Race To Reach World Bowl Closest In League History As All Six Teams Separated By One Game
May 15, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
IT'S official. The race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV in Frankfurt on Saturday, June 23 is the closest in league history after five weeks of play.
With the 2007 campaign set to enter its second half this week, all six clubs are separated by just one game in the standings.
The previous closest race at the mid-season mark was in 1997 when the top and bottom clubs were separated by two games.
And with all 3-2 clubs facing 2-3 teams in Week 6, the 2007 NFL Europa season could possibly enter its final four weeks with all six teams boasting the same record.
The Week 6 action begins on Friday night when the Amsterdam Admirals (2-3) play host to a Hamburg Sea Devils (3-2) club that defeated the Dutch team last weekend to record a second straight victory.
Saturday's contest sees the return leg in the battle for the Rhein Cup as the Rhein Fire (2-3) visits its local rivals in the Cologne Centurions (3-2). Cologne won the previous meeting between the teams in Week 3.
Week 6 concludes on Sunday afternoon when the Frankfurt Galaxy (3-2) welcomes the Berlin Thunder (2-3) to Commerzbank Arena - site of World Bowl XV.
Who plays in that stadium for the NFL Europa championship in June remains far from clear.
WEEK SIX SCHEDULE
FRIDAY MAY 18
Hamburg Sea Devils at Amsterdam Admirals
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY MAY 19
Rhein Fire at Cologne Centurions
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY MAY 20
Berlin Thunder at Frankfurt Galaxy
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, 5:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 5
OFFENSIVE - P.K. SAM - WR, Rhein
Caught 6 passes for 122 yards (46 long)
Scored on an 8-yard touchdown reception
DEFENSIVE - BYRON HARDMON - LB, Hamburg
Recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack and 2 pass defenses
Scored on a 34-yard interception return
SPECIAL TEAMS - DANNY BAUGHER - P, Rhein
Averaged 45.2 yards on 5 punts with long of 51
Placed 2 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line
NATIONAL - PHILIPPE GARDENT - LB, Cologne
Led the Centurions with 10 tackles
Added 1 special teams stop
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After seeing his club suffer a heart-breaking loss in Hamburg last weekend, Amsterdam head coach BART ANDRUS is still expecting his Admirals to be in good spirits when they welcome the Sea Devils to the Netherlands.
He says: "It came down to one play at the end and we didn't make the play. I was proud of what our guys did after halftime. They didn't give up and they came back. That was the real positive for us."
Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO has coaxed back-to-back wins out of his team and prepares to visit the Admirals, saying: "Give credit to Amsterdam. We felt like we had control in the first half but they came out and put us on our heels pretty much the entire second half. It was a really hard game and a big win for us."
Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ takes his team on the road to face the Cologne Centurions buoyed by a hard-fought victory over the league-leading Galaxy last weekend.
He says: "We've played close games like that before and I'm really proud of my players. They hung in there when things weren't going as well as we would have liked."
Cologne Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN saw something positive in his team last week as they rebounded from a 31-28 loss to Berlin in Week 4 to record a 24-10 win in the German capital.
He says: "Good teams respond positively in adverse conditions and we did just that in Berlin. It was a big win for our team and I am very proud of my players."
Two clubs who lost in Week 5 will clash this weekend as the Thunder and Galaxy go head to head in Frankfurt.
Berlin head coach JOHN ALLEN may be glad to head on the road again after dropping a third straight home game last weekend.
He says: "I don't believe in curses or superstitions but we are not finishing at home for some reason. We started off pretty fast against Cologne last week but we didn't finish.
"We'll get that corrected and we'll focus on the next two road games and then come back to Berlin. The players know we need to win our last two home games. We'll take it one game at a time and see what happens."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES will be out to halt a two-game losing slide this weekend. He saw his club blow a 10-point third quarter lead at Rhein.
He says: "We did a pretty good job in the first half but the second half was a different story. But I have to take my hat off to Rhein - they made some plays, fought hard and played a great game.
"We cannot look back now. You're going to have situations like this in football. Hopefully as a team we can bounce back from this."
Bramlet brothers make league history during aerial battle
IT was just like the times when they played in the back yard of their home while growing up in Wheatland, Wyoming.
Only this time, CASEY and COREY BRAMLET both got to play quarterback - and it was in front of more than 15,000 fans in Hamburg, a nationwide television audience on the NFL Network in the United States and with NFL scouts analyzing their every move.
During last weekend's meeting between the Hamburg Sea Devils and Amsterdam Admirals, Casey and Corey Bramlet became the first brothers to face off at quarterback in an NFL Europa contest.
And with Amsterdam starter DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) nursing a sore calf, the pair could well meet again on Friday night as the Sea Devils visit the Netherlands for the return meeting.
Elder brother Casey Bramlet, of the Washington Redskins, led the Sea Devils to a 24-17 victory by completing 12 of 23 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Corey Bramlet replaced the injured Olson and completed 18 of 33 attempts for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Casey Bramlet says: "It was great to get a chance to play against my brother. That was the first time that we've been able to do it and it ended up working out perfectly because we both got to play quite a bit.
"I was proud of how well he did. I was rooting for him because I wanted him to play well, but at the same time, I wanted us to win."
Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO says: "We're very happy with Casey and he did a good job of managing our offense."
Corey Bramlet adds: "I was really pleased with how everybody played. We showed a lot of poise. We have a lot of character on this team. To be down 17 points at halftime and we were able to come back and have a chance to win. It shows a lot about our team. We have them next week again. I can't wait for next week."
Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS says: "I was very proud of the way Corey came off the bench."
The Bramlets were not the only brothers to go head to head in Week 5 as KEVIN and QUARTEZ VICKERSON played defensive line for the Cologne Centurions and Berlin Thunder respectively.
