Three Teams Eye Two Title Game Spots As Race To Reach World Bowl Goes Down To Final Weekend
June 12, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
AND so it comes down to this. After a month toiling under the Florida sun in training camp and nine weeks of regular season play, just 60 minutes of football separates the Frankfurt Galaxy, Hamburg Sea Devils and Cologne Centurions from a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XV.
For the first time in league history, a regular season enters its 10th week without either of the two World Bowl berths filled.
Hamburg Sea Devils (6-3) are closest to reaching the title game as they prepare to take on the Rhein Fire (4-5) on Saturday evening. The Sea Devils can qualify for the title game even with a loss at Rhein, providing the meeting between the Cologne Centurions (6-3) and Frankfurt Galaxy (6-3) contest produces a winner.
That would leave Hamburg tied with the loser of the Centurions-Galaxy matchup but the Sea Devils hold the tiebreaker advantage over both clubs. So the only way Cologne and Frankfurt can meet again in World Bowl is by producing just the third tie in league history.
The final week of the regular season kicks off on Friday night as the Amsterdam Admirals (3-6) plays host to the Berlin Thunder (2-7).
WEEK TEN SCHEDULE
FRIDAY JUNE 15
Berlin Thunder at Amsterdam Admirals
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY JUNE 16
Cologne Centurions at Frankfurt Galaxy
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, 7:00 p.m.
Hamburg Sea Devils at Rhein Fire
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, 7:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 9
OFFENSIVE - ERIK MEYER - QB, Cologne
Completed 21 of 29 passes for 287 yards and 3 TDs
Posted a passer rating of 138.1
DEFENSIVE - JAMAR ENZOR - LB, Rhein
Recorded 8 tackles and 1 pass defense
Returned interception 7 yards for touchdown
SPECIAL TEAMS - NORIAKI KINOSHITA - KR, Amsterdam
Returned 2 punts for 114 yards, 2 kickoffs for 60 yards
Scored touchdown on 86-yard punt return
NATIONAL - PATRICE MWAMBA - DT, Amsterdam
Recorded 8 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry
Added 1 sack for -6 yards
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Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS is expecting a strong finish from his team even though they have lost three games in a row to fall out of World Bowl contention.
He says: "We're struggling. At times we play well and at times we don't. But we have a great group of guys and they want to finish this thing on a positive note. We're looking forward to finishing at home with a win and that's what we're focusing on."
Berlin head coach JOHN ALLEN will try to squeeze a good performance out of a Thunder team that has lost five games in a row. He will be glad to be on the road, having gone 0-5 at home this term.
He says: "I'm proud of our guys because they continue to play hard. We're still making mistakes and right now we cannot overcome that. But our guys are playing hard. We'll push forward and try to get a road win at Amsterdam next week."
The Cologne Centurions improved to 6-3 with an impressive victory over the Amsterdam Admirals. It was a result that pleased interim head coach JOHN LYONS, who says: "Our backs were against the wall and we needed to win. What I really liked about our team was that we showed an ability to come back."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES knows his team needs a victory in Week 10 to reach World Bowl XV in its own stadium on June 23.
Following last week's loss at Hamburg, he says: "I'm proud of the way we played. We came into a hostile environment and performed well. We missed an opportunity to reach World Bowl but it got away from us. We will play for the next one."
Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ would like to guide his team to a .500 record on the season after leading them to back-to-back victories against Amsterdam and Berlin. They will face the World Bowl-chasing Hamburg Sea Devils in Week 10.
Lantz says: "Last week was a big win for us. I'm proud of our guys because they never gave up. We've been playing hard the entire season and I believe they'll keep fighting right up to the end. Hopefully, we can go and win one more."
Following last week's thrilling victory over Frankfurt, Hamburg Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO is closing in on reaching the World Bowl in his first season in charge of the club.
He says: "Frankfurt has some excellent talent and is a tremendous team so we feel very fortunate that we could battle with them all the way. I'm proud of our kids because they stayed with it when we were really struggling and couldn't really stop them at all. The kids never gave up and they hung in there."
The World Bowl race explained
ALTHOUGH both spots in Yello Strom World Bowl XV remain up for grabs, the picture regarding qualification for the title game has become much clearer.
Three teams - Frankfurt Galaxy, Hamburg Sea Devils and Cologne Centurions - are tied with 6-3 records heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Hamburg is closest to reaching the title game and here is what it needs in order to qualify for World Bowl XV:
- Victory or tie against Rhein Fire
- Loss to Rhein Fire + Frankfurt or Cologne victory
A win would see Hamburg improve to seven victories, meaning the loser of the Frankfurt-Cologne clash could not catch them with six wins.
A loss at Rhein would see Hamburg fall to 6-4. But that record would be enough to see them reach World Bowl, providing Frankfurt and Cologne do not produce a tie.
Hamburg would have the same record as the loser of the Frankfurt-Cologne clash but holds the tiebreaker over both teams. Hamburg is 1-1 against Cologne and 1-1 against Frankfurt, but has a +8 points differential against the Centurions and +2 against the Galaxy.
The winner of the meeting between Frankfurt and Cologne will qualify for World Bowl XV. If the Centurions and Galaxy produce just the third tie in league history, they will meet again in the championship game, providing Hamburg loses to Rhein.
If Hamburg wins and Cologne and Frankfurt ties, the Galaxy will meet the Sea Devils in the title game as they would hold the tiebreaker edge over Cologne.
NFLE FACTS:Hall grabs record
Cologne Centurions defensive end JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) has tied the league record for consecutive games with at least one sack after registering his 11th quarterback takedown of the season against Amsterdam last week. Hall has now recorded a sack in each of the last seven games, tying the mark set by JOSH TAVES (Barcelona Dragons) during the 1998 season. Hall has tied the club record of 11 sacks (FELIPE CLAYBROOKS, 2004) and stands three short of the single season mark of 14 (DANNY LOCKETT, London Monarchs, 1991 and 1992).
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2007 season proving to be the Year of the Quarterback
DURING the previous 14 NFL Europa seasons, there have been a total of six players who ended the year with a passer rating of 100 points or more.
Proving that this is the year of the quarterback, the 2007 campaign could end next weekend with three men having broken through that 100 rating points barrier.
With a strong finish in Week 10, Frankfurt's J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears), Cologne's ERIK MEYER and Hamburg's CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) could make league history by becoming the first trio of quarterbacks to end a season with a rating of 100 or more.
