April 25, 2006 - National Football League Europa (NFLE)
FOUR games and 240 minutes of football. That\'s all that separates each NFL Europe League team still dreaming of championship glory from an appearance in Yello Strom World Bowl XIV on Saturday May 27.
And while the Amsterdam Admirals have edged ahead at the top, the race to reach the title game in Düsseldorf remains wide open as only the winless Hamburg Sea Devils have been eliminated from post-season contention. The other four teams chasing the Admirals are separated by just two games.
With Week 7 pitting the top three teams in the standings against the bottom three, there is potential for an even tighter race heading into the home straight.
The action begins with the Amsterdam Admirals (5-1) paying a visit to the Hamburg Sea Devils (0-5-1), while the Rhein Fire (4-2) plays host to the Berlin Thunder (2-3-1).
The weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon with the Frankfurt Galaxy (4-2) taking their three-game winning streak on the road to face the Cologne Centurions (2-4).
WEEK SEVEN SCHEDULE
SATURDAY APRIL 29
Amsterdam Admirals at Hamburg Sea Devils
AOL Arena, Hamburg, 6:00 p.m.
Berlin Thunder at Rhein Fire
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY APRIL 30
Frankfurt Galaxy at Cologne Centurions
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, 4:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 6
OFFENSIVE - ROGER ROBINSON - RB, Frankfurt
27 carries for 146 yards and 1 touchdown;
3 receptions for 45 yards
DEFENSIVE - RAYSHUN REED - CB, Hamburg
2 tackles, 2 interceptions for 29 yards; Forced and recovered a fumble and returned 30 yards for TD
SPECIAL TEAMS - DAVID KIMBALL - K, Frankfurt
Kicked 4 FG, including game-winner with 0:02 left
NATIONAL - SCOTT McCREADY - WR, Hamburg
6 receptions for 139 yards
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COVER STORY (continued)
With four weeks of the regular season remaining, the Admirals are sitting comfortably on top of the standings and are full of confidence having won five games in a row.
However, head coach BART ANDRUS is adopting the \'one game at a time\' mantra, insisting: "I think it is a little early to be talking about World Bowl. There is a lot of football still to be played before the World Bowl line-up is decided and traditionally it is going to take seven (wins) to clinch. We are a ways away from that so our intention is to go on the road and play in another tough place in Hamburg."
The Sea Devils will be keen to upset the table-topping Admirals following a disappointing loss in Cologne last week. Head coach JACK BICKNELL says: "It was a hard-fought game between two teams that needed a win. It was very critical for both of us. We were trying like crazy but we came up short at the end. These are great kids and they are trying to win."
The Fire will look to get back on track following back-to-back losses to the Admirals, the second of which prompted head coach JIM TOMSULA to say: "We made too many mistakes against a really good football team in Amsterdam. We have some good football players and we still feel very confident about the team we have. We just have to play the game cleaner."
Rhein will take on a Berlin Thunder club coming off a loss in Frankfurt which leaves head coach RICK LANTZ insisting Saturday\'s trip to Düsseldorf is a must-win game for the three-time World Bowl champions.
He says: "Even though I know teams have got into the World Bowl with four losses, having three losses and a tie at this point is not the easiest way to do it. We are not in control of our destiny any longer but we have to keep playing as hard as we can and get wins each week, because every game in this league is going to be close."
The Galaxy heads to Cologne needing a win to maintain a World Bowl charge that was buoyed with a last-gasp victory over Berlin last weekend.
Head coach MIKE JONES is proud of his team, which is riding a three-game winning streak, saying: "When you look at how we have come together as a team, you can see the character coming out. The win over Berlin was huge. It gives us momentum and helps us realize that we make life very difficult for the teams that have to come to Frankfurt in the second half of the season. We can play with the best of them."
Cologne head coach DAVID DUGGAN saw his Centurions snap a four-game losing streak to remain in the World Bowl race and said of his players: "They represented the city of Cologne very well. They saw the value of sticking together as a team and I am very proud of them."
Galaxy using \'Rabbit Power\' to boost World Bowl challenge
THE sight of ROGER \'RABBIT\' ROBINSON darting through an opposing defense for big yardage has become a familiar and successful one for Frankfurt Galaxy fans this season.
The speedy Arizona Cardinals-allocated running back has become the key cog in a Frankfurt Galaxy attack that ranks second in NFL Europe and one of the main reasons the club is 4-2 and in the thick of the World Bowl race with four weeks of the regular season remaining.
Robinson rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown during Frankfurt\'s 18-17 win over Berlin and was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Despite missing a Week 5 defeat of Hamburg with a head injury, Robinson remains on pace to rush for 1,037 yards this season, which would place him second on the all-time charts behind Mike Green (Barcelona Dragons, 2001), who rushed for 1,057 yards.
Robinson has four 100-yard rushing games in five appearances this season and Frankfurt has gone 3-1 in those contests. He needs two more 100-yard outings to tie the league record of six in a single season set by Rhein\'s Joe Smith in 2005.
And with Robinson leading the way behind a strong offensive line, Frankfurt is on course to rush for 1,602 yards. That figure would rank third on the all-time single season charts behind the 1999 Rhein Fire (1,686 yards) and the 2003 Scottish Claymores (1,606 yards).
Frankfurt leads NFL Europe in rushes (206), rushing yards (961) and yards per carry (4.7). Robinson leads the league with 622 yards on 115 carries (5.4 average).
Robinson, who carried 5 times for 47 yards and added a 6-yard catch on Frankfurt\'s game-winning drive last week, says: "Going into the Berlin game I felt fresher and it may have been a blessing in disguise to have a week off to help my body heal. Their defense came out to stop the run but our offensive line wore them down and as the game went on it was getting easier to run the football.
"That last drive just showed that all the hard work we put in through the first 55 minutes paid off."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES adds: "When you get up to 40 rushing attempts (Frankfurt had 42 for 203 yards) it tends to wear on a defense. On the last series, Roger was able to get some big yardage. We couldn\'t get big yards until towards the end of the game. I am sure one of the reasons for that was that their defense was worn down."
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Admirals move a step closer to club record winning streak
BY recording a 30-21 victory over the Rhein Fire on Saturday night, the Amsterdam Admirals moved a step closer to matching their best winning streak in franchise history.
Following an opening night loss to Berlin, the Admirals have won five games in a row - that is the best winning streak since the club opened its inaugural 1995 campaign with a 7-0 mark.
Explosive offense remains the not-so-secret key to Amsterdam\'s success as the Dutch club remains on pace to score 317 points this season - that would smash the single season record of 310 set by the London Monarchs in 1991.
For an example of Amsterdam\'s firepower, you need only look at how the Admirals dismantled the Rhein Fire\'s league-leading defense in the past fortnight.
In the opening four games of the year, the Fire allowed an average of 9.25 points per game en route to a 4-0 record. In back-to-back losses to the Admirals, Rhein allowed an average of 32.5 points per contest.
