Top two in fight for first as season reaches halfway mark
April 11, 2006 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
THE top two teams in the NFL Europe League standings will face off for the first team this season when the Rhein Fire (4-0) visits the Amsterdam Admirals (3-1) on Saturday afternoon.
Both clubs head into the contest in top form. The Admirals have won their last three contests following an opening weekend loss and the Fire has opened the season 4-0 for the first time since 1998, when they went on to win the World Bowl.
In what is a hugely important week for all six NFL Europe League teams as the 2006 season reaches the halfway mark, the action will continue with the Hamburg Sea Devils (0-3-1) going in search of their first win of the year when they welcome the Frankfurt Galaxy (2-2) to the AOL Arena.
The action concludes with Monday Night Football in the German capital as the Berlin Thunder (1-2-1) look to end a three-game streak without a win when they take on the Cologne Centurions (1-3) at Olympic Stadium. Like Berlin, the Centurions also have not won since opening weekend and will be keen for a victory.
WEEK FIVE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY APRIL 15
Rhein Fire at Amsterdam Admirals
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, 3:00 p.m.
Frankfurt Galaxy at Hamburg Sea Devils
AOL Arena, Hamburg, 6:00 p.m.
MONDAY APRIL 17
Cologne Centurions at Berlin Thunder
Olympiastadion, Berlin, 6:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 4
OFFENSIVE - CHAD LUCAS - WR, Amsterdam
Caught 6 passes for 120 yards and scored
a league record 4 receiving touchdowns
DEFENSIVE - RONYELL WHITAKER - CB, Rhein
2 interceptions for 11 yards, 4 passes
defended, 2 tackles
SPECIAL TEAMS - LENNY WILLIAMS - KR, Frankfurt
3 kickoff returns for 98 yards with long of 57
NATIONAL - CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK - LB, Amsterdam
6 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defended
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COVER STORY (continued)
Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS is happy with the shape his team is in heading into a huge game against the Rhein Fire. Amsterdam heads into that contest fresh from a big away win in Berlin.
He says: "Road wins in this league are tough. I was very pleased with the way our guys prepared during the week and the way they played the game. Our guys have stood up to the challenge this season and the important thing now is to prepare for the Rhein Fire."
Rhein's JIM TOMSULA saw his team pull away from the Sea Devils in the fourth quarter last week to open the season 4-0.
The rookie head coach says: "We stuttered a few times and made some mistakes but we showed our character. We came out good, got sluggish in the middle and then came out hard and found it at the end."
Hamburg Sea Devils head coach JACK BICKNELL has yet to guide his team to victory this season but he remains a staunch supporter of his players, stating: "I am proud of my team. They play and practice hard but they are just not having much luck right now. It is very frustrating."
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES felt his whole roster contributed to last weekend's defeat of the Centurions, which leveled Frankfurt's record at 2-2 on the season.
He says: "This was a team victory. It took everybody we had out there to get this one taken care of. Cologne played their butts off and made it tough on us but we came together and finished the game strong. We're excited about this win."
Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ was left steaming following his club's third successive game without a win last weekend and will demand more consistency going forward.
He says: "I am not very happy. We were too up and down last week. We did some things very well but got a little disorganized at times. You can't win games if you play up and down the way we have been.
"This is certainly the worst streak I have had here. This loss makes it a lot tougher to reach the World Bowl. We have less margin for error now. But teams have gotten in the game with three losses so we are still in there."
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN is getting frustrated by his team's three-game losing streak, saying: "This is getting old. It's the same old story - we continue to play hard and our guys give a great effort but we continue to hurt ourselves with turnovers and critical penalties.
"We had some turnovers and penalties in critical situations that hurt us in terms of momentum of the game. We have to correct these problems and it starts with me."
Fire joins elite group to open season with perfect 4-0 mark
BY recording a 31-21 victory over the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday evening, the Rhein Fire became just the ninth team in NFL Europe League history to open a season with four straight wins.
And if the NFL Europe League record books are to be believed, that start should be enough to catapult the Fire into Yello Strom World Bowl XIV.
Of the previous eight teams to start a season 4-0, only the 2002 Frankfurt Galaxy has missed out on a World Bowl berth
Here is how 4-0 teams have fared from 1991-2005:
Year Team Fared
2004 Berlin 9-1, won World Bowl - streak to 5-0
2002 Frankfurt 6-4, missed World Bowl - streak to 4-0
2001 Barcelona 8-2, lost World Bowl - streak to 4-0
1998 Rhein 7-3, won World Bowl - streak to 6-0
1996 Frankfurt 6-4, lost World Bowl - streak to 4-0
1995 Amsterdam 9-1, lost World Bowl - streak to 7-0
1991 London 9-1, won World Bowl - streak to 9-0
1991 Barcelona 8-2, lost World Bowl - streak to 4-0
Fire head coach JIM TOMSULA will not be taking anything for granted with six weeks of the season remaining but feels his team boasts mental toughness, saying: "Last week we had one of those games which shows the character of our team. You want to see how your players handle stress and we saw that against Hamburg."
While the Fire is sitting pretty at the top of the table, those further down the standings are not about to give up the chase.
Cologne Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN says of his 1-3 team: "We are talented enough to win the World Bowl. I've been 0-3 in this league and won the World Bowl and that can happen if our guys come back with a positive attitude."
NFLEL FACTS: 20 or More
Amsterdam Admirals have scored 20 points or more in all four games this season and in nine of their last 10 contests, including World Bowl XIII. The only time they slipped below 20 points during that time was in a Week 10 loss at Rhein in 2005, when they fell to a 27-14 defeat.
NFLEL FACTS: Almost There
By rushing for 115 yards on 6 attempts last weekend, Cologne Centurions running back ALEX HAYNES averaged 19.2 yards per carry. That would have been enough to break the league record of 15.7 set by Rhein's Jamal Robertson in 2002 but he did not have the required 8 rushing attempts to qualify.
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Something has to give as NFL Europe's top units face off
IT will be a classic case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object when the Amsterdam Admirals play host to the Rhein Fire for first place in the NFL Europe League standings on Saturday.
The Admirals head into the contest on pace to score 312 points this season, which would break the current league record of 310 set by the 1991 London Monarchs.
Amsterdam's offense also leads the league in:
- Total offense (364 yards per game)
- Passing offense (252.2 yards per game)
- Touchdowns (13 - 3 rushing, 10 passing)
- Yards per offensive play (6.8)
- Plays covering 20+ yards (17 - 8 rush, 9 pass)
The Rhein Fire has allowed just 37 points in four games this season and is on pace to concede 92 this term. That would break the league mark for fewest points conceded in a season - 104 by the 1992 Barcelona Dragons.