Kevin Vickerson, of the Miami Dolphins, recorded 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense while helping the Centurions to a 24-10 victory.
Quartez Vickerson, who plays defensive tackle like his brother, recorded 2 solo tackles for the Thunder.
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Keys to victory in NFL Europa
TAKE a stroll through any pro football locker room after a game and you are guaranteed to spot two things - a lot of tired bodies dragging themselves back into their street clothes and a head coach lost in thought as he studies the game statistics as if his life depended on it.
There are statistical keys to victory in every level of the sport and NFL Europa is no different. If you have success in certain areas each weekend, you are more likely than not going to emerge as a winner.
Through the opening five weeks of the 2007 NFL Europa season it seems the best way to guarantee a win is to score the game's first touchdown, win the turnover battle and ensure you head into the halftime break with your nose in front.
And never get into a situation where you need to throw for more yards than your opponent because it most probably means you are chasing a game that is getting out of hand.
Here are the records of teams who gained the edge in key statistical categories during the first half of the season.
Category team has edge in Record
Scored 1st points 8-7
Scored 1st touchdown 11-4
Most Total Yards 11-4
Most Rushing Yards 11-3
Most Passing Yards 6-8
Win Turnover Battle 9-1
Lead in Time of Possession 10-5
Lead at the half 12-3
Third Down Efficiency 10-4
Talking about the importance of being able to run the football effectively, Hamburg Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO says: "We always try to keep a balance with the run. We really feel like it's important to run the football. That is always in our plans."
Focusing on the importance of protecting the football, Amsterdam Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS adds: "If you look at statistics over the years in NFL Europa and the National Football League, the team that turns the football over the least wins the game."
History supports Andrus' claim. Of the past three World Bowls, two of those championship games - in 2004 and 2005 - have been contested by the clubs who finished the regular season with the league's best turnover ratios - Berlin and Frankfurt in 2004 and Amsterdam and Berlin in 2005.
Calculators at the ready as all six clubs eye World Bowl glory
WITH the entire league separated by just one game in the standings, the race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV in Frankfurt on June 23 is set to be an exciting affair for fans of NFL Europa.
Whether the head coaches of all six teams share in the excitement of the fans is questionable. They are sure to feel the stresses and strains in the coming weeks as the race for championship glory looks set to go down to the wire.
At the halfway stage of the 2007 season, the race to reach World Bowl has officially never been closer.
Here is a look at the best and worst records in each season since 1995, and the overall difference in games from top to bottom:
Season Best Record Worst Record Diff
1995 5-0 (Ams) 1-4 (Sco) 4 games
1996 4-1 (Sco) 1-4 (Rhe & Lon) 3 games
1997 4-1 (Bar) 2-3 (4 teams) 2 games
1998 5-0 (Rhe) 1-4 (Eng & Sco) 4 games
1999 4-1 (Bar) 1-4 (Ber) 3 games
2000 4-1 (Rhe) 1-4 (Fra) 3 games
2001 4-1 (Bar) 1-4 (Fra) 3 games
2002 4-1 (Rhe & Fra) 1-4 (Bar) 3 games
2003 4-1 (Bar) 1-4 (Ber) 3 games
2004 5-0 (Ber) 1-4 (Col & Sco) 4 games
2005 4-1 (Ber) 0-5 (Rhe) 4 games
2006 4-1 (Ams & Rhe) 0-4-1 (Ham) 3½ gms
2007 3-2 (Fra) 2-3 (Rhe) 1 game
After seeing his team improve to 2-3 last weekend, Fire head coach RICK LANTZ says: "Everybody is in the mix for the championship. The race will really go down to the wire."
Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS adds: "We played in an exciting game last week. That's what NFL Europa is all about, evenly-matched teams playing down to the last second. The teams are all pretty even and that makes for a lot of great games."
NFLE FACTS:Home Comfort?
Berlin has posted a 1-7 record in its own stadium since the start of the 2006 campaign. In the previous two seasons (2004-05) the Thunder went 9-1 at home and reached World Bowl on both occasions.
NFLE FACTS:Leading the Way
With half of the 2007 NFL Europa season in the history books, Hamburg's CASEY BRAMLET leads the league with a passer rating of 98.3. He also leads NFLE with 7 touchdown passes and has been sacked a league-low 4 times on 114 dropbacks.
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History suggests Galaxy will play in Frankfurt World Bowl
DESPITE losing to the Rhein Fire last weekend, the Frankfurt Galaxy remained at the top of the standings courtesy of their 2-0 record in games between them and the Cologne Centurions and Hamburg Sea Devils, who also boast 3-2 marks.
Being in pole position after five weeks of play usually bodes well in NFL Europa. In the previous 14 seasons, the club leading in the standings at the halfway mark has gone on to reach World Bowl on 13 occasions.
Only the 2003 Barcelona Dragons topped the standings after Week 5 and failed to reach the championship game, fading away after a 4-1 start to finish the year with a 5-5 record.
Here is a look a how those clubs leading the standings after five weeks of play have fared:
Season Leader after Wk 5 Fared
2006 Amsterdam (4-1) 7-3, Lost World Bowl
2005 Berlin (4-1) 7-3, Lost World Bowl
2004 Berlin (5-0) 9-1, Won World Bowl
2003 Barcelona (4-1) 5-5, Missed World Bowl
2002 Rhein (4-1) 7-3, Lost World Bowl
2001 Barcelona (4-1) 8-2, Lost World Bowl
2000 Rhein (4-1) 7-3, Won World Bowl
1999 Barcelona (4-1) 7-3, Lost World Bowl
1998 Rhein (5-0) 7-3, Won World Bowl
1997 Barcelona (4-1) * 5-5, Won World Bowl
1996 Scotland (4-1) * 7-3, Won World Bowl
1995 Amsterdam (5-0) * 9-1, Lost World Bowl
1992 Orlando (4-1) + 8-2, Lost World Bowl
1991 London (5-0) # 9-1, Won World Bowl
* Qualified for World Bowl as first half champions
+ North American East Division Leaders
# European Division Leaders
Before they can even begin to think about World Bowl, Frankfurt will need to get back on a winning track and head coach MIKE JONES is expecting a better performance against Berlin this weekend.
