Galaxy One Win Away From Hosting World Bowl
June 5, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
WITH just two weeks of a thrilling 2007 season remaining, three teams have emerged as the leading contenders to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV.
The first of the two berths in the title game could be decided this weekend if Frankfurt defeats Hamburg. That would see the Galaxy host World Bowl in their own Commerzbank Arena on Saturday, June 23.
But, if Hamburg pulls off a victory, the season will roll into Week 10 with both World Bowl spots still up for grabs. That would mark the first time in NFL Europa history that both World Bowl berths were unfilled heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Week 9 begins with the Berlin Thunder (2-6) looking to rebound from last week's heartbreaking loss when they play host to the Rhein Fire (3-5) on Friday night.
Saturday sees the Amsterdam Admirals (3-5) visit a Cologne Centurions (5-3) club hungry for a home victory in order to keep pace in the World Bowl race.
The final contest has huge World Bowl implications as the Frankfurt Galaxy (6-2) takes on the Hamburg Sea Devils (5-3). Given the close nature of the standings this term, it would take a brave man to predict that this game will be a World Bowl dress rehearsal.
WEEK NINE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY JUNE 8
Rhein Fire at Berlin Thunder
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY JUNE 9
Amsterdam Admirals at Cologne Centurions
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, 6:00 p.m.
Frankfurt Galaxy at Hamburg Sea Devils
AOL Arena, Hamburg, 6:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 8
OFFENSIVE - J.T. O'SULLIVAN - QB, Frankfurt
Completed 27 of 37 passes for 333 yards and 3 TDs
Posted a quarterback rating of 116.2
DEFENSIVE - CARLOS HENDRICKS - CB, Rhein
Recorded 8 tackles and 4 pass defenses
Returned interception 68 yards for touchdown
SPECIAL TEAMS - JARET JOHNSON - K, Amsterdam
Kicked 3 of 3 field goals (49 long)
Added 3 PATs for a total of 12 points
NATIONAL - BEN ISHOLA - DE, Hamburg
Recorded 3 tackles and 2 sacks
Added 2 quarterback hurries
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Fire head coach RICK LANTZ will be in an upbeat mood when his club makes an early start to Week 9 at Berlin. Rhein is coming off a hard-fought 41-38 victory over Amsterdam.
He says: "We did a lot of positive things against a team that really challenged us. I think our offense played very well and the two interceptions for touchdowns were crucial, as was the blocked punt."
Berlin head coach JOHN ALLEN is also in a positive mood ahead of the Friday night clash, even though his team has dropped four games in a row, including last week's contest against Frankfurt when the Thunder led 22-3 with 9:02 remaining before going on to lose 25-22.
He says: "I'm proud of our team. This team has character. They play hard and they play well and when they get it right they can be very explosive. At this point in the season, with our record being the way it is, it would be easy for them to fold it up and go home. But they have not done that."
Amsterdam will look to snap a two-game losing streak and keep its slim World Bowl hopes alive with a victory at Cologne on Saturday.
Head coach BART ANDRUS says: "We were obviously very disappointed to lose at Rhein because our guys played hard to the very end. That's all I can ask. We had some opportunities and didn't make the plays."
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN was upset by his team's performance during last week's loss to Hamburg but knows Cologne is still in the thick of the World Bowl race.
He says: "I'm very disappointed. The only positive is that we are still in the World Bowl race. Hamburg deserved to win. They took away what we do well."
First-year head coach VINCE MARTINO saw his Sea Devils improve to 5-3 with a key road win at Cologne last weekend. It was a result that saw Hamburg move up to second place in the standings.
He says: "Our backs were against the wall as it was a game we had to win or we would have taken ourselves out of the World Bowl picture. It keeps us alive and I'm proud of our kids because they played hard. Obviously, next week is a big game for us."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES is one win away from a return visit to World Bowl after his club mounted an incredible comeback at Berlin last weekend.
The 2006 Coach of the Year says: "The biggest part of it is character - I think it showed up in our players. Obviously, the first three quarters were not great but we have to finish the game and we did that in the fourth quarter. We were happy to come out victorious and now we have to take care of our work and iron out the things that are not successful."
The World Bowl race explained
THE thrilling and closely-contested race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV may be exciting fans across Europe but it is also sending league officials racing for their calculators and a copy of NFL Europa's tiebreaker procedures.
With the distinct possibility that the World Bowl race could enter Week 10 with both spots in the title game still up for grabs (for the first time in league history), here is a look at the postseason picture heading into Week 9.
The Frankfurt Galaxy can book a World Bowl berth this weekend with a win over Hamburg as that would give them seven victories and the best the Sea Devils could then reach would be six.
If that were to happen, and Cologne was to beat Amsterdam this weekend, Hamburg would need a victory in Week 10 and a Centurions loss at Frankfurt to reach the title game. That would leave both Hamburg and Cologne with 6-4 records and the Sea Devils would win the tiebreaker with a greater points differential in games between the two teams.
Should Hamburg win at Frankfurt and Cologne defeats Amsterdam, all three teams will go into Week 10 with 6-3 marks.
Even if Hamburg wins and Cologne loses in Week 9, all three teams will be alive heading into Week 10 - and both World Bowl spots will be open - as there would still be a possibility that all three clubs could end the year with 6-4 marks and 2-2 records in games among tied teams. Then it would come down to points differential.
Despite suffering two losses in a row to drop to 3-5, the Amsterdam Admirals remain alive in the World Bowl race and could conceivably end the year in a three-way tie for second place with Hamburg and Cologne.
