WR ALBERT JOHNSON (Houston Texans) led the team with 5 catches for 46 yards last week Mexican WR MARCO MARTOS has scored 9 career touchdowns but all were in his first three seasons in NFLEL (1997-99). He gained 49 yards on 2 kickoff
returns last week . MARK INKROTT (New York Giants) has 4 catches this year after 1 for 9 yards last week Cologne native TE WERNER HIPPLER faces the team for whom he caught 78 passes for 847 yards and 2 TDs during seven NFLEL seasons. His first two career receptions (Week 10, 1995 at Barcelona) were for touchdowns but has not found the end zone since. Still looking for first reception of 2004 DE FELIPE CLAYBROOKS (Cleveland Browns) leads the team with 2.5 sacks after 1 last week . He began the season with 4 tackles and a fumble recovery DE DEMETRIC EVANS posted 5 tackles last week LB BOBBY BROOKS (Oakland Raiders) posted a team-high 6 tackles last week DT RONALD SMITH (Seattle Seahawks) has 8 tackles after 2 last week LB MARCUS REESE (Chicago Bears) had 4 tackles and Colognes a sack last week . Swedish K OLA KIMRIN faces Frankfurt team for whom he scored 94 points on 22/37 FGs and 27/29 PATs in 2001-02. Is 2/2 on FGs and 2/2 on PATs this season.
QB RYAN VAN DYKE New York Giants ), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein 24 18 240 2 0
Wk 2: vs Frank 27 12 99 0 3
TOTAL 51 28 339 2 3
RB AVON COBOURNE (Detroit Lions), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 16 45 0 3 34 1
Wk 2: vs Frank 14 65 0 3 42 0
TOTAL 30 115 0 6 76 0
WR CARL MORRIS (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 4 50 0
Wk 2: vs Frank 3 53 1
TOTAL 7 103 1
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-0)
Head Coach: Mike Jones (2-0) in NFLEL)
Colours: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dwain Painter (4th season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ed ONeil (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 60-52
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 20-10 at Cologne (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 27.0 pts/game; 298 yds/game (rank 4); 149.5 rush yds/game (rank 1); 148.5 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: J.T. OSullivan, 233 yards
Rushing: Leonard Henry, 177 yards
Receiving: Leonard Henry, 7 rec, 74 yards
DEFENSE: 10.5 pts/game; 277 yds/game (rank 4); 73.5 rush yds/game (rank 2); 203.5 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Bobby Setzer, 3
Interceptions: Lynaris Elpheage, 2
 THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE 
Galaxy are off to their third straight 2-0 start and are looking to go 3-0 for the third straight year . Before meeting the 2-0 Rhein Fire, rookie head coach MIKE JONES says: I am not going to have to say much to get them ready for this game. QB J.T. OSULLIVAN (New Orleans Saints) has started both games this season for the Galaxy (see table) QB KIRK FARMER (Kansas City Chiefs) completed 1 of 3 passes for 7 yards last week RB LEONARD HENRY (Miami Dolphins) leads the league in combined yards from scrimmage and has found the endzone three times in the first two games of the year (see table) RB SKIP HICKS (Cincinnati Bengals) has scored in both games in this season. Last week he gained 26 yards on 8 rushing attempts, including a 24-yard TD. Hicks has 112 rushing yards and 2 TDs for the season RB COREY McENTYRE caught 2 passes for 21 yards last week WR DREW HADDAD (Indianapolis Colts) was held to 1 catch for 14 yards last week after catching 4 passes in Week 1 and added a 13-yard punt return French WR MARC SOUMAH has made 37 catches for 559 yards and 4 touchdowns in NFL Europe from 2001-2003 but is still waiting for his first catch this year WR DERRICK LEWIS (New Orleans Saints) scored on a 23-yard pass in Week 1 but did not catch a pass last week WR JASON WILLIS (Seattle Seahawks) caught 3 passes for 29 yards last week and has 5 catches this season WR JERMAINE LEWIS (Houston Texans) did not catch a pass last week but scored a TD when he blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone German T PATRICK VENZKE plays against the team for whom he played for two seasons, earning All-NFLEL honours . Galaxy defense has allowed only two TDs in first two games of the season and has a league-high seven interceptions, spread among six players . Coach Jones says: Defensive turnovers gave us a chance to score last week. They played as a team. We emphasise to them that they have to play as a family and all make plays. DE COREY JACKSON (Cleveland Browns) recorded his third sack of the season last week . DE BOBBY SETZER (Oakland Raiders) shares league lead after posting his third sack of the season last