The previous best of two quarterbacks with 100+ ratings in the same year was set in 2000 when Scotland's KEVIN DAFT and Rhein's DANNY WUERFFEL posted marks of 107.3 and 107.2. That pair went on to meet in World Bowl, as will two of the three leading quarterbacks this season.
Here is a look at the rating of NFL Europa's three leading quarterbacks heading into Week 10:
Player/Team Yds Tds Rating
J. O'Sullivan (Fra) 1997 15 103.1
E. Meyer (Col) 1384 12 100.6
C. Bramlet (Ham) 1810 15 100.0
Speaking about the impact Bramlet has had on his team in 2007, Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO says: "Last year's group was good but obviously our play at quarterback is that much better with Casey Bramlet at the helm. We're very happy with his play and he does a great job of managing our offense."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES adds: "J.T. O'Sullivan has been red hot for us and is a big reason for our success this season.
The other quarterbacks to post ratings of 100 or more in NFL Europa history are DAVID ARCHER (107.0, Sacramento 1992), JIM ARELLANES (104.9, Rhein 1999), ROHAN DAVEY (105.6, Berlin 2004) and GIBRAN HAMDAN (113.4, Amsterdam 2006).
NFLE FACTS:Vince on Course
IF the Hamburg Sea Devils do indeed reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV, VINCE MARTINO would become the first rookie head coach to lead his team to the title game since MIKE JONES (Frankfurt Galaxy) and RICK LANTZ (Berlin Thunder) met in World Bowl XII in 2004. A total of eight coaches have reached the championship game in their first season in NFLE.
Statement regarding Cologne Centurions coach David Duggan
IN the waning moments of the Cologne Centurions' 31-13 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals at RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday, Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN became light-headed and needed medical attention on the sidelines.
Duggan initially underwent tests of his blood pressure and pulse and passed those preliminary tests. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was held overnight, as a precaution.
In light of the possible seriousness of the situation, Duggan will not coach for the remainder of the 2007 season in order to concentrate on his health.
Cologne defensive coordinator JOHN LYONS will be elevated to the position of interim head coach in Duggan's absence. Lyons is in his third season with the Centurions after serving as defensive backs coach in 2005 and defensive coordinator in 2006.
Lyons served as head coach at Dartmouth College from 1992 to 2004, racking up 60 career wins (second-most in school history) and won the Ivy League championship in 1992 and 1996, finishing second in 1993 and 1997.
From 1995-97, his team went unbeaten in 22 games and won a school record 15 in a row. Dartmouth went 10-0 in 1996 and Lyons was named New England Sports Writers Coach of the Year and Division I-AA Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association.
At this time, NFL Europa and the Cologne Centurions ask that all parties respect Duggan and his family's right to privacy regarding the situation. All questions should be directed to NFL Europa or Cologne Centurions public relations staff.
Home teams fighting back
HOME teams have had the better of recent times in NFL Europa after struggling through the opening weeks of the 2007 season.
Those playing at home opened the year by winning just six games in the first half of the campaign (15 games), while road teams picked up nine victories.
In the last four weeks (12 games), home teams have picked up seven wins, bringing the overall record for clubs playing in front of their own fans to 13-14 this season.
This weekend's meeting between Frankfurt and Cologne will see one of the clubs register a milestone. Frankfurt can post a perfect record on home soil in 2007, while the Centurions go into the contest with a perfect 4-0 mark and will look to become the first team to win all its road games since the 1991 London Monarchs.
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Battle to win league rushing title becomes two-horse race
WITH some strong performances in recent weeks, Berlin Thunder running back CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) has made the battle to win the NFL Europa rushing title a two-horse race as he fights for the coveted crown with Cologne Centurions rusher DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs).
Ross leads NFL Europa with 693 rushing yards but Barclay is just 25 yards back with 668 as the 2007 season rolls into its final weekend.
Here is a look at how each of the backs has performed in recent weeks and during the season:
Player/Team Last 3 Wks Season
Derrick Ross (Col) 165 yds, 1 TD 693 yds, 4 TD
Chris Barclay (Ber) 356 yds, 1 TD 668 yds, 2 TD
Both backs have been extremely productive for their respective teams this season.
Barclay, who has averaged 8.7 yards on 41 attempts over the past three games, leads NFL Europa with 1,534 combined yards (668 rushing, 146 receiving, 19 punt returns, 701 kickoff returns). He also leads the league in total yards from scrimmage with 814 (668 rushing, 146 receiving).
Ross leads the league in rushing yards and ranks second in yards from scrimmage with 795 (693 rushing, 102 receiving).
Here is a look at NFL Europa's previous rushing champions:
Year Player/Team Rush Yds
1991 Eric Wilkerson (NY/NJ) 717
1992 Ivory Lee Brown (SA) 767
1995 Siran Stacy (Sco) 785
1996 Siran Stacy (Sco) 780
1997 Siran Stacy (Sco) 785
1998 Derrick Clark (Rhe) 739
1999 Lawrence Phillips (Bar) 1021
2000 Aaron Stecker (Sco) 774
2001 Mike Green (Bar) 1057
2002 Herbert Goodman (Sco) 877
2003 Ken Simonton (Sco) 871
2004 Eric McCoo (Ber) 669
2005 Joe Smith (Rhe) 1026
2006 Roger Robinson (Fra) 1087
Having faced both Ross and Barclay this season, Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ is perfectly placed to discuss both running backs.
He says: "Chris Barclay and Derrick Ross are the best two running backs in the league and they have been the most productive. They're different types of back but they are both fine players and we have noticed them. I hope they can make it in the NFL because it's good for our league when people like that can move on."
Record crowd on hand to see Hamburg defeat Frankfurt
A CLUB record 30,528 saw one of the most exciting finishes in recent NFL Europa history as the hometown Hamburg Sea Devils recorded a 36-31 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy in Week 9.
The attendance smashed the previous record of 21,204 fans who saw the Sea Devils beat Frankfurt in Week 10 of the 2005 campaign on June 4, 2005.
And those who packed into AOL Arena last Saturday were treated to an action-packed finish as the Sea Devils scored a game-winning touchdown with 48 seconds remaining as CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) fired a 50-yard pass to wide receiver MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers).
When asked how many games he has coached in that were as exciting as that one, Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO, a former assistant at Boston College, replied: "It's probably the second one. The Miracle in Miami with Doug Flutie's Hail Mary touchdown throw and this one. Both games came down to a desperation-type throw and the outcome rested on one play."
