Race for NFL Europa glory looks to be crowded
April 24, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
THE 2007 NFL Europa season may only be two weeks old but one thing is already becoming clear - the race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV in Frankfurt on Saturday, June 23 is set to be a crowded and exciting one.
With two rounds of action in the record books, and with games being played in front of large crowds across the league, five of the six teams have registered victories.
Only the Amsterdam Admirals (0-2) - finalists in the last two World Bowls - have failed to get off the mark. They will aim to get one in the 'W' column when they visit the Berlin Thunder (1-1) to kick off the Week 3 action on Saturday night.
Later that evening, the undefeated Frankfurt Galaxy (2-0) will look to maintain the strong start to their title defense when they play host to a Hamburg Sea Devils (1-1) club that evened its record with a victory in Berlin last weekend.
The final contest sees local rivals do battle as the Cologne Centurions (1-1) travel a short distance to meet the Rhein Fire (1-1). Both clubs will battle for the Rhein Cup when they meet at LTU arena.
WEEK THREE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY APRIL 28
Amsterdam Admirals at Berlin Thunder
Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 6:00 p.m.
Hamburg Sea Devils at Frankfurt Galaxy
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, 7:00 p.m.
Cologne Centurions at Rhein Fire
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, 7:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 2
OFFENSIVE - ANTHONY SHERRELL - RB, Frankfurt
Rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries and added 6 catches for 45 yards for a total of 102 scrimmage yards
DEFENSIVE - GABE FRANKLIN - CB, Cologne
Recorded 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 forced fumble, 4 passes defensed and 2 interceptions
SPECIAL TEAMS - RHYS LLOYD - K, Frankfurt
Tied NFLE record with 56-yard field goal;
Added 2 PATs for a total of 6 points
NATIONAL - BEN ISHOLA - DE, Hamburg
Recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack for a 10-yard loss; Added 1 quarterback hurry and 2 special teams tackles
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After seeing his club fall to a second straight loss, Amsterdam Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS is demanding more of his players and has faith that the men on his roster can turn their slow start into a positive season.
He says: "We're challenging ourselves to play better. We're soul-searching and we're looking for guys to step up and make the plays we didn't make last week. I think within the player pool we have, we have guys who are capable of doing that. We just want them to step forward and start making plays."
Berlin Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN saw his team suffer a tough loss to the Hamburg Sea Devils last weekend but he is already looking ahead to the Admirals.
He says: "We just need to focus on our next opponent. It was a hard-fought game against Hamburg and turnovers were the difference. We threw two critical interceptions and some penalties that hurt us."
The Sea Devils will have been buoyed by their victory in Berlin as they head to Frankfurt to take on the undefeated Galaxy.
Head coach VINCE MARTINO, who recorded his first career win in NFL Europa, says: "It felt great. The win was very satisfying because that was a tough Berlin team and we knew it wasn't going to be easy."
Frankfurt Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team improve to 2-0 with a strong defensive showing against the Cologne Centurions last weekend.
He says: "I have to take my hat off to our defense. We bent but we didn't break. We withstood the test of Cologne's offense. We knew going in that it was going to be a tough game and our defense showed up. They were ready, they came out and they took on the challenge."
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN had mixed feelings about his club's performance in losing to Frankfurt and expects a tidier performance against the Rhein Fire this weekend.
He says: "We didn't deserve to win the football game with the mistakes we made. You can't commit errors against a team like Frankfurt and expect to win.
"But I'm proud of the way we came back. We fought back and never gave up. We showed the teams in the league and the fans of Cologne that we will be a resilient team this season."
RICK LANTZ recorded his first win as head coach of the Rhein Fire in Amsterdam last week and admits: "I was very excited about the win. We had a tough loss in Week 1 and came back. I was proud with the way we played.
"We didn't fold when the pressure was on - we didn't throw in the towel. We kept fighting and were able to recover and come up with a big win."
Another week in NFL Europa, more attendance records fall
AMERICAN football fans continue to flock to NFL Europa games in record numbers following another weekend of tense and exciting action in Germany and the Netherlands.
A total of 61,690 fans attended games in Amsterdam, Berlin and Cologne - it was the second-highest combined total for Week 2 in league history (71,260 fans attended Week 2 games in 2005).
It came after an all-time single weekend record 89,367 fans attended Week 1 action in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
The combined total of 151,057 fans is a new record for the opening two weeks of a season since NFLE became a six-team league in 1995, smashing the old mark of 119,193 set in 1996.
NFL Europa Managing Director UWE BERGHEIM says: "We are delighted to have set a new attendance record through the first two weeks of the season and it is a good sign for the remainder of the campaign. This shows we are getting great support for our games in Germany and the Netherlands."
A club record 30,657 fans packed into Berlin's Olympic Stadium to see the hometown Thunder take on the Hamburg Sea Devils. That figure smashed the previous record of 20,927 set on June 5, 2005 (vs. Cologne).
Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN paid tribute to Berlin's fans, saying: "They were unbelievable. They give us the best possible support we could have imagined. I have never seen such a big party and crowd in Olympic Stadium."
General Manager JOE CEALERA adds: "More than 30,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium showed tremendous support Berliners have for their football team. Our fans celebrated one of the biggest parties ever. Unfortunately, we weren't able to top the whole day off with a win over the Sea Devils."
First trophy of season on the line
THE first silverware of the 2007 campaign will be up for grabs on Saturday evening when the Cologne Centurions and Rhein Fire battle for The Rhein Cup: The Mayors' Trophy.
Rhein currently holds the fabulous trophy after winning both games between the clubs in 2006. The teams split their series in 2005.
The Rhein Cup is the result of a challenge between the mayors of the neighboring cities of Cologne (FRITZ SCHRAMMA) and Düsseldorf (JOACHIM ERWIN).