In such a scenario, all three clubs would be 5-5 and have identical records in games among each other, meaning that particular World Bowl race would also come down to points differential.
Should the Rhein Fire finish with a 5-5 mark and make it a four-way tie for second place - which is possible - they would automatically knock the Admirals out of World Bowl contention.
In games among themselves, Hamburg and Cologne, the Admirals have the same 2-2 record as the Centurions and Sea Devils.
But in games between Amsterdam, Cologne, Hamburg and Rhein, the Admirals boast a 2-4 mark and it would be the Centurions who advanced as they would have a 4-2 record, compared to Hamburg and Rhein who would be 3-3 in games among those teams.
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Hall chasing one of oldest records in NFL Europa history
COLOGNE Centurions defensive end JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) is closing in on one of the oldest records in NFL Europa history.
With two weeks remaining, Hall needs four sacks to tie the single-season record of 14 sacks and five to own the mark outright.
London Monarchs linebacker DANNY LOCKETT set the record of 14 sacks in the inaugural 1991 season and matched the achievement in 1992.
Here is a look at how Hall has notched his league-leading 10 sacks through the opening eight weeks of the 2007 campaign:
Wk Opponent Tkls Sacks
1 at Ham 1 0.0
2 vs Frank 1 0.0
3 at Rhe 4 2.0
4 vs Ber 4 1.0
5 at Ber 4 1.0
6 vs Rhe 4 2.0
7 at Ams 1 1.0
8 vs Ham 6 3.0
TOTALS 25 10.0
Hall has recorded a sack in each of his past six games and can tie the league record for most consecutive games with at least one sack if he drops an Amsterdam Admirals quarterback this weekend.
The league record of seven consecutive games with a sack is held by defensive end JOSH TAVES (Barcelona Dragons), who recorded a quarterback takedown in each of the opening seven weeks of the 1998 season.
Hall also needs one sack to tie the club single season record of 11 set by FELIPE CLAYBROOKS in 2004.
The Centurions lead NFL Europa with 28 quarterback sacks, while their opponents this weekend, Amsterdam, have given up 21 sacks in eight games.
NFLE FACTS:Red Zone Battle
Something has to give when Hamburg meets Frankfurt in Week 9. Hamburg has the most efficient red zone offense in NFLE, scoring on 20 of 23 trips (87.0%) inside the 20-yard line (14 TD, 6 FG). Frankfurt has the league's toughest red zone defense, restricting opponents to scores on 18 of 25 visits (72.0%) inside the 20 (14 TD, 4 FG). Frankfurt ranks fifth in red zone offense while Hamburg is fifth in red zone defense.
O'Sullivan the first 300-yard passer of 2007 NFLE season
IN leading the Frankfurt Galaxy to a remarkable come-from-behind victory over the Berlin Thunder last weekend, Offensive Player of Week 8 J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) became the first 300-yard passer in NFL Europa this spring.
O'Sullivan threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, with his scoring strikes coming in the final 9:02 of the game.
In leading Frankfurt to those three crucial scores, O'Sullivan raised his game to another level. Here is a look at how he fared down the stretch compared to earlier in the game:
1st 6 possessions: 14 of 20 for 129 yds and 1 interception
Final 3 scoring possessions: 13 of 17 for 204 yards, 3 TDs
That outstanding ending to the game in Berlin did enough to catapult O'Sullivan to the top of the NFL Europa passer rating leaderboard as he now tops the league with a mark of 100.2 having thrown for 1,621 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Speaking about his club's outstanding comeback, Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES says: "It was one of those games where we didn't give up until we saw the zeros on the clock. On the sideline, the players and the coaches were saying, 'We can't give up.
"I told the players, 'It's not over - you cannot give up. We have to continue to fight.' Our guys certainly went out there and fought and that showed a great deal of character."
Galaxy and Centurions players make early running in fan vote
VOTING for the 2007 All-NFL Europa team got underway last 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.
After one week, the leading vote-getters, regardless of position are Frankfurt kicker RHYS LLOYD, Cologne running back DERRICK ROSS, Centurions center GREG ESLINGER, Cologne tight end BOBBY BLIZZARD and Galaxy wide receiver AARON HOSACK.
The All-NFLE team, along with Offensive and Defensive MVPs and Coach of the Year, will be announced during World Bowl week in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Thunder desperate to give home fans victory to cheer
THEY came close against the Frankfurt Galaxy last weekend, but the Berlin Thunder ultimately fell to a fourth successive home defeat at Olympic Stadium.
And now, as they prepare for their final home game of the 2007 campaign, the Thunder is desperate to give the football fans of Berlin at least one victory to cheer.
Berlin is 0-4 at home this season and will be keen to avoid a clean sweep in front of their own fans when they take on the Rhein Fire on Friday evening.
Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN paid tribute to the club's loyal fans, saying: "I want to thank our fans. In the last four home games they have been right there with us. This is their team and I'm extremely proud to be head coach of the Berlin Thunder.
"It's great to have the fans come out and support their team the way they do. We will move past the Frankfurt game and get ready to take on the Rhein Fire."
Berlin is not the only club to have problems on home soil this season. In fact, only the Frankfurt Galaxy (4-0) and Hamburg Sea Devils (3-1) have winning marks in front of their own fans.
Cologne has gone 1-3 at RheinEnergieStadion but remains in the thick of the World Bowl race thanks to an unbeaten 4-0 record on the road.
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN says: "If I had an explanation for why we play poorly at home, I would have fixed it by now. We haven't played well here at home.