Week. Totaled 4 tackles in the game DT JEFF HAZUGA had his first interception of the season last week German DE DANIEL BENETKA has 3 tackles in the first two games LB MASON UNCK (Cleveland Browns) has posted 5 tackles in each of the first two games LB DUSTIN COHEN posted 5 tackles last week, for 11 on the season CB LYNARIS ELPHEAGE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has an interception in each of the first two weeks. He added 2 tackles and 3 knockdowns last week CB AHMAD BROOKS (New Orleans Saints) has led the Galaxy with 7 tackles in each of the first two weeks and posted his first interception last week S CHRIS BROWN (Jacksonville Jaguars) posted 6 tackles last week S RICKY SHARPE (Cleveland Browns) registered 5 tackles last week K RALF KLEINMANN is tied for lead in all-time career field goals in NFLEL Europe (55, Jesus Angoy, Barcelona 1997-2003). Kicked 2 PATs last week, taking career points total to 296. Needs 4 points to become the fourth player in NFLEL history to score 300 career points. Needs 9 points to overtake former Rhein Fire kicker Manfred Burgsmüller (304 points) for third place on the all-time scoring list
QB J.T. OSULLIVAN (New Orelans Saimts ), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Amst 16 10 148 1 0
Wk 2: at Col 18 11 85 0 0
TOTAL 34 21 233 1 0
RB LEONARD HENRY (Maimi Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Amst 19 114 2 3 60 0
Wk 2: at Col 13 63 1 4 14 0
TOTAL 32 177 3 7 74 0
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RHEIN FIRE (2-0)
Head Coach: Pete Kuharchek (20-12 in
NFLEL, 0-2 in World Bowls)
Colours: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 53-38
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 31-3 vs Scotland (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 28.5 pts/game; 247.5 yds/game (rank 5); 78 rush yds/game (rank 5); 169.5 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Chad Hutchinson, 242 yards
Rushing: Joffrey Reynolds, 89 yards
Receiving: Willie Quinnie 6 rec, Adam Herzing 70 yards
DEFENSE: 14 pts/game; 249 yds/game (rank 2); 83.5 rush yds/game (rank 4); 165.5 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: David Nugent, 2.0
Interceptions: Abdual Howard, 1
 THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY 
Head coach PETE KUHARCHEK is looking for another all-round display from his team similar to the one produced against the Claymores in Week 2. After that win, Kuharchek said: That was a big game for us because it tied us for the league lead. It was a real team effort as we had outstanding contributions on offense, defense and special teams. QB CHAD HUTCHINSON (Dallas Cowboys) threw his first touchdown pass of the season last week (see table) and completed 14 of 18 attempts for 141 yards and a passer rating of 117.8 vs Scotland RB JOFFREY REYNOLDS (Cleveland Browns) scored 2 touchdowns vs Claymores as he rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries RB JEREMY ALLEN (Atlanta Falcons) led the Fire with 37 rushing yards on 15 carries in Week 2 RB HENRI CHILDS (Kansas City Chiefs) blocked a punt to set up a Fire touchdown on his NFLEL debut WR SHOCKMAIN DAVIS (Green Bay Packers) caught 1 pass for 11 yards last week WR ADAM HERZING (San Francisco 49ers) caught an 11-yard pass last week and leads Rhein with 70 receiving yards this season WR WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons) has scored a touchdown in each of the first two games in 2004 (See table) German WR CHRISTOPHER LIESS had 1 catch for 7 yards last week TE DWAYNE BLAKLEY (Tennessee Titans) caught 3 passes for 22 