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Road teams make outstanding start to the 2007 NFLE season
AMSTERDAM Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS may be a little concerned that his team is 0-2 after two weeks of play but there is some good news on the horizon - his team is on the road this weekend.
Preparing to play away from home would not normally be a reason to be cheerful in NFL Europa but the opening two weeks of 2007 have shown the emergence of an unusual trend.
Road teams have gone 5-1 in the opening six games of 2007, with the Frankfurt Galaxy being the only home club to win in front of their own fans.
Hamburg lost to Cologne and Rhein fell to Berlin in Week 1, while Amsterdam, Berlin and Cologne all lost at home in Week 2.
After such a strong start for visiting teams, it is possible that the 2007 campaign could be just the third since NFL Europa became a six-team league in 1995 in which road clubs have posted a winning record.
The other successful seasons were 1995 (road teams went 18-12) and 2006 (road teams posted a combined mark of 15-14-1.
Here is a look at how road teams have fared in a season since 1995:
After seeing his club win on the road at Amsterdam, Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ says: "Winning on the road is tough so I feel great about our result against the Admirals. It has been difficult for us to win in Amsterdam so I'm excited about the way we won the game."
NFLE FACTS:False Dawns
Teams scoring the first points in a contest have won just two of six games played in NFL Europa this season. Hamburg and Frankfurt in Week 2 are the only clubs to have scored first and held on to win. Amsterdam has scored first in both their losses.
NFLE kickers and punters show leg strength in opening weeks
THE 2007 NFL Europa season is only six games old but it is already proving to be a very good campaign for kickers and punters.
British kicker RHYS LLOYD was the latest special teamer to shine in Week 2 when he kicked a 56-yard field goal - worth four points under NFL Europa rules - during the Frankfurt Galaxy's 18-13 victory over the Cologne Centurions.
The mammoth kick tied the league record of 56 yards set by Danny Kight of the Rhein Fire in a game against the Barcelona Dragons on May 6, 2000.
Lloyd - a former star at the University of Minnesota - says: "The 56-yard attempt is routine. Whether I kick a 30-yarder or one from 60, it's the same. I had a great snap, a great hold and a great kick. It took 11 guys."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES adds: "I feel we have a great kicker. Rhys has a strong leg and you can see that on his kickoffs. Being able to make a four-point field goal is a huge bonus for your offense."
Lloyd was not the only kicker to shine in Week 2. CONNOR HUGHES (Pittsburgh Steelers) kicked 3 of 3 field goals and added 1 PAT for a 10-point haul during the Rhein Fire's 16-10 win over the Amsterdam Admirals. And SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) also scored 10 points as he went 3 of 3 on field goals and converted his lone PAT during the Hamburg Sea Devils' 16-7 win over the Berlin Thunder.
Those strong kicking performances come on the back of a record-breaking opening day showing by Berlin Thunder kicker ANDREW JACAS, who became the first man in league history to kick a pair of four-point field goals in the same game when he split the uprights from 53 and 55 yards.
Punters have also shown their leg strength in the opening two weeks of the season.
Here is a look at the longest punts in NFL Europa this season:
Player NFL Team Long
Kyle Basler (Fra) Cleveland 55
Adam Anderson (Ham) Atlanta 54
Kyle Basler (Fra) Cleveland 53
Tom Malone (Ber) New England 52
Glenn Pakulak (Ams) Tennessee 49
Pakulak currently leads all NFLE punters with a gross average of 42.6 on eight punts. He also tops the standings with a healthy net average of 38.0.
NFLE FACTS:Field Position
A key to Hamburg's victory over Berlin could have been field position. On average, the Sea Devils started drives on their own 38-yard line - the best starting position of any team in Week 2.
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History favors 2-0 teams in
race for World Bowl berths
THERE is a lot of football to be played before the teams competing for championship glory in Yello Strom World Bowl XV will be known, but history suggests a quick start to the season can be very beneficial.
Since 1995, 19 teams have started the season 2-0. Those clubs have advanced to World Bowl 12 times, winning on five occasions.
The Frankfurt Galaxy has become the 20th team to start a campaign 2-0 since 1995 and will aim to be the 13th to reach the title game.
Head coach MIKE JONES says of the mindset of his undefeated club: "We always stress that we cannot turn the football over and on defense it is a case of tackle, tackle and tackle some more.
"Every game in this league is tough and we know that going into each weekend."
During the same period since 1995, 19 teams have started the year 0-2 and only one club - the 2002 Berlin Thunder - has reached World Bowl.
Despite seeing his Admirals open the 2007 campaign with back-to-back losses, Amsterdam head coach BART ANDRUS is not about to throw in the towel.
He says: "We made improvement from Week 1 to last weekend's performance in a lot of areas. I know that between now and next week we are going to get better. We did a lot of things right and we're challenging ourselves to get better."
Galaxy making most of break
ANY coach worth his salt will tell you that the halftime break is essential for making in-game adjustments and reacting to what an opponent has shown you in the first two quarters.
If that is the case, MIKE JONES and his Frankfurt Galaxy coaching staff should give themselves a huge pat on the back following the opening two weeks of the season.
In starting the season 2-0, Frankfurt has scored a league-high 20 points in the third quarter, putting what they have learned in the locker room at halftime to good use.
No other team has reached double figures in third quarter scoring. Amsterdam has scored 3 points in the third period, Berlin has 4, Cologne has 3, Hamburg 9 and the Rhein Fire 7.
Jones says: "I always tell our team at halftime to stay poised, keep their patience and to think on their feet. We have done a good job of doing that in the second half. The most important thing is to keep playing throughout the game and we especially did that in Week 1 when we pieced some drives together."
Winning the turnover battle
IF creating turnovers and scoring points off them is the secret to success in professional football, the Frankfurt Galaxy and Cologne Centurions can feel positive about their chances for the remainder of the 2007 campaign.