"Maybe the focus is better being away from all the distractions when we're on the road. I don't have an explanation for it."
There has been nothing to choose between home and road teams in 2007 as 12 games have been won by those playing in front of their own fans and 12 have been won by the visiting team.
NFLE FACTS:Turnover Kings
Taking care of the football has always been something pro football coaches love to preach. And you can see why as Frankfurt and Hamburg- leaders in terms of turnover ratios this season - also top the standings with 6-2 and 5-3 records respectively. Frankfurt has a turnover ratio of +8 having recorded a league-high 22 takeaways (15 interceptions, 7 fumbles) compared to 14 giveaways (7 interceptions, 7 fumbles). Hamburg ranks second with a ratio of +4 having recorded 13 takeaways (7 interceptions, 6 fumbles), while committing a league-low 9 giveaways (8 interceptions, 1 fumble). Berlin is currently last and also has a league-worst turnover ratio of -6.
Sea Devils use big plays to spark World Bowl challenge
THE ability to produce a big play can change a game in a heartbeat and provide a team with the necessary spark to record a victory.
One such team using big plays to good effect in 2007 is the 5-3 Hamburg Sea Devils, which leads NFL Europa with nine plays covering 40 yards or more.
Here is a look at how many plays of 40+ yards each team has produced this season:
Team 40+-yard plays
Through eight weeks of action, there have been a total of 41 plays covering 40 yards or more. At that current pace there would be 51 40+-yard plays in 2007. The record stands at 59 set last season.
Here is a look at the five longest plays in NFL Europa this season:
Player/Team Play Details
C. Barclay (Ber) 99-yd kickoff return TD
S. Mitchell (Fra) 81-yd interception return TD
Q. Griffin (Ham) 79-yd kickoff return
B. Middleton (Fra) 71-yd punt return TD
C. Hendricks (Rhe) 68-yd interception return TD
And here is a look at the five longest plays from scrimmage this season:
Player/Team Play Details
A. Hosack (Fra) 65-yd TD reception
R. Musinski (Ber) 63-yd TD reception
S. Sanders (Ber) 62-yd reception
C. Laskowski (Fra) 62-yd TD run
T. Lulay (Ber) 61-yd TD run
Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with 32 plays covering 20 yards or more, while the 2-6 Thunder Thunder ranks second with 27. Amsterdam has given up a league-high 32 plays of 20+ yards.
NFLE FACTS:Smith eyes record
JONATHAN Smith has scored 11 career touchdowns for the Amsterdam Admirals (2 in 2005 and 9 in 2007) and needs one more score to tie the club record of 12 touchdowns (Ruvell Martin, 2005).
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-5)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (33-35 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: 67-61
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Lost 38-41 at Rhein (6/3/07)
OFFENSE: 20 pts/game; 282.5 yds/game (rank 5); 78 yds rush/game (rank 5); 204.5 yds pass/game (rank 2)
Passing: Drew Olson, 1,534 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 412 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 35 rec, 421 yds
DEFENSE: 24.9 pts/game; 327.4 yds/game (rank 6); 118.8 rush yds/game (rank 6); 208.6 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Willie Evans, Tim Jones, Marcus West, 2.0
Interceptions: Erick Harris, 2
- THIS WEEK: at COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach BART ANDRUS saw his team make several mistakes during last week's loss at Rhein. He says: "We had some opportunities but we didn't make the plays. The two turnovers that were returned for touchdowns were very difficult to overcome."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) leads NFL Europa in attempts, completions and interceptions (see table). Had 2 passes returned for touchdowns last week... QB COREY BRAMLET has completed 20 of 38 passes for 220 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception this season... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 39 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries last week and added 2 receptions for 10 yards. Ranks second among NFLE rushers with 412 yards on 97 carries and leads the league with 8 rushing touchdowns and 9 total touchdowns... RB LARRY CROOM carried 7 times for 22 yards last week and added 4 catches for 44 yards. Has rushed for 148 yards on 48 carries this season and added 23 receptions for 267 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 eight games this season (see table). Ranks second in NFL Europa with 35 receptions and fourth in receiving yards... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) caught 1 pass for 8 yards and added a 2-point conversion last week and has 10 catches for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) caught a club record-tying 12 passes for 113 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has 31 receptions for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2007... WR JUSTIN McCULLUM (Carolina Panthers) has 11 receptions for 161 yards and 1 score this season... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught a 23-yard touchdown pass last week. Has 19 receptions for 269 yards and 2 scores this term and has added 7 punt returns for 59 yards and 21 kickoff returns for 482 yards... TE BEN HALL has 6 catches for 58 yards in 2007... French TE YOAN SCHNEE
7 receptions for 44 yards and 1 score this season... DE TIM JONES recorded 2 tackles last week and has 19 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 4 passes defensed in 2007... DE MARCUS WEST recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble last week. Has 2 sacks among 22 tackles this season... DT NORMAN HEUER recorded 1 tackle last week and has 16 and 1 forced fumble in 2007... Belgian DT PATRICE MAJONDO-MWAMBA recorded 2 tackles last week and has a career-high 16 tackles and 1 sack this season... Dutch LB AKWASI MENSAH has 21 stops and 3 special teams tackles on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 5 tackles last week and has 36 stops and 1 sack this season... LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded 6 tackles and 1 fumble recovery last week. Has 26 tackles and 1 sack on the season... LB LAWRENCE PINSON has made 26 tackles and added 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN registered 4 tackles last week and has 37 tackles to rank second on the Admirals' defense this season... S DEANDRE EILAND has recorded 26 tackles and 3 pass defenses this term... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) led Amsterdam with 9 tackles last week and tops the defense with 45 tackles and 1 forced fumble in 2007... K JARET JOHNSON has scored 32 points this season having converted 5 of 6 field goals and 17 of 20 PATs. Scored 12 points at Rhein to win Special Teams Player of the Week honors... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) ranks second among NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.0 yards on 36 kicks and has placed 9 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