Big crowds have not been unusual in NFL Europa this season and with three games remaining, the 2007 campaign is on course to register the highest average attendance per game in league history.
Here is a look at the top seasons in NFL Europa history in terms of average attendance, including the current 2007 campaign:
Season Avg Attendance
2007 (thru 9 wks) 19,657
NFLE FACTS: Final Comeback
When the Berlin Thunder overcame a 21-point deficit to record a momentous road win against the Cologne Centurions in Week 4, they probably had no idea it would be their last victory for some time. Since that win on May 5, the Thunder have dropped five games in a row. Berlin goes into a Week 10 meeting with Amsterdam knowing they need a victory to avoid ending 2007 with six losses in a row. That would be the second-most consecutive losses to end a season in league history, matching the achievements of the 1992 Montreal Machine. The most consecutive losses to end a season was 10 by the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, who went 0-10 in 1991.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-6)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (33-36 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowl)Colors: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ron Heller (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Richard Kent (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 67-62
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Lost 13-31 at Cologne (6/9/07)
OFFENSE: 19.2 pts/game; 274.8 yds/game (rank 5); 70.9 yds rush/game (rank 6); 203.9 yds pass/game (rank 3)
Passing: Drew Olson, 1,724 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 424 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 42 rec, 531 yds
DEFENSE: 25.5 pts/game; 338.4 yds/game (rank 6); 122 rush yds/game (rank 6); 216.4 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Marcus West, 3.5
Interceptions: Erick Harris, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs BERLIN THUNDER -
Head coach BART ANDRUS saw mistakes haunt his team at Cologne last week. He says: "Any time you turn the ball over, it's going to have a negative effect. The two interceptions hurt us. We have some young guys who are a little inconsistent right now."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) leads NFL Europa in attempts and interceptions (see table). Has seen 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2007... QB COREY BRAMLET has completed 23 of 44 passes for 239 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions this season... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 12 yards last week. Ranks third among NFLE rushers with 424 yards on 99 carries and leads the league with 8 rushing touchdowns and 9 total touchdowns... RB LARRY CROOM carried 7 times for 22 yards last week and added 4 catches for 44 yards. Has rushed for 148 yards on 48 carries this season and added 23 receptions for 267 yards... WR SKYLER FULTON had a record six 100-yard receiving days in 2006 and recorded his first 100-day of 2007 last week (see table). Ranks second in NFL Europa with 42 receptions and third in receiving yards... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) caught 2 passes for 30 yards last week and has 12 catches for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) has 31 receptions for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2007... WR JUSTIN McCULLUM (Carolina Panthers) has 11 receptions for 161 yards and 1 score this season... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA was named Special Teams Player of Week 9 after returning 2 punts for 114 yards and scoring on an 86-yard runback. Added 2 kickoff returns for 60 yards and 2 catches for 39 yards. Has 21 receptions for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Leads league with 9 punt returns for 173 yards (19.2 average)... TE BEN HALL has 6 catches for 58 yards in 2007... French TE YOAN SCHNEE caught 1 pass for 2 yards last week and has 8 receptions for 46 yards and 1 score this season... DE MARCUS
WEST leads the Admirals with 3.5 sacks after adding 1 sack among 4 tackles last week. Has 27 tackles and 2 forced fumbles this season... DE TIM JONES has 21 tackles and 2 sacks in 2007 after adding 2 stops last week... DT NORMAN HEUER recorded 3 tackles last week and has 19 and 1 forced fumble in 2007... Belgian DT PATRICE MAJONDO-MWAMBA recorded 8 tackles and 1 sack last week and has a career-high 24 tackles and 2 sacks this season... Dutch LB AKWASI MENSAH has 21 stops and 3 special teams tackles on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 7 tackles last week and has 43 stops and 1 sack to rank second on Amsterdam's defense this season... LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded 7 tackles and 1 pass defense last week. Has 32 tackles and 1 sack on the season... LB LAWRENCE PINSON has made 35 tackles and added 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN registered 3 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 40 tackles to rank third on the Admirals' defense this season... S DEANDRE EILAND has recorded 35 tackles and 4 pass defenses this term... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) registered 7 tackles last week and tops the defense with 52 tackles and 1 forced fumble in 2007... K JARET JOHNSON has scored 39 points this season having converted 7 of 8 field goals and 18 of 21 PATs... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) ranks second among NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.3 yards on 40 kicks and has placed 11 inside the 20-yard line.
QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Frank 35 22 260 2 2
Wk 2: vs Rhein 30 16 115 0 0
Wk 3: at Ber 31 19 235 2 2
Wk 4: vs Frank 32 16 200 2 2
Wk 5: at Ham 7 2 11 0 1
Wk 6: vs Ham 34 24 259 2 0
Wk 7: vs Col 38 16 196 1 1
Wk 8: at Rhe 47 25 258 2 2
Wk 9: at Col 28 14 190 0 1
TOTAL 282* 154 1,724 11 11*
WR SKYLER FULTON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 3 46 1
Wk 2: vs Rhein 4 29 0
Wk 3: at Ber 7 93 1
Wk 4: vs Frank 3 70 1
Wk 5: at Ham 8 78 0
Wk 6: vs Ham 3 24 0
Wk 7: vs Col 3 25 0
Wk 8: at Rhe 4 56 0
Wk 9: at Col 7 110 0
TOTAL 42 531 3
* Leads NFLE
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-7)Head Coach: John Allen (2-7 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 42-46-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 17-24 vs. Rhein (6/8/07)
OFFENSE: 14 pts/game; 316 yds/game (rank 2); 144.2 rush yds/game (rank 1); 171.8 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 1,415 yds
Rushing: Chris Barclay, 668 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 35 rec, 535 yds
DEFENSE: 20.7 pts/game; 293.6 yds/game (rank 2); 101.9 rush yds/game (rank 3); 191.7 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Dave Tollefson, 4.5
Interceptions: Chris Harrell, 2
- THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN saw his team lose for the fifth game in a row last week and says: "We're still making mistakes that put us in positions to lose football games. We had opportunities that we left out on the field."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) did not play last week and has not thrown a TD pass since Week 4 (see table). Ranks sixth among NFLE quarterbacks with a rating of 69.2. Leads all NFLE quarterbacks with 216 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) made his first start of the season last week and completed 15 of 30 passes for 176 yards and 1 interception. Carried 7 times for 46 yards and 1 touchdown. Has thrown for 242 yards and 2 interceptions on the season... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) rushed for 174 yards on 15 carries last week and now ranks second in NFLE with 668 yards on 127 attempts. Leads the league with 1,534 combined yards (668 rush, 146 receiving, 19 punt returns, 701 kickoff returns)... RB CAL MURRAY carried 17 times for 43 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has rushed for 168 yards and 3 scores on the season... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receiving yards (see table). Caught 23 passes in opening three games and has 12 receptions in past six outings... WR RICH MUSINSKI caught 21 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns before being placed on Injured Reserve... WR STEVE SANDERS (Cleveland Browns) caught 4 passes for 67 yards last week and has 13 for 222 on the season... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 1 pass for 5 yards last week and has 12 for 97 on the season... WR RYAN HOAG (Washington Redskins) caught 2 passes for 14 yards last week and has 4 for 45 in 2007... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 17 receptions for 142 yards and 1 score on the season after adding 1 for 12 last week... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has 7 receptions for 70 yards in 2007... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) leads the Thunder with 4.5 sacks and has also recorded 25 tackles and 5 pass defenses in 2007... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) has registered 26 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass defenses in 2007... DT BRYANT SHAW (Washington Redskins) made 1 tackle last week and has 11 stops,
1 sack and 3 pass defenses this season... DT LAUVALE SAPE has 16 tackles and 0.5 sacks this season... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON recorded 6 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defense last week. Has 26 tackles and 2 sacks this season... LB JAMEEL DUMAS leads the Thunder with 52 tackles after adding 5 stops and 1 forced fumble last week... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 47 tackles on the season after adding 6 and 1 pass defense last week... LB TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 27 tackles, 4 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles and 1 blocked punt on the season... German LB RICHARD ADJEI has made 20 tackles this season after adding 6 last week... CB DENNIS DAVIS (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 23 and 2 pass defenses on the season. Has also registered 5 special teams tackles... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) has 30 tackles and 6 pass defenses on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery last week. Has 34 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB CHRIS HARRELL ranks second on Berlin's defense with 48 tackles and 2 interceptions... K D.J. FITZPATRICK has converted 1 of 3 field goals and 4 of 4 PATs for 7 points in two games in relief of the injured Andrew Jacas... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) has averaged 40.1 yards on 35 punts this season to rank sixth in NFL Europa. Has a season long of 55 yards.
QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein 31 21 182 0 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 32 17 190 1 2
Wk 3: vs Ams 31 18 267 1 1
Wk 4: at Col 26 17 218 2 1
Wk 5: vs Col 22 9 80 0 0
Wk 6: at Frank 19 10 143 0 3
Wk 7: at Ham 24 17 162 0 0
Wk 8: vs Frank 22 11 181 0 1
Wk 9: vs Rhe DID NOT PLAY
TOTAL 207 120 1,415 4 8
WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 7 95 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 7 103 0
Wk 3: vs Ams 9 85 0
Wk 4: at Col 2 69 1
Wk 5: vs Col 1 20 0
Wk 6: at Frank 2 68 0
Wk 7: at Ham 2 45 0
Wk 8: vs Frank 3 36 0
Wk 9: vs Rhe 2 14 0
TOTAL 35 535* 1
* Leads NFLE
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (6-3)Head Coach: David Duggan (11-8 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 20-19
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Won 31-13 vs. Amsterdam (6/9/07)
OFFENSE: 21.2 pts/game; 304.9 yds/game (rank 3); 136.9 rush yds/game (rank 2); 168 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 1,384 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 693 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 33 rec, 454 yds
DEFENSE: 15.7 pts/game; 242.4 yds/game (rank 1); 82.8 rush yds/game (rank 1); 159.7 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Jason Hall, 11.0
Interceptions: Clifton Smith, 3
- THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY -
Centurions defensive coordinator JOHN LYONS was pleased with his team's win but will hope for a faster start in Week 10. He says: "I just hope we can find a way to play better at the start. Obviously, that is something we are going to have to work on in practice this week."... QB ERIK MEYER was named Offensive Player of Week 9 after his performance against Amsterdam (see table). Ranks second among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100.6. Has also rushed for 125 yards and 1 touchdown... QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) has completed 23 of 44 passes for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) did not start for the first time in 2007 last week (see table). Leads league in rushing attempts and yards. Needs 26 rushing yards to break the club single season record of 718 (Kory Chapman, 2005)... RB A.J. HARRIS started last week and rushed for 73 yards on 24 carries and added 6 receptions for yards. Has rushed for 362 yards on 95 carries in 2007 and added 19 receptions for 149 yards and 1 score... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has 15 receptions for 208 yards and 2 scores in 2007... WR BURL TOLER has 20 receptions for 311 yards on the season after adding 6 for 106 and 1 touchdown last week... WR TRAMAIN HALL has 16 receptions for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) has 12 receptions for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2007 after catching 3 passes for 43 yards and 1 score last week... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 33 receptions for 454 yards and 5 touchdowns. Caught 4 passes for 87 yards and 1 touchdown last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 105th regular season game last weekend... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) leads NFL Europa with 11 sacks after recording 1 among 2 tackles last week. Has also registered 27 tackles, 2 pass defenses and 1 fumble recovery... DE TYLER KING recorded 2 tackles last week and has 14 stops and 3 sacks to his name in 2007... DT KEVIN VICKERSON (Miami Dolphins) has registered 27 tackles and 3.5
sacks this season after adding 1 tackle last week... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) has 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks this term... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) has registered 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2007 after adding 1 tackle last week... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) leads NFL Europa with 3 interceptions. Also has season totals of 38 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 5 pass defenses... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) has 15 tackles on the season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads NFL Europa with 69 tackles after adding 5 last week. Has also recorded 3 sacks and 3 pass defenses... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) has 32 tackles, 2 interceptions for 19 yards, 15 pass defenses, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2007... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 2 tackles and 4 pass defenses last week. Has 24 tackles and 13 pass defenses this season... CB KEVIN HOUSE recorded his second interception of the season last week and defended 5 passes. Has made 32 tackles and knocked down a league-high 17 passes... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) recorded 4 tackles last week. Has 47 tackles to rank second on Cologne's defense and has added 1 interception and 6 pass defenses this season... S KEVIN CURTIS ranks third on Cologne's defense with 45 tackles after adding 4 last week... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted 1 of 2 field goals (20 long) last week. Ranks third among NFLE kickers with 53 points having converted 10 of 16 field goals (49 long) and 23 of 23 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has placed a league-high 16 of his 39 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season.