Speaking about his team\'s second successive victory over the Fire, Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS says: "I thought it was an entertaining game with a lot of scoring. I was extremely proud of the way our guys came in and played well and remained focused against a well-prepared Fire team."
The Admirals have scored more than 30 points in each of their last four games and have topped that mark in eight of their last 14 regular season contests dating back to Week 3 of the 2005 campaign.
Amsterdam\'s offensive stars are also on pace to write their names in the record books.
Quarterback GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks) leads the league with 1,307 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. His QB rating of 114.5 - if maintained - would eclipse the single season mark of 107.3 set by Scotland\'s Kevin Daft in 2000.
Hamdan is also averaging 10.29 yards per attempt this season and is on pace to surpass the single season record of 9.35 set by David Archer, of the 1992 Sacramento Surge.
Wide receiver SKYLER FULTON (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europe with 29 receptions for 665 yards and is on pace to end the season with 1,108 receiving yards, which would shatter the all-time record of 1,023, set by Scotland\'s Sean LaChapelle in 1996. Fulton needs to average 89.75 receiving yards per game in the remaining month of the regular season to break the record.
Sea Devils go in search of much-needed victory in Week 7
AFTER a testing start to the 2006 season, the Hamburg Sea Devils will go in search of a much-needed victory when they play host to the table-topping Amsterdam Admirals on Saturday evening.
No team has gone this far into a season without a victory since the 1992 Ohio Glory, who won in Week 7 of a campaign that saw them finish with a 1-9 record.
The only other team to go six weeks into a season without a win was the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, who went 0-10 in the inaugural 1991 campaign.
In the remaining four weeks of the season, Hamburg faces the 5-1 Admirals twice, the 4-2 Rhein Fire and a trip to the German capital to take on the Berlin Thunder.
They will need to win at least one of those contests to avoid becoming the second winless club in NFL Europe League history.
Despite their troubles, Sea Devils head coach JACK BICKNELL sees no quitting from his team, stating: "I don\'t have anybody in my dog house because they are working their butts off. You could say we are not very good, but don\'t say we don\'t play and try as hard as we can.
"When you have not won, it\'s hard to be confident, so it could be holding us back. Things have not gone our way and I think a win would solve a lot of things and might get us on a run. I think if we had that confidence it might make us a better team."
NFLEL FACTS: Missed Chances
In their last four games, the Hamburg Sea Devils have seen fourth quarter leads turn into a tie and three losses. In Week 3, Hamburg led Berlin 17-7 in the final period and ended tied 17-17. In Week 4, they led Rhein 21-14 and lost 31-21. In Week 5, the Sea Devils were 13-10 up on Frankfurt and lost 17-13. And last weekend they led Cologne 10-6 before losing 20-17.
NFLEL FACTS: Record Pace
Amsterdam Admirals Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA leads NFL Europe with a kickoff return average of 31.8 yards (on 13 returns). If he maintains that average, it would rank third all-time, behind single season efforts by Rafael Cooper (33.6 for Amsterdam in 2002) and Sulecio Sanford (32.3 for Scotland in 2000).
NFLEL FACTS: Big Plays
Amsterdam Admirals lead NFL Europe with 27 offensive plays covering 20+ yards (8 rush, 19 pass). By contrast, their Week 7 opponents, Hamburg, rank sixth with 14 offensive plays of 20 yards or more (2 rush, 12 pass).
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Master takes on former pupil in must-win game for both teams
THE last time RICK LANTZ and JIM TOMSULA met on the football field, Lantz was tutoring his former defensive coordinator on the finer nuances of the two-minute offense.
That last-minute tutorial took place just moments before Tomsula\'s Rhein Fire inflicted a 22-0 shut-out on Lantz\'s Berlin Thunder, and prompted the rookie head coach to say of his former boss: "I can\'t say how strongly I feel about that man."
Since that Week 2 meeting in Berlin, both head coaches have enjoyed mixed fortunes but remain very much alive in the race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XIV in Düsseldorf on Saturday May 27.
Tomsula opened his head coaching career with four straight wins, joining four other coaches, including Lantz, who achieved such a feat. Since then he has seen his club\'s progress slowed by back-to-back losses to Amsterdam.
Lantz has seen his Thunder team blow hot and cold en route to a 2-3-1 record that leaves them needing a win at the LTU arena on Saturday night.
Looking ahead to the all-important clash with the assistant he won a World Bowl ring with in 2004, Lantz says: "Coach Tomsula is a very close associate of mine, so I would not want to embarrass him by not playing good football against the Rhein Fire.
"We are really down right now after losing to Frankfurt but I promise you this team will pick themselves up and be ready to play a great game against Rhein on Saturday. We have to continue to give a good effort and play as hard as we can."
NFLEL FACTS: Home Form
In the past three weeks of NFLEL action, home teams have posted a combined 7-2 record. For the season, home teams are 10-7-1 yet only one team is perfect on home soil - the 3-0 Frankfurt Galaxy. Home teams went a combined 20-10 during the 2005 season. Amsterdam Admirals are the league\'s road warriors, posting a 3-0 mark away from the Amsterdam ArenA.
NFLEL FACTS: Get the Point
Amsterdam Admirals kicker RYAN KILLEEN (Seattle Seahawks) needs to successfully convert 15 PATs in the final four games of 2006 to break the single season mark of 37 successful extra points held by Phil Alexander (37 of 39 for London Monarchs in 1991) and Rob Hart (37 of 38 for Scottish Claymores in 2003). Killeen has converted 23 of 23 PATs and leads NFLEL with 44 points.
Many happy returns for NFLEL vets leading the way in 2006
WHILE each NFL Europe League season brings an influx of new and exciting young talent from the NFL, it remains clear that veterans with European experience are vital to a team\'s World Bowl chances.
Never has that been more evident than in 2006, with four major statistical categories being led by players who have starred in the NFL Europe League in previous years.
Amsterdam Admirals quarterback GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks) is in his third season in the Netherlands and currently leads NFL Europe with 1,307 yards, 11 touchdowns and a passer rating of 114.5.
Admirals Japanese wide receiver NORIAKI KINOSHITA - in his second NFLEL campaign - leads the league with 13 kickoff returns for 414 yards (31.8 average) with a long of 82 yards.
Frankfurt Galaxy wide receiver ADAM HERZING (Pittsburgh Steelers) - who won All-NFLEL honors with the Rhein Fire in 2004 - tops the league with a punt return average of 10.1 yards, racking up 121 yards on 12 runbacks.
Rhein Fire defensive end DERRICK STRONG is also in his second tour of duty in NFL Europe and is currently tied for the league lead with 4 quarterback sacks.
Here is a look at other returning veterans who are shining in the 2006 NFLEL campaign:
- Hamburg Sea Devils English WR SCOTT McCREADY ranks second in NFL Europe with 24 receptions for 309 yards.
- Frankfurt Galaxy WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings) ranks third in NFLEL with 24 catches for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- Amsterdam Admirals RB LARRY CROOM (San Diego Chargers) leads his club with 285 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
- Berlin Thunder German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR leads his defense with 2.5 sacks among 21 tackles.