Both clubs have created a league-high 6 turnovers and have each scored an NFL Europa-best 13 points off those takeaways.
Here is a look at how each club has fared in the turnover department through two weeks:
Team Takeaways Pts off TO's
Frankfurt 6 13
Cologne 6 13
Hamburg 3 9
Amsterdam 2 7
Berlin 2 4
Rhein 2 0
The Galaxy leads the league with a turnover ratio of +3, having taken the ball away 6 times (4 interceptions, 2 fumbles) and committing 3 turnovers of their own (2 interceptions, 1 fumble).
Cologne ranks second with a ratio of +2. They have produced 6 turnovers (5 interceptions and 1 fumble) and given the ball away on 4 occasions (3 interceptions, 1 fumble).
The winless Admirals have a league-worst -2 turnover ratio with 2 takeaways (2 fumbles) compared to 4 giveaways (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles).
Talking about his team's approach to turnovers, Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES says: "When you try to play error-free football, that's difficult to do. But we can't turn the ball over and there are times when our quarterbacks know they have to throw it away."
Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN adds: "The big thing for us is always turnovers and penalties. If we can eliminate those we will be much more consistent throughout the course of a game and the season."
NFLE FACTS:Mixed Fortunes
The two 100-yard rushers this season (Derrick Ross, Col at Ham; and Anthony Sherrell, Fra vs Ams) have been on the winning side. But of the four 100-yard receivers this season, only Frankfurt's Aaron Hosack has tasted victory (vs Ams in Wk 1).
NFLE FACTS:A Team Effort
Frankfurt Galaxy quarterbacks J.T. O'Sullivan (Chicago Bears) and Kevin Eakin (Buffalo Bills) have combined to throw for 477 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Their combined passer rating of 94.5 is the highest of any duo in the league.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (0-2)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (30-32 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: 64-58
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Lost 10-16 vs Rhein (4/20/06)
OFFENSE: 12 pts/game; 231.5 yds/game (rank 6); 56 yds rush/game (rank 6); 175.5 yds pass/game (rank 4)
Passing: Drew Olson, 375 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 48 yds
Receiving: Jonathan Smith, 7 rec; Skyler Fulton, 75 yds
DEFENSE: 23 pts/game; 363 yds/game (rank 6); 130.5 rush yds/game (rank 6); 232.5 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Tim Jones, 1.0
- THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER -
Head coach BART ANDRUS deflected the blame away from his quarterback following last week's loss to Rhein, insisting: "The way we were protecting, we could have brought Kurt Warner back here tonight and he would have been on his back, too."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) ranks third among NFLE quarterbacks (see table) with a passer rating of 72.3. Has attempted more passes than any other QB in the league through two games... QB COREY BRAMLET failed to did not attempt a pass last week... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 19 yards and 1 touchdown on 10 carries last week and added 2 receptions for 9 yards. Scored on an 18-yard run in Amsterdam's defeat of Berlin in the World Bowl in 2005... RB LARRY CROOM rushed 5 times for 5 yards last week and has 10 carries for 43 yards on the season. Added 2 receptions for 24 yards in Week 2 and has 4 catches for 52 yards in 2007... RB CEDRIC HUMES (New York Giants) carried twice for 7 yards last week and also has a 7-yard reception on the season... WR SKYLER FULTON had a record six 100-yard receiving days in 2006 but has been held under 100 yards in each of his past two games (see table). Caught 9 passes for 208 yards and 1 touchdown in two meetings with the Thunder last season... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) caught 2 passes for 14 yards last week and has 3 for 25 on the season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) caught a 5-yard pass and has 4 receptions for 25 yards and 1 touchdown in 2007... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 3 passes for 17 yards last week and has 6 receptions for 70 yards on the season. Has returned 6 kickoffs for 118 yards (43 long) and 1 punt return for 11 yards... TE BEN HALL caught a 7-yard pass last week and has 4 for 35 on the season... French TE YOAN SCHNEE caught a 10-yard pass last week... DE TIM JONES has Amsterdam's only sack of the season among his 7 tackles. Has batted down 1 pass... DT MARCUS
WEST made 6 tackles last weekend and ranks third on the Admirals defense with 10 on the season... DT NORMAN HEUER won a World Bowl ring against Berlin in 2005. Recorded 2 tackles last week and has 4 on the year... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 1 tackle last week and has 8 stops this season... LB KURT KAHUI (San Diego Chargers) recorded 1 tackle and 1 special teams stop in Week 2. Has 6 tackles this term... LB GREG CAROTHERS won a World Bowl ring with Amsterdam in 2005. Has 5 tackles on the season... LB DERRICK BALLARD is in his third season with the Admirals. Scored on a league record 95-yard fumble return against Berlin in 2006. Recorded 6 tackles last week and has 11 on the season to rank second on the defense... CB KEVIN GARRETT (Carolina Panthers) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 7 and 1 pass defense on the season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN has 8 tackles and 2 pass defenses in 2007 after adding 4 tackles last week... S DEANDRE EILAND leads the Admirals defense with 14 tackles after adding 6 last week... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) recorded 6 tackles last week and has 8 on the season... S GRANT MASON has 6 tackles on the season... K JARET JOHNSON converted his lone PAT attempt last week. Has hit on 1 of 2 field goals (29 long) and 3 of 3 PATs for 6 points this season... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) averaged 43.4 yards on 5 punts last week with a long of 49 yards. Leads NFL Europa with a gross average of 42.6 yards on 8 punts and also tops the rankings with a net average of 38.0 with 1 kick 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
TOTAL 65* 38* 375* 2 2
WR SKYLER FULTON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 3 46 1
Wk 2: vs Rhein 4 29 0
TOTAL 7 75 1
* Leads NFLE
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BERLIN THUNDER (1-1)Head Coach: John Allen (1-1 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 41-40-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 7-16 vs. Hamburg (4/22/07)
OFFENSE: 11 pts/game; 269.5 yds/game (rank 4); 90 rush yds/game (rank 4); 179.5 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 372 yds
Rushing: Travis Lulay, 83 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 14 rec, 198 yds