yards last week TE DANIEL WILCOX made 2 receptions for 27 yards last week . DE DAVID NUGENT (Oakland Raiders) has 2 sacks among 6 tackles this season after adding 2 stops and 1 sack in Week 2 defeat of Claymores DE RANDY GARNER made 1 tackle last week and has 5 on the season DT CEDRIC KILLINGS (Washington Redskins) has made 3 tackles and added 1 quarterback sack this season DT DAVID THOMPSON (St. Louis Rams) posted 2 tackles and 1 sack last week LB JAMES HARRISON (Baltimore Ravens) made 4 tackles last week and has 10 stops on the season LB MAUGAULA TUITELE has 9 tackles this season after adding 5 stops against the Claymores LB CHARLES BURTON made 4 tackles and recovered a fumble against Scotland and has 9 tackles to
his name this season S ABDUAL HOWARD leads the Fire with 13 tackles. Earned Defensive Player of the Week honours in Week 2 with 3 tackles, 1 forced fumble and a 79-yard interception return for a touchdown vs Scotland. Needs to return one more interception for a touchdown to tie the all-time league record of 3 held by a pair of former Fire defenders in Vaughn Bryant (1995) and Clarence LeBlanc (2001). Registered 13 tackles, 1 interception and 3 pass defenses in two games vs Galaxy in 2003 CB TONY LUKINS (Seattle Seahawks) ranks second on the Fire with 11 tackles this season after adding a team-high 6 tackles vs Claymores in Week 2. Played in two games vs Galaxy in 2003 and registered 9 tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass defenses CB EARTHWIND MORELAND posted 1 tackle last week. Registered 2 tackles and 6 pass defenses in two games against Frankfurt in 2002 German S RICHARD YANCY posted 3 tackles last week and forced a fumble. Has 6 tackles in two games this season K INGO ANDERBRÜGGE made 4 of 4 PATs and added a 20-yard field goal in Week 2. Leads all kickers with 10 points through two games P BROOKS BARNARD (Chicago Bears) averaged 38.6 yards on 5 punts in Week 2 with a long of 45 yards.
QB CHAD HUTCHINSON (Dallas Cowboys), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 14 8 101 0 1
Wk 2: vs Sco 18 14 141 1 0
TOTAL 32 22 242 1 1
WR WILLIE QUINNIE (Atlanta Falcons), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 2 4 1
Wk 2: vs Sco 4 50 1
TOTAL 6 54 2
RB JOFFREY REYNOLDS (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
No Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 15 58 0 1 14 0
Wk 2: vs Sco 13 31 2 2 13 0
TOTAL 28 89 2 3 27 0
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SCOTTISH CLAYMORES (0-2)
Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (59-53 in
NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)
Colours: Navy, white and silver
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 41-51
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Livingstone
LAST GAME: Lost 3-31 at Rhein (4/10/04)
OFFENSE: 8.5 pts/game; 207 yds/game (rank 6); 61 rush yds/game(rank 5); 146 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Nate Hybl, 258 yards
Rushing: Maurice Hicks, 47 yards
Receiving: Scott McCready, 15 rec 98 yards
DEFENSE: 25.5 pts/game; 263.5 yds/game (rank 3); 115 rush yds/game (rank 5); 148.5 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Cedric Scott, Gavin Walls, 1.0
 THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS 
The Claymores head home after opening the year with two losses on the road. Despite their poor start to the season, head coach JACK BICKNELL refuses to write his Claymores out of the championship race. He explains: Its way too early to say we are out of the World Bowl race. We have only lost to Berlin and Rhein and if we beat them the next time and win our other games, were sitting in the World Bowl. Im looking forward to these next few games. QB NATE HYBL (Cleveland Browns) has completed 69.8 percent of his passes this season (see table). Completed 13 of 19 passes for 111 yards and 1 interception last week QB CURT ANES (Detroit Lions) hit on 4 of 6 attempts for 21 yards at Rhein last week RB MAURICE HICKS (San Francisco 49ers) has averaged 5.2 yards per carry this season (see table). Rushed for 23 yards and caught 2 passes for 8 yards at