He says: "We have to rebound and that's what I have told our guys. It's about character now. We have to show what type of character we have as a team. Obviously, we have to come out and play better next week.
"There is no use crying over spilled milk. I have to find a way to jumpstart our team. I have to do that. That's part of coaching."
NFLE FACTS:Fortress Frankfurt
Under head coach MIKE JONES, the Frankfurt Galaxy has posted a 12-5 record on home soil since 2004. Of those five losses, two have come against this weekend's opponent, Berlin, in 2004 and 2005. Frankfurt has reached two World Bowls under Jones.
Ross runs to new club record
COLOGNE Centurions running back DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) set a new club record last week when he carried 25 times for 143 yards against the Berlin Thunder.
That performance broke the previous record of 129 yards set by JAMAAL BRANCH, against the Thunder on May 14, 2006.
Ross says: "I'm happy to have the record but I wasn't concerned about it. I just wanted to win because we let one slip against those guys the previous week. But I have to thank my offensive line for helping me out.
"The win gets us back on track. We let one slip so we had to have this one. We can now get better and better and try to reach the World Bowl."
Through the opening five weeks of the 2007 season, Ross leads the league in the following categories:
Rushing Attempts: 113
Rushing Yards: 446
Rushing Touchdowns: 3
Total Yards from Scrimmage: 510
100-yard Rushing Days: 2
With five games still to play, Ross needs 273 yards to break Cologne's single season rushing record of 718 set by KORY CHAPMAN in 2005. He also needs 554 rushing yards to become just the fifth man in NFL Europa history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Here are the players to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season in NFL Europa:
Player/Team Season Yards
Roger Robinson (Fra) 2006 1,087
Mike Green (Bar) 2001 1,057
Joe Smith (Rhe) 2005 1,026
Lawrence Phillips (Bar) 1999 1,021
Paying tribute to his teammate's club record performance against Berlin, Centurions quarterback ERIK MEYER says: "Derrick ran hard and broke a lot of tackles. He ran well."
NFLE FACTS:Tough Running
Runners have found the going tough in NFL Europa this spring as rushing defenses have been among the best in league history. Through five games, there have been three 100-yard rushers compared to five at this stage in 2006 and six in 2005. The league rushing average of 3.7 yards per carry is on pace to be the second-lowest in NFLE history, behind the 3.5 yards per rush set in 1995.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (2-3)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (32-33 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: 66-59
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Lost 17-24 at Hamburg (5/12/07)
OFFENSE: 14.8 pts/game; 266.6 yds/game (rank 5); 73.2 yds rush/game (rank 5); 193.4 yds pass/game (rank 3)
Passing: Drew Olson, 821 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 231 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 25 rec, 316 yds
DEFENSE: 19.4 pts/game; 332 yds/game (rank 6); 112.4 rush yds/game (rank 6); 219.6 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Tim Jones, 2.0
Interceptions: Erick Harris, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
Head coach BART ANDRUS liked the way his team fought back from a poor start last week, saying: "I was proud of the way they came back after halftime and didn't give up."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) ranks sixth among NFLE quarterbacks (see table) with a passer rating of 66.9. Threw his league-high seventh interception last week before leaving the game with a calf injury... QB COREY BRAMLET saw his first extensive playing time of the season last week and completed 18 of 33 passes for 200 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 84 yards and 1 touchdown on 22 carries last week and added 3 receptions for 17 yards. Ranks third among NFLE rushers with 231 yards and 3 touchdowns this season... RB LARRY CROOM rushed 2 times for 2 yards last week and added 1 catch for 6 yards. Has rushed for 89 yards and caught 11 passes for 142 yards this 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 five games this season (see table). Ranks second in NFL Europa in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) caught 1 pass for 13 yards last week and has 6 for 73 on the season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) has 8 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown in 2007... WR JUSTIN McCULLUM (Carolina Panthers) caught 4 passes for 65 yards and 1 touchdown at Hamburg. Has 5 receptions for 90 yards and 1 score this season... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 2 passes for 23 yards last week and has 13 receptions for 120 yards on the season. Has returned 12 kickoffs for 234 yards (43 long) and 4 punt returns for 32 yards... TE BEN HALL has 5 catches for 53 yards on the season... French TE YOAN SCHNEE caught 1 pass for 9 yards last week and has 4 receptions for 38 yards on the season... DE TIM JONES recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass defense last weekend and has 2 sacks this season...
DE MARCUS WEST registered 1 tackle last week and has 14 stops on the year... DT NORMAN HEUER recorded 2 tackles last week and has 9 and 1 forced fumble in 2007... Dutch LB AKWASI MENSAH recorded 3 tackles last week and has 14 stops and 3 special teams tackles on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass defense at Hamburg last week and has 20 stops and 1 sack this season... LB KURT KAHUI (San Diego Chargers) suffered a knee injury at Hamburg last week. Has 16 tackles in 2007... LB DERRICK BALLARD recorded 13 tackles in 2007 before being placed on injured reserve... LB LAWRENCE PINSON recorded 5 tackles last week and has 22 and 1 forced fumble on the season... CB KEVIN GARRETT (Carolina Panthers) recorded 2 tackles and knocked down 2 passes last week. Has 11 tackles and a team-leading 6 pass defenses on the season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN registered a team-high 7 tackles and 1 forced fumble last week and has 25 tackles to rank second on the Admirals' defense this season... S DEANDRE EILAND has recorded 23 tackles this term after adding 3 stops and 1 pass defense last weekend... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) recorded 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery last week. Leads Amsterdam's defense with 29 tackles... K JARET JOHNSON converted his lone field goal attempt from 27 yards last week and added 2 PATs. Has scored 14 points this season (2 of 3 field goals, 8 of 10 PATs)... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) ranks third among NFL Europa punters with an average of 41.3 yards on a league-high 24 kicks.