QB ERIK MEYER, GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 13 6 65 0 1
Wk 2: vs Fra 26 17 164 0 1
Wk 3: at Rhe 17 9 71 0 1
Wk 4: vs Ber 21 15 180 3 0
Wk 5: at Ber 12 9 125 3 0
Wk 6: vs Rhe 16 10 171 1 1
Wk 7: at Ams 15 13 193 2 1
Wk 8: vs Ham 22 15 128 0 1
Wk 9: vs Ams 29 21 287 3 0
TOTAL 171 115 1,384 12 6
RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 29 120 1 3 25 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 22 48 0 2 1 0
Wk 3: at Rhe 17 66 1 2 5 0
Wk 4: vs Ber 20 69 1 2 15 0
Wk 5: at Ber 25 143 0 2 18 0
Wk 6: vs Rhe 25 82 0 1 15 0
Wk 7: at Ams 29 104 0 0 0 0
Wk 8: vs Ham 10 9 0 2 12 0
Wk 9: vs Ams 13 52 1 1 11 0
TOTAL 190* 693* 4 15 102 0
* Leads NFLE
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (6-3)Head Coach: Mike Jones (23-16) in NFLEL, plus 1-1 in World Bowl.Colors: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Steve Carson (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 81-68
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Lost 31-36 at Hamburg (6/9/07)
OFFENSE: 24.8 pts/game; 353.7 yds/game (rank 1); 107.4 rush yds/game (rank 3); 246.2 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 1,997 yds
Rushing: Charles Anthony, 244 yds
Receiving: Brandon Middleton, 44 rec, 532 yds
DEFENSE: 18.3 pts/game; 296.8 yds/game (rank 3); 88.2 rush yds/game (rank 2); 208.6 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: John Syptak, 4.5
Interceptions: Four players, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team give up a long touchdown pass in the final minute to lose to Hamburg last week, yet he remains upbeat, saying: "We played a great game but we had some mishaps in there that cost us. It got away from us."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) became NFL Europa's first back-to-back 300-yard passer since Shaun Hill (Amsterdam 2003) last week (see table). Has thrown 9 touchdown passes in the last three games compared to 6 in the first half dozen games. Leads NFLE with a passer rating of 103.1... QB KEVIN EAKIN (Buffalo Bills) has completed 29 of 58 passes for 353 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS has rushed for 220 yards and 1 touchdown on 61 carries this year after adding 10 yards on 6 carries last week. Has added 8 receptions for 95 yards... RB DECORI BIRMINGHAM (New York Giants) carried 9 times for 47 yards last week and added 5 receptions for 42 yards. Has rushed for 93 yards on 27 carries this season and added 13 catches for 93 yards... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) has 15 receptions for 211 yards and 1 score on the season... WR AARON HOSACK has 4 TD receptions among his 9 catches for 289 yards this season... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON leads NFL Europa in receptions (see table) and ranks second in receiving yards. Has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games... WR FELTON HUGGINS has 18 receptions for 302 yards and 2 scores on the season... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 26 receptions for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns this season after adding 6 catches for 107 yards and 1 score last week... TE T.J. COTTRELL (San Diego Chargers) caught a 15-yard pass last week and has 2 for 24 this season... DE JOHN SYPTAK (San Francisco 49ers) jointly leads the Galaxy with 4.5 sacks after adding 1 among 5 tackles last week. Also forced a fumble at Hamburg. Has recorded 28 tackles in 2007... German DE ULRICH WINKLER has registered 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season... DE JUSTIN BROWN grabbed 4 tackles last week, giving him
21 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... DT REMI AYODELE (Dallas Cowboys) has 13 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) has recorded 20 tackles and knocked down 5 passes this season. Made 3 tackles last week... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) has 50 tackles to rank second on Frankfurt's defense this season. Has also registered 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception... LB MATT SINCLAIR leads the Galaxy with 55 tackles after adding a team-high 8 last week. Has also registered 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble... LB ZAC WOODFIN recorded 2 tackles last week and has 18 and 2 pass defenses this term... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) recorded 4 tackles last weekend. Has 27 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team-high 9 pass defenses in 2007... CB BILL ALFORD has 22 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 pass defenses on the season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) has recorded 36 tackles to rank third on Frankfurt's defense this season... S DEMARIO WILLIAMS recorded 6 tackles last week and has 27 tackles and 2 interceptions to his name this term... K RHYS LLOYD leads all NFLE kickers with 65 points having converted 13 of 19 field goals (56 long) and 25 of 25 PATs. Missed crucial 30-yard kick at Hamburg last week when ball struck left upright... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) ranks third in NFL Europa with an average of 42.0 yards on 26 punts. Has a long of 55 yards this season and has placed 7 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ams 21 15 160 2 0
Wk 2: at Col 20 13 143 1 1
Wk 3: vs Ham 22 14 223 1 0
Wk 4: at Ams 23 13 192 1 0
Wk 5: at Rhe 29 20 233 1 2
Wk 6: vs Ber 11 5 38 0 1
Wk 7: vs Rhe 35 26 299 2 0
Wk 8: at Ber 37 27 333 3 1
Wk 9: at Ham 37 27 376 4 2
TOTAL 235 160* 1,997 15* 7
WR BRANDON MIDDLETON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ams 4 60 0
Wk 2: at Col 3 25 0
Wk 3: vs Ham 5 69 0
Wk 4: at Ams 2 29 0
Wk 5: at Rhe 10 111 0
Wk 6: vs Ber 3 24 0
Wk 7: vs Rhe 8 90 1
Wk 8: at Ber 4 47 1
Wk 9: at Ham 5 77 1
TOTAL 44* 532 3
* Leads NFLE
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HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (6-3)Head Coach: Vince Martino (6-3 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 14-14-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Won 36-31 vs. Frankfurt (6/9/07)
OFFENSE: 23.8 pts/game; 294.8 yds/game (rank 4); 90.4 rush yds/game (rank 4); 204.3 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,810 yds
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 358 yds
Receiving: Justin Jenkins, 28 rec, Marcus Maxwell, 459 yds
DEFENSE: 18.1 pts/game; 312.7 yds/game (rank 5); 114.3 rush yds/game (rank 4); 198.3 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Justin Kurpeikis, 4.5
Interceptions: Brent Grimes, Shawn Mayer, 2
- THIS WEEK: at RHEIN FIRE -