Rhein's defense leads the league in:
- Total defense (220.7 yards per game)
- Rushing defense (84.2 yards per game)
- Passing defense (136.5 yards per game)
- Touchdowns given up (3 - 1 rush, 2 pass)
- Turnovers (16 - 8 interceptions, 8 fumbles)
Preparing to face the league-leading Fire, Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS paid tribute to Rhein's defense, saying: "They are disciplined, play to their responsibilities, trust each other well and are well coached. They are always well prepared for each opponent they play."
Fire head coach JIM TOMSULA adds: "They are a good football team. We fully understand how good a team they are.
"Amsterdam's offense is scoring a lot of points and they are running very efficiently right now. They have playmakers and they play together well. They can be very explosive."
NFLEL FACTS: Time Lords
Through the opening four weeks of the 2006 season, the Rhein Fire leads NFL Europe with an average time of possession of 35:08 per game. That amount of possession has allowed Rhein to score 83 points (second in NFLEL). By contrast, Amsterdam, which has scored a league-high 125 points, is averaging an NFLEL-low 26:53 of possession per game.
Jones urges team to end road woes ahead of Hamburg trip
HAVING discovered the correct formula for winning at home this season, Frankfurt Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES will be out to find the kind of road success which could lead his team to a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XIV on Saturday May 27.
The Galaxy - 2-0 at Commerzbank Arena this season - has lost its opening two road games of the year and has only picked up one win away from home in the last eight outings.
NFL Europe League history suggests picking up at least two road wins in a season can give a club the required boost to go on and become World Bowl champions.
Of the previous 13 World Bowl winners, 12 have won at least two road games in their championship-winning seasons. Only the 2005 Amsterdam Admirals failed to win two games away from home but their one road victory, coupled with a 5-0 record at the Amsterdam ArenA, was enough to guide them to World Bowl glory.
The top two teams in the standings this season - Rhein and Amsterdam - has each posted a 2-0 record on the road.
Jones, who has won four of 12 road games during his time with the Galaxy, says: "We would like to be 3-0 on the road from this point forward. We have to execute and not turn the ball over on the road. Every road game will be big for us and we have to play big.
"We play well at home, now we've got to show we can go on the road and play well. I think you feel more confident when you're playing at home and you have the extra incentive to do well because you are in front of your own crowd.
"We have done it at home and now we have to take care of business on the road."
Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ, who won four road games when his team lifted the World Bowl in 2004, admits: "Usually you think, If we can win all our games at home, we're in good shape.' Then steal one or two on the road and you have a pretty good chance."
Road teams have won six of the 12 games played so far this season. In 2005, road teams won just 10 of 30 regular season contests.
NFLEL FACTS: Points Not Punts
Amsterdam Admirals have punted a league-low 10 times through the opening four games of the year. If they maintain that current pace, they will end the 2006 season having punted just 25 times, which would break the record for fewest punts in a season (30, Berlin 2002; Hamburg 2005).
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Lucas enters his name in NFLEL record books with 4-TD display
AMSTERDAM Admirals wide receiver CHAD LUCAS (Green Bay Packers) re-wrote the NFL Europe League record books last Saturday while helping his team to a 38-31 defeat of the Berlin Thunder.
Lucas became the first receiver in league history to catch 4 touchdown passes in a game. A total of 14 other players had previously scored 3 receiving touchdowns in a game.
And Lucas also became just the fourth player in league history to score a record 4 touchdowns in the same game, matching the achievements of MIKE GREEN (Barcelona 2001), RAFAEL COOPER (Amsterdam 2002) and KEN SIMONTON (Scotland 2003).
Lucas found the end zone on receptions covering 5, 10, 19 and 50 yards, catching two scores apiece from GIBRAN HAMDAN and JARED ALLEN.
Lucas - who was named Offensive Player of Week 4 for his efforts - has now scored 6 touchdowns in the last two games.
He says: "This record means a lot because it just goes to show hard work pays off. As an offense we work hard all week long, staying after practice running routes, getting the little things down, and it paid off against Berlin. I caught four touchdowns but if everybody else wasn't doing their job, I wouldn't have caught those touchdowns."
Tomsula among good company
In leading the Rhein Fire to victory over the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday, JIM TOMSULA has become just the fifth head coach in NFL Europe League history to begin a career with four straight wins.
Tomsula joins a group of four other coaches, all of whom took advantage of their outstanding starts by going on to reach the World Bowl.
Here are the five NFLEL head coaches who opened their careers with a 4-0 record and how they fared in their rookie season:
Coach/Team Season-opening streak
Jim Tomsula (Rhe 2005) Currently at 4-0
Rick Lantz (Ber 2004) 5-0, won World Bowl
Al Luginbill (Ams 1995) 7-0, reached World Bowl
Larry Kennan (Lon 1991) 9-0, won World Bowl
Jack Bicknell (Bar 1991) 4-0, reached World Bowl
Tomsula says: "It's an honor to be in the company of such phenomenal coaches, but make no mistake, I didn't do this alone - it was a team effort. Without the team, records like this are not possible."
Fast start remains a key to success in NFL Europe League
AS the Amsterdam Admirals and Frankfurt Galaxy proved last weekend, getting off to a fast start continues to be a successful recipe for NFL Europe League teams.
Of the 12 games played to date, nine have been won by the team scoring the first touchdown of the contest.
Those figures will not come as a surprise to the six NFLEL head coaches as 20 of 30 regular season games played last season were won by the team scoring the first touchdown. In 2004, the first team into the end zone won 22 of the 30 regular season contests.
The Admirals were the kings of the fast start in 2005, scoring the first touchdown in seven of their 10 regular season games. This term, the Admirals have scored the first touchdown in each of their last three games and each has led to a victory.
Head coach BART ANDRUS says: "It is important to score fast. For us, we have to score to feel good about what we're doing. We are disappointed when we have to punt."
Nine of the 13 World Bowls have been won by the team scoring the first TD, including the last five in a row.
Mixed bag for 100-yard rushers
SINCE the NFL Europe League returned as a six-team set-up in 1995, having a 100-yard rusher in your ranks has more often than not resulted in a victory.
Teams with a 100-yard rusher had gone a combined 76-26 (.746) heading into the 2006 campaign. But this season, clubs who have seen one of their running backs top the 100-yard mark have a 2-3 record (.400).
Berlin's MARTY JOHNSON (130 yards vs. Amsterdam in Week 4), Cologne's ALEX HAYNES (115 yards at Frankfurt in Week 4) and Frankfurt's ROGER ROBINSON (103 yards at Rhein in Week 1) all found themselves on the losing side despite landmark days.
Robinson, however, has twice led his Galaxy team to victory this season, rushing for 150 yards against Hamburg in Week 2 and 128 yards vs. Cologne last weekend.
