Cologne Within Touching Distance Of World Bowl
May 29, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
THE race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV has reached a critical stage and the run-in to the title game looks set to be exciting with the four leading teams separated by just two games.
The upcoming Week 8 action could see the Cologne Centurions clinch the first berth in the championship game if they defeat the Hamburg Sea Devils and the Amsterdam Admirals lose or tie against the Rhein Fire.
Week 8 gets underway on Saturday when the league-leading Frankfurt Galaxy (5-2) goes on the road to face a Berlin Thunder (2-5) club looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Thunder will also be keen to record a home win having gone 0-3 at Olympic Stadium this season.
Also on Saturday, the Hamburg Sea Devils (4-3) pay a visit to the Cologne Centurions (5-2) in a game with massive World Bowl implications.
Whichever game - in Berlin or Cologne - kicks off first will go down in the record books as the 500th contest (including post-season) in NFL Europa history.
Week 8 concludes on Sunday as the Rhein Fire (2-5) sets out to break a two-game losing streak when the Amsterdam Admirals (3-4) visit LTU arena.
WEEK EIGHT SCHEDULE
SATURDAY JUNE 2
Frankfurt Galaxy at Berlin Thunder
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 6:00 p.m.
Hamburg Sea Devils at Cologne Centurions
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY JUNE 3
Amsterdam Admirals at Rhein Fire
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, 4:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 7
OFFENSIVE - A.J. HARRIS - RB, Cologne
Rushed for 112 yards and 1 touchdown
Added 5 receptions for 58 yards
DEFENSIVE - NICK REID - LB, Frankfurt
Recorded 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble
Added 1 interception and 1 pass defense
SPECIAL TEAMS - ADAM ANDERSON - P, Hamburg
Averaged 42.5 yards on 6 punts (60 long)
Placed 4 kicks inside the 20-yard line
NATIONAL - PATRICE MWAMBA - DT, Amsterdam
Recorded career-high 9 tackles
Added 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry
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(Cover story Continued...)
After seeing his Frankfurt Galaxy club improve to a league-leading 5-2 mark with a victory over the Rhein Fire last week, head coach MIKE JONES praised his defense and demanded tough displays from that unit down the stretch.
He says: "We were able to make some plays and get some turnovers against a tough passing team. I know we have to continue to improve as a defense but I was very happy with what they did. We need that kind of performance from our defense every weekend."
Facing the Galaxy this week will be a Berlin team that has lost three games in a row to fall to 2-5. Despite that record, Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN insists his team is not about to quit on the season.
He stresses: "This is going to be a test of character and I think we have a great character team. We'll come to practice ready to work and we'll get ready for the Frankfurt Galaxy. We'll go out and play hard and our goal is to win."
When the Hamburg Sea Devils and Cologne Centurions clash on Saturday, both teams will know the outcome of the game could have a huge bearing on who reaches World Bowl XV.
Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO says: "Our win last week keeps us alive - it keeps us fighting. We just have to go from one game to the next and play as well as we can and try to keep winning. If you work hard and play well, you may end up achieving the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the season."
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN saw his team improve to 5-2 with a convincing victory over the Amsterdam Admirals last week.
He says of that performance: "I thought our staff had a pretty good game plan in place and our team executed well in all three phases of the game. We talked about putting together the complete game and we did that against the Admirals."
Amsterdam head coach BART ANDRUS is faced with the task of lifting his Admirals following that heavy defeat against Cologne.
He says: "All is not lost. It's not a one-game season. This was a poor performance but we'll bounce back from it. Our guys are competitive and right now they're not feeling really good about themselves. They'll come back. They'll play harder and better and they'll be better people because of this."
Also trying to get his team back on track in Week 8 is Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ, who has seen his club drop its last two games to fall to 2-5 on the year.
He says: "We're just going to try to win the game that we're playing. That's our plan. Win the game that we're playing and maybe we can spoil something for someone else."
Bramlet aims to maintain elite form during title game run-in
WITH three weeks of the regular season remaining, the Hamburg Sea Devils are in the thick of the World Bowl race.
And one of the main reasons for the club's success this season has been the form of quarterback CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins), who tops NFL Europa with a passer rating of 100.5.
Bramlet leads the league in passing yards (1,331 yards) and touchdown passes (12). He has thrown just four interceptions in 2007 and each of his 98 completions has gone for an average of 13.6 yards.
The second-year quarterback - who also played for the Sea Devils in 2005 - has been especially hot in the past month, compiling quarterback ratings of 100 or more in each of his past four games.
Here is a look at Bramlet's impressive numbers over the past four games:
Opp Att Comp Yds TD Int Rating
Rhe 27 18 220 3 1 113.2
Ams 23 12 185 2 0 108.1
at Ams 30 17 188 4 1 101.3
Ber 23 13 224 1 0 104.1
During that outstanding month, Bramlet has thrown for 817 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO has paid tribute to his league-leading passer, saying: "We're very happy with Casey. He is a very productive quarterback and he does a great job of managing our offense perfectly. He really helps us keep in rhythm."
Fans and media invited to vote for stars of 2007 NFLE season
VOTING for the 2007 All-NFL Europa team got underway this week, with fans being invited to pick their favorite players at NFLEurope.com and NFLEuropa.de.
For the sixth year in a row, the fan poll will account for one third of the votes, with one third being made up of votes by the media and one third coming from the coaching staffs of the six NFL Europa teams.
Voting forms have already been sent to the media. Fans wishing to vote can simply log on to NFLEurope.com or NFLEuropa.de and fill out the online ballot form.
The All-NFLE team, along with league MVPs and Coach of the Year, will be announced during World Bowl week in Frankfurt, Germany.
NEWS AND NOTES NFL Europa 2007, Week 8 - Page 3
Centurions can clinch World Bowl berth this weekend
THERE are plenty of ifs and buts attached, but this fact remains crystal clear: the Cologne Centurions can clinch a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XV this weekend.
With a 5-2 record through seven weeks of action, the Centurions are in second place in the standings but can be the first club to book its ticket to Frankfurt for the title showdown on Saturday June 23.
Here is what needs to happen in Week 8 in order for Cologne to begin planning for NFL Europa's championship game.