Head coach VINCE MARTINO paid tribute to his club as they moved to the brink of a berth in World Bowl XV, saying: "This team has a special chemistry about it. I felt good about the team in training camp and we wanted to do well for the Hamburg fans. We felt we owed them after last year."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) jointly leads NFL Europa in touchdown passes (see table). Ranks third in the league with a passer rating of 100.0... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN ranks sixth in the league in rushing yards (see table) and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry but has yet to find the end zone in 2007. Leads NFL Europa with an average of 36.9 yards on 9 kickoff returns...RB TONY HOLLINGS rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries last week... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN has carried 43 times for 113 yards and 2 scores. Returned a kickoff 45 yards last week... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) caught 5 passes for 95 yards and scored on a game-winning 50-yard reception last week. Has 27 receptions for 459 yards and a league-leading 7 receiving touchdowns this season... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 5 passes for 67 yards last week and leads the Sea Devils with 28 receptions for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns... WR JOSH DAVIS has 19 receptions for 263 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 4 passes for 42 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 19 for 231 and 2 scores on the year... TE MIKE PINKARD has 13 catches for 134 yards in 2007... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS leads the Sea Devils with 4.5 sacks this season. Recorded 2 tackles and 2 pass defenses last week and has 31 tackles and 2 forced fumbles on the year... German DE BEN ISHOLA has 4 sacks among 19 tackles after adding 4 stops last week... DT GARY GIBSON recorded 1 tackle and 1 quarterback hurry last weekend. Has 19 tackles and 3.5 sacks to his name in 2007... LB BARRY ROBERTSON (New York Giants) recorded 6 tackles last week and has 32 to rank second on Hamburg's defense this season. Has also notched 1 sack, 1 interception and 2 pass defenses...
LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) has 25 tackles and 1 sack this year after adding 2 tackles to his tally last week... LB BYRON HARDMON ranks fourth on Hamburg's defense with 29 tackles and 1 sack. Registered 3 tackles last week... Mexican LB JONATHAN HURTADO has a career-high 20 tackles on the season... English LB ADEN DURDE recorded 4 tackles last week and has 16 and 1 pass defense in 2007... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) has 28 tackles, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses this season... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) has recorded 22 tackles and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN has 27 tackles on the season after adding 2 stops last week... CB BRENT GRIMES (Atlanta Falcons) has returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns this season. Has recorded 22 tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 pass defenses... S JOHN WALKER (Houston Texans) has recorded 25 tackles and 7 pass defenses this season after adding 4 tackles last week... S SHAWN MAYER is in his third season in Hamburg. Leads the Sea Devils with 63 tackles, 7 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 17 yards. Has recorded 28 tackles in the past four games... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) ranks second in NFL Europa with 60 points having converted 13 of 16 field goals (47 long) and 21 of 22 PATs... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) has placed 13 of his 36 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season.
QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 21 14 161 1 1
Wk 2: at Ber 18 12 116 0 0
Wk 3: at Fra 21 12 237 1 1
Wk 4: vs Rhe 27 18 220 3 1
Wk 5: vs Ams 23 12 185 2 0
Wk 6: at Ams 30 17 188 4 1
Wk 7: vs Ber 23 13 224 1 0
Wk 8: at Col 24 14 212 1 1
Wk 9: vs Fra 33 21 267 2 0
TOTAL 220 133 1,810 15* 5
RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 7 43 0 0 0 0
Wk 2: at Ber 10 32 0 1 10 0
Wk 3: at Fra 9 35 0 0 0 0
Wk 4: vs Rhe 6 36 0 0 0 0
Wk 5: vs Ams 13 73 0 0 0 0
Wk 6: at Ams 6 17 0 3 9 0
Wk 7: vs Ber 8 53 0 1 3 0
Wk 8: at Col 15 56 0 0 0 0
Wk 9: vs Fra 3 13 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 77 358 0 5 22 0
* Leads NFLE
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RHEIN FIRE (4-5)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (22-16-1 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowls)Colors: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Larry New (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 68-61
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 24-17 at Berlin (6/8/07)
OFFENSE: 17 pts/game; 239.4 yds/game (rank 6); 72.8 rush yds/game (rank 5); 166.7 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 1,314 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 144 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 32 rec, 529 yds
DEFENSE: 21.7 pts/game; 305.3 yds/game (rank 4); 119.1 rush yds/game (rank 5); 186.2 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Derek Rehage, 3.5
Interceptions: Jamar Enzor, Andrew Pace, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs. HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
Fire head coach RICK LANTZ faced his old team in Berlin last weekend and was excited to leave with a victory, saying: "It was a big win for us. It was really important for me to come in with a team that was fighting and playing well. I'm proud of our guys."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) has a quarterback rating of 53.1 on the season having thrown for 367 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions... QB CODY PICKETT threw 2 TD passes for the first time this season last week (see table). Ranks fourth among NFL Europa quarterbacks with a rating of 81.1... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 carries before being placed on Injured Reserve. He remains Rhein's leading rusher through nine games... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN carried 2 times for 3 yards last week. Has rushed for 133 yards and 2 scores on 53 carries and added 23 catches for 166 yards... RB CHARLES ANTHONY rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries last week and has 134 and 1 touchdown on 30 attempts this season... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 16.5 yards per reception (see table) and ranks fourth in NFL Europa in receiving yardage... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) has 10 catches for 110 yards in 2007... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) has 11 receptions for 154 yards this season. Had a 22-yard reception last week and also completed an 18-yard pass... English WR MARVIN ALLEN ranks third on the Fire with 20 receptions for 222 yards and 1 touchdown after adding 3 for 40 and 1 score last week... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 21 yards this season... TE ERIK JENSEN has 12 receptions for 103 yards this season... TE SEAN MULCAHY (Cincinnati Bengals) caught 3 passes for 22 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 137 yards and 2 scores on the season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) recorded 2 tackles last week, giving him 18 stops and 0.5 sacks in 2007... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR has 26 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2007 after registering 2 tackles last week... DT MICHAEL BOZEMAN (Atlanta Falcons) grabbed 7 tackles at