- French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads the Cologne Centurions with 40 tackles.
- Hamburg Sea Devils S SHAWN MAYER (Cleveland Browns) leads his defensive unit with 34 tackles
- Third-year LB TERRENCE ROBINSON leads the Rhein Fire defense with 38 tackles.
Speaking of the returning Hamdan, Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS says: "It is an advantage because you don\'t have many players come back - let alone a quarterback. The leadership position he is in means he has an effect on the entire team."
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (5-1)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (28-28 in NFLEL,Plus 1-0 in World Bowl)Colours: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Richard Kent (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 62-54
MEDIA CONTACT: Perry Hendriks
LAST GAME: Won 31-20 vs Rhein (4/22/06)
OFFENSE: 31.7 pts/game; 351.8 yds/game (rank 1); 96.5 yds rush/game (rank 5); 255.3 yds pass/game (rank 1)
Passing: Gibran Hamdan, 1,307 yds
Rushing: Larry Croom, 285 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 29 rec, 665 yds
DEFENSE: 25.17 pts/game; 326 yds/game (rank 4); 127.7 rush yds/game (rank 4); 198.3 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Claude Harriott, 3
Interceptions: Five players, 1
- THIS WEEK: at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
Head coach BART ANDRUS is more concerned about winning this week than looking ahead to World Bowl scenarios. He says: "There is still a lot to be played before World Bowl is decided and traditionally it is going to take seven wins. Our intention is just to go to Hamburg and play on the road in another tough place."... QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europe in passing yards, passing TDs, completion percentage (see table) and in passer rating, His current mark of 114.5 would set a new single-season NFLEL record... QB JARED ALLEN (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) completed 5 of 6 passes for 43 yards last week and has a 104.8 rating for the season... QB REGGIE ROBERTSON (Oakland Raiders) has thrown for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season... RB LARRY CROOM (San Diego Chargers) leads the team in rushing yards (see table)... RB DIAMOND FERRI (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for 19 yards on 8 carries last week (identical numbers to a week earlier against the same opposition) and has 239 on 61 attempts this season... WR CRAIG BRAGG (Chicago Bears) caught 2 passes for 28 yards last week and has 12 catches this season... WR SKYLER FULTON (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europe in receiving yards and receptions (see table). Last week missed out by 5 yards on tying the league record of five 100-yard receiving games in a season... WR CHAD LUCAS (Green Bay Packers) caught 1 pass for 17 yards last week and saw his streak of 7 TDs in three weeks halted... WR VINCENT BUTLER (Green Bay Packers) caught 2 passes for 43 yards last week... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 1 pass for 9 yards last week, giving him 7 this season. Ran back 2 kickoffs for 111 yards, including an 82-yarder, and leads the league with a 31.8-yard average. Ranks fourth in NFLEL in combined net yardage (616)... TE TORY HUMPHREY (Green Bay Packers) caught 1 pass for 10 yards last week... TE BEN HALL (Arizona Cardinals) caught 2 passes for 9 yards,
including a TD, last week... DE EARL COCHRAN ranks second on the team with 3 sacks ... DE CLAUDE HARRIOTT leads the team after posting his league-leading fourth sack last week... DT MARCUS JASMIN (Detroit Lions) posted 4 tackles last week... DT JEREMY CAUDILL recorded 2 tackles against the Fire last weekend and also forced a fumble... DT TONY BROWN (Carolina Panthers) had 7 tackles last week for 24 on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK had 3 tackles last week and ranks third on team with 31... LB JEREMY CAIN (Chicago Bears) led the team with 9 tackles last week... CB JUSTIN PERKINS (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 3 tackles and his first interception of the season last week... S ATARI BIGBY (Green Bay Packers) leads the team with 37 tackles after posting 6 last week... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN (Chicago Bears) had his first pick of the season last week... S COREY PEOPLES (Philadelphia Eagles) ranks second on team with 33 tackles after 1 stop last week... K RYAN KILLEEN (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFLEL kickers with 44 points after going 3 of 3 on FGs last week (26, 30 and 31 yards)... P GLENN PAKULAK (Oakland Raiders) punted 3 times for a 45.3-yard average last week and leads the league with a 42.5-yard mark.
QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ber 25 14 246 1 2
Wk 2: at Col 22 9 209 1 1
Wk 3: vs Fra 15 12 189 3 0
Wk 4: at Ber 22 13 216 2 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 22 15 244 3 0
Wk 6: at Rhe 21 14 203 2 0
TOTAL 127 77 1,307* 10* 3
RB LARRY CROOM (San Diego Chargers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 9 34 1 1 5 0
Wk 2: at Col 15 82 0 0 0 0
Wk 3: vs Fra 13 17 0 0 0 0
Wk 4: at Ber 11 80 0 2 6 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 8 23 1 3 23 0
Wk 6: at Rhe 12 49 1 2 17 0
TOTAL 68 285 2 7 51 0
WR SKYLER FULTON (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 6 131 1
Wk 2: at Col 5 105 1
Wk 3: vs Fra 4 144 2
Wk 4: at Ber 3 77 0
Wk 5: vs Rhe 6 113 2
Wk 6: at Rhe 5 95 0
TOTAL 29* 665* 6
* Leads NFLEL
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-3-1)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (18-7-1 in NFLEL, plus 1-1 in World Bowl)Colours: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Charles \'Yogi\' Jones (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 40-35-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Maik Matischak
LAST GAME: Lost 17-18 at Frankfurt (4/22/06)
OFFENSE: 20.3 pts/game; 291.5 yds/game (rank 5); 104.2 rush yds/game (rank 4); 187.3 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Lang Campbell, 877 yds
Rushing: Marty Johnson, 350 yds
Receiving: Rich Musinski, 14 rec, Lance Moore, 207 yds
DEFENSE: 22.8 pts/game; 356.3 yds/game (rank 6); 133.5 rush yds/game (rank 5); 222.8 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Christian Mohr, 2.5
Interceptions: Anthony Floyd, Robert Redd, 2
- THIS WEEK: at RHEIN FIRE -
Head coach RICK LANTZ will look for his team to get back on track following a one-point loss in Frankfurt that left him disappointed, saying: "We were outplayed in the game and, in the end, that told. We only got 10 first downs, which is the worst output in a game since I have been here for two and a half years."... QB LANG CAMPBELL (Cleveland Browns) has started every game for Berlin (see table) and ranks third in NFLEL with a 83.4 passer rating following his best statistical game of the season last week, when he compiled a rating of 143.5... QB B.J. SYMONS (Chicago Bears) has thrown for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns this term... QB BRIAN WROBEL (Green Bay Packers) completed 1 of 6 passes for 11 yards with 1 interception last week... RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS missed his second game of the season last week (see table). Rushed for 121 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries in two games against Frankfurt last season... RB MARTY JOHNSON leads the Thunder in rushing yards (see table)... WR LANCE MOORE (New Orleans Saints) still leads the team in receiving yards after missing the last three games with a thumb injury... RB DEREK FARMER (San Diego Chargers) rushed for 13 yards on 11 carries last week and has 74 yards and 1 touchdown on 26 attempts this season... FB JONATHAN EVANS (San Diego Chargers) caught 1 pass for 4 yards last week and has 10 catches this season... WR RICH MUSINSKI (New England Patriots) caught 3 passes for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns last week and has a team-high 14 receptions on the season for 187 yards and 3 scores... WR C.J. JONES returned 2 kickoffs for 58 yards last week... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ reeled in a 12-yard reception last week to give him 7 catches for 115 yards and 1 TD this season... TE JASON RANDALL (Atlanta Falcons) caught 2 passes for 25 yards last week and has 10 receptions in 2006... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR leads the team with 2.5 sacks and has 21 tackles on the season after adding 2 stops last week... DE ELTON PATTERSON (Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack last weekend, giving him 9 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 passes batted down this season... DT JASON DAVIS (Houston Texans) registered 4 tackles last week and has 14 and half a sack in 2006... LB JERMAINE TAYLOR (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
leads the team with 40 tackles after adding 3 to his total last week... LB ANDRE TORREY (Houston Texans) ranks second on Berlin\'s defense with 39 stops after adding 8 and 1 forced fumble last week... LB KEVIN HARRISON led the Thunder with 11 tackles in Frankfurt and has 31 and 1 sack on the season... LB QUENTIN SWAIN had 5 tackles against the Galaxy to take his total for the year to 33... CB ROBERT REDD (Atlanta Falcons) jointly leads the Thunder with 2 interceptions and has averaged 27.6 yards per runback on 13 kickoff returns. Played wide receiver for the Thunder in 2005 and made a return to the offensive side of the ball last week, catching 2 passes for 16 yards... CB ANTWAUN ROGERS (Denver Broncos) recorded 8 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week. Has 31 tackles and 3 passes defended this season... CB JAMES THORNTON (Cleveland Browns) recorded 5 tackles last week to give him 26 tackles for the year... S ANTHONY FLOYD (Houston Texans) jointly leads the Thunder with 2 interceptions for 35 yards. Has also added 35 tackles, 6 passes defended and 1 forced fumble... S JAMAAL BRIMMER (New York Giants) posted 1 tackle last week and has 16 this season... German S OLIVER FLEMMING recorded 4 tackles last week... K XAVIER BEITIA (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has 32 points this season after making his only FG from 42 yards last week and adding 2 PATs... P BRIAN SIMNJANOWSKI (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) ranks fourth in the NFLEL with a 38.3-yard average
QB LANG CAMPBELL (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ams 26 16 139 1 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 26 14 156 0 2
Wk 3: at Ham 27 13 219 1 1
Wk 4: vs Ams 16 11 117 0 1
Wk 5: vs Col 18 11 112 2 0
Wk 6: at Fra 15 12 134 2 0
TOTAL 128 77 877 6 4
RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ams 17 60 1 1` 13 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 5 13 0 2 6 0
Wk 3: at Ham 12 28 0 3 69 0
Wk 4: vs Ams DNP
Wk 5: vs Col 11 37 0 0 0 0
Wk 6: at Fra DNP
TOTAL 45 138 1 6 88 0
RB MARTY JOHNSON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ams 15 58 0 1 1 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 9 38 0 1 -1 0
Wk 3: at Ham 9 42 0 2 15 0
Wk 4: vs Ams 25 130 2 2 18 1
Wk 5: vs Col 7 49 0 3 22 0
Wk 6: at Fra 6 33 0 2 27 0
TOTAL 71 350 2 11 82 1
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (2-4)Head Coach: David Duggan (2-4 in NFLEL)Colours: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Scott Milanovich (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 12-14
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Won 20-17 vs Hamburg (4/23/06)
OFFENSE: 14.3 pts/game; 306.8 yds/game (rank 3); 142.3 rush yds/game (rank 2); 164.5 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Shane Boyd, 783 yds
Rushing: Fred Russell, 362 yds
Receiving: Jamall Broussard, 22 rec, 260 yds
DEFENSE: 18.7 pts/game; 301.3 yds/game (rank 3); 125.7 rush yds/game (rank 3); 175.7 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Four players, 1.0
Interceptions: Three players, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs FRANKFURT GALAXY -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN felt his players prepared in the right manner to defeat Hamburg last week, saying: "They still saw the value of coming out and working hard in practice. It was an amazing week of practice for a team that was 1-4."... QB SHANE BOYD (Pittsburgh Steelers) has started the last three games (see table). In addition to passing totals, has rushed for 187 yards this season and is on pace to gain 312 yards on the ground in 2006, which would challenge the single season mark of 334 set by Barcelona\'s Jon Kitna in 1997... QB KLIFF KINGSBURY (New York Jets) completed 4 of 8 attempts for 45 yards with 1 interception last week. Started the opening three games of the season. Has thrown for 246 yards and 1 touchdown this term... RB FRED RUSSELL (St. Louis Rams) found the end zone for the second game in a row last week (see table). Leads Centurions in rushing yards and ranks fourth in NFLEL... WR JAMALL BROUSSARD (Cincinnati Bengals) leads the team in receptions and receiving yards but has yet to score a touchdown this term (see table)... WR REGGIE NEWHOUSE has 13 catches this season after adding 2 for 23 yards last week... WR BRIAN BRATTON (Baltimore Ravens) was held without a catch last week and has 14 for 165 yards and 2 scores on the season... WR MICHAEL GASPERSON (Philadelphia Eagles) caught 2 passes for 23 yards last week and has 9 for 110 yards in 2006... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 4 catches for 34 yards this season... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in a league record 92nd game last week and recorded 1 catch for 11 yards, taking his career total to 92 receptions for 946 yards and 3 touchdowns... TE TRENT SMITH (San Francisco 49ers) caught 5 passes for 60 yards and 1 TD last week. Has 10 receptions for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns this season... DE TYLER KING (Arizona Cardinals) recorded 1 sack in his first appearance for the Centurions in 2006... DE DARRELL WRIGHT recorded 1 tackle last week and has 10 this season... DE OTIS GRIGSBY (Carolina Panthers) made 3 tackles against
the Sea Devils and has 9 on the season... DT BRYAN SAVE posted 4 tackles last week to take his season tally to 18 with 1 sack... DT ARRION DIXON (Kansas City Chiefs) notched 3 tackles last week for 21 this season... DT EDDIE FREEMAN (Kansas City Chiefs) grabbed 3 tackles last week, taking total for 2006 to 13. Also forced a fumble... LB DAVID BERGERON (Carolina Panthers) posted 2 tackles last weekend, giving him 30 to rank second on the team this season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads the Centurions with 40 tackles after adding 7 stops last week... CB LANCE FRAZIER (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 22 stops this season, along with 4 passes defended... CB MARK ESTELLE (Houston Texans) recorded 3 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week. Has 9 tackles and a team-high 7 passes defended this season... S RAYMOND VENTRONE (New England Patriots) recorded 3 tackles last week and has totalled 28 tackles this season... S KEVIN CURTIS (Houston Texans) has 29 tackles this season after adding 8 stops, 1 interception and 3 passes defended last week... K NICK SETTA (Buffalo Bills) has 9 points this season having converted 2/3 FG and 3/4 PATs... P GABE LINDSTROM (Seattle Seahawks) ranks second in the NFLEL with a 41.2-yard average.