Wk 8: at Rhe 47 25 258 2 2
TOTAL 254* 140* 1,534 11 10*
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
Wk 8: at Rhe 4 56 0
TOTAL 35 421 3
* Leads NFLE
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-6)Head Coach: John Allen (2-6 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 42-45-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 22-25 vs. Frankfurt (6/2/07)
OFFENSE: 13.6 pts/game; 302.4 yds/game (rank 2); 129.8 rush yds/game (rank 2); 172.6 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 1,415 yds
Rushing: Chris Barclay, 494 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 33 rec, 521 yds
DEFENSE: 20.25 pts/game; 295 yds/game (rank 4); 103 rush yds/game (rank 4); 192 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Dave Tollefson, 4.5
Interceptions: Chris Harrell, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE -
Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN saw his team blow a 22-3 lead with nine minutes remaining to lose to Frankfurt last week. He says: "We just didn't execute defensively or offensively. I'm proud of my team but we need to learn how to execute and learn how to finish."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) has not thrown a touchdown pass in the last four games (see table). Ranks sixth among NFLE quarterbacks with a rating of 69.2. Leads all NFLE quarterbacks with 216 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) completed 3 of 9 passes for 34 yards and 1 interception last week. Added 3 runs for 34 yards. Has hit on 6 of 19 attempts for 66 yards this season... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) leads Berlin with 494 rushing yards and ranks second in NFL Europa. Leads the league with 1,290 combined yards (494 rush, 127 receiving, 19 punt returns, 650 kickoff returns)... RB CAL MURRAY carried 24 times for 33 yards and 2 touchdowns last week... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receiving yards (see table). Caught 23 passes in opening three games and has 10 receptions in past five 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 2 passes for 72 yards last week and has 9 for 155 on the season... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 1 pass for 9 yards last week and has 11 for 92 on the season... WR RYAN HOAG (Washington Redskins) an 11-yard pass last week and has 2 for 31 in 2007... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 16 receptions for 130 yards and 1 score on the season after adding 2 for 40 last week... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has 6 receptions for 60 yards in 2007... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) leads the Thunder with 4.5 sacks and has also recorded 22 tackles and 4 pass defenses in 2007... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) has registered 23 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass defenses in 2007... DT BRYANT SHAW (Washington Redskins) defended 2 passes
last week and has 10 tackles, 1 sack and 3 pass defenses this season... DT LAUVALE SAPE recorded 4 tackles last week giving him 16 and 0.5 sacks this season... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON recorded 1 tackle and 2 pass defenses last week. Has 20 tackles and 1 sack this season... LB JAMEEL DUMAS ranks second on Berlin's defense with 47 tackles after adding 7 last week. Also recorded an interception in Week 1 and has knocked down 3 passes... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 41 tackles on the season after adding 4 last week... LB TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 24 tackles, 4 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 6 tackles last week and has 20 and 2 pass defenses on the season. Has also registered 5 special teams tackles... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) has 30 tackles and 6 pass defenses on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 3 tackles and 1 forced fumble last week. Has 30 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB CHRIS HARRELL leads Berlin with 48 tackles and 2 interceptions after adding 4 tackles and 1 pick last week... K ANDREW JACAS converted 7 of 13 field goals and 9 of 9 PATs before missing last week's game through injury... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) has averaged 40.1 yards on 30 punts this season to rank sixth 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
Wk 8: vs Frank 22 11 181 0 1
TOTAL 207 120 1,415 4 8
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
Wk 8: vs Frank 3 36 0
TOTAL 33 521* 1
* Leads NFLE
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (5-3)Head Coach: David Duggan (10-8 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 19-19
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Lost 7-21 vs. Hamburg (6/2/07)
OFFENSE: 20 pts/game; 289.6 yds/game (rank 4); 135.5 rush yds/game (rank 1); 154.1 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 1,097 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 641 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 29 rec, 367 yds
DEFENSE: 16 pts/game; 246.1 yds/game (rank 1); 91.4 rush yds/game (rank 1); 154.8 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Jason Hall, 10.0
Interceptions: Clifton Smith, 3
- THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN had a simple explanation for his team's loss to Hamburg last week. He says: "We were out-coached and out-played. The bottom line is they did a good job and we didn't execute."... QB ERIK MEYER was held without a TD pass for the first time in four games last week (see table). Ranks third among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 93.0. Has also rushed for 113 yards and 1 touchdown... QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) has completed 23 of 44 passes for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) was held to season lows in carries and yards last week (see table). Leads league in rushing attempts and yards. Needs 359 rushing yards in final two games to become fifth player in NFLE history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season... RB A.J. HARRIS rushed for 74 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries last week. Has rushed for 289 yards on 71 carries in 2007 and added 13 receptions for 116 yards and 1 score... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has 14 receptions for 201 yards and 2 scores in 2007... WR BURL TOLER has 14 receptions for 205 yards on the season after adding 2 for 15 last week... WR TRAMAIN HALL has 16 receptions for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season after adding 2 for 27 last weekend... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) has 9 receptions for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2007... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 29 receptions for 367 yards and 4 touchdowns. Caught 6 passes for 57 yards last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 104th regular season game last weekend... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) leads NFL Europa with 10 sacks after recording 3 quarterback takedowns last weekend. Has also registered 25 tackles, 2 pass defenses and 1 fumble recovery... DE TYLER KING recorded 1 tackle last week and has 12 stops and 3 sacks to his name in 2007... DT KEVIN VICKERSON (Miami