- Cologne defeats the Hamburg Sea Devils
- Amsterdam loses or ties at Rhein Fire
With a victory, Cologne would improve to 6-2 on the season and drop Hamburg to 4-4 in the process. And that would mean the Centurions cannot be passed by the Sea Devils in the standings as they would have won both meetings between the teams.
Cologne defeated Hamburg 24-18 in Week 1.
The only other teams who can reach six wins would be the Frankfurt Galaxy and Amsterdam Admirals.
With a loss or tie at Rhein, the most wins Amsterdam could then reach is five. Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire can also only reach a maximum of five wins as they currently have 2-5 records.
There is still the possibility that Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg could end in a three-way tie, meaning the tiebreaker would be the record of each team in games among that trio.
With victory against Hamburg this weekend, Cologne would improve its record in such games to 2-1 and drop Hamburg's mark to 0-3. That would mean the worst Cologne could finish in games among the three teams would be 2-2, while the best Hamburg could manage would be 1-3. Frankfurt has a 2-0 record in such games. Should they improve that to 3-1 or 4-0, they would advance out of the tiebreaker and Cologne would then win the head-to-head over the Sea Devils.
NFLE FACTS:Cologne on the run
There have been seven 100-yard rushing days in NFL Europa this season and four of them have been posted by Cologne Centurions players. DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) has three 100-yard outings and A.J. HARRIS gained 112 yards at Amsterdam last week
NFL scouts paying attention to free agents shining in Europe
SCOUTING departments across the National Football League will be monitoring the closing stages of the 2007 NFL Europa season with great interest in the coming weeks.
As the tense and exciting campaign draws to a close, there are several high-profile free agents who are likely to be the subject of a signing scramble as they have shown they are more than capable of competing for jobs in the NFL later this summer.
The two receptions leaders in NFL Europa - Frankfurt's BRANDON MIDDLETON and Amsterdam's SKYLER FULTON - are free agents who will hit the open market when the 2007 season ends.
Middleton leads the league with 35 receptions for 408 yards and 1 touchdown. He also leads NFL Europa with 16 punt returns for 193 yards (12.1 average) and an additional score.
Fulton, who earned All-NFLEL honors in 2006, ranks second with 31 receptions for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns.
British kicker RHYS LLOYD, who has NFL training camp experience with Baltimore and Green Bay, leads the league with 53 points as a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy.
He has converted 11 of 16 field goals, including a league record-tying 56-yard effort, and has added 19 of 19 PATs.
A pair of free agent running backs who might warrant some post-season attention are Amsterdam's JONATHAN SMITH and Hamburg's QUENTIN GRIFFIN, who was a former starter in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.
Smith leads NFL Europa with 7 touchdowns and ranks second with 373 rushing yards at an average of 4.4 yards per carry. The 2005 World Bowl winner has added 18 receptions for 116 yards and 1 touchdown.
Griffin has averaged 4.9 yards per rush while gaining 289 yards for the Sea Devils. He also leads the league with 8 kickoff returns for 285 yards (35.6 average) with a long of 79 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cologne Centurions French linebacker and reigning NFL Europa Defensive MVP PHILIPPE GARDENT is likely to attract the interest of NFL clubs.
Gardent, who spent the 2006 season on the practice squad of the Washington Redskins, leads all defenders in NFLE with 58 tackles. He has also knocked down 3 passes and added 1 sack.
Another defender shining in 2007 is Hamburg defensive end JUSTIN KURPEIKIS, who leads his team with 4.5 sacks and ranks second on the defense with 28 tackles.
NEWS AND NOTES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 4
O'Sullivan set to take his place among elite NFLE quarterbacks
FRANKFURT Galaxy quarterback J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) is preparing to move into elite company as one of the leading quarterbacks in NFL Europa history.
O'Sullivan is in his second season as a member of the Galaxy and has the team on track for a second World Bowl appearance under his guidance.
During his first season with Frankfurt in 2004, the Galaxy qualified for World Bowl XII but lost to the Berlin Thunder.
Now in his second spell in NFL Europa, O'Sullivan has an 11-4 record as a starter and has completed 226 of 357 passes for 2,815 yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
He needs to throw 4 touchdown passes to move into the all-time top 10, surpassing DAMEYUNE CRAIG (Scotland 1999) and CLINT STOERNER (Scotland 2001/Amsterdam 2004), who each threw 21 scoring strikes.
And with 83 passing yards, O'Sullivan will move past MIKE JOHNSON (San Antonio 1991-92) into 10th place in passing yards. Johnson threw for 2,897 career yards.
Should O'Sullivan continue at his current rate of 184 passing yards per game, he will end the 2007 season with 3,367 career passing yards, which would place him fifth all-time ahead of MIKE PEREZ, who threw for 3,257 yards for the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1991-92.
Here is the current all-time top 10 in passing yards:
Stan Gelbaugh (Lon 91-92) 4,621
Clint Stoerner (Sco 01/Ams 04) 3,654
Kevin Daft (Sco 00/Ams 02) 3,424
Pat Barnes (Fra 99-00) 3,422
Mike Perez (Fra 91-92) 3,257
Will Furrer (Ams 95-96) 3,231
David Archer (Sac 92) 2,964
Dameyune Craig (Sco 99) 2,932
Phil Stambaugh (Rhe 01/Ber 03) 2,925
Mike Johnson (SA 91-92) 2,897
NFLE FACTS:Impressive defense
To see how dominant Cologne Centurions were against the Amsterdam Admirals in Week 7, one only needs to glance at the game's drive charts. Amsterdam's drives through the contest ended as follows: turnover on downs, punt, punt, fumble, fumble, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, turnover on downs, punt and touchdown (on final play of game)
Sea Devils perfect the art of finishing strong in NFL Europa
COACHES talk all the time about playing for 60 minutes and finishing each game strong.
Given that is a mantra repeated in locker rooms around the pro football world, Hamburg Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO must be pleased his club is taking that advice on board.
Through seven weeks of action, Hamburg leads NFL Europa in fourth quarter scoring with 58 points.