QB SHANE BOYD (Pittsburgh Steelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 9 5 29 0 1
Wk 2: vs Ams 15 9 142 0 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 23 14 163 1 1
Wk 4: at Fra 18 12 141 1 2
Wk 5: at Ber 37 18 163 0 2
Wk 6: vs Ham 23 10 145 1 1
TOTAL 125 68 783 3 7
RB FRED RUSSELL (St. Louis Rams), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ham 22 85 0 2 6 0
Wk 2: vs Ams 19 69 0 2 43 0
WK 3: vs Rhein 12 35 0 1 5 0
Wk 4: at Fra 13 62 0 5 29 0
Wk 5: at Ber 11 32 2 3 17 0
Wk 6: vs Ham 22 79 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 99 362 3 13 100 0
WR JAMALL BROUSSARD (Cincinnati Bengals), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ham 4 31 0
Wk 2: vs Ams 6 89 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 3 12 0
Wk 4: at Fra 3 40 0
Wk 5: at Ber 2 15 0
Wk 6: vs Ham 4 73 0
TOTAL 22 260 0
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (4-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (14-12) in NFLEL, plus 0-1 in World Bowl.Colours: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (2nd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ed O\'Neil (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 72-64
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 18-17 vs Berlin (4/22/06)
OFFENSE: 18.8 pts/game; 344 yds/game (rank 2); 160.2 rush yds/game (rank 1); 183.8 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Craig Ochs, 563 yds
Rushing: Roger Robinson, 622 yds
Receiving: Aaron Hosack, 24 rec, 298 yds
DEFENSE: 17.7 pts/game; 278 yds/game (rank 2); 111.2 rush yds/game (rank 2); 166.8 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Matt Sinclair, Jerome Nichols, 3.0
Interceptions: Lenny Williams, 3
- THIS WEEK: at COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach MIKE JONES paid tribute to the Galaxy crowd for their support during last weekend\'s defeat of Berlin, stating: "The atmosphere and the noise level was unbelievable. The Thunder had to call time outs on offense to deal with that. The fans are our 12th man on the field."... QB CRAIG OCHS (Buffalo Bills) made his first start of the season last week and threw for a season-high yardage total (see table). Has a QB rating of 97.2... QB JEFF OTIS (Arizona Cardinals) started the opening five games of the season and has thrown for 480 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Has passer rating of 84.3... RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals) leads NFL Europe in rushing yards (see table), and topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth time in five outings this season. Has added 10 catches for 85 yards... RB J.R. NIKLOS rushed twice for 2 yards last week, giving him 38 carries for 136 yards and 1 touchdown this season. Added 3 receptions for 22 yards... Free agent RB BUTCHIE WALLACE made his second Galaxy appearance last week and rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries. Has a two-game total of 117 rushing yards on 32 carries... WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings) leads the Galaxy in receptions and receiving yards (see table) and ranks third in NFLEL in both categories. Caught 3 passes for 37 yards in first meeting with Cologne... WR ADAM HERZING (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught 3 passes for 36 yards last week and has 11 receptions for 189 yards this season. Leads NFLEL with average of 10.1 yards per punt return (12 for 121)... WR WALTER YOUNG (Pittsburgh Steelers) ranks second on the club in receptions (see table) but has just 1 catch in the past two games while battling injury. Scored 2 touchdowns in first meeting with Centurions this year... TE KEITH WILLIS (Seattle Seahawks) led the Galaxy with 3 catches for 52 yards last week and has made 7 receptions for 132 yards this season... TE SEAN McHUGH (Detroit Lions) grabbed 2 passes for 20 yards last week and has 6 receptions in 2006... DE JUSTIN BROWN (Indianapolis Colts) registered 3 tackles and 1 sack last week, giving him 18 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble for the
year... DE ANTAJJ HAWTHORNE (Oakland Raiders) recorded 5 tackles last week and has 12 and 1 sack this season... Free agent DE JOSH COOPER recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble last week. Has season totals of 12 tackles and 1 sack... DT JEROME NICHOLS (Green Bay Packers) jointly leads the Galaxy with 3 sacks among his 16 tackles... LB MATT SINCLAIR (Miami Dolphins) also has 3 sacks and ranks third on Frankfurt\'s defense with 28 tackles after adding 5 last week... LB JARED NEWBERRY (Tennessee Titans) posted a team-high 9 tackles last week and has 29 for the season... LB TRAVIS HARRIS leads the Galaxy with 36 tackles after adding 1 last week. Has also knocked down 2 passes and forced 1 fumble this season... CB LENNY WILLIAMS (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 3 tackles and 1 interception last week. Leads the Galaxy with 3 interceptions. Had 2 picks in first meeting with Centurions... S BRANDON HAW recorded 1 stop last week and has 15 on the season, along with 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery... S ROB LEE (Buffalo Bills) has 19 tackles this season after adding 2 last week... K DAVID KIMBALL (Oakland Raiders) was named Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking 4 field goals last week, including a game-winning 25-yard effort with 2 seconds remaining. Ranks second among NFLEL kickers with 41 points (10/15 FG, 11/11 PAT).