The Galaxy remain an extremely successful club when producing a 100-yard rusher, posting a 15-2 record (.882).
NFLEL FACTS: Run Rabbit Run
Frankfurt RB ROGER RABBIT' ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals) is on pace to smash the single-season rushing record of 1,057 set by Barcelona's Mike Green in 2001. Robinson has 476 yards in four games and at that pace he would end the season with 1,190.
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-1)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (26-28 in NFLEL,Plus 1-0 in World Bowl)Colours: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Richard Kent/Rex Norris (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 60-54
MEDIA CONTACT: Perry Hendriks
LAST GAME: Won 38-31 at Berlin (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 31.25 pts/game; 364 yds/game (rank 1); 111.8 yds rush/game (rank 4); 252.3 yds pass/game (rank 1)
Passing: Gibran Hamdan, 860 yds
Rushing: Larry Croom, 213 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 18 rec, 457 yds
DEFENSE: 24.75 pts/game; 345 yds/game (rank 4); 138.3 rush yds/game (rank 4); 206.8 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Claude Harriott, 3.0
Interceptions: Tony Brown, Carl-Johan Björk 1
- THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE -
Head coach BART ANDRUS is happy for his team to keep winning close, high-scoring games - as long as they keep winning. "We try to score one more point than our opponent. If it means the score goes into the 30s, that's fine. That is great for the fans. I'd like to win every game 28-0 but the others teams have a say in that."... QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europe in passing yards and passing TDs (see table) and in passer rating (105.3). Last week he scored on a 15-yard TD run and achieved the 193 passing yards he needed to reach 2,000 for his NFLEL career... QB JARED ALLEN (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) completed 5 of 8 passes for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns last week... RB LARRY CROOM (San Diego Chargers) leads the team in rushing yards (see table)... RB DIAMOND FERRI (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for 56 yards on 15 carries last week and has 201 on 45 attempts this season. Returned 3 kicks for 72 yards last week... WR CRAIG BRAGG (Chicago Bears) caught 1 pass for 18 yards last week and has 8 catches this season... WR SKYLER FULTON (Seattle Seahawks) leads NFL Europe in receiving yards (see table) but last week missed out by 23 yards on tying the NFLEL record of four straight 100-yard receiving games. First receiver in league history to open a season with three 100-yard games in a row... WR CHAD LUCAS (Green Bay Packers) became the first player in NFLEL history to catch 4 touchdown passes in a single game last week when he totalled 6 catches for 120 yards, earning Offensive Player of the Week honors. Became only the fourth player in league history to score 4 TDs in a single game. Now has 11 catches for 205 yards on the season, including 6 TDs, all of them scored in the last two games. Is the first player in NFLEL history to score 6 TDs in a two-game span... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 2 passes for 32 yards last week and had a 32-yard kickoff return. Ranks second in NFLEL in kick returns with a 25.3-yard average ... TE
TORY HUMPHREY (Green Bay Packers) had 2 catches for 22 yards last week.... DE EARL COCHRAN had his first sack of the season last week... DE CLAUDE HARRIOTT leads the Admirals and NFL Europe with 3 sacks... DT MARCUS JASMIN (Detroit Lions) posted 4 tackles last week... LB DERRICK BALLARD (Atlanta Falcons) posted 7 tackles last week for 18 this season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK had an interception and 6 tackles last week to be named National Player of the Week. Joint second on team with 23 tackles... CB JUSTIN PERKINS (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 3 tackles and a fumble recovery last week... S ATARI BIGBY (Green Bay Packers) ranks joint second on team with 23 tackles after posting 7 last week... S COREY PEOPLES (Philadelphia Eagles) leads the Admirals defense with 26 tackles after registering 5 last week... K RYAN KILLEEN (Seattle Seahawks) made a 42-yard FG last week but had his first unsuccessful kick of the season when a 45-yarder was blocked. Second among NFLEL kickers with 27 points (15 PATs, 4 FGs)... P GLENN PAKULAK (Oakland Raiders) ranks second in NFL Europe with an average of 40.6 yards.
QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ber 25 14 246 1 2
Wk 2: at Col 22 9 209 1 1
Wk 3: vs Fra 15 12 189 3 0
Wk 4: at Ber 22 13 216 2 0
TOTAL 84 48 860* 7* 3
RB LARRY CROOM (San Diego Chargers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 9 34 1 1 5 0
Wk 2: at Col 15 82 0 0 0 0
Wk 3: vs Fra 13 17 0 0 0 0
Wk 4: at Ber 11 80 0 2 6 0
TOTAL 38 213 1 2 11 0
WR SKYLER FULTON (Seattle Seahawks), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Ber 6 131 1
Wk 2: at Col 5 105 1
Wk 3: vs Fra 4 144 2
Wk 4: at Ber 3 77 0
TOTAL 15 457* 4
* Leads NFLEL
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BERLIN THUNDER (1-2-1)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (17-6-1 in NFLEL, plus 1-1 in World Bowl)Colours: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Charles Yogi' Jones (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 39-34-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Maik Matischak
LAST GAME: Lost 31-38 vs Amsterdam (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 20.25 pts/game; 314.8 yds/game (rank 3); 107 rush yds/game (rank 5); 207.8 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: Lang Campbell, 631 yds
Rushing: Marty Johnson, 268 yds
Receiving: Lance Moore, 12 rec, 207 yds
DEFENSE: 26.5 pts/game; 353 yds/game (rank 6); 114.3 rush yds/game (rank 2); 238.8 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Sacks: Four players, 1.0
Interceptions: Anthony Floyd, Robert Redd, Jamaal Brimmer 1
- THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach RICK LANTZ is considering changes in his team's practices following last week's loss to Amsterdam, saying: "The only thing we can do is concentrate on our practices so that we put our guys in the positions they will face in games. Perhaps we need to look at changing some things in practice because you can't win if you play up and down the way we have been."... QB LANG CAMPBELL (Cleveland Browns) has started every game for Berlin and ranks fifth in NFLEL with a 66.6 passer rating... QB B.J. SYMONS (Chicago Bears) has thrown for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns this term... QB BRIAN WROBEL (Green Bay Packers) completed 5 of 12 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown last week, and added 24 yards on 4 rushing attempts, including a touchdown... RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS was forced to sit out last week's game with shoulder and groin injuries (see table). Rushed for 67 yards on 21 carries and caught 9 passes for 43 yards in two games against Cologne last year... RB MARTY JOHNSON leads the Thunder in rushing yards (see table) and last week set a team record by scoring three TDs in a game (2 rushing, 1 receiving)... WR LANCE MOORE (New Orleans Saints) leads the team in receptions but missed last week's game with a thumb injury... WR KERON HENRY (San Diego Chargers) led the team with 4 catches for 47 yards last week... WR RICH MUSINSKI (New England Patriots) caught 2 passes for 33 yards last week and ranks second on the team with 11 receptions... WR C.J. JONES caught 3 passes for 9 yards last week. Faces the team for whom he caught 10 passes for 188 yards and 1 TD in 2005... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ has 3 catches this season... TE JASON RANDALL (Atlanta Falcons) caught 2 passes for 26 yards last week... TE BEN MOA caught 2 passes for 14 yards last week... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR registered 3 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 16 tackles on the season... LB ANDRE TORREY (Houston Texans) ranks second on the team with 24 tackles after posting 2 last week... LB JERMAINE TAYLOR (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) leads the team with 32 tackles after a team-high 8 last week... LB QUENTIN SWAIN posted 8 tackles last week and has 21 this
season... CB ROBERT REDD (Atlanta Falcons) ranks second in NFLEL with a 7.7-yard punt return average and fourth with a 25.1 kickoff return average.... CB ANTWAUN ROGERS (Denver Broncos) recorded 4 tackles last week... S ANTHONY FLOYD (Houston Texans) registered 6 tackles and 1 pass defense last week... S JAMAAL BRIMMER (New York Giants) had his first interception of the season last week, along with 5 tackles... K XAVIER BEITIA (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) made 1 of 2 FGS last week, connecting from 47 yards, and is 4 of 6 on the season. Has scored a total of 21 points.