Rhein in Week 2 RB IAN SMART (New York Jets) rushed 4 times for 11 yards last week and caught 1 pass for 9 yards RB AHMAAD GALLOWAY (Denver Broncos) has rushed for 36 yards on 17 carries this season after adding 22 yards on 9 rushing attempts in Week 2. Also caught 2 passes for 10 yards British WR SCOTT McCREADY has caught a team-leading 15 passes in the opening two weeks of the year (see table). Added 4 receptions for 31 yards in Week 2 meeting with Fire WR RONALD BELLAMY (Miami Dolphins) caught 2 passes for 30 yards last weekend WR NICK DAVIS (Miami Dolphins) caught 1 pass for 23 yards in Week 2, returned 4 kickoffs for 92 yards and added 1 punt returns for 2 yards Scottish WR SCOTT COUPER is the all-time receiving leader among national players with 102 catches for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns. Caught 1 pass for 4 yards in Week 2. Has scored 3 career touchdowns vs Admirals but did not catch a pass in two meetings with Dutch club in 2003 TE AARON GOLLIDAY (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 14 yards last week TE MARCUS HELFMAN (San Francisco 49ers) has 4 catches for 45 yards and a TD
this season after making 1 catch for 3 yards last week DE DAMIAN GREGORY (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 3 tackles in Week 2 DE DURRAND ROUNDTREE (Indianapolis Colts) registered 3 tackles at Rhein last week Scottish DE ROBERT FLICKINGER has 12.5 career sacks to lead all national players. Registered 1 tackle in Week 2 DT CEDRIC SCOTT (Cleveland Browns) notched 4 tackles last weekend and has 7 stops on the season. Also forced a fumble at Rhein DT ALAN HARPER (New York Jets) registered 4 tackles last week LB RYAN MYERS (New York Jets) is the teams leading tackler after registering 9 takedowns in Week 2 to go with the 13 stops he made on opening day British LB ADEN DURDE made 2 tackles last week LB JIMMY McCLAIN (Jacksonville Jaguars) made 3 tackles in Week 2 and ranks second on the team with 12 tackles this season CB JERMAINE CHATMAN registered 3 tackles last week. Made 6 tackles and knocked down a pass in two games vs Admirals in 2003 CB KAHLIL CARTER (Buffalo Bills) made 1 tackle last week S JAMES LEWIS recorded 2 tackles last week K ROB HART needs 8 points to become the all-time scoring leader in NFLEL history, having taken his career total to 319 with a 35-yard field goal at Rhein in Week 2 P NICK MURPHY (Philadelphia Eagles) punted 6 times for a 39.2-yard average in Rhein.
QB NATE HYBL (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ber 24 17 147 1 0
Wk 2: at Rhe 19 13 111 0 1
TOTAL 43 30 258 1 1
WR SCOTT McCREADY, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ber 11 67 1
Wk 2: at Rhe 4 31 0
TOTAL 15 * 98 0
RB MAURICE HICKS (San Francisco 49ers), GAME-BY-GAME
No Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ber 4 24 0 1 8 0
Wk 2: at Rhe 5 23 0 2 8 0
TOTAL 9 47 0 3 16 0
*Leads NFL Europe League
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RHEIN FIRE (2-0) AT
FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-0)
Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Saturday April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 13-5 (teams tied 1-1 in World Bowls)
At Frankfurt: Rhein leads 7-2
At Rhein: Rhein leads 6-3
Streak: Frankfurt 1
Last season: Frankfurt 7 at Rhein 14; Rhein 7 at Frankfurt 38; Rhein 16 vs Frankfurt 35 (World Bowl XI)
Germany: LIVE/Premiere Sport 2 (7:00 p.m. CET)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (1:00 p.m. ET) DELAY/8:00 p.m. ET
KEVIN SLATON is joined in the broadcast booth by NFL quarterback JASON GARRETT, who played in the World League for the San Antonio Riders in 1991.
Frankfurts MIKE JONES faces his old team having won World Bowl rings as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator of Rhein Fire in 1998 and 2000. Has a perfect 2-0 record as a rookie head coach in NFL Europe. Rheins PETE KUHARCHEK has a career winning percentage of .625, (20 wins and 12 losses) tying him for second all time with former Birmingham Fire head coach Chan Gailey. Has a career record of 5-1 against Frankfurt in the regular season.