QB CRAIG OCHS (Buffalo Bills), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein DNP
Wk 2: vs Ham 15 12 125 1 0
Wk 3: at Ams DNP
Wk 4: vs Col 16 8 100 1 1
Wk 5: at Ham 14 9 162 1 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 27 18 176 0 0
TOTAL 72 47 563 3 1
RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 26 103 0 1 0 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 23 150 1 3 26 0
Wk 3: at Ams 14 95 1 2 4 0
Wk 4: vs Col 25 128 1 1 10 0
Wk 5: at Ham DNP
Wk 6: vs Ber 27 146 1 3 45 0
TOTAL 115* 622* 4* 10 85 0
WR WALTER YOUNG (Pittsburgh Stelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 1 4 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 7 79 1
Wk 3: at Ams 8 92 0
Wk 4: vs Col 5 70 2
Wk 5: at Ham 0 0 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 1 7 0
TOTAL 22 252 3
WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 1 10 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 5 70 1
Wk 3: at Ams 5 61 1
Wk 4: vs Col 3 37 0
Wk 5: at Ham 7 102 1
Wk 6: vs Ber 3 18 0
TOTAL 24 298 3
* Leads NFL Europe
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2006, Week 7 - Page 9
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (0-5-1)Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (66-69-1 in NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)Colours: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (2nd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 5-10-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Lost 17-20 at Cologne (4/23/06)
OFFENSE: 15.3 pts/game; 260.3 yds/game (rank 6); 90.3 rush yds/game (rank 6); 170 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Brock Berlin, 563 yds
Rushing: Mike Jemison, 368 yds
Receiving: Scott McCready, 24 rec, 309 yds
DEFENSE: 21.7 pts/game; 338.7 yds/game (rank 5); 135.7 rush yds/game (rank 6); 203 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Scott Scharff, 3.0
Interceptions: Rayshun Reed, 3
- THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Head coach JACK BICKNELL saw his Sea Devils blow a fourth quarter lead for the fourth week in a row, saying: "The game didn\'t go our way. We were trying like crazy but came up short. I wish things could have gone our way."... QB BROCK BERLIN (Miami Dolphins) has started all six games this year (see table) and has a QB rating of 50.0. Was limited to a season low 7 pass attempts last week before being replaced at halftime... QB JAMES KILIAN (Kansas City Chiefs) completed 10 of 22 passes for 126 yards and 1 TD last week. Has thrown for 335 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season. Has also rushed for 80 yards... QB TODD MORTENSEN (New England Patriots) has a QB rating of 101.0 this season having completed 10 of 16 passes for 158 yards and 1 touchdown... RB MIKE JEMISON (Pittsburgh Steelers) leads the team in rushing and ranks third overall in NFL Europe (see table). Is still waiting to score his first NFLEL touchdown... RB DEJUAN GREEN (Oakland Raiders) saw his first action of 2006 last week, rushing for 13 yards on 5 carries... English WR SCOTT McCREADY leads the Sea Devils in receptions and receiving yards and ranks second in NFL Europe (see table). Ranks second all time in NFL Europe with 165 career receptions and 1,902 receiving yards... WR RICKY BRYANT caught 2 passes for 21 yards and 1 TD last week. Has 7 receptions for 76 yards and 2 scores this term... WR RICHARD SMITH (Washington Redskins) caught 2 passes for 20 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns this season... WR NATE CURRY (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 24 yards last week and has 10 for 111 on the season... TE WESLEY DUKE (Denver Broncos) has 6 receptions for 66 yards and 1 TD this season... TE KORI DICKERSON (Detroit Lions) caught 4 passes for 54 yards last weekend and has 12 receptions for 110 yards on the year... DE SCOTT SCHARFF (San Francisco 49ers) recorded 3 tackles and 2 sacks last week. Leads the Sea Devils defense with 3 sacks among his 13 tackles this season... DE
IVORY McCOY recorded 2 tackles last week to take his season tally to 6... DT KEYONTA MARSHALL (Philadelphia Eagles) posted 2 tackles last week and has 20 tackles and 1 sack this year... LB KRIS GRIFFIN (Kansas City Chiefs) ranks third on Hamburg\'s defense with 30 tackles after adding 5 last week... English LB ADEN DURDE made 2 tackles as a starter last week and has 18 for the season... LB SCOTT GENORD ranks fourth on the defense with 20 tackles after adding 1 last week... CB WILLIE AMOS (Chicago Bears) recorded 4 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week. Has 18 tackles, 1 interception and 4 passes defended... CB RAYSHUN REED recorded 2 tackles, 2 interceptions for 29 yards and returned a fumble he forced 30 yards for a TD to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors... S SHAWN MAYER (Cleveland Browns) leads the Sea Devils with 34 tackles after adding a team-high 10 and 1 pass defense last week... S JASON SHIVERS (NY Giants) ranks second on the club with 32 tackles after making 5 last week... German S CLAUDIUS OSEI recorded 5 tackles last week and has 20 this season... K TYLER JONES (Washington Redskins) converted a 44-yard field goal last week but missed from 52 yards. Has scored 26 points this season (5/6 FG, 11/11 PAT)... P ADAM ANDERSON (Detroit Lions) ranks third in NFL Europe with a 41.0 average on a league-high 34 punts.
QB BROCK BERLIN (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 25 10 129 1 3
Wk 2: at Fra 27 16 122 1 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 22 12 70 0 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 22 10 102 1 2
Wk 5: vs Fra 19 8 93 0 0
Wk 6: at Col 7 4 47 0 1
TOTAL 122 60 563 3 6
RB MIKE JEMISON (Pittsburgh Steelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 18 80 0 3 32 0
Wk 2: at Fra 12 42 0 4 30 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 26 88 0 6 35 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 16 62 0 1 5 0
Wk 5: vs Fra 20 64 0 4 46 0
Wk 6: at Col 9 32 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 101 368 0 18 148 0
WR SCOTT McCREADY, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 2 14 0
Wk 2: at Fra 8 95 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 3 19 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 4 34 0
Wk 5: vs Fra 1 8 0
Wk 6: at Col 6 139 0
TOTAL 24 309 0
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2006, Week 7 - Page 10
RHEIN FIRE (4-2)Head Coach: Jim Tomsula (4-2 in NFLEL)Colours: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Steve Logan (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 62-54
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Lost 21-30 at Amsterdam (4/22/06)
OFFENSE: 22.5 pts/game; 302.2 yds/game (rank 4); 118.3 rush yds/game (rank 3); 183.8 pass yds/game (rank 3=)
Passing: Drew Henson, 934 yds
Rushing: Fredrick Jackson, 396 yds
Receiving: Chris Samp, 23 rec, 263 yds
DEFENSE: 17 pts/game; 256.3 yds/game (rank 1); 78.2 rush yds/game (rank 1); 178.2 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Derrick Strong, 4.0
Interceptions: Ronyell Whitaker, 3
- THIS WEEK: vs BERLIN THUNDER -
Fire head coach JIM TOMSULA does not believe that injuries will hurt his team in the run-in to the end of the season. "I am very pleased with the players we have. I feel good about them and have confidence in them. The reason we lost last week was because we didn\'t play well, and that hurt."... QB DREW HENSON (Dallas Cowboys) has started all five games this season (see table) and ranks second in NFL Europe with an 84.1 passer rating. Leads the league in pass attempts. Thrown 6 TD passes in last three games after 2 in first three... QB TIMMY CHANG (Philadelphia Eagles) hit on 4 of 5 passes for 46 yards last week but also threw an interception. Has completed 19 of 38 attempts for 184 yards in 2006... RB JACQUE LEWIS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) rushed for 37 yards on 6 carries last week and ranks second on the team with 255 yards. Caught 2 passes for 21 yards last week. Gained 41 yards on 11 carries, including a TD, against Berlin in Week 2... RB FREDRICK JACKSON (Buffalo Bills) leads the Fire in rushing (see table) and ranks second in the NFLEL... French RB LAURENT MARCELINE caught 4 passes for 32 yards against Berlin this season... RB JAMAAL BRANCH (New Orleans Saints) rushed for 19 yards on 2 carries and caught 2 passes for 2 yards last week... WR CHRIS SAMP (Carolina Panthers) leads the team in receptions and yards (see table). His 3 TDs have all come in the last two games... WR ZURIEL SMITH (New England Patriots) has 3 touchdown receptions this season, including one against Berlin, but has missed the last two games because of a knee injury... WR KENDRICK STARLING (Houston Texans) has missed the last two games with injury... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON (St. Louis Rams) caught 2 passes for 15 yards and a touchdown last week... WR STEVEN HARRIS (Washington Redskins) caught 2 passes for 27 yards last week and returned 4 kicks for 67 yards... TE AARON HALTERMAN (Houston Texans) led the team with 7 catches for 74 yards last week and now ranks second on the team with 19 receptions... DE DERRICK STRONG leads the team with 4 sacks. Posted 3 tackles last week... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) had 3 tackles last week...