Dolphins) recorded 6 tackles last week and has 26 stops and 3.5 sacks this season... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) registered 2
tackles last week and has 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks this term... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) has registered 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2007... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) leads NFL Europa with 3 interceptions. Also has season totals of 37 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 5 pass defenses... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) has 15 tackles on the season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads NFL Europa with 66 tackles after adding a team-high 8 last week. Has also recorded 1 sack and 3 pass defenses... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) has 28 tackles, 2 interceptions for 19 yards, a league-high 15 pass defenses, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2007... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 2 tackles and 3 pass defenses last week. Has 23 tackles and 9 pass defenses this season... CB KEVIN HOUSE recorded his first interception of the season last week. Has made 27 tackles and knocked down 12 passes... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) recorded 6 tackles last week. Has 43 tackles to rank second on Cologne's defense and has added 1 interception and 6 pass defenses this season... S KEVIN CURTIS ranks third on Cologne's defense with 41 tackles after adding 7 last week... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted 1 PAT last week. Ranks third among NFLE kickers with 46 points having converted 9 of 14 field goals (49 long) and 19 of 19 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has placed a league-high 15 of his 36 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
Wk 8: vs Ham 22 15 128 0 1
TOTAL 142 94 1,097 9 6
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
Wk 8: vs Ham 10 9 0 2 12 0
TOTAL 177* 641* 3 14 91 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 9 - Page 8
FRANKFURT GALAXY (6-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (23-15) 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: 81-67
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 25-22 at Berlin (6/2/07)
OFFENSE: 24 pts/game; 342.6 yds/game (rank 1); 111.3 rush yds/game (rank 3); 231.4 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 1,621 yds
Rushing: Charles Anthony, 244 yds
Receiving: Brandon Middleton, 39 rec, 455 yds
DEFENSE: 16.1 pts/game; 297.3 yds/game (rank 5); 95 rush yds/game (rank 2); 202.3 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: John Syptak, Ulrich Winkler, 3.5
Interceptions: Four players, 2
- THIS WEEK: at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team score three touchdowns in the final 9:02 to record a 25-22 victory at Berlin. He says: "I'm very happy for our players and with the way they played. They showed a great deal of character."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) became NFL Europa's first 300-yard passer of the season last week (see table). Has a 12-4 record as a starter in NFL Europa and leads all quarterbacks with a rating of 100.2... QB KEVIN EAKIN (Buffalo Bills) has completed 29 of 58 passes for 353 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS has rushed for 210 yards and 1 touchdown on 55 carries this year after adding 9 yards on 6 carries last week. Has added 7 receptions for 78 yards... RB DECORI BIRMINGHAM (New York Giants) carried twice for 4 yards last week and has 46 rushing yards on 18 attempts in 2007. Has added 8 receptions for 51 yards... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) has 13 receptions for 184 yards and 1 score on the season... WR AARON HOSACK 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 18 receptions for 309 yards and 2 scores on the season after adding 4 receptions for 67 yards last week... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 20 receptions for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns this season after adding 6 catches for 57 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. Recorded 5 tackles and 1 pass defense last week to take his season total to 23 stops. Has also forced 1 fumble... German DE ULRICH WINKLER jointly leads the Galaxy with 3.5 sacks and has notched a career-high 18 tackles and 1 pass defense in 2007... DE JUSTIN BROWN recorded 4 tackles last week, giving him 17 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... DT REMI
AYODELE (Dallas Cowboys) has 11 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) has recorded 17 tackles and knocked down 5 passes this season... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) has 43 tackles to rank second on Frankfurt's defense this season. Has also registered 2 sacks and 1 interception. Recorded 8 tackles last week at Berlin... LB MATT SINCLAIR leads the Galaxy with 47 tackles after adding 9 last week. Has also registered 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble... LB ZAC WOODFIN recorded 3 tackles last week and has 16 and 2 pass defenses this term... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) recorded 3 tackles last weekend. Has 23 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team-high 9 pass defenses in 2007... CB BILL ALFORD has 18 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 pass defenses on the season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) has recorded 30 tackles to rank third on Frankfurt's defense this season... S DEMARIO WILLIAMS recorded 6 tackles and 1 interception last week and has 21 tackles and 2 interceptions to his name this term... K RHYS LLOYD leads all NFLE kickers with 58 points having converted 12 of 17 field goals (56 long) and 21 of 21 PATs... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) ranks third in NFL Europa with an average of 41.5 yards on 24 punts. Has a long of 55 yards this season and has placed 7 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