DEFENSE: 9.5 pts/game; 252 yds/game (rank 3); 87.5 rush yds/game (rank 4); 164.5 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Walter Curry, 2.0
Interceptions: Jameel Dumas, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
JOHN ALLEN sees signs of offensive life from his club, saying: "We're starting to get some things done in our passing game. We also did a better job at times in our running game although there were still times when we missed blocks."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) jointly-leads NFLE with 38 completions through two games (see table). Also leads Berlin with 83 rushing yards and 1 touchdown from 8 attempts... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) did not complete a pass from 4 attempts last week... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) carried 11 times for 26 yards in Week 2 and added 3 receptions for 2 yards. Has rushed for 81 yards on 21 carries this season... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS carried once for 4 yards last week and has 5 carries for 6 yards in 2007... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receptions and receiving yards after topping the 100-yard receiving mark last week (see table)... WR RICH MUSINSKI is in his second season with the Thunder. Caught 4 passes for 53 yards and 1 touchdown in a starting role last week and has 8 receptions for 91 yards on the season. Played in both games against Amsterdam last season and caught 6 passes for 104 yards and 1 touchdown... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ has 2 receptions for 18 yards this season... Mexican WR GUSTAVO TELLA caught a 16-yard pass last week... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 4 receptions for 16 yards in 2007 after catching a 5-yard pass last week... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has caught 1 pass for 6 yards this season... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 6 on the season... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) leads the Thunder with 2 sacks among his 3 tackles this season. Has also forced 1 fumble... German DE PATRICK FINKE has recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... DT BRYANT SHAW (Washington Redskins) has registered 4 tackles on the season after adding 2 last week... DT LAUVALE SAPE has made 6 tackles and batted down 2 passes this season. Registered 4 tackles last weekend... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON has recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack this season... LB JAMEEL DUMAS played for the Rhein Fire in 2006. Has made 11 tackles this season after
adding 6 last week. Also recorded an interception in Week 1... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 9 tackles on the season after adding 3 last week. Also recorded 1 special teams stop... German LB RICHARD ADJEI has made 5 tackles this season... CB DENNIS DAVIS (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 2 tackles last week and has 3 and 1 pass defense on the season... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) registered 7 tackles last week and has 9 and 1 pass defense on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 4 tackles last week and has 12 and 1 forced fumble on the season, ranking third on Berlin's defense... CB CHRIS HARRELL recorded 9 tackles last week and has a team-high 16 on the season... S ETRIC PRUITT (Detroit Lions) registered 11 tackles, 1 pass defense and 1 forced fumble in last week's loss to the Sea Devils... K ANDREW JACAS missed his only field goal attempt from 47 yards last week. Kicked 1 PAT. Has connected on 2 of 4 field goals (55 long) and converted 2/2 PATs for 10 points on the season... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) ranks second among NFLE punters with an average of 39.3 yards on 7 kicks. Hit a season long 51-yard punt against Hamburg.
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
TOTAL 63 38* 372 1 2
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
TOTAL 14* 198* 0
* Leads NFLE
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (1-1)Head Coach: David Duggan (6-6 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 15-17
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Lost 13-18 vs. Frankfurt (4/21/07)
OFFENSE: 18.5 pts/game; 331 yds/game (rank 2); 117.5 rush yds/game (rank 2); 213.5 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 229 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 168 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 11 rec; Tramain Hall, 131 yds
DEFENSE: 18 pts/game; 231.5 yds/game (rank 2); 85 rush yds/game (rank 3); 146.5 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Tyler King, 2.0
Interceptions: Gabe Franklin, 2
- THIS WEEK: at RHEIN FIRE -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN was upset to see his team flagged 12 times for 120 yards last week, stressing: "We'll address all the penalties and get them corrected with our players. We'll learn from this and hopefully it won't happen again." QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) has not thrown enough passes (see table) for his 105.7 passer rating to lead NFL Europa. Has also rushed for 25 yards on 3 carries... QB ERIK MEYER hit on 17 of 26 attempts for 164 yards with 1 interception last week. Has thrown for 229 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on the season while compiling a QB rating of 54.3... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) has carried the football 20+ times in each of his past two outings (see table) and leads NFL Europa in carries and rushing yards... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 1 pass for 12 yards last weekend and has 2 for 20 on the season... WR BURL TOLER caught 2 passes for 37 yards last week and has 5 receptions for 95 yards on the season... WR DAN SHELDON (Atlanta Falcons) caught his first 2 passes of the season last week for 13 yards. Also returned 2 kickoffs for 63 yards... WR TRAMAIN HALL caught 7 passes for 119 yards with a long of 50 last week. Has 8 receptions for 131 yards on the season... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) played in four regular season games for the Cowboys in 2006. Has 1 reception for 5 yards in 2007... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 11 receptions for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns after catching 7 for 76 yards and 1 score last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 98th regular season game last weekend and caught 1 pass for 1 yard... C GREG ESLINGER (Denver Broncos) was the 2005 Outland Trophy winner (given to college football's best interior lineman) at Minnesota. Earned All-American and All-Big 10 honors and was a sixth round draft pick of the Broncos in 2006... DE TYLER KING leads Cologne with 2 sacks after adding 1 and 1 quarterback hurry last week... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) registered 1 tackle against the Galaxy and has 2 tackles on the season...