LB TERRENCE ROBINSON is in his third season with the Rhein Fire and leads the team with 38 tackles after making a club-high 7 stops last week... LB GUY TUELL made 5 tackles last week... DT BROOK MILLER (Atlanta Falcons) had the Fire\'s only sack last week... CB RONYELL WHITAKER (Minnesota Vikings) posted 6 tackles last week to tie for second on the team with 21... S MITCH MEEUWSEN (San Diego Chargers) posted 4 tackles and a fumble recovery last week... German S RICHARD YANCY was forced out of last week\'s game early because of an injury and has been placed on injured reserve. He is fourth on the team with 20 tackles... S SIDDEEQ SHABAZZ (Miami Dolphins) recorded 3 tackles last week... CB THERRIAN FONTENOT (Green Bay Packers) had his 2 interceptions of the season against Berlin in Week 2, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors... Swedish K OLA KIMRIN (Miami Dolphins) is in his fourth NFLEL season (Frankfurt 2001-02, Cologne 2004). Ranks third among NFLEL kickers with 39 points. His 3 PATs last week gave him a career total of 166.
QB DREW HENSON (Dallas Cowboys), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Fra 11 5 58 0 0
Wk 2: at Ber 24 17 171 1 0
Wk 3: at Col 28 14 165 1 1
Wk 4: vs Ham 23 15 192 2 0
Wk 5: at Ams 29 16 187 2 1
Wk 6: vs Ams 35 17 161 2 1
TOTAL 150 84 934 8 3
RB FREDRICK JACKSON (Buffalo Bills), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Fra 12 48 0 4 40 0
Wk 2: at Ber 16 63 0 4 56 0
Wk 3: at Col 27 96 1 2 13 0
Wk 4: vs Ham 20 79 0 2 31 0
Wk 5: at Ams 16 39 0 2 27 0
Wk 6: vs Ams 12 71 0 1 4 0
TOTAL 103 396 1 16 171 0
WR CHRIS SAMP (Carolina Panthers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Fra 1 16 0 (threw 45-yard TD pass)
Wk 2: at Ber 6 68 0
Wk 3: at Col 4 33 0
Wk 4: vs Ham 2 11 0
Wk 5: at Ams 6 76 2
Wk 6: vs Ams 4 59 1
TOTAL 23 263 3
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europe 2006, Week 7 - Page 11
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (5-1)
at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (0-5-1)
AOL Arena, Hamburg, Saturday April 29, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Series tied 1-1
At Hamburg: Hamburg leads 1-0
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 1-0
Streak: Amsterdam 1
Last Season: Amsterdam 24 at Hamburg 30 (OT); Hamburg 10 at Amsterdam 27
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (12:00 noon ET, Saturday April 29).
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARLIN is joined in the broadcast booth by former Oakland Raiders and current Philadelphia Eagles fullback JON RITCHIE.
BART ANDRUS is the reigning NFL Europe League Coach of the Year. Has won 12 of his last 17 games in charge of the Admirals, including a World Bowl victory over Berlin last June. Also won a World Bowl ring as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff in 2000. Served as quarterbacks coach of the Tennessee Titans in 1999, the year the club went to the Super Bowl... JACK BICKNELL is in his 14th season in NFL Europe and has yet to add to his league-leading regular season victory total of 66 this year. Has slipped below .500 by losing his 69th regular season contest last week. Has one World Bowl ring in his collection having led Barcelona to glory in 1997. Has a 6-4 record against Bart Andrus.
The Admirals take the league\'s most potent offense to Hamburg looking to win for the sixth weekend in a row... Amsterdam is averaging 31.7 points per game and is on pace to surpass the single season record of 310 set by the 1991 London Monarchs... Amsterdam leads the league in total offense (351.8 yards per game), passing offense (255.3 yards per game), touchdowns scored (24) and average yards per play (6.6)... Admirals quarterbacks top NFL Europe with an average of 15.9 yards per pass completion. They are hitting on a league-high 60.6 percent of all passes and have thrown an NFLEL-best 15 touchdowns... By contrast, the winless Sea Devils have struggled to move the ball through the air, completing a league-low 50.5 percent of their passes. Hamburg quarterbacks have a combined passer rating of 57.1 compared to Amsterdam\'s 122.3... Hamburg\'s quarterbacks have also thrown a league-high 10 interceptions... Amsterdam leads NFL Europe with a 42.4 percent success rate on third down, while the Sea Devils rank sixth in that department, converting 33.3 percent of 78 attempts... The Admirals have scored 30 points or more in 8 of their last 16 regular season contests... The Sea Devils have yet to score 30 points in a game this year but did so on 3 occasions in 2005, once during a victory against the Admirals... Hamburg ranks sixth in red zone offense (66.7 percent scoring rate on 12 trips) and sixth in red zone defense (allowing opponents to score on 90 percent of 20 trips inside their 20-yard line)... Both teams have negative turnover ratios. Amsterdam has a -2 rating (9 takeaways, 11 giveaways) to rank fourth in NFL Europe. Hamburg has a -4 rating (8 takeaways, 12 giveaways) to rate sixth in the league... The Admirals rank sixth in average time of possession (27:39) but it has not slowed their offensive effectiveness... The Admirals have scored a league-best 3 touchdowns on returns and recoveries this season... Hamburg has scored twice on runbacks... Amsterdam ranks second in NFLEL with a kickoff return average of 24.3... The Sea Devils have had the most success on field goals this season, converting kicks 83.3 percent of the time... Hamburg is averaging a league low 3.6 yards per offensive carry in 2006.
BERLIN THUNDER (2-3-1)
at RHEIN FIRE (4-2)
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Saturday April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 8-7 (Berlin leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Rhein: Rhein leads 5-2
At Berlin: Berlin leads 5-3
Streak: Rhein 1
This Season: Rhein 22 at Berlin 0 (Week 2)
US: DELAY/NFL Network (8:00 p.m. ET, Sunday April 30)
Play-by-play announcer NICK HALLING - the only Brit to call an NFL regular season game on the FOX network - is joined in the broadcast booth by Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl safety DARREN SHARPER.