Here is a look at how each team has fared in terms of putting points on the board in the final 15 minutes of a contest:
Hamburg used all its powers of fourth quarter scoring to record a 17-7 victory over the Berlin Thunder in Week 7.
Berlin led 7-3 entering the final period but Hamburg had run out 17-7 winners by the time the final gun sounded, scoring on a 75-yard pass from CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) to wide receiver JOSH DAVIS and on a 10-yard run by TONY HOLLINGS.
Martino says: "We had some mental mistakes early in the game but we kept on working and we fought all the way. It was one of the hardest games we have played so far."
NFLE FACTS:Strange Look
The 2007 NFL Europa stats feature a couple of categories that have a strange look about them. The leader in interceptions is Cologne LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) while the longest run of the year comes from Frankfurt S CHRIS LASKOWSKI (62 yards).
NFLE FACTS:Trick Shots
When he missed a 31-yard field goal against Amsterdam last week, Cologne kicker NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) pulled off an unwanted double as he hit the left upright for the second week in a row.
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 5
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-4)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (33-34 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowl)Colors: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ron Heller (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Richard Kent (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 67-60
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Lost 7-30 vs Hamburg (5/25/07)
OFFENSE: 17.4 pts/game; 280 yds/game (rank 5); 80.4 yds rush/game (rank 5); 199.6 yds pass/game (rank 2)
Passing: Drew Olson, 1,276 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 373 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 31 rec, 365 yds
DEFENSE: 22.5 pts/game; 326.9 yds/game (rank 6); 119.7 rush yds/game (rank 6); 207.1 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Tim Jones, 2.0
Interceptions: Erick Harris, 2
- THIS WEEK: at RHEIN FIRE -
Head coach BART ANDRUS saw his team suffer a heavy loss last week and says: "That was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking. We're going to take a good look at ourselves and we'll bounce right back."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) has thrown at least one touchdown pass in five of seven games this season (see table). Leads NFL Europa in attempts, completions and interceptions... QB COREY BRAMLET has completed 20 of 38 passes for 220 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception this season... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 21 yards on 7 carries last week and added 1 reception for -2 yards. Ranks second among NFLE rushers with 373 yards on 84 carries and leads the league with 6 rushing touchdowns and 7 total touchdowns... RB LARRY CROOM carried 1 time for 1 yard last week and added 3 catches for 16 yards. Has rushed for 126 yards on 41 carries this season and added 19 receptions for 223 yards... WR SKYLER FULTON had a record six 100-yard receiving days in 2006 but has been held under 100 yards in each of his seven games this season (see table). Ranks second in NFL Europa with 31 receptions and fourth in receiving yards... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) caught 2 passes for 51 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 9 catches for 130 yards and 2 scores on the season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) caught 6 passes for 65 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 145 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... WR JUSTIN McCULLUM (Carolina Panthers) caught 4 passes for 30 yards against Cologne. Has 11 receptions for 161 yards and 1 score this season... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 3 passes for 76 yards last week and has 18 receptions for 246 yards on the season. Added a 47-yard kickoff return last week and has 17 for 372 on the year. Has also added 6 punt returns for 56 yards... TE BEN HALL has 6 catches for 58 yards on the season... French TE YOAN SCHNEE has 6 receptions for
40 yards and 1 score this season... DE TIM JONES recorded 4 tackles last week and has 17 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 passes defensed in 2007... DE MARCUS WEST registered 4 tackles last week and has 20 stops on the year... DT NORMAN HEUER recorded 5 tackles last week and has 15 and 1 forced fumble in 2007... Belgian DT PATRICE MAJONDO-MWAMBA recorded a career high 9 tackles and 1 sack last week... Dutch LB AKWASI MENSAH recorded 7 tackles last week and has 21 stops and 3 special teams tackles on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 8 tackles last week and has 31 stops and 1 sack this season... LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded a team-high 10 tackles and 1 sack last week. Has 20 stops on the season... LB LAWRENCE PINSON has made 21 tackles and added 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... CB KEVIN GARRETT (Carolina Panthers) recorded 3 tackles last week. Has 16 tackles and a team-leading 6 passes defensed on the season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN registered 4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery last week and has 33 tackles to rank second on the Admirals' defense this season... S DEANDRE EILAND has recorded 25 tackles this term... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) recorded 4 tackles last week. Leads Amsterdam's defense with 36 tackles... K JARET JOHNSON has scored 20 points this season having converted 2 of 3 field goals and 14 of 17 PATs... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) ranks third among NFL Europa punters with an average of 41.9 yards on 34 kicks and has placed 7 inside the 20-yard line.
QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Frank 35 22 260 2 2
Wk 2: vs Rhein 30 16 115 0 0
Wk 3: at Ber 31 19 235 2 2
Wk 4: vs Frank 32 16 200 2 2
Wk 5: at Ham 7 2 11 0 1
Wk 6: vs Ham 34 24 259 2 0
Wk 7: vs Col 38 16 196 1 1
TOTAL 207* 115* 1,276 9 8*
WR SKYLER FULTON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 3 46 1
Wk 2: vs Rhein 4 29 0
Wk 3: at Ber 7 93 1
Wk 4: vs Frank 3 70 1
Wk 5: at Ham 8 78 0
Wk 6: vs Ham 3 24 0
Wk 7: vs Col 3 25 0
TOTAL 31* 365 3
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 6
BERLIN THUNDER (2-5)Head Coach: John Allen (2-5 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 42-44-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 7-17 at Hamburg (5/26/07)
OFFENSE: 12.4 pts/game; 284.9 yds/game (rank 4); 117.3 rush yds/game (rank 3); 167.6 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 1,234 yds
Rushing: Chris Barclay, 373 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 30 rec, 485 yds
DEFENSE: 19.6 pts/game; 285 yds/game (rank 3); 113.6 rush yds/game (rank 4); 171.4 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Dave Tollefson, 4.5
Interceptions: Five players, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs FRANKFURT GALAXY -
After seeing his team drop a third game in a row with a loss at Hamburg last week, Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN says: "They executed real well and their guys made plays. We had some opportunities to make plays and we didn't."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) has not thrown a touchdown pass in the last three games (see table). Ranks sixth among NFLE quarterbacks with a rating of 70.4. Has also rushed for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries. Threw 3 interceptions in last meeting with Galaxy. Caught a 7-yard pass last weekend... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has completed 3 of 10 passes for 32 yards in 2007... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) leads Berlin with 373 rushing yards and ranks third in NFL Europa. Leads the league with 1,030 combined yards (373 rush, 92 receiving, 19 punt returns, 546 kickoff returns)... RB CAL MURRAY rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries last week and completed 1 pass for 7 yards... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receiving yards (see table). Caught 23 passes in opening three games and has 7 receptions in past four outings... WR RICH MUSINSKI caught 21 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns before being placed on Injured Reserve... WR STEVE SANDERS (Cleveland Browns) caught 5 passes for 57 yards last week and has 7 for 83 on the season... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 2 passes for 7 yards last week and has 10 for 83 on the season... WR RYAN HOAG (Washington Redskins) caught his first pass of the year last week for 20 yards... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 14 receptions for 90 yards and 1 score on the season after adding 2 for 8 last week... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has 6 receptions for 60 yards in 2007... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) recorded 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks last week. Leads the Thunder and ranks second in NFL Europa with 4.5 sacks on the season. Has registered 19 tackles and also knocked down 2 passes... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 23 and 2.5 sacks in 2007...