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
TOTAL 135 75 821 6 7*
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
TOTAL 25 316 3
* Leads NFLE
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-3)Head Coach: John Allen (2-3 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 42-42-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 10-24 vs Cologne (5/13/07)
OFFENSE: 14.6 pts/game; 295.6 yds/game (rank 3); 119.0 rush yds/game (rank 1); 176.6 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 937 yds
Rushing: Chris Barclay, 278 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 26 rec, 372 yds
DEFENSE: 17 pts/game; 273.6 yds/game (rank 2); 97.8 rush yds/game (rank 2); 175.8 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Dave Tollefson, 3.0
Interceptions: Four players, 1
- THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY -
JOHN ALLEN gave an insight into his team's offensive philosophy down the stretch, saying: "Right now, we're a running football team. We have great running backs and our quarterback does a great job of managing the game. We're not a team that's going to throw it 40 times a game."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europa in pass attempts and completions (see table) and has a QB rating of 75.4. Has also rushed for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) completed 2 of 3 passes for 16 yards last week. Those were his first 2 completions from 7 attempts this season... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) leads Berlin with 278 rushing yards after carrying 16 times for a season-high 94 yards last week. Also has 10 receptions for 44 yards and 17 kickoff returns for 452 yards (26.6 average) and 1 touchdown... RB DAMIEN RHODES rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries last week. Has 121 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 35 carries this season. Also has 3 receptions for 34 yards... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receptions and receiving yards (see table). Was held to his lowest reception and yardage total last week... WR RICH MUSINSKI is in his second season with the Thunder. Caught 4 passes for 25 yards last week and has 21 receptions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. Has also returned 6 punts for 32 yards... WR STEVE SANDERS (Cleveland Browns) caught his first pass of the season for 19 yards last week... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 1 pass for 3 yards last week and has 7 for 71 on the season... Mexican WR GUSTAVO TELLA has 1 reception for 16 yards in 2007... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 10 receptions for 67 yards and 1 score on the season... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has 4 receptions for 27 yards in 2007 after adding 1 for 3 yards last week... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) leads the Thunder with 3 sacks after adding 1 among 3 tackles last week. Has registered 13 tackles and 2 pass defenses in 2007... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) has recorded 2.5 sacks this season. Added 8 tackles last week to take his season tally to 18. Has also forced 1 fumble.
DT BRYANT SHAW (Washington Redskins) recorded 2 tackles against Cologne and has 9 stops and 1 sack on the season... DT LAUVALE SAPE has 12 tackles this year... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON has recorded 11 tackles and 1 sack this season after adding 2 stops last week... LB JAMEEL DUMAS ranks second on Berlin's defense with 29 tackles after adding 8 last week. Also recorded an interception in Week 1... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 27 tackles on the season after adding 6 and 1 pass defense last week... LB TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) has 15 tackles, 2 pass defenses and 2 forced fumbles on the season... German LB RICHARD ADJEI has made 12 tackles this season... CB DENNIS DAVIS (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 1 tackleslast week and has 9 and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) registered 1 tackle last week and has 22 and 3 pass defenses on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 4 tackles last week. Has 19 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB CHRIS HARRELL recorded a team-high 10 tackles last week and leads the Thunder defense with 33 tackles this season... S ETRIC PRUITT (Detroit Lions) has made 25 tackles and forced 1 fumble this season... K ANDREW JACAS made a 45-yard field goal last week but also missed from 36 and 40 yards. Has converted 5 of 10 field goals (55 long) and 8 of 8 PATs for 25 points this season... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) has averaged 40.0 yards on 17 punts this season to rank fifth in NFL Europa.
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
TOTAL 142* 82* 937 4 4
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
TOTAL 26* 372* 1
* Leads NFLE
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (3-2)Head Coach: David Duggan (8-7 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 17-18
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Won 24-10 at Berlin (5/13/07)
OFFENSE: 20.6 pts/game; 295.2 yds/game (rank 4); 119 rush yds/game (rank 1); 167.4 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 605 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 446 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 17 rec, 182 yds
DEFENSE: 16.6 pts/game; 246.2 yds/game (rank 1); 105.8 rush yds/game (rank 4); 140.4 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Jason Hall, 4.0
Interceptions: Gabe Franklin, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN saw his team gain revenge against Berlin and says: "Our team came to work this week with a positive attitude. They were focused on this week's game and it was a big win."... QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) saw his 1 attempt fall incomplete last week. Has completed 23 of 39 passes for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season... QB ERIK MEYER has started the last three games for Cologne and has thrown his 6 touchdown passes in the last two starts against Berlin (see table). Ranks third among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 91.3. Has also rushed for 61 yards and 1 touchdown... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) has carried 20 times or more in four of five games this season (see table). Produced second 100-yard day of season last week. Leads league in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns... RB A.J. HARRIS rushed for 38 yards on 6 carries last week and has 89 yards on 30 attempts this season. Has added 5 receptions for 18 yards... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 1 pass for 15 yards last week and has 11 for 143 and 2 scores in 2007... WR BURL TOLER has 11 receptions for 181 yards on the season... WR TRAMAIN HALL has 10 receptions for 181 yards on the season after adding a 37-yard touchdown catch last week... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) has 5 receptions for 47 yards in 2007... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 17 receptions for 182 yards and leads NFL Europa with 4 receiving touchdowns. Added 2 scores among 3 catches for 45 yards last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 101st regular season game last weekend... DE TYLER KING has 2 sacks among 7 tackles this season ... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) leads NFL Europa with 4 sacks after adding 1 among 4 tackles last week. Has registered 14 tackles and 1 pass defense this season... DT KEVIN VICKERSON (Miami Dolphins) recorded 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense last week. Has 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks to his name in 2007... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) has made