DT KEVIN VICKERSON (Miami Dolphins) has 5 tackles and half a sack on the season after recording all his defensive statistics last weekend... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) notched 1 tackle against Frankfurt and has 5 and half a sack on the year... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) grabbed 2 tackles and 1.5 sacks last weekend, giving him 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season... LB CRAIG KOBEL (Philadelphia Eagles) recorded 1 QB hurry and 1 pass defense last week... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) has made 9 tackles in 2007 after adding 5 stops last week. Also has 1 interception for 37 yards... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) has made 3 tackles and added 1 interception for 21 yards ... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads the Centurions with 14 tackles and has added 1 sack in 2007... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 4 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 19 yards. Has 13 tackles on the season... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 4 and 1 pass defense on the season... CB KEVIN HOUSE ranks third on Cologne's defense with 9 tackles... S KEVIN CURTIS has 8 tackles in two games this season... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) has registered 7 tackles and 1 pass defense this season... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted 2 of 2 field goals (35 long) and 1 PAT last week. Ranks second among NFLE kickers with 13 points after hitting on 3 of 5 field goals and 4 of 4 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has averaged 33.3 yards per punt in 2007 with a league-high 4 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line.
QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 14 10 117 1 0
Wk 2: vs Fra 9 5 95 1 1
TOTAL 23 15 212 2 1
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
TOTAL 51* 168* 1 5 26 0
* Leads NFLE
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-0)Head Coach: Mike Jones (19-13) 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: 77-65
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 18-13 at Cologne (4/21/07)
OFFENSE: 24 pts/game; 332.5 yds/game (rank 1); 126.5 rush yds/game (rank 1); 206 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 303 yds
Rushing: Anthony Sherrell, 167 yds
Receiving: Anthony Sherrell, 8 rec; Aaron Hosack, 114 yds
DEFENSE: 13.5 pts/game; 325 yds/game (rank 5); 75 rush yds/game (rank 1); 250 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: John Syptak, 2.5
Interceptions: Four players, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
The Galaxy have begun their World Bowl defense in style with two wins. Reigning Coach of the Year MIKE JONES sees room for offensive improvement, saying: "We have to go back this week and practice our protection. More importantly, our quarterbacks have to know when to throw the ball away."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) is NFL Europa's highest-rated passer with a score of 104.0 (see table). He leads NFLE in touchdown passes but has been sacked a league-high 5 times... QB KEVIN EAKIN has a rating of 76.7 having completed 12 of 22 passes for 174 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception... RB DECORI BIRMINGHAM (New York Giants) rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries before being placed on Injured Reserve... RB ANTHONY SHERRELL (Detroit Lions) ranks second in NFL Europa in rushing yards and leads the league in total yards from scrimmage (see table). Was named Offensive Player of Week 2... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) caught 4 passes for 36 yards last week... WR AARON HOSACK is in his third season with the Galaxy. Has 3 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season after being held without a catch last week... WR ROBERT ORTIZ caught 2 passes for 31 yards with a long of 25 last week... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON caught 3 passes for 25 yards last week and has 7 for 85 on the season... WR FELTON HUGGINS caught his second touchdown pass in as many games last week and has 4 receptions for 62 yards and 2 scores on the season... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 2 receptions for 27 yards this season... TE DAVID JONES has 1 reception for 7 yards on the year... DE JOHN SYPTAK (San Francisco 49ers) leads NFL Europa with 2.5 sacks after adding 1.5 sacks among 3 tackles last week. Has made 5 tackles and forced 1 fumble on the season... German DE ULRICH WINKLER recorded 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 quarterback hurry last week. Has 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season... German DE DANIEL BENETKA has made 3 tackles this season... DE JUSTIN BROWN is in his second season with the Galaxy and has recorded 2 stops
and 2 pass defenses... DT KENNY KING (Baltimore Ravens) recorded 2 tackles and 2 quarterback hurries last week... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 7 stops this season... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) ranks third on the Galaxy defense with 12 tackles after adding 6 and 1 quarterback hurry last week... LB MATT SINCLAIR recorded 7 tackles and a game-saving interception - his first since his high school playing days - last week. Ranks second on Frankfurt's defense with 13 tackles... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) scored on an 81-yard interception return last week. Has recorded 7 tackles and leads the Galaxy with 5 pass defenses... CB BILL ALFORD has 1 tackle, 1 interception and 2 pass defenses to his name this season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 2 on the season... S RON ROCKETT leads the Galaxy with 17 tackles after registering a team-high 9 last week... K RHYS LLOYD was named NFL Europa Special Teams Player of the Week after he kicked a league record-tying 56-yard field goal. Leads NFLE in scoring having converted 4 of 5 field goals and 5 of 5 PATs for 18 points... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) averaged 50.7 yards on 3 punts last week with a long of 55 yards.