DT BRYANT SHAW (Washington Redskins) has 10 stops and 1 sack on the season... DT LAUVALE SAPE recorded 4 tackles last week giving him 16 and 0.5 sacks this season... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON led Berlin with 6 tackles and 1 sack last week. Has 19 tackles and 2 sacks this season... LB JAMEEL DUMAS ranks second on Berlin's defense with 40 tackles after adding 4 last week. Also recorded an interception in Week 1 and has knocked down 3 passes... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 37 tackles on the season after adding 3 last week... LB TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 20 tackles, 3 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles and 1 blocked punt on the season... German LB RICHARD ADJEI has made 14 tackles this season... CB DENNIS DAVIS (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 14 and 2 pass defenses on the season. Has also registered 4 special teams tackles... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) has 27 tackles and 5 pass defenses on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 4 tackles last week. Has 27 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB CHRIS HARRELL recorded 1 tackle and 1 pass defense last week. Leads the Thunder defense with 44 tackles in 2007... K ANDREW JACAS converted a 53-yard field goal last week, giving him a record 3 field goals of 50 yards or more in a single season. Ranks fourth among NFLE kickers with 33 points after converting 7 of 13 field goals and 9 of 9 PATs... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) has averaged 41.1 yards on 27 punts this season to rank fifth in NFL Europa. Has a season long of 55 yards.
QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein 31 21 182 0 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 32 17 190 1 2
Wk 3: vs Ams 31 18 267 1 1
Wk 4: at Col 26 17 218 2 1
Wk 5: vs Col 22 9 80 0 0
Wk 6: at Frank 19 10 143 0 3
Wk 7: at Ham 24 17 162 0 0
TOTAL 185 109 1,234 4 7
WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 7 95 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 7 103 0
Wk 3: vs Ams 9 85 0
Wk 4: at Col 2 69 1
Wk 5: vs Col 1 20 0
Wk 6: at Frank 2 68 0
Wk 7: at Ham 2 45 0
TOTAL 30 485* 1
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 7
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (5-2)Head Coach: David Duggan (10-7 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 19-18
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Won 30-7 at Amsterdam (5/25/07)
OFFENSE: 21.8 pts/game; 305.1 yds/game (rank 2); 142.6 rush yds/game (rank 1); 162.6 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 969 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 632 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 23 rec, 310 yds
DEFENSE: 15.3 pts/game; 236.7 yds/game (rank 1); 86 rush yds/game (rank 2); 150.7 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Jason Hall, 7.0
Interceptions: Clifton Smith, 3
- THIS WEEK: vs HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN pulled starting quarterback Erik Meyer in the closing moments of last week's win at Amsterdam but insists: "It was just precautionary. Erik was a little sore but he is going to be ready for Hamburg."... QB ERIK MEYER has started the last five games for Cologne and has thrown 9 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions during that time (see table). Ranks second among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 98.2. Has also rushed for 108 yards and 1 touchdown... QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) threw 3 incompletions last week. Has completed 23 of 44 passes for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) has carried 20 times or more in six of seven games this season (see table). Leads league in rushing attempts and yards. Needs 368 rushing yards in final three games to become fifth player in NFLE history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season... RB A.J. HARRIS earned Offensive Player of the Week honors at Amsterdam as he rushed for 112 yards and 1 touchdown. Also added 5 catches for 58 yards to lead Cologne. Has rushed for 215 yards on 57 carries in 2007 and added 11 receptions for 101 yards and 1 score... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 1 pass for 16 yards last week and has 14 for 201 and 2 scores in 2007... WR BURL TOLER has 12 receptions for 190 yards on the season... WR TRAMAIN HALL has 14 receptions for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season after adding 2 for 51 and 1 score last weekend... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) has 8 receptions for 58 yards in 2007 after scoring on a 3-yard reception last week... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 23 receptions for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns. Caught 4 passes for 65 yards last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 103rd regular season game last weekend... DE TYLER KING has 3 sacks among 11 tackles this season after adding 2 tackles last week... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) leads NFL Europa with 7 sacks after adding 1 and 1 quarterback hurry last week. Has 19 tackles on the season... DT KEVIN
VICKERSON (Miami Dolphins) recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB hurry last week. Has 20 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 pass defense to his name in 2007... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) has made 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season after adding 1 sack among 3 tackles last week... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) has registered 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2007... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) recorded his league-leading third interception of the season last week and added 3 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Has season totals of 36 tackles, 3 interceptions for 50 yards, 5 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) has 13 tackles on the season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads NFL Europa with 58 tackles after adding a team-high 9 last week. Has also recorded 1 sack and 3 pass defenses... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) has 24 tackles, 2 interceptions for 19 yards, a league-high 10 pass defenses, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 2007... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass defense last week. Has 21 tackles and 6 pass defenses this season... CB KEVIN HOUSE has registered 23 tackles and 9 pass defenses this term... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) recorded 3 tackles last week. Has 37 tackles to rank second on Cologne's defense and has added 1 interception and 6 pass defenses this season... S KEVIN CURTIS ranks fourth on Cologne's defense with 34 tackles... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted 3 of 4 field goals last week, connecting from 19, 31 and 40 yards and missing from 31. Ranks third among NFLE kickers with 45 points having converted 9 of 14 field goals and 18 of 18 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has placed a league-high 14 of his 31 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season.