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
Wk 8: at Ber 37 27 333 3 1
TOTAL 198 133 1,621 11 5
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
Wk 8: at Ber 4 47 1
TOTAL 39* 455 2
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 9 - Page 9
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (5-3)Head Coach: Vince Martino (5-3 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 13-14-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Won 21-7 at Cologne (6/2/07)
OFFENSE: 22.25 pts/game; 295 yds/game (rank 3); 97.5 rush yds/game (rank 4); 197.5 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,543 yds
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 345 yds
Receiving: Justin Jenkins, 23 rec, 368 yds
DEFENSE: 16.5 pts/game; 290.1 yds/game (rank 2); 112.6 rush yds/game (rank 5); 177.5 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Justin Kurpeikis, 4.5
Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs. FRANKFURT GALAXY -
Head coach VINCE MARTINO paid tribute to starting quarterback Casey Bramlet when he said: "Casey is playing very well and is very efficient. I think that if he's not the best, he's certainly one of the top quarterbacks in this league."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) leads NFL Europa in touchdown passes and ranks second with a QB rating of 98.4 (see table). Has thrown at least 1 touchdown pass in seven of eight games this season... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN ranks fourth in the league in rushing yards (see table) but has yet to find the end zone in 2007. Leads NFL Europa with an average of 35.6 yards on 8 kickoff returns...RB TONY HOLLINGS rushed for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries last week. Has carried 66 times for 229 yards and 4 scores in 2007 and added 5 receptions for 79 yards... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN has carried 36 times for 94 yards and 2 scores... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) returned from a hamstring injury to catch 6 passes for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. Has 22 catches for 364 yards and a league-leading 6 receiving touchdowns this season... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 3 passes for 55 yards last week and leads the Sea Devils with 23 receptions for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns... WR JOSH DAVIS has 17 receptions for 248 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 2 passes for 50 yards last week and has 15 for 189 and 1 touchdown on the year... TE MIKE PINKARD has 11 catches for 105 yards in 2007... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS leads the Sea Devils with 4.5 sacks this season. Recorded 1 tackle last week and has 29 tackles and 2 forced fumbles on the year... German DE BEN ISHOLA was named National Player of the Week for the second time in 2007 last week when he recorded 3 tackles and 2 sacks at Cologne. Has 4 sacks among 15 tackles this season... DT GARY GIBSON recorded 3 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries last weekend and has recorded 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season... LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) has 23 tackles and 1 sack this year after adding 2 tackles to his tally last week... LB BYRON HARDMON ranks third on
Hamburg's defense with 26 tackles and 1 sack. Registered 4 tackles at Cologne last week... LB BARRY ROBERTSON (New York Giants) recorded 2 tackles and 1 interception last week. Has 26 tackles and 1 sack this season... Mexican LB JONATHAN HURTADO recorded 2 tackles last week and has 20 on the season... English LB ADEN DURDE recorded 3 tackles last week and has 12 and 1 pass defense in 2007... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) has 23 tackles, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses this season... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) has recorded 22 tackles and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN has 25 tackles on the season after adding 2 stops 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 55 tackles, 6 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 17 yards. Has recorded 20 tackles in the past three games... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) ranks second in NFL Europa with 50 points having converted 11 of 14 field goals (47 long) and 17 of 18 PATs... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) has placed 13 of his 34 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season.
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
Wk 8: at Col 24 14 212 1 1
TOTAL 187 112 1,543 13* 5
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
Wk 8: at Col 15 56 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 74 345 0 5 22 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 9 - Page 10
RHEIN FIRE (3-5)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (21-16-1 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: 67-61
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 41-38 vs. Amsterdam (6/3/07)
OFFENSE: 16.1 pts/game; 234.1 yds/game (rank 6); 70.3 rush yds/game (rank 6); 163.9 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 1,121 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 144 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 30 rec, 505 yds
DEFENSE: 22.25 pts/game; 290.4 yds/game (rank 4); 101.5 rush yds/game (rank 3); 188.9 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Derek Rehage, 3.5
Interceptions: Andrew Pace, 2
- THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER -
As a coach who has spent much of his career teaching defensive football, Fire head coach RICK LANTZ struggled to enjoy his team's shootout win against Amsterdam, saying: "It was a little too exciting for me. I don't like it when it's up and down the field like that."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) has a quarterback rating of 53.1 on the season having thrown for 367 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions... QB CODY PICKETT threw a season-high yardage total last week (see table). Ranks fourth among NFL Europa quarterbacks with a rating of 76.6... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 carries before being placed on Injured Reserve. He remains Rhein's leading rusher through eight games... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN carried 10 times for 33 yards and 1 touchdown last week and added 7 receptions for 67 yards. Has rushed for 130 yards and 2 scores on 51 carries and added 23 catches for 166 yards... RB CHARLES ANTHONY joined the Fire from Frankfurt last week and rushed for 55 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries on his Rhein debut... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 16.8 yards per reception (see table) and ranks second in NFL Europa in receiving yardage... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) has 10 catches for 110 yards in 2007. Caught 2 passes for 20 yards last week... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) has 10 receptions for 132 yards this season... English WR MARVIN ALLEN ranks third on the Fire with 17 receptions for 182 yards after adding 4 for 62 last week... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 21 yards this season... TE ERIK JENSEN has 11 receptions for 100 yards this season... TE SEAN MULCAHY (Cincinnati Bengals) caught 3 passes for 33 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 12 receptions for 115 yards and 2 scores on the season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) has recorded 16 tackles and 0.5 sacks this season... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack last week and has 24 tackles and 3 sacks on the season... DT BRENNAN SCHMIDT has notched 19 tackles and