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
TOTAL 41 28 303 3* 1
RB ANTHONY SHERRELL (Detroit Lions), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ams 17 110 0 2 17 0
Wk 2: at Col 14 57 0 6 45 0
TOTAL 31 167 0 8 62 0
* Leads NFLE
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 3 - Page 9
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (1-1)Head Coach: Vince Martino (1-1 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 9-12-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Won 16-7 at Berlin (4/22/07)
OFFENSE: 17 pts/game; 274 yds/game (rank 3); 100 rush yds/game (rank 3); 174 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 277 yds
Rushing: Tony Hollings, 77 yds
Receiving: Scott McCready, 9 rec, 110 yds
DEFENSE: 15.5 pts/game; 285 yds/game (rank 4); 157 rush yds/game (rank 5); 181 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Trent Bray, 1.0
Interceptions: John Walker, 1
- THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY -
The Sea Devils will look to bounce back from a third consecutive season-opening defeat when they travel to face the Berlin Thunder. Head coach VINCE MARTINO believes his team is more than capable of fighting back, saying: "We were able to make some big plays on offense and I saw some good signs on defense. What surprised me were the turnovers and our inability to stop the run."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) is in his second season in NFL Europa and ranks second among QBs with a rating of 85.1 (see table)... QB ROD RUTHERFORD connected on all 5 pass attempts for 67 yards last week. Has completed 7 of 11 attempts for 88 yards and 2 interceptions this season... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN was a fourth round draft choice of Denver in 2003. He started five games for the Broncos in 2003-04. Ranks sixth among NFLE rushers (see table). Has returned 2 kickoffs for 69 yards...RB TONY HOLLINGS is a former NFL starter with the Houston Texans. Leads the Sea Devils in rushing (see table) and ranks fifth in NFL Europa... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN scored his second rushing TD in as many games last weekend. Has carried 7 times for 14 yards and 2 scores in 2007... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) caught 5 passes for 65 yards last week and has 6 for 69 on the season... WR SCOTT McCREADY is in his third season in Hamburg and a sixth campaign in NFLEL. Ranks second on the all-time charts with 191 receptions for 2,189 yards. Caught 2 passes for 10 yards last week... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught a 17-yard pass last week and has 4 for 51 on the season... WR JOSH DAVIS led Hamburg with 5 catches for 66 yards last week and has 6 for 77 in 2007... WR RASHAUN WOODS, a former first round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury... Former British sprinter-turned-WR DWAIN CHAMBERS did not see playing time against Berlin last weekend... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 2 passes for 7 yards with a long of 12 last week and has 4 for 24 on the season... TE MIKE PINKARD has 2 catches for 16 yards in 2007... German DE BEN
ISHOLA recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 2 special teams stops to win National Player of the Week honors against Berlin. Has 5 tackles and 1 sack on the season... DE JIMMY VERDON (Cincinnati Bengals) was a seventh round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2005. Has recorded 4 tackles and 1 forced fumble this season... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS has recorded 6 tackles and batted down 1 pass this season... DE NATHANIEL ADIBI (Tennessee Titans) missed last week's game through injury and has 2 tackles this season... DT TIM SANDIDGE (St. Louis Rams) recorded his first 2 tackles of the season last week... LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) has recorded 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry this season... LB BARRY ROBERTSON (New York Giants) leads the Sea Devils with 12 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defense after recording 5 tackles and 1 sack last week. Has also added 1 quarterback hurry... LB BYRON HARDMON is in his second season with the Sea Devils and has 8 tackles to his name this term... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) returned an interception 25 yards last week. Has 5 tackles through two games... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) recorded 4 tackles last week giving him 6 and 1 pass defense on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN ranks joint-second on Hamburg's defense with 9 tackles... S JOHN WALKER (Houston Texans) has 9 tackles and 1 interception this season after adding 4 tackles last week... S SHAWN MAYER is in his third season in Hamburg. Grabbed first interception of season last week and has 8 tackles in 2007... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) converted on all 3 field goal attempts last week (43 long) and has 10 points on the season (3/4 FG, 1/1 PAT)... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) has averaged 36.1 yards on 8 punts this season with a long of 54.
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
TOTAL 39 26 277 1 1
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
TOTAL 17 75 0 1 10 0
RB TONY HOLLINGS, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 7 37 1 0 0 0
Wk 2: at Ber 14 40 0 1 8 0
TOTAL 21 77 1 1 8 0
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europa 2007, Week 3 - Page 10
RHEIN FIRE (1-1)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (19-12-1 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: 65-57
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 16-10 at Amsterdam (4/20/07)
OFFENSE: 9.5 pts/game; 240 yds/game (rank 5); 76.5 rush yds/game (rank 5); 163.5 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 188 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 44 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 6 rec, 123 yds
DEFENSE: 12.5 pts/game; 222 yds/game (rank 1); 82.5 rush yds/game (rank 2); 139.5 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Christian Mohr, Blake Costanzo, 1.0
- THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach RICK LANTZ liked the mental steel of his team last week, saying: "We didn't fold after we fumbled the opening kickoff and they went right through us for the touchdown. We kept fighting and was able to recover from that. We got back into it and I feel good about the win."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) completed 3 of 7 passes for 44 yards last week. Has thrown for 144 yards this season with a QB rating of 71.0... QB CODY PICKETT started his first game of the season last week (see table). Has a QB rating of 56.1 on the year... RB GERALD RIGGS (Chicago Bears) has rushed for 38 yards on 18 carries this season after adding 27 on 13 attempts last week... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) leads the Fire with 44 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Carried 10 times for 23 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has 1 reception for 3 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 42 yards... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN has rushed 11 times for 28 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 76 yards and 4 punts for 47 yards... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 20.5 yards per reception (see table) and has a long of 45 yards. Ranks third in NFLE in receiving yards... WR CEDRIC BONNER (Washington Redskins) caught 2 passes for 8 yards last week and has 6 for 40 on the season... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) caught his first 2 passes of the season for 27 yards last week... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) caught 1 pass for 17 yards in Week 2 and has 3 for 38 on the season... English WR MARVIN ALLEN caught 1 passes for 15 yards last week and has 3 for 44 in 2007... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA caught a 14-yard pass on his Fire debut last week... TE ERIK JENSEN caught an 11-yard pass last week and has 2 for 23 yards through two games... Finnish TE IIRO LUOTO has 2 receptions for 11 yards this season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 5 stops through two games... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR recorded 2 tackles and 1 sack last week and has 4 tackles on the season... DT ALEX GUERRERO (Minnesota Vikings) has made 4 stops this season
after adding 3 last week... DT MICHAEL BOZEMAN (Atlanta Falcons) recorded 2 tackles last week and has 4 on the season... LB RICHARD KOONCE (Pittsburgh Steelers) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 10 to rank second on the team this season... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) registered 7 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble against Amsterdam. Leads the Fire with 13 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery through two games... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) recorded 2 tackles last week and has 3 on the season... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) ranks joint-third on Rhein's defense with 7 tackles after adding 2 last week... S ANDREW PACE recorded 2 tackles last week, including a game-saving effort on fourth down inside the final moments at Amsterdam... German S RICHARD YANCY is in his eighth season in NFL Europa and a sixth campaign with the Fire. Has recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass defense in 2007... K CONNOR HUGHES (Pittsburgh Steelers) converted 3 of 3 field goal attempts last week. Has hit on 4 of 4 field goals (36 long) and 1 of 1 PAT for 13 points this season... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) has averaged 37.9 yards on 7 punts and has had 1 kick blocked this season.