Berlin and has notched 22 tackles and 1 sacks in 2007... DE DERRICK STRONG recorded 6 tackles and 1 forced fumble last week and has 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks this season... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) recorded 4 tackles last week and jointly leads the Fire with 43 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception for 37 yards on the season... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) registered 34 tackles and a team-leading 3.5 sacks before being placed on Injured Reserve... LB JAMAR ENZOR recorded his second interception return for a touchdown of the season. Has registered 23 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions in 2007... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) jointly leads the Fire with 43 tackles and has knocked down a team-high 13 passes while adding 1 interception for 68 yards and 1 touchdown... S ANDREW PACE jointly leads the Fire with 2 picks. Has registered 41 tackles to rank third on the Fire defense and has also forced 1 fumble and defended 5 passes... S CALVIN CARLYLE recorded 5 tackles last week. Has 27 tackles, 5 pass defenses, 1 interception for 27 yards and 1 forced fumble this season... German S RICHARD YANCY has recorded 8 tackles, 1 interception and 3 pass defenses this year... K MARK BRUBAKER has 29 points this season having hit on 5 of 6 field goals (36 long) and 14 of 15 PATs... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) leads all NFL Europa punters with an average of 43.0 yards on 40 punts with a long of 59. Has placed 12 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
QB CODY PICKETT, GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ber 16 8 57 0 1
Wk 2: at Ams 17 9 131 0 0
Wk 3: vs Col 16 9 59 0 1
Wk 4: at Ham 21 16 123 1 0
Wk 5: vs Frank 20 15 179 1 0
Wk 6: at Col 28 17 171 1 2
Wk 7: at Frank 23 15 153 0 1
Wk 8: vs Ams 28 20 248 1 1
Wk 9: at Ber 28 18 193 2 0
TOTAL 197 127 1,314 6 6
WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 3 42 0
Wk 2: at Ams 3 81 0
Wk 3: vs Col 1 6 0
Wk 4: at Ham 2 23 0
Wk 5: vs Frank 6 122 1
Wk 6: at Col 9 114 2
Wk 7: at Frank 3 60 0
Wk 8: vs Ams 3 57 0
Wk 9: at Ber 2 24 0
TOTAL 32 529 3
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europa 2007, Week 10 - Page 11
BERLIN THUNDER (2-7) at
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-6)
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. Friday June 15, 8:00 p.m.
Overall: Berlin leads 10-7 (Amsterdam leads 1-0 in World Bowls)
At Amsterdam: Series tied 4-4
At Berlin: Berlin leads 6-3
Streak: Amsterdam 2
This season: Amsterdam 14 at Berlin 10 (Wk 3)
US: DELAY/NFL Network (10:00 a.m. ET, Saturday June 16)
Play-by-play announcer MICHAEL REGHI is joined in the booth by former Frankfurt Galaxy head coach and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator DOUG GRABER.
JOHN ALLEN is 2-7 in his first season as an NFL Europa head coach with both of his victories coming on the road. He went 0-5 on home soil. Prior to joining the Thunder, he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals... 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 1-0 record against his former assistant.
The battle to avoid finishing sixth in the final standings kicks off the Week 10 action on Friday night as the Admirals return to their original home, Olympic Stadium... Amsterdam has lost two games in a row, while the Thunder has dropped five consecutive contests after opening the year at 2-2... Berlin boasts NFL Europa's second-ranked offense (316 yards per game), while Amsterdam's defense is ranked sixth in the league, allowing an average of 338.4 yards per game... The Thunder's rushing attack is the most productive in NFL Europa, gaining an average of 144.2 yards per game at a league-high 4.6 yards per carry... Amsterdam is allowing a league-high 122 rushing yards per game... Admirals quarterbacks have thrown a league-high 13 interceptions this season and seen 3 of those picks returned for touchdowns... Amsterdam's sixth-ranked defense has recorded league lows in quarterback sacks (14) and interceptions (4)... Berlin quarterbacks have thrown 10 interceptions this season - the second-highest mark in NFL Europa - and seen 1 of those picks returned for a score... Admirals quarterbacks have attempted a league-high 327 passes but their completion percentage of 54.1 is the lowest in NFL Europa... Berlin's defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 63.4 per cent of their passes... Amsterdam leads NFL Europa with an average of 19.2 yards per punt return... The Admirals are the most penalized team in the league, drawing 72 flags for 586 yards through nine games... Despite ranking second in offensive yards, Berlin has scored a league-low 13 offensive touchdowns (9 rushing, 4 passing)... Thunder kickers have converted a league-low 50 per cent of their 16 field goal attempts this season but have landed a record 3 field goals covering 50 yards or more (worth 4 points in NFLE)... In the first meeting between the teams, QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA with 49 seconds remaining to lead the Admirals to victory. Olson also threw a scoring strike to WR SKYLER FULTON, while WR RICH MUSINSKI scored Berlin's only touchdown of the game on a 63-yard pass from QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks).
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (6-3)
at FRANKFURT GALAXY (6-3)
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt. Saturday June 16, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Frankfurt leads 5-2
At Frankfurt: Frankfurt leads 2-1
At Cologne: Frankfurt leads 3-1
Streak: Frankfurt 4
This Season: Frankfurt 18 at Cologne 13 (Wk 2)
US: LIVE/ NFL Network (1:00 p.m. ET, Saturday June 16)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: LIVE/NASN Europe (7:00 p.m. CET, Saturday June 16)
Play-by-play announcer MICHAEL REGHI is joined in the booth by former NFL offensive lineman and current FOX NFL on Sunday analyst BRIAN BALDINGER.
JOHN LYONS will serve as interim head coach of the Centurions for the remainder of the 2007 season. Spent the past two seasons working as the club's defensive coordinator and is a former two-time Ivy League Championship-winning head coach at Dartmouth... MIKE JONES has 23 regular season wins to rank eighth on NFL Europa's all-time list. Won World Bowl last year and was named Coach of the Year. Has a 5-2 record against the Centurions.