QB ERIK MEYER, GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 13 6 65 0 1
Wk 2: vs Fra 26 17 164 0 1
Wk 3: at Rhe 17 9 71 0 1
Wk 4: vs Ber 21 15 180 3 0
Wk 5: at Ber 12 9 125 3 0
Wk 6: vs Rhe 16 10 171 1 1
Wk 7: at Ams 15 13 193 2 1
TOTAL 120 79 969 9 5
RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 29 120 1 3 25 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 22 48 0 2 1 0
Wk 3: at Rhe 17 66 1 2 5 0
Wk 4: vs Ber 20 69 1 2 15 0
Wk 5: at Ber 25 143 0 2 18 0
Wk 6: vs Rhe 25 82 0 1 15 0
Wk 7: at Ams 29 104 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 167* 632* 3 12 79 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 8
FRANKFURT GALAXY (5-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (22-15) in NFLEL, plus 1-1 in World Bowl.Colors: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Steve Carson (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 80-67
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 23-10 vs Rhein (5/26/07)
OFFENSE: 23.8 pts/game; 339.3 yds/game (rank 1); 122.4 rush yds/game (rank 2); 216.9 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 1,288 yds
Rushing: Charles Anthony, 244 yds
Receiving: Brandon Middleton, 35 rec, 408 yds
DEFENSE: 15.3 pts/game; 279 yds/game (rank 2); 77.6 rush yds/game (rank 1); 201.4 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: John Syptak, Ulrich Winkler, 3.5
Interceptions: Bill Alford, Shirdonya Mitchell, 2
- THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER -
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team improve to 4-0 at home last week. He says: "I would like to thank our fans. They come out in big numbers and cheer loud for their team. We have great home support."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) threw for a season-high yardage total last week (see table). Has an 11-4 record as a starter in NFL Europa and ranks third among quarterbacks with a rating of 96.5... QB KEVIN EAKIN (Buffalo Bills) has completed 29 of 54 passes for 353 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season... RB CHARLES ANTHONY leads the Galaxy with 244 yards on 51 attempts but did not play last week... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS led Frankfurt with 10 carries for 45 yards last week and added 3 receptions for 32 yards. Has rushed for 201 yards on 49 carries this season... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) has 13 receptions for 184 yards and 1 score on the season... WR AARON HOSACK caught 1 pass for 31 yards last week. Has averaged 38.0 yards per catch this season having reeled in 7 passes for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON leads NFL Europa in receptions (see table) and ranks third in receiving yards. Also leads league with 16 punt returns for 193 yards (12.1 average) and 1 touchdown... WR FELTON HUGGINS has 14 receptions for 242 yards and 2 scores on the season after adding 2 receptions for 39 yards last week... WR RASHAUN WOODS caught a 4-yard pass last week and has 2 for 12 in 2007... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 14 receptions for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns this season after adding 3 catches for 50 yards and 1 score last week... TE DAVID JONES has 9 receptions for 79 yards this season... DE JOHN SYPTAK (San Francisco 49ers) jointly leads the Galaxy with 3.5 sacks after adding 1 among 3 tackles last week. Has recorded 18 tackles and 1 forced fumble this season... German DE ULRICH WINKLER jointly leads Frankfurt with 3.5 sacks. Recorded 3 tackles last week and has made 16 tackles on the season... DE JUSTIN BROWN recorded 4 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry last week and has 13
stops, 1 sack for 3 yards, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass defenses on the season... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) has 1 interception, 12 tackles and 2 pass defenses to his name this season... DT REMI AYODELE (Dallas Cowboys) has 8 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) has 35 tackles to rank second on Frankfurt's defense this season. Has also registered 2 sacks. Was named Defensive Player of Week 7 after recording 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble against Rhein... LB MATT SINCLAIR recorded 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 pass defenses last week. Leads Galaxy with 38 tackles and has also added 2 sacks, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses ... LB ZAC WOODFIN recorded 2 tackles last week and has 13 and 2 pass defenses this term... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) recorded his second interception of the season last weekend. Has 20 tackles and a team-high 9 pass defenses in 2007... CB BILL ALFORD has 17 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 pass defenses on the season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) has recorded 21 tackles this season... S DEMARIO WILLIAMS has 15 tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass defenses on the season... K RHYS LLOYD leads all NFLE kickers with 53 points having converted 11 of 16 field goals (56 long) and 19 of 19 PATs... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) ranks second in NFL Europa with an average of 42.1 yards on 21 punts. Has a long of 55 yards this season and has placed 6 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Has had a punt blocked in each of the past two games.
QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ams 21 15 160 2 0
Wk 2: at Col 20 13 143 1 1
Wk 3: vs Ham 22 14 223 1 0
Wk 4: at Ams 23 13 192 1 0
Wk 5: at Rhe 29 20 233 1 2
Wk 6: vs Ber 11 5 38 0 1
Wk 7: vs Rhe 35 26 299 2 0
TOTAL 161 106 1,288 8 4
WR BRANDON MIDDLETON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ams 4 60 0
Wk 2: at Col 3 25 0
Wk 3: vs Ham 5 69 0
Wk 4: at Ams 2 29 0
Wk 5: at Rhe 10 111 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 3 24 0
Wk 7: vs Rhe 8 90 1
TOTAL 35* 408 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 9
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (4-3)Head Coach: Vince Martino (4-3 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 12-14-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Won 17-7 vs Berlin (5/26/07)
OFFENSE: 22.4 pts/game; 292.7 yds/game (rank 3); 94.6 rush yds/game (rank 4); 198.1 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,331 yds
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 289 yds
Receiving: Justin Jenkins, 20 rec, 313 yds
DEFENSE: 17.8 pts/game; 305.7 yds/game (rank 5); 116.4 rush yds/game (rank 5); 189.3 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Justin Kurpeikis, 4.5
Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 2
- THIS WEEK: at COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach VINCE MARTINO saw his team climb back above .500 last week with victory over Berlin. He says: "That was a hard-fought battle and it was the hardest game we have played so far."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) leads NFL Europa in passing yards, touchdown passes and with a QB rating of 100.5 (see table). Has thrown at least 1 touchdown pass in six of seven games this season... QB ROD RUTHERFORD has completed 8 of 18 attempts for 100 yards and 3 interceptions this season... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN posted his second-highest rushing total of the season last week (see table). Ranks fourth in NFLE with 289 rushing yards but awaits his first touchdown. Leads NFL Europa with an average of 35.6 yards on 8 kickoff returns...RB TONY HOLLINGS is a former NFL starter with the Houston Texans. Ranks second on the Sea Devils with 176 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 51 carries. Has added 5 receptions for 79 yards... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN has carried 33 times for 91 yards and 2 scores in 2007 after adding 8 attempts for 23 yards last week. Has added 2 receptions for 29 yards... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) missed last week's game through a hamstring injury. Has 16 catches for 283 yards and a league-leading 5 touchdowns this season... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 5 passes for 62 yards last week and has 20 for 313 yards and 2 scores this term... WR JOSH DAVIS caught 5 passes for 117 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has 17 receptions for 248 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 3 passes for 19 yards last week and has 13 for 139 and 1 touchdown on the year... TE MIKE PINKARD has 9 catches for 89 yards in 2007... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS leads the Sea Devils with 4.5 sacks this season. Recorded 4 tackles last week and has 28 tackles and 2 forced fumbles on the year... German DE BEN ISHOLA recorded 2 tackles last week and has 12 tackles and 2 sacks on the season... DT TIM SANDIDGE (St. Louis Rams) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 16 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble this term... DT GARY GIBSON
has recorded 15 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season... LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) recorded 5 tackles last week and has 21 and 1 sack on the season... LB BYRON HARDMON is in his second season with the Sea Devils and has 22 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... LB BARRY ROBERTSON (New York Giants) recorded 6 tackles last week and has 24 and 1 sack to rank third on Hamburg's defense... Mexican LB JONATHAN HURTADO recorded 2 tackles last week and has 18 on the season... English LB ADEN DURDE recorded 2 tackles last week and has 9 and 1 pass defense in 2007... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) has 18 tackles, 4 pass defenses and 1 interception for 25 yards this season... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) has recorded 22 tackles and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN has 23 tackles on the season after adding 4 stops and 2 pass defenses last week... S JOHN WALKER (Houston Texans) has recorded 21 tackles and 6 pass defenses this season... S SHAWN MAYER is in his third season in Hamburg. Leads the Sea Devils with 47 tackles, 6 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 17 yards. Has recorded 12 tackles in each of his past two games... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) ranks second in NFL Europa with 47 points having converted 11 of 13 field goals and 14 of 15 PATs... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) ranks fourth among NFL Europa punters with an average of 41.4 on 28 kicks. Was named Special Teams Player of Week 7 after dropping 4 of his 6 punts inside Berlin's 20-yard line.
QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 21 14 161 1 1
Wk 2: at Ber 18 12 116 0 0
Wk 3: at Fra 21 12 237 1 1
Wk 4: vs Rhe 27 18 220 3 1
Wk 5: vs Ams 23 12 185 2 0
Wk 6: at Ams 30 17 188 4 1
Wk 7: vs Ber 23 13 224 1 0
TOTAL 163 98 1,331* 12* 4
RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 7 43 0 0 0 0
Wk 2: at Ber 10 32 0 1 10 0
Wk 3: at Fra 9 35 0 0 0 0
Wk 4: vs Rhe 6 36 0 0 0 0
Wk 5: vs Ams 13 73 0 0 0 0
Wk 6: at Ams 6 17 0 3 9 0
Wk 7: vs Ber 8 53 0 1 3 0
TOTAL 59 289 0 5 22 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 10
RHEIN FIRE (2-5)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (20-16-1 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowls)Colors: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Larry New (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 66-61
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Lost 10-23 at Frankfurt (5/26/07)
OFFENSE: 12.6 pts/game; 220.3 yds/game (rank 6); 63.3 rush yds/game (rank 6); 157 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 873 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 144 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 26 rec, 441 yds
DEFENSE: 20 pts/game; 289 yds/game (rank 4); 107.3 rush yds/game (rank 3); 181.7 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Derek Rehage, Brennan Schmidt, 3.0