German rivals go head to head in first meeting of 2-0 teams since the London Monarchs hosted the Orlando Thunder at Wembley Stadium, London, in Week 3 of the 1991 season Galaxy has won last two meetings between the clubs, in Week 9 of the 2003 regular season and in World Bowl XI in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to that, the Fire had won seven games in a row between the two teams Both teams have been stingy in terms of points allowed this season. Frankfurt has given up a league-low 21 points in two games this year, while the Fire ranks second in that department with 28 points allowed Frankfurt leads the league with a turnover ratio of plus-8. They are one of just two teams with a positive ratio in the takeaway/giveaway department, having grabbed a league-high 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles, while only giving up a pair of fumbles. With 7 interceptions in two games, the Galaxy are on pace to grab 35 picks this season, which would smash their own league record of 23 set in 1995 Frankfurt remains the most balanced team in NFL Europe through two weeks of play as 50.2 percent of their offensive yards come on the ground (299) compared to 49.8 percent in the passing game (297) Rhein has traditionally boasted one of the strongest ground attacks in NFL Europe but is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry (worst in NFLEL) and 78 yards per game (4th in NFLEL) this season Both teams have shown good pass-rushing ability in their opening games of the year. Frankfurt leads NFLEL with 6 sacks, while the Fire is tied in second place with 5 quarterback sacks Teams met on three occasions in 2003, with Galaxy coming out on top in the most important meeting of the year World Bowl XI in Scotland. RB JONAS LEWIS rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown as Frankfurt became the first team in league history to win three World Bowls Week 9 meeting was a one-sided affair as WR ROBERT BAKER caught 4 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 38-7 Frankfurt win First meeting of 2003 saw Rhein run out 14-7 winners with the key scoring play being CHRIS GREISENS 22-yard pass to WR CHARLIE ADAMS.
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (0-2)
at SCOTTISH CLAYMORES (0-2)
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Sunday April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Overall: Scotland leads 10-8
At Scotland: Scotland leads 6-3
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 5-4
Streak: Scotland 5
Last season: Scotland 31 at Amsterdam 20; Amsterdam 14 at Scotland 31
United Kingdom: DELAY/Sky Sports 2 (2:30 a.m. Monday). Repeat showings at 12 noon and 4:00 p.m. on Sky Sports 3 on Monday April 19.
US: LIVE/DirecTV (9:00 a.m. ET); DELAY/NFL Network (8:00 p.m. ET)
Joining CRAIG SHEMON in the booth is STEVE ISRAEL, who played cornerback in the NFL for five teams St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.
BART ANDRUS is in his fourth season as an NFL Europe League head coach and is still searching for his first winning campaign. Won a World Bowl ring as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff in 2000. JACK BICKNELL has more wins (59) than any other NFLEL coach and took his Barcelona Dragons to four World Bowls, winning the title on home soil in 1997.
Both clubs go in search of opening win in 2004 after starting the year with 0-2 records Claymores will make 2004 home debut after losing first two games of the season on the road. Only one team has ever won at home in Week 3 after opening the season with two road games and that was the Jack Bicknell-coached Barcelona Dragons in 2003 The Admirals boast NFL Europes top-ranked passing attack, averaging 273 yards per game, while the Claymores have the leagues best unit against the pass, conceding 148.5 yards per game through the air The Claymores have struggled to stretch the field on offense and are averaging a league-low 8.5 yards per completion Scotlands offensive line has also given up a league-high 6 sacks in two games, tying the Admirals for first place in that category Meeting features the two least productive running games in NFL Europe through the opening two weeks. Amsterdam is averaging 51 rushing yards per game, while the Claymores are gaining 61 yards per game on the ground The Admirals gain 84.3 percent of their yards through the air compared to 15.7 percent in the running game that is the widest margin in terms of passing yards/rushing yards ratio in NFL Europe Converting on third down has been a big problem for the Admirals, who have a league-worst 25 percent success rate The Claymores are tied for fourth in that category by being successful on 36 percent of third down attempts The Admirals lead NFL Europe with 37 first downs in two games The Claymores have scored a league-low 17 points and 2 touchdowns this season In last meeting between the teams, Scotland rode a powerful offense to a 31-14 victory in Week 10 as RB KEN SIMONTON rushed for 151 yards and FB MIKE MALAN scored 2 touchdowns In earlier Week 8 meeting, QB CRAIG NALL threw for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns as Scotland won 31-20 in the Amsterdam ArenA. TE ROD TRAFFORD (1) and Malan (2) were on the receiving end of Nalls scoring strikes.