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
TOTAL 33 17 188 0 1
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
TOTAL 6 123 0
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europa 2007, Week 3 - Page 11
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (0-2)
at BERLIN THUNDER (1-1)
Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Saturday April 28, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Berlin leads 10-6 (Amsterdam leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Berlin: Berlin leads 6-2
At Amsterdam: Series tied 4-4
Streak: Amsterdam 1
Last season: Berlin 33 at Amsterdam 29, Amsterdam 38 at Berlin 31
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (12 noon ET, Saturday April 28)
DELAY/NFL Network (6:00 a.m. ET, Sunday April 29)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: DELAY/NASN Europe (9:00 a.m. CET, Wednesday May 2)
Play-by-play announcer SCOTT GRAHAM is joined in the booth by Atlant Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback DEANGELO HALL.
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. Served as quarterbacks coach of the Tennessee Titans in 1999, helping Steve McNair lead the club to a berth in Super Bowl XXXIV... JOHN ALLEN spent the previous three seasons serving as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals. During that time, the Admirals' attack ranked second in 2006, first in 2005 and second in 2004.
The highest scoring rivalry among existing NFL Europa teams (56.4 points per game) resumes this weekend with both clubs coming off losses in Week 2... In two games last season, the clubs combined to score a total of 131 points... Amsterdam has opened the season with an 0-2 record for just the third time in 13 seasons. On the other two occasions (1997 and 2004) they ended the season with a 5-5 mark... The Admirals rank sixth in total offense and sixth in total defense after two games... Amsterdam is averaging 9.87 yards per pass completion, compared to 13.89 during the 2006 campaign... Admirals quarterbacks have attempted a league-leading 68 passes this season... Berlin's passers rank second with 67 attempts... Berlin ranks fourth in total offense but ranks second in NFLE with an average of 4.4 yards per rush... Berlin has given up 2 quarterback sacks this season (second in NFLE), while Amsterdam's defense ranks sixth in NFL Europa with just 1 quarterback takedown in two games... Amsterdam's average time of possession (24:30) ranks sixth in NFL Europa... The Admirals have punted a league-high 8 times. They punted a league-low 38 times in 2006... Both clubs have struggled to produce the big play. Berlin has a league-low 3 plays covering 20 yards or more (1 run, 2 pass) while Amsterdam has 4 plays of 20+ yards (0 run, 4 pass)... The Admirals are one of two teams (Rhein Fire) without an interception in the opening two games of the year... Berlin's red zone offense is ranked sixth in NFL Europa, scoring on 20 percent of 5 visits inside the 20-yard line (1 touchdown, 0 field goals)... Clubs met on opening day in 2006 with QB LANG CAMPBELL throwing for 139 yards and 1 touchdown, while B.J. SYMONS threw a pair of scoring strikes in a 33-29 Berlin win. In the return game in Berlin, the Admirals ran out 38-31 winners with WR CHAD LUCAS setting a league record with 4 touchdown receptions as he caught 6 passes for 120 yards. Admirals QB GIBRAN HAMDAN threw for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns during the win. Thunder RB MARTY JOHNSON scored a hat-trick of touchdowns in what turned out to be a losing cause.
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (1-1)
at FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-0)
Commerzbank Arena. Saturday April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Series tied 2-2
At Frankfurt: Series tied 1-1
At Hamburg: Series tied 1-1
Streak: Frankfurt 2
Last Season: Hamburg 14 at Frankfurt 31, Frankfurt 17 at Hamburg 13
US: DELAY/ NFL Network (12:00 a.m. ET, Sunday April 29)
Play-by-play announcer MIKE COREY is joined in the booth by former Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles fullback JON RITCHIE.
VINCE MARTINO recorded his first win as an NFLE head coach last week. Has worked alongside former head coach Jack Bicknell since the inaugural 1991 campaign. Won a World Bowl ring with the Barcelona Dragons in 1997... MIKE JONES is in his fourth season in NFL Europa and is the reigning Coach of the Year after leading Frankfurt to World Bowl glory in 2006. Led the Galaxy to a World Bowl appearance as a rookie head coach in 2004. Served as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff from 1995-2000 and again in 2002-2003, winning World Bowls in 1998 and 2000. Boasts an 11-5 record at home with the Galaxy.