QB LANG CAMPBELL (Cleveland Browns), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ams 26 16 139 1 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 26 14 156 0 2
Wk 3: at Ham 27 13 219 1 1
Wk 4: vs Ams 16 11 117 0 1
TOTAL 95* 54* 631 2 4
RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ams 17 60 1 1` 13 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 5 13 0 2 6 0
Wk 3: at Ham 12 28 0 3 69 0
Wk 4: vs Ams DNP
TOTAL 34 101 1 6 88 0
RB MARTY JOHNSON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ams 15 58 0 1 1 0
Wk 2: vs Rhe 9 38 0 1 -1 0
Wk 3: at Ham 9 42 0 2 15 0
Wk 4: vs Ams 25 130 2 2 18 1
TOTAL 58 268 2 6 33 1
WR LANCE MOORE (New Orleans Saints), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ams 5 44 1
Wk 2: vs Rhe 6 95 0
Wk 3: at Ham 1 68 0
Wk 4: vs Ams DNP
TOTAL 12 207 1
* Leads NFL Europe
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (1-3)Head Coach: David Duggan (1-3 in NFLEL)Colours: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Scott Milanovich (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 11-13
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Lost 14-21 at Frankfurt (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 13.25 pts/game; 308.75 yds/game (rank 5); 150.25 rush yds/game (rank 2); 158.5 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Shane Boyd, 475 yds
Rushing: Fred Russell, 251 yds
Receiving: Jamall Broussard, 16 rec, 172 yds
DEFENSE: 17.75 pts/game; 295.5 yds/game (rank 2); 138.5 rush yds/game (rank 5); 157 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Three players, 1.0
Interceptions: Thomas Houchin, David Bergeron, 2
- THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER-
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN is demanding more from his offense in the remaining six weeks of the regular season, stating: "The frustrating thing is we're not putting points on the board. We have three good quarterbacks, two very good running backs and receivers who are a threat every time they touch the ball so we should be more productive offensively."... QB KLIFF KINGSBURY (New York Jets) has started three games this season but has yet to complete more than 9 passes in a game (see table)... QB SHANE BOYD (Pittsburgh Steelers) made his first start last week and leads the Centurions in passing yards (see table). Has rushed 14 times for 80 yards this season... RB FRED RUSSELL (St. Louis Rams) ranks fifth in the NFLEL in rushing (see table). Gained 62 yards on the ground last week but lost a crucial fumble late in the fourth quarter... RB ALEX HAYNES (Carolina Panthers) gained 115 rushing yards on 6 carries last week, scoring on a 32-yard run. Ranks sixth in NFLEL with 37 runs for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns this season... WR JAMALL BROUSSARD (Cincinnati Bengals) ranks fourth in NFLEL in receptions (see table)... WR REGGIE NEWHOUSE caught 1 pass for 10 yards last week. Has 9 catches for 82 yards this season... WR BRIAN BRATTON (Baltimore Ravens) caught 2 passes for 14 yards and has 11 for 144 and 2 scores on the season... German TE WERNER HIPPLER has played in a league record 91 games. Caught 2 passes for 18 yards last week for a career record 91 catches for 935 yards and 3 touchdowns... TE TRENT SMITH (San Francisco 49ers) caught 2 passes for 35 yards and a touchdown last week and has 3 for 60 in 2006... DE DARRELL WRIGHT recorded 3 tackles last week and has 6 and 3 pass defenses this season... DE ALAIN KASHAMA (Seattle Seahawks) notched 2 tackles in Frankfurt and has 6 stops on the season... DT EDDIE FREEMAN (Kansas City Chiefs) has 12 tackles for the season... DT BRYAN SAVE posted 5 tackles last week and has 11 and 1 sack on the year... DT ARRION DIXON (Kansas City Chiefs) led the defense with
5 tackles and 1 pass defended in Frankfurt, taking his season total to 14 stops... DE OMAR NAZEL recorded 4 tackles and forced a fumble last week... LB DAVID BERGERON (Carolina Panthers) posted 5 tackles last weekend, giving him 21 to rank second on the team this season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads the Centurions with 28 tackles and 1 sack after adding 3 stops in Frankfurt last week... LB JONATHAN POLLARD (San Diego Chargers) recorded 4 tackles last week, taking his season total to 10. Has also forced 2 fumbles this term... LB JOSH DEAN (Chicago Bears) recorded 2 tackles and his first interception of the season last week... CB LANCE FRAZIER (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 2 tackles, 1 interception and 2 passes defended last week. Has 15 tackles and 3 passes defended this season... CB ARIC WILLIAMS (Washington Redskins) recorded 4 tackles last week and added 2 kickoff returns for 56 yards... S RAYMOND VENTRONE (New England Patriots) recorded 4 tackles last week and ranks fourth on the defense with 18 this season... S KEVIN CURTIS (Houston Texans) registered 5 tackles and 2 special teams stops last week and has 20 to rank third on the team this season... K TIM DUNCAN (Oakland Raiders) converted 2 PATs before leaving last week's game with a hamstring injury. Has 15 points this season (6/6 PAT, 3/8 FGs)... P GABE LINDSTROM (Seattle Seahawks) ranks first overall among NFLEL punters with an average of 41.4 yards on 22 kicks. Has landed a league-high 8 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
QB KLIFF KINGSBURY (New York Jets), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 16 9 75 1 1
Wk 2: vs Ams 12 6 70 0 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 5 2 9 0 0
Wk 4: at Fra 9 5 31 0 0
TOTAL 42 22 185 1 1
QB SHANE BOYD (Pittsburgh Steelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Ham 9 5 29 0 1
Wk 2: vs Ams 15 9 142 0 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 23 14 163 1 1
Wk 4: at Fra 18 12 141 1 2
TOTAL 65 40 475 2 4
RB FRED RUSSELL (St. Louis Rams), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ham 22 85 0 2 6 0
Wk 2: vs Ams 19 69 0 2 43 0
WK 3: vs Rhein 12 35 0 1 5 0
Wk 4: at Fra 13 62 0 5 29 0
TOTAL 66 251 0 10 83 0
WR JAMALL BROUSSARD (Cincinnati Bengals), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Ham 4 31 0
Wk 2: vs Ams 6 89 0
Wk 3: vs Rhein 3 12 0
Wk 4: at Fra 3 40 0
TOTAL 13 132 0
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2006, Week 5 - Page 8
FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (12-12) in NFLEL, plus 0-1 in World Bowl.Colours: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (2nd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ed O'Neil (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 70-64
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 21-14 vs. Cologne (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 19.5 pts/game; 326.75 yds/game (rank 2); 155.25 rush yds/game (rank 1); 171.5 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Passing: Jeff Otis, 372 yds
Rushing: Roger Robinson, 476 yds
Receiving: Walter Young, 21 rec, 245 yards
DEFENSE: 19 pts/game; 314 yds/game (rank 3); 133 rush yds/game (rank 3); 181 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Sacks: Matt Sinclair, 3.0
Interceptions: Lenny Williams, 2
- THIS WEEK: at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
QB JEFF OTIS (Arizona Cardinals) ranks second in NFL Europe with a 95.6 passer rating (see table). Threw his first interception of the season last week and completed just 4 passes.... QB CRAIG OCHS (Buffalo Bills) has a 75.9 passer rating in 2006, having completed 20 of 33 passes for 225 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions... QB BRYSON SPINNER (San Francisco 49ers) did not play last week. Has thrown for 93 yards this season and added 40 rushing yards... RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals) went over 100 yards rushing for the third time in four games this season (see table). Has scored a touchdown in each of the last three contests. Leads NFL Europe in rushing yards (476) and total yards from scrimmage (516)... RB J.R. NIKLOS gained 48 yards on 9 carries last week, giving him 21 rushes for 60 yards this season... WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings) caught 3 passes for 37 yards last week and has 14 receptions for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns this season... WR ADAM HERZING (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught 1 pass for 9 yards last week and added 3 punt returns for 12 yards. Leads NFLEL with a 13.3 punt return average... WR WALTER YOUNG (Pittsburgh Steelers) leads NFL Europe in receptions (see table). Scored twice last week to lead Frankfurt to victory over Cologne... TE KEITH WILLIS (Seattle Seahawks) has 4 catches for 80 yards this season... TE SEAN McHUGH (Detroit Lions) has 4 receptions for 19 yards this year after adding 1 catch last week... DE JUSTIN BROWN (Indianapolis Colts) registered 3 tackles last weekend and has made 12 stops and 1 sack this season... DE JOSH COOPER notched 1 tackle last week and has 9 on the year... German DT DANIEL BENETKA has recorded 2 tackles this term... DT JEROME NICHOLS (Green Bay Packers) has registered 9 tackles and 2 sacks this season after adding 3 stops to his tally last week... LB MATT SINCLAIR (Miami Dolphins) leads NFL Europe with 3 sacks after adding 2 for 16 yards last week. Ranks second on Frankfurt's defense with 19 tackles... LB JARED NEWBERRY (Tennessee Titans) posted 3 tackles last week and has 16 for
the season... LB TRAVIS HARRIS leads the Galaxy with 24 tackles after adding 7 last week. Has also knocked down 1 pass this season... CB LENNY WILLIAMS (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 2 interceptions for 8 yards last week and added 2 tackles and 3 passes defended. Returned 3 kickoffs for 98 yards and set up Frankfurt's game-winning touchdown with a 57-yard runback. Was named Special Teams Player of the Week... CB BILL ALFORD ranks third on the Galaxy defense with 18 tackles after adding 2 against Cologne... S BRANDON HAW led Frankfurt with 8 tackles last week, giving him 12 on the season. Forced and recovered a fourth quarter fumble that clinched victory for the Galaxy... S ROB LEE (Buffalo Bills) made a team-high 8 tackles last week to take his season total to 16... K DAVID KIMBALL (Oakland Raiders) kicked 3 extra points last week. Has converted 5 of 7 field goals and 9 of 9 PATs this season for 24 points, placing him third among NFLEL kickers.