3 sacks in2007... DT MICHAEL BOZEMAN (Atlanta Falcons) has 15 tackles and 1 sack on the season after adding 3 stops last week... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) recorded 2 tackles last week and leads the Fire with 39 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception for 37 yards on the season... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) recorded 3 tackles and 2 quarterback hurries last week and has registered 34 tackles and a team-leading 3.5 sacks... LB JAMAR ENZOR recorded 6 tackles and 1 sack last week, giving him 15 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble on the year. Blocked his second punt of the season last weekend... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) won NFLE Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 8 tackles and 4 pass defenses against Amsterdam. Also scored on a 68-yard interception return. Has recorded 35 tackles to rank second on Rhein's defense and has knocked down a team-leading 12 passes... S ANDREW PACE scored on a 60-yard interception return last week and leads the Fire with 2 picks. Has registered 34 tackles to rank third on the Fire defense and has also forced 1 fumble... S CALVIN CARLYLE recorded 1 tackle and 2 pass defenses last week. Has 22 tackles, 5 pass defenses, 1 interception for 27 yards and 1 forced fumble this season... German S RICHARD YANCY has recorded 8 tackles, 1 interception and 3 pass defenses this year... K MARK BRUBAKER has 23 points this season having hit on 4 of 5 field goals (36 long) and 11 of 12 PATs... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) leads all NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.5 yards on 35 punts with a long of 59. 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
Wk 8: vs Ams 28 20 248 1 1
TOTAL 169 109 1,121 4 6
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 3 60 0
Wk 8: vs Ams 3 57 0
TOTAL 30 505 3
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europa 2007, Week 9 - Page 11
RHEIN FIRE (3-5) at
BERLIN THUNDER (2-6)
Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Friday June 8, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 9-8 (Berlin leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Berlin: Berlin leads 5-3
At Rhein: Rhein leads 6-3
Streak: Berlin 1
This season: Berlin 15 at Rhein 3 (Week 1)
US: LIVE/DELAY (9:00 a.m. ET, Saturday June 9)
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARRINO is joined in the booth by former Seattle Seahawks quarterback KELLY STOUFFER.
RICK LANTZ makes his first trip back to Berlin, where he guided the Thunder to World Bowl appearances in 2004 and 2005. Was named NFLE Coach of the Year in 2004. Has 21 regular season victories to his name and won World Bowl in 2004... JOHN ALLEN is 2-6 in his first season as an NFL Europa head coach with both of his victories coming on the road. He is 0-4 on home soil. Prior to joining the Thunder, he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals. Has a 1-0 record against Rhein.
Friday Night Football comes to the German capital as the Berlin Thunder takes on the Rhein Fire looking to win on home soil for the first time in 2007... Berlin has won just one of its last 10 regular season games at home, dating back to Week 10 of the 2005 campaign... The 24-13 victory came against Cologne on 4/16/06... Berlin will need to take care of the football as they rank sixth in NFL Europa with a -6 turnover ratio (9 takeaways to 15 giveaways)... Rhein ranks fifth with a -3 turnover ratio (16 takeaways to a league-high 19 giveaways)... Berlin boasts NFL Europa's second-ranked offense (302.4 yards per game) while Rhein has the league's sixth-ranked attack (234.1 yards per game)... Despite ranking second in offensive yards per game, Berlin ranks sixth in points scored (109) and total touchdowns scored (12)... Rhein is averaging a league-low 3.9 yards per offensive play... Fire quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 23 times this season... Berlin's defense ranks fifth in NFL Europa with 14 quarterback sacks... Berlin's defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 63.1 percent of their passes this year... Rhein has fumbled a league-high 18 times this season and lost an NFLE-leading 11 fumbles... Berlin's defense has recovered a league-low 4 fumbles this season... Berlin's defense ranks second in NFLE in fewest plays allowed covering 20 yards or more with 21 (4 rush, 17 pass)... Rhein's sixth-ranked rushing attack is averaging a league-low 2.8 yards per rush... Berlin kickers have converted a league-low 46.7 percent of field goal attempts this season (7 of 15)... Thunder kicker have converted a league record 3 four-point field goals this season... Fire kickers have successfully converted a league-best 91.7 percent of their field goal attempts (11 of 12)... Berlin is the second-most penalized team in the league, drawing 64 flags for 517 yards... Rhein ranks third with 61 penalties for 497 yards... In the first meeting between the teams on opening night, Thunder QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) scored on a fourth quarter touchdown run covering 61 yards, while K ANDREW JACAS nailed a pair of four-point field goals from 53 and 55 yards.
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-5)
at COLOGNE CENTURIONS (5-3)
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Saturday June 9, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Amsterdam leads 5-2
At Cologne: Amsterdam leads 3-0
At Amsterdam: Series tied 2-2
Streak: Cologne 2
This Season: Cologne 30 at Amsterdam 7 (Week 7)
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (12 noon. ET, Saturday June 9)
DELAY/NFL Network (12 midnight. ET, Sunday June 10)
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARLIN is joined in the booth by former Seattle Seahawks quarterback KELLY STOUFFER.