The winner of this clash will advance to NFL Europa's title showdown and most likely meet the Hamburg Sea Devils in World Bowl XV... The only way Cologne and Frankfurt can meet in the championship game is if they play just the third tie in league history and Hamburg loses to the Rhein Fire... Frankfurt boasts NFL Europa's leading offense, scoring 24.8 points per game and averaging 353.7 yards per outing... Frankfurt has also produced the most plays covering 20 yards or more in NFL Europa this season with 37 (7 rush, 30 pass), while Cologne ranks second with 31 plays of 20+ yards (7 rush, 24 pass)... Cologne has NFL Europa's leading defense in fewest yards allowed (242.4), rushing yards allowed (82.8), passing yards allowed (159.7), opponent's third down efficiency (32.2 per cent), punts forced (43), fewest offensive touchdowns allowed (14) and quarterback sacks (29)... Cologne's defense ranks second with 13 interceptions while Frankfurt's unit leads the league with 15 picks... Frankfurt quarterbacks have completed a league-leading 64.5 per cent of their passes this season and rank second in NFL Europa with an average of 12.4 yards per completion... Frankfurt has scored a league-best 26 touchdowns, including an NFLE-high 17 through the air... Cologne quarterbacks have been sacked a joint league-high 25 times this season... Frankfurt ranks fifth in rushing attempts (219) but second in average yards per carry (4.4)... Galaxy needs a victory to improve to 5-0 at home this season while a Cologne win will see them post a perfect 5-0 mark away from home in 2007... Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with a turnover ratio of +7 having recorded 23 takeaways (15 interceptions, 8 fumbles) compared to 16 giveaways (9 interceptions, 7 fumbles)... In the first meeting between the teams this season, CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) scored on an 81-yard interception return as the Galaxy recorded an 18-13 victory. QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to WR FELTON HUGGINS and British K RHYS LLOYD tied the NFLE record with a 56-yard field goal.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK NINE RECAP NFL Europa 2007, Week 10 - Page 12
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (6-3)
at RHEIN FIRE (4-5)
LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Saturday June 16, 7:00 p.m.
Overall: Hamburg leads 3-2
At Rhein: Rhein leads 2-0
At Hamburg: Hamburg leads 3-0
Streak: Hamburg 2
This season: Rhein 9 at Hamburg 34 (Wk 4)
US: LIVE/DirecTV (12:00 noon ET), Saturday June 16
DELAY/NFL Network (12 midnight ET), Sunday June 17
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARLIN is joined in the booth by former New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons quarterback DANNY KANELL.
VINCE MARTINO has a 6-3 record as an NFLE head coach and is 1-0 against Rhein. Has worked alongside former head coach Jack Bicknell since the inaugural 1991 campaign. Can become the first rookie head coach to reach World Bowl since Mike Jones (Frankfurt) and Rick Lantz (Berlin) in 2004... RICK LANTZ is 4-5 in his first season in charge of the Rhein Fire. Was named NFLE Coach of the Year in 2004 when he guided Berlin to World Bowl success. Has 22 regular season victories to his name.
Hamburg stands within touching distance of reaching Yello Strom World Bowl XV... The only results that can keep the Sea Devils out of the title game is a loss to Rhein coupled with a tie between the Cologne Centurions and Frankfurt Galaxy... Hamburg has excelled at taking care of the football this season and leads NFL Europa with just 10 giveaways (2 fumbles, 8 interceptions)... Hamburg leads the league with an average of 13.4 yards per pass completion... Rhein's sixth-ranked attack has averaged just 239.4 yards per game in 2007... The Fire has won two games in a row and can end the season at .500 with a victory... Hamburg is close to reaching a first World Bowl in team history... Both teams have enjoyed limited success in the running game this year. Hamburg ranks fourth in NFLE with 90.4 yards per game, while Rhein ranks fifth with an average of 72.8 per outing... Rhein's running backs are averaging a league-low 2.9 yards per carry... Hamburg leads NFL Europa with an average of 24.4 yards per kickoff return... The Sea Devils are the only team in NFL Europa not to allow an opponent to score on an interception return this season... The Sea Devils are the least-penalized team in NFLE, drawing just 58 flags for 471 yards... Hamburg ranks fifth in NFL Europa with 23 plays (4 rush, 19 pass) covering 20 yards or more, while Rhein is sixth with 19 such plays (2 rush, 17 pass)... Hamburg boasts the most efficient red zone offense in NFL Europa, scoring on 24 of 27 trips inside the 20-yard line (16 touchdowns, 8 field goals)... Quarterbacks on both the Hamburg and Rhein squads have thrown a league-low 8 interceptions this season... Rhein's offense is averaging an NFLE-low 4.1 yards per offensive play. Hamburg ranks second in NFL Europa with an average of 5.5 yards per offensive play... Hamburg has gained a league-low 4.8 yards per punt return in 2007... In the first meeting between the teams this season, the Sea Devils were in dominant form as they romped to a 34-9 victory. QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) threw for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns, while British WR SCOTT McCREADY caught 8 passes for 99 yards and 1 score. DT GARY GIBSON led Hamburg's defensive effort as he registered 4 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
- WEEK NINE RECAP -
Rhein Fire 24, Berlin Thunder 17
(Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Attendance: 12,114)
Cody Pickett (Rhe) 193 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Charles Anthony (Rhe) 164 total yards, 1 touchdown
Chris Barclay (Ber) 174 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards
Jamar Enzor (Rhe) 8 tackles, 1 interception return for TD
Amsterdam Admirals 13, Cologne Centurions 31
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 12,878)
Erik Meyer (Col) 287 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
Burl Toler (Col) 6 receptions, 106 yards, 1 touchdown
Skyler Fulton (Ams) 7 receptions, 110 yards
Noriaki Kinoshita (Ams) 86-yard punt return for touchdown
Frankfurt Galaxy 31, Hamburg Sea Devils 36
(AOL Arena, Hamburg. Attendance: 30,528)
J.T. O'Sullivan (Fra) 376 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 267 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
James Petrowski (Fra) 6 receptions, 107 yards, 1 touchdown
Brent Grimes (Ham) 35-yard interception return for touchdown
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 27 16 59.3 8 29.6 88.9
Amsterdam 23 15 65.2 4 17.4 82.6
Cologne 25 13 52.0 7 28.0 80.0
Frankfurt 24 10 41.7 9 37.5 79.2
Rhein 29 12 41.4 10 34.5 75.9
Berlin 23 10 43.5 3 13.0 56.5
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Amsterdam 34 13 38.2 12 35.3 73.5
Frankfurt 29 16 55.2 6 20.7 75.9
Cologne 17 10 58.8 3 17.6 76.5
Berlin 19 10 52.6 5 26.3 78.9
Rhein 26 12 46.2 9 34.6 80.8
Hamburg 26 15 57.7 6 23.1 80.8
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