QB JEFF OTIS (Arizona Cardinals), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: at Rhein 8 4 19 0 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 14 9 134 2 0
Wk 3: at Ams 29 18 188 1 0
Wk 4: vs Col 13 4 31 1 1
TOTAL 64 35 372 4 1
RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 26 103 0 1 0 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 23 150 1 3 26 0
Wk 3: at Ams 14 95 1 2 4 0
Wk 4: vs Col 25 128 1 1 10 0
TOTAL 88* 476* 3* 7 40 0
WR WALTER YOUNG (Pittsburgh Stelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Rhein 1 4 0
Wk 2: vs Ham 7 79 1
Wk 3: at Ams 8 92 0
Wk 4: vs Col 5 70 2
TOTAL 21* 245 3
* Leads NFL Europe
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2006, Week 5 - Page 9
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (0-3-1)Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (66-67-1 in NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)Colours: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (2nd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 5-8-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Lost 21-31 at Rhein (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 15.5 pts/game; 253.5 yds/game (rank 6); 101 rush yds/game (rank 6); 152.5 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Brock Berlin, 423 yds
Rushing: Mike Jemison, 272 yds
Receiving: Scott McCready, 17 rec, Richard Smith, 165 yds
DEFENSE: 23.25 pts/game; 348.75 yds/game (rank 5); 141.25 rush yds/game (rank 6); 207.5 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Four players, 1
Interceptions: Four players, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs FRANKFURT GALAXY -
Head coach JACK BICKNELL feels for his winless players, saying: "We have come out each week and played hard but we just don't seem to be able to make anything good happen for us. That's how this business goes."... QB BROCK BERLIN (Miami Dolphins) has started all four games this year (see table) and has a QB rating of 50.8. Threw his third touchdown pass of the season last week... QB JAMES KILIAN (Kansas City Chiefs) completed 5 of 8 attempts for 44 yards and 2 interceptions last week. Has hit on 20 of 38 passes for 209 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season... RB MIKE JEMISON (Pittsburgh Steelers) leads the team in rushing and ranks third overall in NFL Europe (see table). Has averaged 3.8 yards per carry this season... RB JIMMY DIXON (Seattle Seahawks) has carried 14 times for 49 yards this season... English WR SCOTT McCREADY leads the Sea Devils in receptions and ranks third in NFL Europe. Ranks second all time with 158 career receptions. His 1,755 receiving yards rank first among nationals and joint-second overall. Needs 1 more yard to break a tie with former Barcelona Dragons tight end Demetrius Davis (1,755 yards)... WR RICKY BRYANT caught 2 passes for 41 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 5 for 55 and 1 score on the year ... WR RICHARD SMITH (Washington Redskins) was held without a touchdown for the first time this season last week. Caught 2 passes for 13 yards, giving him season totals of 12 catches for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns... WR NATE CURRY (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 29 yards last week and has 4 for 37 on the season... TE WESLEY DUKE (Denver Broncos) caught 2 passes for 15 yards. Has 5 receptions for 51 yards and 1 TD this season... TE KORI DICKERSON (Detroit Lions) caught 1 pass for 9 yards last weekend and has 6 receptions for 30 yards on the year... DE SCOTT SCHARFF (San Francisco 49ers) has 7 tackles in 2006 after adding 1 last week... DE IVORY McCOY recorded 2 tackles last week to take his season tally to 3... Veteran German DT BASTIAN
LANO recorded 1 tackle last week, giving him a total of 7 this season... DT KEYONTA MARSHALL (Philadelphia Eagles) posted 3 tackles last week and has 16 tackles and 1 sack this year... LB KRIS GRIFFIN (Kansas City Chiefs) leads the Sea Devils with 19 tackles after adding 4 stops last week... English LB ADEN DURDE made 1 tackle as a starter last week and has 12 for the season... LB SCOTT GENORD ranks fourth on the defense with 17 tackles after adding 4 and 1 sack last week... LB RUSSELL RABE (New Orleans Saints) recorded 6 tackles, 1 sack and 2 special teams takedowns last week. Has 10 tackles and 1 sack on defense this year... CB WILLIE AMOS (Chicago Bears) recorded 1 tackle last week and has 12 on the season. Also has 1 interception and 3 passes defended this year... CB RAYSHUN REED scored on a 63-yard interception return last week. Added 2 tackles and 2 passes defended. Has 11 tackles this season... S SHAWN MAYER (Cleveland Browns) earned All-NFLEL honors with Hamburg in 2005. Led the Sea Devils with 6 tackles last week, giving him 18 on the season... S JASON SHIVERS (NY Giants) ranks second on Hamburg's defense with 19 tackles after adding 6 last week... German S CLAUDIUS OSEI recorded 1 tackle last week and has 14 this season... K TYLER JONES (Washington Redskins) converted 3 PATs last week, taking his season total to 14 points (2/2 FG, 8/8 PAT).... P ADAM ANDERSON (Detroit Lions) ranks third in NFL Europe with a 40.0 average on a league-high 23 punts. Has a long of 65 yards and has placed 6 inside the 20-yard line.
QB BROCK BERLIN (Miami Dolphins), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Col 25 10 129 1 3