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 a 5-2 record against the Centurions and has never lost in Cologne... DAVID DUGGAN has a 2-1 record against the Admirals. 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 welcomes the Admirals to RheinEnergieStadion knowing they have yet to defeat the Dutch side in three attempts on home soil... Cologne is 1-3 at home this season but boasts a 4-0 mark in road games... Both teams prefer different ways of moving the football... Cologne leads NFL Europa with 284 rushing attempts, while Amsterdam quarterbacks have thrown a league-high 292 passes... Cologne leads the league with an average of 135.5 rushing yards per game... Amsterdam ranks second with an average of 204.5 net passing yards per game... Cologne has the most balanced attack in NFL Europa with 46.8 percent of its offensive yardage coming on the ground and 53.2 percent through the air... Amsterdam is the least balanced attack with 27.6 percent of its yardage coming on running plays and 72.4 percent on passes... Amsterdam quarterbacks have completed a league-low 54.8 percent of their passes, have thrown a league-high 11 interceptions and seen 3 of those picks returned for touchdowns - also the most in NFL Europa... Cologne boasts the league's best defense (246.1 yards per game) and also holds opposing offenses to a league-low 154.8 passing yards per outing... Amsterdam's defense is ranked sixth in NFL Europa (327.4 yards per game) and is allowing a league-high 13.7 yards per pass completion... Cologne's defense is the best in NFL Europa at getting off the field on third down, restricting opponents to a 33.7 percent success rate (35 of 104 attempts)... Amsterdam's defense has allowed a league-high 22 touchdowns this season... The Admirals are the most-penalized team in NFL Europa this term having been flagged 65 times for 531 yards... In the first meeting between the teams, the Centurions rushed for 232 yards en route to a one-sided victory. QB ERIK MEYER completed 13 of 15 passes for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns, while A.J. HARRIS and DERRICK ROSS produced 100-yard rushing days.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK EIGHT RECAP NFL Europa 2007, Week 9 - Page 12
FRANKFURT GALAXY (6-2)
at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (5-3)
AOL Arena, Hamburg, Saturday June 9, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Frankfurt leads 3-2
At Hamburg: Series tied 1-1
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 2-1
Streak: Frankfurt 3
This season: Hamburg 17 at Frankfurt 20 (Week 3)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (12:00 noon ET), Saturday June 9
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: LIVE/NASN Europe (6:00 p.m. CET, Saturday June 9)
Play-by-play announcer BOB PAPA is joined in the booth by Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback DONOVAN McNABB.
VINCE MARTINO has a 5-3 record as an NFLE head coach but is 0-1 against Frankfurt. 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... MIKE JONES has 23 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 3-2 record against the Sea Devils.
The two leading teams in the standings meet in what could very well turn out to be a dress rehearsal for World Bowl XV... Frankfurt needs a win to book its berth in a second straight title game and would then chase a league record fifth World Bowl crown on June 23... Hamburg has yet to reach a World Bowl... Frankfurt has had the better of recent meetings between the two clubs. Hamburg won the first two meetings in 2005 but Frankfurt has struck back with three victories in a row... Frankfurt has the most prolific attack in NFL Europa this season (342.6 yards per game) and also leads the league in points scored (192) and touchdowns (22)... Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with an average of 5.9 yards per offensive play while Hamburg ranks second with an average of 5.5... Hamburg has produced a league-leading 9 plays covering 40 yards or more, while Frankfurt has registered a league-best 32 plays of 20 yards or more... Hamburg has lost just 2 fumbles in eight games this season to lead the league in that department... Frankfurt quarterbacks have completed a league-leading 63.3 percent of their passes this term (162 of 256)... Galaxy quarterbacks have been sacked a league-low 13 times, while Hamburg's passers have been thrown for a loss on 15 occasions to rank second in NFL Europa... Hamburg's defense ranks second in NFL Europa with 22 quarterback sacks... Frankfurt's defense leads the league with 15 interceptions in eight games and could challenge the single season record of 23 picks set by the Galaxy in 1995... Hamburg ranks second with an average of 23.6 yards per kickoff return this season... Frankfurt's defense is allowing a league-low 3.5 yards per rush in 2007... Hamburg is one of only two teams not to have an interception returned for a touchdown against them this season, the other being Berlin... In the first meeting between the teams this year, QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) threw for 223 yards and 1 touchdown as Frankfurt secured a three-point victory. WR AARON HOSACK scored on a 65-yard reception for the Galaxy, while WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 7 passes for 136 yards and 1 touchdown for Hamburg.
- WEEK EIGHT RECAP -
Frankfurt Galaxy 25, Berlin Thunder 22
(Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Attendance: 11,882)
J.T. O'Sullivan (Fra) 333 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
DeMario Williams (Fra) 6 tackles, 1 interception
Chris Barclay (Ber) 122 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Chris Harrell (Ber) 4 tackles, 1 interception
Hamburg Sea Devils 21, Cologne Centurions 7
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 10,221)
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 212 passing yards, 1 touchdown
Ben Ishola (Ham) 3 tackles, 2 sacks
Jason Hall (Col) 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
A.J. Harris (Col) 74 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Amsterdam Admirals 38, Rhein Fire 41
(LTU arena, Düsseldorf. Attendance: 20,355)
Cody Pickett (Rhe) 248 passing yards, 1 touchdown
Carlos Hendricks (Rhe) returned interception 68 yards for TD
Andrew Pace (Rhe) returned interception 60 yards for TD
Justin Surrency (Ams) 12 receptions, 113 yards, 1 touchdown
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 23 14 60.9 6 26.1 87.0
Amsterdam 22 15 68.2 4 18.2 86.4
Cologne 20 11 55.0 6 30.0 85.0
Rhein 25 11 44.0 10 40.0 84.0
Frankfurt 19 7 36.8 8 42.1 78.9
Berlin 20 8 40.0 2 10.0 50.0
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Frankfurt 25 14 56.0 4 16.0 72.0
Amsterdam 29 11 37.9 11 37.9 75.9
Rhein 23 10 43.5 8 34.8 78.3
Hamburg 21 12 57.1 5 23.8 81.0
Cologne 16 10 62.5 3 18.8 81.3
Berlin 15 9 60.0 5 33.3 93.3
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