10 tackles and 0.5 sacks on the season... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) made 1 tackle against Berlin last weekend, giving him 10 stops and 1.5 sacks in 2007... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) has made 27 tackles in 2007 after adding 6 stops last week. Has also forced 2 fumbles and added 1 interception... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) registered 4 tackles last week and has 12 on the season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads NFL Europa with 38 tackles after adding a team-high 10 last week. Has also recorded 1 sack and 2 pass defenses... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) has 20 tackles, 2 interceptions for 19 yards, a team-high 8 pass defenses, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 2007... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 6 tackles and knocked down 2 passes last week. Has 15 tackles and 5 pass defenses this season... CB KEVIN HOUSE has registered 18 tackles and 7 pass defenses this term... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) recorded 5 tackles and 1 pass defense last week. Has 26 tackles, 1 interception and 5 pass defenses this season... S KEVIN CURTIS ranks second on Cologne's defense with 28 tackles after adding 9 and 3 pass defenses last week... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted his lone field goal attempt from 30 yards last week. Ranks fourth among NFL Europa kickers with 25 points having converted 4 of 7 field goals and 13 of 13 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has placed a league-high 12 of his 24 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
TOTAL 89 56 605 6 3
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
TOTAL 113* 446* 3* 11 64 0
* Leads NFLE
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (3-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (20-15) 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: 78-67
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Lost 24-27 at Rhein (5/12/07)
OFFENSE: 21.8 pts/game; 341 yds/game (rank 1); 117 rush yds/game (rank 3); 224 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 951 yds
Rushing: Anthony Sherrell, 179 yds
Receiving: Brandon Middleton, 24 rec, 294 yds
DEFENSE: 18 pts/game; 304.6 yds/game (rank 5); 84.2 rush yds/game (rank 1); 220.4 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: John Syptak, Ulrich Winkler, 2.5
Interceptions: Bill Alford, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs BERLIN THUNDER -
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team lose for the second week in a row last week. He says: "I think we came out and played well, especially in the first half, but we just didn't finish and that's an important part of the game."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) ranks second in NFL Europa with a rating of 97.4. Leads the league in passing yards (see table). Lost just his fourth game as an NFLE starter last week (9-4). Has scored 2 rushing touchdowns this season... QB KEVIN EAKIN (Buffalo Bills) has completed 19 of 42 passes for 251 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception this season. Hit on 6 of 12 attempts for 58 yards last week... RB ANTHONY SHERRELL (Detroit Lions) still leads the Galaxy with 179 rushing yards despite missing a second game through injury last week... RB CHARLES ANTHONY has rushed for 143 yards on 37 attempts this season... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS carried 8 times for 37 yards last week... RB J.R. NIKLOS has rushed for 26 yards on 7 carries and added 5 receptions for 27 yards this season... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) caught 4 passes for 60 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 10 for 140 and 1 score on the season... WR AARON HOSACK caught a 13-yard pass last week. Has 5 catches for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns this season... WR ROBERT ORTIZ has 9 catches for 85 yards on the season. Has added 1 kickoff return for 28 yards and 2 punt returns for 37 yards... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON ranks third in NFL Europa in receptions and receiving yards (see table). Has also returned 11 punts for 88 yards... WR FELTON HUGGINS has 11 receptions for 193 yards and 2 scores on the season after adding 4 receptions for 43 yards last week... WR RASHAUN WOODS is a former first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. Caught 1 pass for 8 yards last week in his NFLE debut... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 9 receptions for 120 yards this season after adding 1 catch for 9 yards last week... TE DAVID JONES caught 2 passes for 32 yards last week and has 6 for 59 yards this season... DE JOHN SYPTAK (San Francisco 49ers) has
2.5 sacks among his 14 tackles in 2007. Added 3 stops to his tally last week. Has also forced 1 fumble this season... German DE ULRICH WINKLER jointly leads the Galaxy with 2.5 sacks after adding 1 for 1 yard last week. Has recorded 10 tackles this season... German DE DANIEL BENETKA has made 5 tackles in what will be his final season in NFL Europa following the announcement of his impending retirement... DE JUSTIN BROWN is in his second season with the Galaxy and has recorded 6 stops and 3 pass defenses... DT KENNY KING (Baltimore Ravens) registered 1 fumble recovery last week. Has season totals of 5 tackles and 3 quarterback hurries... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) has 1 interception, 10 tackles and 2 pass defenses to his name this season... DT REMI AYODELE (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry last week. Has 5 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) has 25 tackles to rank second on Frankfurt's defense this season after adding 5 last week... LB MATT SINCLAIR recorded 5 tackles and 1 sack last week. Leads Galaxy with 29 tackles and has also added 1 sack, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses ... LB ZAC WOODFIN recorded 4 tackles last week and has 10 on the season... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) has registered 14 tackles, 1 interception for 81 yards and a touchdown, and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB BILL ALFORD has 12 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team-high 7 pass defenses on the season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 12 stops and 1 pass defense on the season... S CHRIS LASKOWSKI scored on a 62-yard fake punt run last week. Has 17 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 pass defenses this season... K RHYS LLOYD leads NFLE in scoring having converted 8 of 11 field goals (56 long) and 12 of 12 PATs for 37 points... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) leads NFL Europa with an average of 43.1 yards on 16 punts. Has a long of 55 yards this season and has placed 4 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
TOTAL 115 75 951* 6 3
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
TOTAL 24 294 0
* Leads NFLE
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HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (3-2)Head Coach: Vince Martino (3-2 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 11-13-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Won 24-17 vs Amsterdam (5/12/07)
OFFENSE: 21.8 pts/game; 304.2 yds/game (rank 2); 106.4 rush yds/game (rank 4); 197.8 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 919 yds
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 219 yds
Receiving: Scott McCready, 19 rec, 237 yds
DEFENSE: 15.4 pts/game; 279 yds/game (rank 3); 102.4 rush yds/game (rank 3); 176.6 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Gary Gibson, Justin Kurpeikis, 3.5
Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 2
- THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Head coach VINCE MARTINO is preparing his team to face the same opponent for the second week in a row and says: "We've got to come up with some new ideas because I think they're a very good team. We can't just do what we did this week and figure we're going to beat them."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) leads NFL Europa in touchdown passes (see table) and with a QB rating of 98.3. Has thrown at least 1 touchdown pass in four of five games this season... QB ROD RUTHERFORD has completed 8 of 18 attempts for 100 yards and 3 interceptions this season... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN posted season highs in carries and rushing yards last week (see table). Ranks fourth in NFLE with 219 rushing yards but awaits his first touchdown. Has averaged 47 yards on 4 kickoff returns...RB TONY HOLLINGS is a former NFL starter with the Houston Texans. Ranks second on the Sea Devils with 155 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 46 carries. Has added 4 receptions for 40 yards... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN has carried 22 times for 63 yards and 2 scores in 2007. Added his first reception of the season for 20 yards last week... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) caught 5 passes for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns last week and has 13 for 217 yards and 3 scores this 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 201 receptions for 2,316 yards. Ranks fifth in NFL Europa with 19 receptions this season... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 2 passes for 19 yards last week and has 13 for 206 yards and 1 score this term... WR JOSH DAVIS has 10 receptions for 114 yards this season... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 1 pass for 7 yards last week and has 8 for 95 on the year... TE MIKE PINKARD has 7 catches for 80 yards in 2007 after adding a 33-yard reception last week... DE JIMMY VERDON (Cincinnati Bengals) has recorded 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble this season... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS jointly leads Hamburg with 3.5 sacks after adding 1 sack among 3 tackles last week. Has season totals of 10 tackles and 2 pass defenses... German DE BEN
ISHOLA recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense last week. Has 9 tackles and 2 sacks to his name this season... DT TIM SANDIDGE (St. Louis Rams) has recorded 14 tackles this season after adding 3 last week. Has also knocked down 3 passes and forced 1 fumble... DT GARY GIBSON recorded 5 tackles and 1 sack last week. Jointly leads the Sea Devils with 3.5 sacks among his 12 tackles this season... LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) has recorded 15 tackles, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry this season... LB BYRON HARDMON is in his second season with the Sea Devils and has 17 tackles in 2007. Recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack last week and also scored on a 34-yard interception return... Mexican LB JONATHAN HURTADO has 15 tackles in 2007 after adding 3 last week... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) has 13 tackles, 2 pass defenses and 1 interception for 25 yards this season. Registered 3 tackles last week... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) recorded 4 tackles last week giving him 14 and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN has 18 tackles on the season... S JOHN WALKER (Houston Texans) ranks second on Hamburg's defense with 18 tackles and 5 pass defenses... S SHAWN MAYER is in his third season in Hamburg. Leads the Sea Devils with 23 tackles, 5 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 17 yards... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) converted a 25-yard field goal last week. Ranks second among NFLE kickers with 35 points, having hit on 9 of 11 field goals (44 long) and 8 of 9 PATs... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) ranks sixth among NFL Europa punters with an average of 39.5 on 18 kicks.
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
TOTAL 110 68 919 7* 3
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
TOTAL 45 219 0 1 10 0
* Leads NFLE
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RHEIN FIRE (2-3)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (20-14-1 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowls)Colors: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Larry New (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 66-59
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 27-24 vs Frankfurt (5/12/07)
OFFENSE: 12.2 pts/game; 216.2 yds/game (rank 6); 70 rush yds/game (rank 6); 146.2 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 549 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 145 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 15 rec, 274 yds
DEFENSE: 19.4 pts/game; 283.4 yds/game (rank 4); 110.8 rush yds/game (rank 5); 172.6 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Christian Mohr, 2.0
Interceptions: Four players, 1
- THIS WEEK: at COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach RICK LANTZ saw his team pick up a morale-boosting victory against the league leaders last weekend. He says: "This was obviously a very big win for us. We needed it."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) did not see playing time last week. Has thrown for 257 yards this season with a QB rating of 50.1... QB CODY PICKETT has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the last two games having been held without one in the opening three contests (see table). Posted a QB rating of 118.5 last week and has a season rating of 78.4... RB GERALD RIGGS (Chicago Bears) has rushed for 70 yards on 32 carries this season and added 4 catches for 20 yards. Rushed for 10 yards on 5 attempts last week... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) carried 13 times for 39 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. Leads the Fire with 145 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 47 carries. Has added 8 receptions for 20 yards and 5 kickoff returns for 106 yards... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN has rushed 18 times for 44 yards and returned 15 kickoffs for 336 yards. Leads NFL Europa with 11 punt returns for 104 yards (9.5 average)... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 18.3 yards per reception (see table) and ranks fifth in NFL Europa in receiving yardage. Scored first TD of season last week... WR CEDRIC BONNER (Washington Redskins) has 8 receptions for 48 yards on the season... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) has 6 catches for 78 yards in 2007... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) caught 2 passes for 26 yards last week and has 6 receptions for 88 yards this season... English WR MARVIN ALLEN ranks second on the Fire with 12 receptions for 108 yards after adding 3 for 17 last week... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 21 yards this season... TE ERIK JENSEN has 6 receptions for 61 yards this season after adding an 8-yard catch last week... TE SEAN MULCAHY (Cincinnati Bengals) caught 1 pass for 5 yards last week and has 6 for 50 and 1 touchdown this season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) has 7 tackles and 0.5
sacks to his name this season after adding 1 tackle and half a sack last week... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR leads the Fire with 2 sacks among his 13 tackles. Made 5 tackles last weekend... DT ALEX GUERRERO (Minnesota Vikings) has recorded 6 tackles this season... LB RICHARD KOONCE (Pittsburgh Steelers) has registered 19 tackles on the season... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) recorded 4 tackles, 1 interception for 37 yards and 1 fumble recovery last week. Leads the Fire defense with 28 tackles this season... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 15 on the season... LB JAMAR ENZOR made his Fire debut last weekend and recorded 3 tackles while also scoring on a 65-yard interception return... Mexican LB EDUARDO CASTANEDA recorded 5 tackles last week and has 6 on the season... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has 17 tackles in 2007 after adding 4 last week. Has also knocked down 6 passes... S ANDREW PACE has 19 tackles on the season after adding 4 and 1 pass defense last week... S CALVIN CARLYLE recorded 3 tackles last week and has 17 stops this season... German S RICHARD YANCY is in his eighth season in NFL Europa and a sixth campaign with the Fire. Has recorded 7 tackles and 1 pass defense in 2007... K MARK BRUBAKER converted 3 of 4 PATs on his Fire debut last week... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) ranks second among NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.5 yards on 23 punts. Has placed 9 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
TOTAL 90 57 549 2 2
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
TOTAL 15 274 1
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HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (3-2) at
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (2-3)
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Friday May 18, 8:00 p.m.