RICK LANTZ needs a victory to avoid losing two games in a row for the first time in his NFLEL head coaching career. Won a World Bowl ring in 2004 and guided the Thunder to the title game last season... JIM TOMSULA suffered his second loss as a head coach last week. Lost Yello Strom World Bowl XIII at the hands of the Admirals while serving as defensive coordinator of the Berlin Thunder in 2005. Won a World Bowl ring with Berlin in 2004. Defeated his old boss in first meeting between teams this season.
After opening the season with four straight wins, the Fire has dropped two games in a row and will look to put homefield advantage to good use against the Thunder... Rhein has won 5 of 7 regular season meetings against Berlin on home soil, although the Thunder did beat the Fire in the old Rheinstadion in World Bowl X in 2002... Despite conceding 65 points in the last two games against the Amsterdam Admirals, the Fire still boasts NFL Europe\'s leading defense, allowing opponents 256.3 yards of offense per game... Rhein has rushed the football more times than any other team in NFL Europe (190) but will be keen to improve on the 3.7-yard average that ranks joint-fourth in the league. Berlin is also averaging 3.7 yards per run... Teams have combined to win a total of five World Bowls (Rhein - 1998, 2000; Berlin - 2001, 2002, 2004)... The Fire leads NFLEL with an average time of possession of 33:41 per game... Fire quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 10 times this season and face a Berlin defense that ranks joint-second with 9 sacks in 2006... Rhein has committed 41 penalties this season - the second-highest figure in NFLEL... Berlin has the most explosive kickoff return unit in NFL Europe, averaging 24.6 yards per runback... That said, Berlin is one of three teams this season not to have scored on a return or recovery... Berlin has fumbled a league-high 13 times this year, losing the football on 6 occasions... Rhein tops the rankings with a +10 turnover ratio (19 takeaways, 9 giveaways). The Fire defense leads NFLEL in turnovers (19) and fumble recoveries (10), while ranking second in interceptions (9)... Berlin has spread the offensive load this season. A total of 5 players have attempted passes, 7 players have rushed the football and 14 have receptions to their name... Berlin\'s sixth-ranked defense has allowed opponents to gain a league-high 127 first downs this season and an average of 356.3 yards per game... In the first meeting between the clubs this season, the Fire forced Berlin to endure a shut out defeat for the first time since Week 8 of the 1999 season, winning 22-0... QB DREW HENSON (Dallas Cowboys) threw a 3-yard TD pass to WR ZURIEL SMITH (New England Patriots), while RB JACQUE LEWIS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) scored on a 12-yard run.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK SIX RECAP NFL Europe 2006, Week 7 - Page 12
FRANKFURT GALAXY (4-2)
at COLOGNE CENTURIONS (2-4)
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Sunday April 30, 4 p.m.
Overall: Frankfurt leads 3-2
At Cologne: Series tied 1-1
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 2-1
Streak: Frankfurt 1
This season: Cologne 14 at Frankfurt 21 (Week 4)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (10:00 a.m. ET, Sunday April 30)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: LIVE/NASN (4:00 p.m. CET, Sunday April 30)
Play-by-play announcer BOB WISCHUSEN is joined in the broadcast booth by former Buffalo Bills special teams ace STEVE TASKER.
MIKE JONES is in his third season with the Galaxy and has a 14-12 record and one World Bowl appearance to his name. Served as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff from 1995-2000 and again in 2002-2003, winning World Bowls in 1998 and 2000... DAVID DUGGAN spent the past two years as Cologne\'s defensive coordinator. His unit led NFL Europe in total defense in each of the last two seasons. Served as defensive coordinator of Berlin from 2001 to 2003, during which time he won two World Bowl rings.
The Galaxy heads to Cologne looking to win a fourth straight regular season game for the first time since Weeks 1 to 4 of the 2002 campaign... Frankfurt takes the league\'s leading rushing attack into RheinEnergieStadion. The Galaxy leads NFL Europe in rushing attempts (206), rushing yards (160.2 per game), and average yards per rush (4.7)... Frankfurt\'s strong offensive line has conceded a league-low 5 sacks in six games and has allowed Galaxy passers to complete 56.4 percent of their throws - good for second in NFL Europe... Frankfurt quarterbacks have also thrown a league-low 3 interceptions but face a tough Cologne secondary that has limited opponents to a league-low 46.1 percent pass completion rate, while intercepting an NFLEL-high 10 throws... Cologne\'s defense ranks sixth in NFL Europe with 4 quarterback sacks. On offense, the Centurions have given up a league-high 10 sacks... Frankfurt\'s defense leads NFL Europe with 10 sacks... Frankfurt boasts NFL Europe\'s second-ranked offense (344 yards per game) and second-ranked defense (holding opponents to 278 yards per game)... Cologne\'s quarterbacks have thrown 9 interceptions this season (second-highest in NFLEL) but face a Galaxy defense that has produced a league-low 3 picks this term... Cologne ranks sixth in NFL Europe on kickoff coverage, allowing opponents to gain 26.8 yards per runback... Cologne ranks third in total offense (306.8 yards per game) and third in total defense (allowing 301.3 yards per game)... Cologne is one of only two teams with a positive turnover ratio (+1 on 15 takeaways and 14 giveaways)... Frankfurt ranks second in NFL Europe with 23 offensive plays covering 20+ yards (6 rush, 17 pass)... Cologne ranks fifth in that department with 15 such plays (6 rush, 9 pass)... Frankfurt has rushed for 186 yards or more on three occasions this season... In the first meeting between the teams this year, Frankfurt WR WALTER YOUNG (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught TD passes from QB JEFF OTIS (Arizona Cardinals) and QB CRAIG OCHS (Buffalo Bills) as the Galaxy ran out 21-14 winners. RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals) gained 128 rushing yards and scored on a 28-yard run. RB ALEX HAYNES (Carolina Panthers) and TE TRENT SMITH (San Francisco 49ers) scored touchdowns for Cologne.
- WEEK SIX RECAP -
Amsterdam Admirals 30, Rhein Fire 21
(LTU arena, Düsseldorf. Attendance: 20,118)
Gibran Hamdan (Ams) 203 passing yards, 1 TD
Skyler Fulton (Ams) 5 receptions, 95 yards
Drew Henson (Rhe) 161 passing yards, 2 TD
Justin Perkins (Ams) 3 tackles, 1 interception
Berlin Thunder 17, Frankfurt Galaxy 18
(Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt. Attendance: 26,812)
David Kimball (Fra) 4 FGs, including game-winner
Roger Robinson (Fra) 146 rushing yards, 1 TD
Lang Campbell (Ber) 134 passing yards, 2 TD
Rich Musinski (Ber) 3 receptions, 36 yards, 2 TD
Hamburg Sea Devils 17, Cologne Centurions 20
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 9,238)
Fred Russell (Col) 79 rushing yards, 1 TD
Shane Boyd (Col) 145 passing yards, 1 TD
Scott McCready (Ham) 6 receptions, 139 yards
Rayshun Reed (Ham) 1 interception, 1 fumble ret TD