Interceptions: Seven players, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Head coach RICK LANTZ saw his team fall to 2-5 with a loss at Frankfurt last week. He says: "We didn't play as well as I had hoped. It was a disappointing loss."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) completed 6 of 14 passes for 57 yards and 1 interception last week. Has a quarterback rating of 53.1 on the season having thrown for 367 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions... QB CODY PICKETT has been held without a touchdown pass in four games this season (see table). Ranks fourth among NFL Europa quarterbacks with a rating of 72.8... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 carries before being placed on Injured Reserve. Added 9 receptions for 27 yards and 5 kickoff returns for 106 yards... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN rushed for 37 yards and 1 touchdown on 18 carries last week. Has 97 yards on 41 attempts this season. Ranks second in NFL Europa with 12 punt returns for 111 yards (9.3 average)... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 17 yards per reception (see table) and ranks second in NFL Europa in receiving yardage... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) has 8 catches for 90 yards in 2007. Returned 1 punt for 11 yards and 1 kickoff for 7 yards last week... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) caught 3 passes for 36 yards last week and has 10 receptions for 132 yards this season... English WR MARVIN ALLEN ranks third on the Fire with 13 receptions for 120 yards... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 21 yards this season... TE ERIK JENSEN has 11 receptions for 100 yards this season after adding 3 for 29 yards last week... TE SEAN MULCAHY (Cincinnati Bengals) caught 1 pass for 6 yards last week and has 9 receptions for 82 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) has recorded 14 tackles and 0.5 sacks this season... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR recorded 4 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry last week and has 21 tackles and 2 sacks on the year... DT BRENNAN SCHMIDT recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble last week and has 18 stops and a team-leading 3 sacks in
2007... LB RICHARD KOONCE (Pittsburgh Steelers) has registered 19 tackles on the season... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) recorded 7 tackles last week and leads the Fire with 37 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception for 37 yards on the season... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries last week. Has 31 tackles and a team-high 3 sacks this season... LB JAMAR ENZOR recorded 3 tackles last week and has 9 stops and 1 forced fumble on the season... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 6 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 27 on the season. Has also knocked down 8 passes... S ANDREW PACE has 32 tackles on the season after adding 4 stops last week... S CALVIN CARLYLE recorded 2 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry last week. Has 21 tackles and 3 pass defenses on the season... German S RICHARD YANCY recorded 1 tackle and 1 interception for 8 yards last week... K MARK BRUBAKER converted a 43-yard field goal last week and has 12 points this season having hit on 2 of 3 field goals and 6 of 7 PATs... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) leads all NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.8 yards on 33 punts. Has placed 10 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
QB CODY PICKETT, GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ber 16 8 57 0 1
Wk 2: at Ams 17 9 131 0 0
Wk 3: vs Col 16 9 59 0 1
Wk 4: at Ham 21 16 123 1 0
Wk 5: vs Frank 20 15 179 1 0
Wk 6: at Col 28 17 171 1 2
Wk 7: at Frank 23 15 153 0 1
TOTAL 141 89 873 3 5
WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 3 42 0
Wk 2: at Ams 3 81 0
Wk 3: vs Col 1 6 0
Wk 4: at Ham 2 23 0
Wk 5: vs Frank 6 122 1
Wk 6: at Col 9 114 2
Wk 7: at Frank 2 53 0
TOTAL 26 441 3
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 11
FRANKFURT GALAXY (5-2)
at BERLIN THUNDER (2-5)
Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Saturday June 2, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Frankfurt leads 9-8 (Berlin leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Berlin: Berlin leads 5-3
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 6-3
Streak: Frankfurt 3
This season: Berlin 7 at Frankfurt 35 (Week 6)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (12 noon. ET, Saturday June 2)
Play-by-play announcer ARI WOLFF is joined in the booth by Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman JON RUNYAN.
MIKE JONES has 22 regular season wins to rank eighth on NFL Europa's all-time list. Won World Bowl last year and was named Coach of the Year. Has a 3-4 record against the Thunder... JOHN ALLEN is 2-5 in his first season as an NFL Europa head coach with both of his victories coming on the road. He is 0-3 on home soil. Prior to joining the Thunder, he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals.
Frankfurt holds a slight edge in this evenly-matched series, thanks to a victory over the Thunder in Week 6... Berlin holds the edge in the post-season having won the only World Bowl meeting between the teams in 2004... The Galaxy boasts the number one-ranked attack in NFL Europa, averaging 339.3 yards per game... Frankfurt is also averaging a league-best 5.7 yards per offensive play... The Galaxy's average of 4.6 yards per rush is also the best in NFL Europa... Berlin's fourth-ranked offense leads the league in third down efficiency with a success rate of 41.9 per cent (39 of 93 attempts)... Berlin has failed to score more than 10 points in five of seven games this season... Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with 167 points... Frankfurt leads the league with a turnover ratio of +8 (20 takeaways and 12 giveaways)... The Galaxy defense leads the league with 13 interceptions and the 20 takeaways is also a league best... Frankfurt quarterbacks have thrown a league-low 6 interceptions through seven games... The Galaxy leads NFL Europa with an average time of possession of 30:55... Frankfurt leads the league with 28 plays (7 rush, 21 pass) covering 20 yards or more... Berlin ranks sixth with 20 plays of 20 yards or more (4 rush, 16 pass)... The Thunder ranks sixth with a -6 turnover ratio (7 takeaways and 13 giveaways)... Berlin has recovered a league-low 2 fumbles... Frankfurt quarterbacks are completing a league-best 62.8 per cent of their passes (135 of 215)... Both defenses have recorded 15 sacks this season to rank joint-fourth in NFL Europa... Frankfurt's run defense is the best in NFL Europa through seven games, limiting opponents to 3.1 yards per carry and 77.6 yards per contest... Berlin has racked up 438 penalty yards this season - the second-highest total in the league... The Thunder has converted a record 3 field goals covering 50 yards or more in 2007... Berlin is one of only two teams not to have an interception returned for a touchdown against them this season... In the first meeting between the teams in Frankfurt, Galaxy RBs CHARLES ANTHONY and SHA-RON EDWARDS combined to rush for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. WR BRANDON MIDDLETON scored on a 71-yard punt return for the Galaxy while Thunder QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) was intercepted three times by Frankfurt's defense.
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (4-3)
at COLOGNE CENTURIONS (5-2)
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Saturday June 2, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Cologne leads 4-1
At Cologne: Cologne leads 2-0
At Hamburg: Cologne leads 2-1
Streak: Cologne 3
This Season: Cologne 24 at Hamburg 18 (Week 1)
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (12 noon. ET, Saturday June 2)
DELAY/NFL Network (10:00 a.m. ET, Sunday June 3)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: DELAY/NASN Europe (4:00 p.m. CET, Sunday June 3)
Play-by-play announcer BOB PAPA is joined in the booth by New York Giants and former Berlin Thunder quarterback TIM HASSELBECK.
VINCE MARTINO has a 4-3 record as an NFLE head coach but is 0-1 against Cologne. Has worked alongside former head coach Jack Bicknell since the inaugural 1991 campaign. Won a World Bowl ring with the Barcelona Dragons in 1997. Also coached with the Scottish Claymores... DAVID DUGGAN has a 3-0 record against the Sea Devils. Prior to becoming head coach in 2006, he spent two years serving as Cologne's defensive coordinator. Held same position with the Berlin Thunder from 2001-03, during which time he won two World Bowls.