Overall: Hamburg leads 3-2
At Amsterdam: Series tied 1-1
At Hamburg: Hamburg leads 2-1
Streak: Hamburg 2
This season: Amsterdam 17 at Hamburg 24 (Week 5)
US: DELAY/NFL Network (9:00 a.m. ET, Saturday May 19)
Play-by-play announcer ARI WOLFF is joined in the booth by former New York Giants safety and current NFL Network college football and NFL Draft analyst MIKE MAYOCK.
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 2-3 record against Hamburg... VINCE MARTINO has a 3-2 record as an NFLE head coach. 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.
Teams meet for the second time in six days when Friday Night Football returns to the Netherlands... Amsterdam will play at home on a Friday evening for the fourth time in club history. They have yet to win in such games having lost to Berlin in 2002, Scotland in 2004 and Rhein in Week 2 of the 2007 season... Hamburg is bidding to win three games in a row for the third time in club history. They achieved the feat in Weeks 8-10 in 2006 and Weeks 3-5 in 2005... Hamburg's second-ranked offense (304.2 yards per game) also ranks second with an average of 5.6 yards per offensive play... The Sea Devils lead NFL Europa with an average of 13.4 yards per pass completion... Amsterdam's sixth-ranked defense is allowing 332 yards per game and 14.6 yards per pass completion - both league-highs... Admirals quarterbacks have been sacked a joint league-high 11 times, while Hamburg's defense ranks second in NFLE with 12 sacks... Admirals quarterbacks have completed a league-low 54.4 per cent of their passes and have been intercepted a league-high 8 times... Hamburg has scored a league-leading 2 touchdowns on returns and recoveries this season... Amsterdam has fumbled a league-low 2 times... The Admirals defense has forced a league-high 11 fumbles, recovering 7... Amsterdam's defense has come up with an NFLE-low 1 interception through five games... Hamburg leads NFL Europa with an average of 27.2 yards per kickoff return... Amsterdam boasts NFL Europa's best kickoff coverage unit, allowing an average of 18.1 yards per return... Amsterdam is the league's most penalized team having been flagged 41 times for 356 yards... Amsterdam quarterbacks have attempted a league-high 171 passes... In last week's meeting between the two teams, Hamburg struck first as LB BYRON HARDMON scored on a 34-yard interception return. The game was memorable for quarterback brothers as Hamburg QB CASEY BRAMLET faced his younger sibling, Amsterdam's QB COREY BRAMLET. The pair combined to throw for 385 yards and 3 touchdowns as Hamburg emerged victorious.
RHEIN FIRE (2-3) at
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (3-2)
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Saturday May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 4-3
At Cologne: Rhein leads 2-1
At Rhein: Series tied 2-2
Streak: Cologne 1
This Season: Cologne 14 at Rhein 6 (Week 3)
US: LIVE/ NFL Network (12 noon. ET, Saturday May 19)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: DELAY/NASN Europe (2:30 a.m.. CET, Sunday May 20)
Play-by-play announcer BOB PAPA is joined in the booth by former Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman and current FOX NFL Sunday analyst BRIAN BALDINGER.
DAVID DUGGAN picked up his first win as a head coach against Rhein in Week 3. 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... RICK LANTZ is in his first season with the Fire and fourth in NFLE. He twice guided Berlin to World Bowls, winning the championship against Frankfurt in 2004 before losing to Amsterdam in 2005. Was named NFLE Coach of the Year in 2004. Has a 2-5 regular season record against Cologne.