Wk 2: at Fra 27 16 122 1 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 22 12 70 0 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 22 10 102 1 2
TOTAL 96 48 423 3 5
RB MIKE JEMISON (Pittsburgh Steelers), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 18 80 0 3 32 0
Wk 2: at Fra 12 42 0 4 30 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 26 88 0 6 35 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 16 62 0 1 5 0
TOTAL 72 272 0 14 102 0
WR SCOTT McCREADY, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Col 2 14 0
Wk 2: at Fra 8 95 0
Wk 3: vs Ber 3 19 0
Wk 4: at Rhe 4 34 0
TOTAL 17 162 0
TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES NFL Europe 2006, Week 5 - Page 10
RHEIN FIRE (4-0)Head Coach: Jim Tomsula (4-0 in NFLEL)Colours: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Steve Logan (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 62-52
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Won 31-21 vs. Hamburg (4/8/06)
OFFENSE: 20.75 pts/game; 309.25 yds/game (rank 4); 124.25 rush yds/game (rank 3); 185 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Drew Henson, 586 yds
Rushing: Fredrick Jackson, 286 yds
Receiving: Chris Samp, 13 rec, Fredrick Jackson, 140 yds
DEFENSE: 9.25 pts/game; 220.75 yds/game (rank 1); 84.25 rush yds/game (rank 1); 136.5 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Mitch Meeuwsen, Derrick Strong, Ja'Waren Blair, 1.0
Interceptions: Therrian Fontenot, Antwain Spann, Ronyell Whitaker 2
- THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Fire head coach JIM TOMSULA is keeping his team focused ahead of this weekend's meeting with Amsterdam - Rhein's nearest challengers in the standings. He says: "We're not going to change anything we've been doing in practice. We're going to concern ourselves with the Rhein Fire and we're going to focus on us."... QB DREW HENSON (Dallas Cowboys) has started all four games this season (see table) and ranks third in NFL Europe with a 90.6 passer rating... QB TIMMY CHANG (Philadelphia Eagles) missed last week's game with an ankle injury. Has thrown for 133 yards this season... RB JACQUE LEWIS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) rushed for 47 yards and 1 touchdown on 9 carries last week and ranks second on the team with 195 yards. Has scored 2 rushing touchdowns this season. Caught 4 passes for 43 yards last week and has made 5 catches for 51 yards this season... RB FREDRICK JACKSON (Buffalo Bills) leads the Fire in rushing (see table) and ranks second in the NFLEL. Also ranks second on team in receptions and lead the Fire in receiving yards... French FB LAURENT MARCELINE has caught 4 passes this season... WR CHRIS SAMP (Carolina Panthers) leads the team with 13 receptions for 128 yards after adding 2 for 11 last week... WR ZURIEL SMITH (New England Patriots) has 3 touchdown receptions this season (see table) after catching 2 last week. Ranks third in NFLEL with a 7.6 punt return average... WR KENDRICK STARLING (Houston Texans) did not play last week. Has 4 catches for 71 yards and 1 TD this season... Mexican WR JUAN WONG has 2 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown this season, all in Week 1... TE AARON HALTERMAN (Houston Texans) caught 4 passes for 58 yards last week, giving him 10 receptions for 107 yards this season... DE DERRICK STRONG has one of the Fire's 3 sacks on the season and has made 7 tackles on the year... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) has 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble this season after adding 2 stops last weekend... DT ZACH VILLE (Kansas City Chiefs) registered 3
tackles last week and has 10 for the season. Has also batted down 2 passes... LB TERRENCE ROBINSON is in his third season with the Rhein Fire and leads the team with 21 tackles after making a club-high 7 stops last week... LB TYSON SMITH (New York Giants) posted 1 tackle last week and has 15 this season... LB GUY TUELL made 4 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week... German LB RICHARD ADJEI recorded 2 tackles last week... CB THERRIAN FONTENOT (Green Bay Packers) posted 1 tackle and 1 pass defense last week and jointly leads the team with 2 interceptions... CB RONYELL WHITAKER was named Defensive Player of the Week after recording 2 interceptions, 2 tackles and 4 passes defended against Hamburg. Now has 11 tackles and a team-high 6 pass defenses this term... CB ANTWAIN SPANN (New England Patriots) scored on a 30-yard interception return last week and is one of three Fire defenders with 2 picks this season. Added 4 tackles to take his season total to 10... German S RICHARD YANCY is in his seventh season in NFL Europe, fifth with the Fire. Ranks second the team with 18 tackles after posting 1 last week. Also intercepted a pass last week and has 2 forced fumbles on the season... S SIDDEEQ SHABAZZ (Miami Dolphins) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 11 this year... Swedish K OLA KIMRIN (Miami Dolphins) is in his fourth NFLEL season (Frankfurt 2001-02, Cologne 2004). Kicked 4 PATs and a 34-yard field goal last week to take his career points total in NFL Europe to 156. Leads all NFL kickers with 29 points (7/12 FG, 8/8 PAT)... P TRAVIS DORSCH (New York Giants) is averaging 38.4 yards per punt this season and has a long of 56.