Cologne has had the better of this rivalry featuring the two youngest franchises in NFL Europa history, winning four of the five games played to date... Cologne began play in NFL Europa in 2004 while Hamburg entered the fray in 2005... Hamburg's lone victory came in Week 5 of the 2005 campaign as they emerged as 23-6 winners on April 30, 2005... A Cologne victory - coupled with an Amsterdam loss or tie at Rhein - will see the Centurions qualify for a first World Bowl... Centurions offense is ranked second in NFL Europa (305.1 yards per game), while Hamburg ranks third (292.7 yards per game)... Cologne's rushing attack is the most productive in NFL Europa with an average of 142.6 yards per game... Hamburg quarterbacks have averaged a league-high 13.3 yards per pass completion this season... Hamburg quarterbacks have been sacked a league-low 12 times through seven games... Cologne's defense leads the league with 23 quarterback sacks... Hamburg passers have thrown a league-leading 12 touchdown passes this season... Cologne's defense had conceded a league-low 7 touchdown passes in 2007... Cologne quarterbacks have completed 61.8 per cent of their passes this season to rank second in the league in that department... Cologne leads NFL Europa with an average of 24.5 yards per kickoff return while Hamburg ranks second with 23.8... Hamburg is the only team in the league this season not to lose a fumble... Both teams rank joint-second in NFL Europa with a turnover ratio of +2... Cologne has 16 takeaways compared to 14 giveaways, while Hamburg has 9 takeaways and a league-low 7 giveaways... In the season-opening meeting between the two teams, RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) rushed for 120 yards and 1 touchdown, while QB ERIK MEYER also scored on a 6-yard run. TE BOBBY BLIZZARD scored Cologne's third touchdown pass on a 5-yard catch from QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans).
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK SEVEN RECAP NFL Europa 2007, Week 7 - Page 12
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-4)
at RHEIN FIRE (2-5)
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Sunday June 3, 4:00 p.m.
Overall: Amsterdam leads 14-11
At Rhein: Rhein leads 7-5
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 9-4
Streak: Rhein 1
This season: Rhein 16 at Amsterdam 10 (Week 2)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (10:00 a.m. ET), Sunday June 3
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARRINO is joined in the booth by Oakland Raiders wide receiver JERRY PORTER.
BART ANDRUS is in his seventh season in charge of the Admirals. Has led the club to back-to-back World Bowl appearances. Won the title game in 2005 and was named Coach of the Year. Won a World Bowl ring as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff in 2000. Has an 8-5 record against Rhein... RICK LANTZ is in his first season with the Fire and fourth in NFLE. He twice guided Berlin to World Bowls, winning the championship against Frankfurt in 2004 before losing to Amsterdam in 2005. Was named NFLE Coach of the Year in 2004. Has a 5-2 regular season record against the Admirals.
Both clubs enter this contest having been on the losing side in Week 7... Amsterdam has had the better of the overall series, although the Fire won the first meeting between the teams this season... Rhein's offense is ranked sixth in NFL Europa, averaging 220.3 yards per game... Amsterdam's defense is ranked sixth in the league, allowing 326.9 yards per contest... Both clubs have struggled to find the big play in 2007. Amsterdam ranks fourth in NFL Europa with 18 plays of 20 yards or more (1 rush, 17 pass), while Rhein rates sixth with 11 plays (1 rush, 10 pass)... Rhein has struggled to run the football in 2007, averaging a league-low 2.5 yards per carry and 63.3 yards per game... Rhein quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 19 times... Amsterdam's defense has recorded an NFL Europa-low 9 sacks through seven games... Amsterdam quarterbacks have completed a league-low 55.1 per cent of their passes this season and been intercepted a league-high 9 times... On the defensive side of the football, Amsterdam has grabbed a league-low 3 interceptions this season... Rhein has scored a league-low 9 touchdowns in seven games... Amsterdam's defense has allowed a league-high 13 passing touchdowns this season... The Admirals are the most penalized team in NFL Europa this spring, drawing 62 flags for 517 penalty yards... Rhein has fumbled a league-high 16 times this season and lost the football on an NFLE-high 9 occasions... Amsterdam's kickoff coverage unit is the best in NFL Europa, restricting opponents to just 17.9 yards per return... Both teams have punted a league-high 34 times this season... Amsterdam has run the football a league-low 155 times this season (22.1 carries per game)... In the first meeting between the teams in Week 2, RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) scored Rhein's only touchdown of the contest on a 1-yard run and K CONNOR HUGHES (Pittsburgh Steelers) added three field goals for the victorious Fire. RB JONATHAN SMITH scored Amsterdam's only touchdown of the Friday night contest as he found the end zone from 4 yards out.
- WEEK SEVEN RECAP -
Cologne Centurions 30 at Amsterdam Admirals 7
(Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Attendance: 11,714)
A.J. Harris (Col) 112 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Derrick Ross (Col) 104 rushing yards
Erik Meyer (Col) 193 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Greg Carothers (Ams) 10 tackles, 1 sack
Berlin Thunder 7 at Hamburg Sea Devils 17
(AOL Arena, Hamburg. Attendance: 18,337)
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 224 passing yards, 1 touchdown
Josh Davis (Ham) 5 receptions, 117 yards, 1 touchdown
Dave Tollefson (Ber) 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks
Thomas Smith (Ham) 4 tackles, 2 sacks
Rhein Fire 10 at Frankfurt Galaxy 23
(Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt. Attendance: 32,789)
J.T. O'Sullivan (Fra) 299 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Brandon Middleton (Fra) 8 receptions, 90 yards, 1 touchdown
Nick Reid (Fra) 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
Derek Rehage (Rhe) 4 tackles, 2 sacks
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 18 11 61.1 6 33.3 94.4
Cologne 20 11 55.0 6 30.0 85.0
Amsterdam 17 12 70.6 2 11.8 82.4
Rhein 20 8 40.0 8 40.0 80.0
Frankfurt 17 6 35.3 7 41.2 76.5
Berlin 17 5 29.4 2 11.8 41.2
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Frankfurt 22 11 50.0 4 18.2 68.2
Amsterdam 24 8 33.3 9 37.5 70.8
Rhein 18 7 38.9 6 33.3 72.2
Hamburg 21 12 57.1 5 23.8 81.0
Cologne 11 7 63.6 3 27.3 90.9
Berlin 13 8 61.5 4 30.8 92.3
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