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (0-2)
at BERLIN THUNDER (2-0)
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Sunday, April 18 4:00 p.m.
Overall: First meeting between teams
At Berlin: 0-0
At Cologne: 0-0
Streak: First meeting between teams
RICK LANTZ is 2-0 as an NFL Europe head coach after serving as linebackers coach of the Barcelona Dragons in 2003. Brings more than 40 years of coaching in the college and professional ranks to NFL Europe. PETER VAAS returns to Berlin, where he coached the Thunder for four seasons from 2000-2003, winning back to back World Bowls in 2001-2002 and a Coach of the Year award in 2002.
Centurions head to Berlin still looking for their first win in franchise history. Have outgained their opponents in both games this season (at Rhein and vs Frankfurt) but have lost on both occasions, giving up touchdowns through special teams errors in each contest. Conceded a pair of 93-yard kickoff returns in Week 1 and had a punt blocked and recovered in the end zone last week vs Frankfurt Centurions have controlled the clock better than anyone else in NFL Europe this season, averaging 35:15 of possession per game Berlin is coached by a defensive guru in RICK LANTZ and leads NFL Europe in offense, while Cologne is led by former college quarterback PETER VAAS and leads the league in defense Berlin is 2-0 in April, having gone 2-12 in previous games played in that month since 1999. Prior to this season, the Thunder had not won in April since defeating the Frankfurt Galaxy on April 28, 2001 Cologne is one of just two teams with a positive turnover ratio this season, ranking plus-1 in the takeaway/giveaway department The Thunder has a minus-2 ratio having given up 1 interception and 3 fumbles Berlin leads NFL Europe with an average of 13.2 yards per pass completion and German club has given up just 1 sack in two games. The Thunder also has scored a league-best 5 passing touchdowns this season . Nine different receivers have caught passes for the Thunder while the Centurions have spread the ball around to seven receivers Centurions have tossed up 3 interceptions in the passing game, to rank 5th in NFLEL in that category... Cologne boasts the most successful offense in NFL Europe in the red zone, scoring on 100 percent of their trips inside the opposing 20-yard line (4 touchdowns and 3 field goals from 7 trips). Berlin ranks fourth in that department, scoring 80 percent of the time (3 touchdowns and 1 field goal from 5 trips) Cologne also ranks second in NFLEL in red zone defense, allowing opponents to score 75 percent of the time inside their 20-yard line (2 touchdowns and 1 field goal from 4 visits).
 WEEK TWO RECAP 
Berlin Thunder 28, Amsterdam Admirals 17
(Amsterdam ArenA. Attendance: 10,763)
Clint Stoerner (Ams), 329 passing yards, 1 TD
Rohan Davey (Ber), 164 passing yards, 2 TD
Jörg Heckenbach (Ber), 2 catches, 95 yards, 2 TD
Frankfurt Galaxy 20, Cologne Centurions 10
(RheinEnergieStadion. Attendance: 9,134)
Leonard Henry (Fra), 63 rushing yards, 1 TD
Ahmad Brooks (Fra), 7 tackles, 1 interception
Jermaine Lewis (Fra) Blocked punt for TD
Scottish Claymores 3, Rhein Fire 31
(Arena AufSchalke. Attendance: 17,176)
Chad Hutchinson (Rhe), 117.8 QB rating, 1 TD
Joffrey Reynolds (Rhe), 2 rushing TDs, 31 yards
Abdual Howard (Rhe) 3 tackles, 1 interception for TD
National Football League Europa Stories from April 13, 2004
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