QB DREW HENSON (Dallas Cowboys), GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Fra 11 5 58 0 0
Wk 2: at Ber 24 17 171 1 0
Wk 3: at Col 28 14 165 1 1
Wk 4: vs Ham 23 15 192 2 0
TOTAL 86 51 586 4 1
RB FREDRICK JACKSON (Buffalo Bills), GAME-BY-GAME
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Fra 12 48 0 4 40 0
Wk 2: at Ber 16 63 0 4 56 0
Wk 3: at Col 27 96 1 2 13 0
Wk 4: vs Ham 20 79 0 2 31 0
TOTAL 75 286 1 12 140 0
WR ZURIEL SMITH (New England Patriots), GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: vs Fra 2 20 0
Wk 2: at Ber 2 14 1
Wk 3: at Col 4 46 0
Wk 4: vs Ham 4 59 2
TOTAL 12 139 3
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS NFL Europe 2006, Week 5 - Page 11
RHEIN FIRE (4-0) at
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-1)
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Saturday April 15, 3:00 p.m.
Overall: Amsterdam leads 13-9
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 9-2
At Rhein: Rhein leads 7-4
Streak: Rhein 1
Last Season: Rhein 14 at Amsterdam 24; Amsterdam 14 at Rhein 27
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (9:00 a.m. ET, Saturday April 15). DELAY/NFL Network (4:00 p.m. ET, Saturday April 15)
Play-by-play announcer BOB WISCHUSEN calls the action from Amsterdam alongside former Barcelona Dragons and Minnesota Vikings quarterback JAY WALKER.
JIM TOMSULA has become just the fifth first-year coach in NFLEL history to begin a career with four straight wins. Lost Yello Strom World Bowl XIII at the hands of the Admirals while serving as defensive coordinator of the Berlin Thunder in 2005. Won a World Bowl ring with Berlin in 2004... BART ANDRUS is the reigning NFL Europe League Coach of the Year. Has won 10 of his last 15 games in charge of the Admirals, including a World Bowl victory over Berlin last June. Also won a World Bowl ring as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff in 2000. Served as quarterbacks coach of the Tennessee Titans in 1999, the year the club went to the Super Bowl.
The league's leading offense takes on NFL Europe's top-ranked defense in a battle for first place in the standings... The Admirals are on pace to score a league record 312 points this season, which would break the old mark of 310 set by the 1991 London Monarchs... The Fire is on pace to concede 92 points, which would smash the record of 104 set by the 1992 Barcelona Dragons... The Fire has won just 2 games in 11 visits to the Amsterdam ArenA... Amsterdam leads NFL Europe in total offense (364 yards per game), points scored (125), touchdowns scored (16), yards per pass completion (17.3) and yards per offensive play (6.8)... Rhein leads NFL Europe in total defense (220.8 yards per game), rushing defense (84.3 yards per game), passing defense (136.5), fewest points conceded (37) and turnovers (16 - 8 interceptions, 8 fumbles)... Rhein has run the football more times than any other team in the league (139) but will be keen to improve on a 3.6 yards-per-carry average which ranks sixth in NFLEL... Amsterdam ranks sixth in offensive plays (213) and time of possession (26:53) but first in total offense... The Fire's quarterbacks have thrown a league-low 2 interceptions this season... Both teams have scored touchdowns on returns this season (Amsterdam 3, Rhein 1)... Rhein's defense is limiting opponents to league-lows in yards per pass completion (9.9) and yards per rush (3.5)... The Fire defense has forced a league-high 11 fumbles, recovering 8... Offensively, the Fire has fumbled just 4 times - the lowest total in NFL Europe... The Admirals remain NFL Europe's most efficient team on third down, converting 48.9 percent of their opportunities (22 of 45)... Both teams have enjoyed winning ways of late. The Fire has won six games in a row, dating back to Week 9 of the 2005 campaign and is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1998, when the club went on to win the World Bowl. The Fire has already topped its win total of 2005 (3-7). Amsterdam has won six of its last eight games, including Yello Strom World Bowl XIII... In reaching 3-1 this season, the Admirals have overcome a -4 turnover ratio (4 takeaways, 8 giveaways)... Rhein tops the turnover ratio charts with a +12 rating (16 takeaways, 4 giveaways).
FRANKFURT GALAXY (2-2) at
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (0-3-1)
AOL Arena, Hamburg, Saturday April 15, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Hamburg leads 2-1
At Hamburg: Hamburg leads 1-0
At Frankfurt: Series tied 1-1
Streak: Frankfurt 1
This Season: Hamburg 14 at Frankfurt 31 (Week 2)
US: LIVE/ NFL Network (12 noon ET, Saturday April 15)
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: LIVE/NASN (6:00 p.m. CET, Sat April 15)
The NFL Network's DERRIN HORTON is joined in the broadcast booth by former Atlanta Falcons cornerback BIG PLAY' RAY BUCHANAN.