Local rivals meet for the second time this season with the Centurions determined to retain The Rhein Cup: The Mayors' Trophy... Cologne improved to 3-2 with victory over Berlin last weekend while Rhein upped its record to 2-3 with a win at home against Frankfurt... Cologne leads NFL Europa in rushing attempts (169), rushing yards (127.8 per game) and rushing touchdowns (4)... Rhein's offense is ranked sixth in NFL Europa, averaging 216.2 yards per game... The Fire is averaging a league-low 70 rushing yards per contest and 2.7 yards per carry... Rhein has also fumbled a league-high 13 times, losing 7... Rhein's defense is holding opponents to a league-low 9.6 yards per pass completion... Fire quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 11 times... Cologne leads NFL Europa in fewest yards allowed (246.2 per game) and quarterback sacks (14) and ranks second with 7 interceptions... Cologne's defense is also the best in the league on third downs, restricting opponents to a 36.9 per cent success rate... Cologne has run more offensive plays (306) than any other team in the league... Rhein is one of three teams to have punted a league-high 24 times... Fire quarterbacks have been intercepted a league-low 3 times through five games... Cologne ranks second in NFL Europa with 14 plays (3 rush, 11 pass) covering 20 yards or more... Rhein ranks sixth in that department with 8 plays (1 rush, 7 pass)... Cologne's offense has the best red zone touchdown percentage of any team in the league, finding the end zone on 8 of 13 trips inside the 20-yard line (61.5 per cent)... In the first meeting between the teams this season, Cologne scored touchdowns on a 7-yard run by RB DERRICK ROSS and a 21-yard interception return by New Orleans Saints-allocated S CHRIS REIS.
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-3) at
FRANKFURT GALAXY (3-2)
Commerzbank Arena, Sunday May 20, 5:00 p.m.
Overall: Series tied 8-8 (Berlin leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 5-3
At Berlin: Berlin leads 5-3
Streak: Frankfurt 2
Last season: Berlin 17 at Frankfurt 18; Frankfurt 14 at Berlin 13
US: LIVE/DirecTV (11:00 a.m. ET), Sunday May 20
DELAY/NFL Network (1:00 a.m. ET), Monday May 21
Play-by-play announcer RICH ACKERMAN is joined in the booth by former Green Bay Packers Super Bowl-winning wide receiver ANTONIO FREEMAN.
JOHN ALLEN is 2-3 in his first season as an NFL Europa head coach and is undefeated in two games on the road. Prior to joining the Thunder, he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals. During that time, the Admirals' attack ranked second in 2006, first in 2005 and second in 2004... MIKE JONES has a 2-4 regular season record against Berlin and is 0-1 against the club in World Bowls. Is the reigning Coach of the Year after leading Frankfurt to World Bowl glory in 2006. 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.
Evenly-matched series resumes with the Galaxy hoping home teams continue to dominate as both clubs have won five of eight games in their own stadium against the other... Berlin is 0-3 at home this season but has picked up two wins out of two on the road... Frankfurt is 2-0 at home but has lost two games in a row after opening with three straight wins... The Galaxy boasts NFL Europa's leading attack, averaging 341 yards per game... Frankfurt is averaging a league-best 5.7 yards per offensive play... Berlin's second-ranked rushing attack is averaging 119 yards per game, while Frankfurt ranks third with 117 rushing yards per game... Frankfurt boasts the league's toughest run defense, allowing an average of 84.2 yards per game... But the Galaxy's pass defense is the weakest in the league, shipping 220.4 yards per outing... Berlin's offense is the most efficient in NFL Europa on third downs with a success rate of 45.6 per cent (31 of 68)... Berlin has lost a league-high 6 fumbles this season... Frankfurt jointly leads NFL Europa with 4 rushing touchdowns this season... Berlin's defense has allowed a league-low 2 rushing scores in five games... Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with a turnover ratio of +3 (12 takeaways, 9 giveaways), while Berlin ranks sixth with a ratio of -3 (6 takeaways, 9 giveaways)... Berlin ranks sixth in NFL Europa in both red zone offense and red zone defense (see table opposite)... Frankfurt's defense has produced a league-high 12 turnovers and 8 interceptions... The Galaxy leads the league with 19 plays (4 rush, 15 pass) covering 20 yards or more... Frankfurt has punted a league-low 16 times, while Berlin has punted just 17 times... Both games between the teams last season were decided by a single point. In Frankfurt, K DAVID KIMBALL converted a 25-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Galaxy an 18-17 victory... In the return meeting in Berlin in Week 10, Galaxy RB BUTCHIE WALLACE scored on a pair of 3-yard runs during a 14-13 Frankfurt win. Fellow RB ROGER ROBINSON rushed for 133 yards on 32 carries.
- WEEK FIVE RECAP -
Amsterdam Admirals 17, Hamburg Sea Devils 24
(AOL Arena, Hamburg. Attendance: 15,271)
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 185 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Corey Bramlet (Ams) 200 passing yards, 1 touchdown
Marcus Maxwell (Ham) 5 receptions, 83 yards, 2 touchdowns
Byron Hardmon (Ham) 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception return TD
Frankfurt Galaxy 24, Rhein Fire 27
(LTU arena, Düsseldorf. Attendance: 27,349)
P.K. Sam (Rhe) 6 receptions, 122 yards, 1 touchdown
Brandon Middleton (Fra) 10 receptions, 111 yards
Taurean Henderson (Rhe) 39 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Jamar Enzor (Rhe) 3 tackles, 65-yard interception return TD
Cologne Centurions 24, Berlin Thunder 10
(Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Attendance: 11,995)
Erik Meyer (Col) 125 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
Derrick Ross (Col) 25 carries, 143 rushing yards
Chris Barclay (Ber) 16 carries, 94 rushing yards
Bobby Blizzard (Col) 3 receptions, 45 yards, 2 touchdowns
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 14 8 57.1 5 35.7 92.9
Cologne 13 8 61.5 4 30.8 92.3
Rhein 14 5 35.7 7 50.0 85.7
Amsterdam 13 8 61.5 2 15.4 76.9
Frankfurt 12 4 33.3 4 33.3 66.7
Berlin 13 4 30.8 1 7.7 38.5
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Amsterdam 16 3 18.8 7 43.8 62.5
Rhein 14 7 50.0 3 21.4 71.4
Frankfurt 17 9 52.9 4 23.5 76.5
Hamburg 15 8 53.3 4 26.7 80.0
Cologne 8 5 62.5 2 25.0 87.5
Berlin 9 5 55.6 3 33.3 88.9
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