Evenly-matched teams go head to head in Week 3 with the all-time series tied at 2-2... Hamburg won the first two meetings between the clubs in 2005 but the Galaxy came back with a pair of victories in 2006... Both teams are coming off wins in Week 2... Frankfurt boasts NFL Europa's leading attack, averaging 332.5 yards per game and a league-high 5.5 yards per offensive play... Both teams have struggled to protect the quarterback, allowing a league-high 6 sacks each... Hamburg quarterbacks have completed a league-best 66.0 percent of their passes but have thrown a joint-high 3 interceptions in two games... Frankfurt's offensive success means they have punted a league-low 4 times in the opening two weeks of the season... The Galaxy will look to put homefield advantage to good use this weekend. They are the only home team to have won a game this season and they have gone 4-1 at home in three of the last four campaigns... Frankfurt has produced a league-leading 9 plays covering 20 yards or more (2 run, 7 pass)... Hamburg has the most efficient red zone attack in NFL Europa, scoring on 100 percent of 4 trips inside the 20-yard line (3 touchdowns, 1 field goal)... Frankfurt's defense ranks fifth in NFL Europa, allowing 325 yards per game. Their pass defense ranks sixth in the league, giving up 250 yards per outing... Offensively, the Sea Devils have struggled on third downs, converting a league-low 33.3 percent of all attempts into first downs (8 of 24)... Frankfurt ranks second in NFLE in third down efficiency with a success rate of 48.1 percent (13 of 27)... The Galaxy has scored a league-high 20 third quarter points but has yet to score a single point in the fourth period... Hamburg's most productive quarter has been the second (10 points)... In the first meeting between the teams last season, Galaxy RB ROGER ROBINSON rushed for 150 yards and 1 touchdown in a one-sided victory. QB JEFF OTIS also turned in an efficient display, throwing for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns... In the second meeting in Hamburg, WR AARON HOSACK caught a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass from QB CRAIG OCHS with just over four minutes remaining. Hosack caught 7 passes for 102 yards and 1 touchdown during the victory.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK TWO RECAP NFL Europa 2007, Week 3 - Page 12
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (1-1)
at RHEIN FIRE (1-1)
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Saturday April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 4-2
At Rhein: Rhein leads 2-1
At Cologne: Rhein leads 2-1
Streak: Rhein 3
Last season: Rhein 20 at Cologne 10, Cologne 10 at Rhein 21
US: DELAY/NFL Network (12:00 a.m. ET), Monday April 30
Play-by-play announcer RICH ACKERMAN is joined in the booth by former Washington Redskins and Berlin Thunder World Bowl-wining quarterback TIM HASSELBECK.
DAVID DUGGAN has yet to beat the Rhein Fire as a head coach having lost both games in 2006. He spent two years serving as Cologne's defensive coordinator. Served as defensive coordinator of the Berlin Thunder from 2001 to 2003, during which time he won two World Bowls. RICK LANTZ picked up his first win as head coach of the Rhein Fire in Week 2 and the 19th regular season victory of his career. 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.
The Fire has had the better of recent meetings between the local rivals, winning the past three encounters... Teams enjoyed mixed fortunes in Week 2 with Rhein beating Amsterdam while Cologne fell to the Frankfurt Galaxy... Cologne's offense is ranked second in NFL Europa and is averaging 331 yards per game... Cologne has run the football more than any other team in the league (68)... Rhein ranks second with 61 rushes... The Fire lead NFL Europa with an average time of possession of 32:56 while Cologne ranks second with 32:14... The Fire is averaging a league-low 2.5 yards per rush... Rhein's defense is ranked first in the league, allowing just 222 yards per game... Cologne boasts NFL Europa's second-ranked defensive unit, allowing 231.5 yards per game... The Centurions lead NFL Europa with 5 interceptions while Rhein is one of two teams (Amsterdam) not to record an interception through the opening two weeks of action... Fire quarterbacks have completed a league-low 50.9 percent of their passes but have thrown the fewest interceptions in the league (1)... Rhein's offensive line has given up a league-low 1 sack in two contests... The Fire's red zone defense is the best in the league, allowing opponents to score on just 33.3 percent of 6 trips inside the 20-yard line (1 touchdown, 1 field goal)... Cologne ranks second with 8 plays covering 20 yards or more (2 rush, 6 pass)... Cologne is averaging 117.5 rushing yards per game to rank second in the league in that department... Cologne has scored a league-high 13 points off turnovers this season... Rhein's punt returners have averaged a league-best 11.8 yards on 4 runbacks this season... WR KENDRICK STARLING and RB FREDRICK JACKSON scored touchdowns for the Fire in the first meeting between the teams last season... In the return game in Week 10, Jackson rushed for 154 yards and scored on an 80-yard run in a 21-10 Fire win. QB DREW HENSON threw for 133 yards and fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR STEVEN HARRIS.
- WEEK TWO RECAP -
Rhein Fire 16, Amsterdam Admirals 10
(Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Attendance: 14,611)
Connor Hughes (Rhe) 3 field goals, 1 PAT, 10 points
Cody Pickett (Rhe) 131 passing yards
Blake Costanzo (Rhe) 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Derrick Ballard (Ams) 6 tackles
Frankfurt Galaxy 18, Cologne Centurions 13
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 16,422)
Rhys Lloyd (Fra) league record-tying 56-yard field goal
Anthony Sherrell (Fra) 102 offensive yards
Gabe Franklin (Col) 9 tackles, 2 ints, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Tramain Hall (Col) 7 receptions, 119 yards
Hamburg Sea Devils 16, Berlin Thunder 7
(Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Attendance: 30,657)
Carlton Brewster (Ber) 7 receptions, 103 yards
Shane Andrus (Ham) 3 field goals, 1 PAT, 10 points
Shawn Mayer (Ham) 6 tackles, 1 interception
Etric Pruitt (Ber) 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 4 3 75.0 1 25.0 100.0
Cologne 8 4 50.0 3 37.5 87.5
Rhein 6 1 16.7 4 66.7 83.3
Frankfurt 3 0 0.0 2 66.7 66.7
Amsterdam 6 3 50.0 1 16.7 66.7
Berlin 5 1 20.0 0 0.0 20.0
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Rhein 6 1 16.7 1 16.7 33.3
Frankfurt 7 3 42.9 2 28.6 71.4
Berlin 4 1 25.0 2 50.0 75.0
Hamburg 6 4 66.7 1 16.7 83.3
Amsterdam 7 1 14.3 5 71.4 85.7
Cologne 2 2 100.0 0 0.0 100.0
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