MIKE JONES is in his third season with the Galaxy and has a 12-12 record and one World Bowl appearance to his name. Has won 4 of 12 road games in charge of Frankfurt. 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... JACK BICKNELL is in his 14th season in NFL Europe and has yet to add to his league-leading regular season victory total of 66 this year. Slipped below .500 by losing his 67th regular season contest last week. Has one World Bowl ring in his collection having led Barcelona to glory in 1997. Has a 2-3 record against Mike Jones.
The Sea Devils head home looking for their first win of the 2006 campaign having opened the season with three losses and a tie... They face a Frankfurt team that has lost seven of its last eight road games... The Galaxy takes NFL Europe's second-ranked offense into the AOL Arena. Frankfurt is averaging 326.8 yards per game and leads the league with 155.3 rushing yards per contest... Frankfurt running backs are averaging a league-best 4.9 yards per carry... Hamburg's offense ranks sixth in NFL Europe with an average of 253.5 yards per game... Sea Devils quarterbacks have thrown a league-high 8 interceptions and are averaging just 9.3 yards per completion, the lowest total in NFL Europe... Hamburg's offense is the only one in NFL Europe not to lose a fumble this season (6 fumbles, 0 lost)... Frankfurt's defense has allowed opposing rushers to gain a league-high 4.7 yards per carry this season... Frankfurt's defense - which is ranked third in NFL Europe - has only once allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points this season (Amsterdam scored 38 in Week 3)... Hamburg has produced the fewest offensive plays covering 20+ yards with 6 (1 rush, 5 pass)... Frankfurt has NFL Europe's most prolific red zone offense, scoring on 8 of 9 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line (5 touchdowns, 3 field goals)... Hamburg has been NFL Europe's least successful offense inside the 20-yard line, scoring on 5 of 8 trips (4 touchdowns, 1 field goal)... Frankfurt's offensive line has allowed a league-low 1 quarterback sack in the opening four games of the year... The Sea Devils have been forced to punt a league-high 23 times this season... Frankfurt's special teams unit is holding opponents to a league-low 3.8 yards per punt return this season... Frankfurt is the only team in the league with a 100 percent success rate on fourth down, having converted 1 of 1 attempts... When the teams met earlier this season RB ROGER ROBINSON (Arizona Cardinals) rushed for 150 yards and 1 touchdown to power the Galaxy to victory. QB JEFF OTIS (Arizona Cardinals) added 134 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS / WEEK FOUR RECAP NFL Europe 2006, Week 5 - Page 12
COLOGNE CENTURIONS (1-3)
at BERLIN THUNDER (1-2-1)
Olympiastadion, Berlin, Monday April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Cologne leads 3-1
At Berlin: Series tied 1-1
At Cologne: Cologne leads 2-0
Streak: Cologne 3
Last season: Berlin 17 at Cologne 23; Cologne 17 at Berlin 13
US: LIVE/NFL Network (12 noon ET, Monday April 17)
Play-by-play announcer PAUL BURMEISTER is joined in the broadcast booth by former University of Miami and Cleveland Browns head coach BUTCH DAVIS.
DAVID DUGGAN spent the past two years as Cologne's defensive coordinator. His unit led NFL Europe in total defense in each of the last two seasons. Served as defensive coordinator of Berlin from 2001 to 2003, during which time he won two World Bowl rings... RICK LANTZ needs one more win to break a tie for eighth place on the all-time victories chart, having drawn level with Dick Curl (Frankfurt 1998-2000) with 17 in Week 1. Although Berlin has not won since opening night, a tie in Hamburg in Week 3 means Lantz has still never lost two regular season games in a row during his NFLEL career, which began in 2004.
Two teams with one win to their name go head to head on Monday Night Football... Berlin has not gone this long (3 games) without a win since a three-week spell in Weeks 7, 8 and 9 of the 2003 campaign... Berlin's third-ranked offense (314.8 yards per game) takes on a Cologne defense ranked second in NFL Europe (295.5 yards per game)... The Centurions defense has forced opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-low 41.0 percent of their passes (48 of 117) and jointly leads NFL Europe with 8 interceptions... Berlin's quarterbacks are completing a league-low 49.7 percent of their passes (73 of 147)... Berlin has scored 10 offensive touchdowns this season (5 rushing, 5 passing) to rank second in NFL Europe in that category... Berlin also ranks second in offensive plays covering 20+ yards with 16 (1 rush, 15 pass)... Cologne's quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 6 times. Despite that pressure, Centurions passers have completed a league-best 57.9 percent of their throws this term (62 of 107)... Cologne has averaged 4.8 yards per run this season to rank second in NFL Europe... Berlin ranks second in NFL Europe with 11.9 yards per pass completion... Berlin's offense has posted unwanted league highs in fumbles (8) and fumbles lost (5)... Cologne has been the least successful offense in NFL Europe on third down, converting just 30.6 percent of 49 attempts... Berlin's defense has forced 10 fumbles (second-highest in NFLEL) but has come up with just 2 recoveries... The Thunder is the least penalized team in the league, drawing just 19 flags through four games. Cologne has committed a league-high 37 fouls for 351 yards this season... Berlin has picked up more first downs (79) than any other team in 2006... Cologne has the toughest red zone defense in NFL Europe, allowing opponents to score on 5 of 9 trips inside their 20-yard line (4 touchdowns, 1 field goal)... The Centurions are one of only two teams with a positive turnover ratio this season with a +3 rating (12 takeaways, 9 giveaways)... Berlin is averaging 24.0 yards per kickoff return to rank second in the league... The Centurions are giving up the second-most yards per kickoff return this season (24.3).
- WEEK FOUR RECAP -
Amsterdam Admirals 38, Berlin Thunder 31
(Olympiastadion, Berlin. Attendance: 11,443)
Chad Lucas (Ams) 6 receptions, 120 yards, 4 TD
Gibran Hamdan (Ams) 216 passing yards, 2 TD
Marty Johnson (Ber) 148 total yards, 3 TD
Carl-Johan Björk (Ams) 6 tackles, 1 interception
Hamburg Sea Devils 21, Rhein Fire 31
(LTU arena, Düsseldorf. Attendance: 18,224)
Drew Henson (Rhe) 192 passing yards, 2 TD
Zuriel Smith (Rhe) 4 receptions, 59 yards, 2 TD
Fredrick Jackson (Rhe) 110 total yards
Ronyell Whitaker (Rhe) 2 interceptions
Cologne Centurions 14, Frankfurt Galaxy 21
(Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt. Att: 23,125)
Roger Robinson (Fra) 128 rushing yards, 1 TD
Walter Young (Fra) 5 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD
Alex Haynes (Col) 115 rushing yards, 1 TD
Lenny Williams (Fra) 2 interceptions
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