Two Break Clear Of Chasing Pack As Race To Reach World Bowl Intensifies
May 22, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release
WITH four weeks of the 2007 NFL Europa regular season remaining, two clubs have broken clear of the chasing pack, albeit by just one game.
While the Frankfurt Galaxy and Cologne Centurions top the standings with 4-2 records, the Amsterdam Admirals and Hamburg Sea Devils are just one game back, meaning the race to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV looks set to go down to the wire.
There will be another early start to the action in Week 7 when the Amsterdam Admirals (3-3) welcome the Cologne Centurions (4-2) to the Netherlands for their third Friday Night Football contest of the season. The Admirals will be full of confidence having won their first Friday night game in club history last weekend.
On Saturday, the Berlin Thunder (2-4) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to take on the Hamburg Sea Devils (3-3) at AOL Arena.
The Week 7 action concludes with the second meeting of the season between Deutschland Derby rivals as the Frankfurt Galaxy (4-2) plays host to the Rhein Fire (2-4) at Commerzbank Arena - site of NFL Europa's championship game on Saturday, June 23 - where they are unbeaten in three contests this season.
WEEK SEVEN SCHEDULE
FRIDAY MAY 25
Cologne Centurions at Amsterdam Admirals
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY MAY 26
Berlin Thunder at Hamburg Sea Devils
AOL Arena, Hamburg, 6:00 p.m.
Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, 7:00 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 6
OFFENSIVE - JONATHAN SMITH - RB, Amsterdam
134 offensive yards (112 rushing, 12 receiving)
Scored league record-tying 4 touchdowns
DEFENSIVE - DEREK REHAGE - LB, Rhein
Recorded 12 tackles and 1 sack for 9 yards
Added 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense
SPECIAL TEAMS - BRANDON MIDDLETON - PR, Frankfurt
Returned 4 punts for 88 yards
Scored on a 71-yard punt return
NATIONAL - PHILIPPE GARDENT - LB, Cologne
Led the Centurions with 11 tackles
Added 1 pass defense
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After seeing his Admirals explode for 41 points against the Sea Devils last weekend, Amsterdam head coach BART ANDRUS is demanding his club makes a push for a World Bowl berth - but he knows the race to the title game will be extremely competitive.
He says: "It could be any two of the six, it really could. The talent is so balanced in this league and I think that is the case this year more than any other. In the last seven years, I haven't seen it this balanced before."
Taking on the Admirals on Friday night will be a Centurions club that overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the Rhein Fire last week.
Cologne head coach DAVID DUGGAN says: "I am proud of our football team. We were able to overcome three turnovers and a field goal that hit the upright. We had some adversity and it's a case of how you respond to that. Good teams can come back from that type of situation and I'm proud of our team for doing so."
Berlin Thunder head coach JOHN ALLEN is looking for a more complete performance from his team when they visit the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday.
Despite losing his last two games, Allen says: "I love the makeup of our team and I wouldn't trade it for any other team in this league. We just have to stay focused and work on the details of the game. When we do that, we've shown what this team is capable of doing."
Hamburg head coach VINCE MARTINO predicts a critical time ahead for his Sea Devils as they prepare to face Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Rhein in the final month of the 2007 season.
He says: "We're still in it. We've got the teams that are in the lead in the league still in front of us and we've just got to play especially well with all of the clubs bunched up. We've got to win this first one at home against Berlin and then we play the two teams in front of us. We can still control our destiny."
Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ will be working overtime to pick his players up this week following their heartbreaking loss to Cologne last weekend.
He says: "That loss hurt more than any other I have had in this league. I'm upset that we couldn't hold on at the end. I'm upset that we didn't make the plays on offense or defense. They're not automatic. You have to make them every time and you have to have toughness for the entire game."
Frankfurt Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES goes into the Deutschland Derby full of confidence after his team snapped a two-game losing streak with a comprehensive win over Berlin that kept them top of the standings.
He says: "That was a big win for us after having two losses on the road. To come back home and play well in front of our own crowd, I thought that was great. Now we have to get prepared for next week because that will be another very important game for us."
Quarterbacks proving their worth in NFLE 2007 season
ONE of the biggest benefits of NFL Europa is that it provides NFL coaching staffs and scouts with an accurate indicator of how talented young prospects will perform in live game conditions.
And that has especially been the case for quarterbacks, who get to prove their worth in pressure situations in real games in front of thousands of fans across Europe and many more watching on the NFL Network in the United States.
NFL Europa has a proud tradition when it comes to producing star NFL quarterbacks as the league's alumni includes KURT WARNER, JAKE DELHOMME, BRAD JOHNSON, DAMON HUARD and JON KITNA.
And the 2007 season could prove to be a vintage year for NFL Europa as quarterbacks across the league have been producing outstanding performances on a regular basis.
During last weekend's meeting in the Netherlands, Amsterdam's DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) and Hamburg's CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) combined to throw for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns. Olson posted a passer rating of 112.3, while Bramlet's was an impressive 101.1.
Such performances have become the norm this season. Quarterbacks attempting at least 10 passes in a game have posted a 100+ rating on 12 occasions.
Player Wk Yds TD Rating
E. Meyer (Col) 5 (at Ber) 125 3 147.6
E. Meyer (Col) 4 (vs Ber) 180 3 136.9
Q. Porter (Col) 1 (at Ham) 109 1 120.4
C. Pickett (Rhe) 5 (vs Fra) 179 1 118.5
J. O'Sullivan (Fra) 1 (vs Ams) 195 2 113.5
C. Bramlet (Ham) 4 (vs Rhe) 220 3 113.2
J. O'Sullivan (Fra) 3 (vs Ham) 223 1 112.5
D. Olson (Ams) 6 (vs Ham) 259 2 112.3
C. Bramlet (Ham) 5 (vs Ams) 185 2 108.1
C. Pickett (Rhe) 4 (at Ham) 123 1 105.9
T. Lulay (Ber) 4 (at Col) 218 2 101.1
C. Bramlet (Ham) 6 (at Ams) 188 4 101.1
Amsterdam Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS, a former quarterbacks coach with the Tennessee Titans, has high hopes for his starting QB and was full of praise for Olson following his game-winning display against Hamburg last week.
He says: "I felt all along that Drew would have a breakout game. This was probably the one. He was throwing the ball with confidence and his rating was very high.
"Now the key is for him to continue to play like that. That's what I have said to him. If you want to be one of the 96 quarterbacks in the world that make a living playing professional football in the NFL, then you have to be consistent from week to week."
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Big crowds, big plays and close games highlight 2007 campaign
WITH an array of big plays, close games and dramatic finishes, the 2007 NFL Europa season has provided plenty of excitement for the record crowds on hand across Germany and the Netherlands.
Through six weeks of action, NFL Europa is averaging 20,552 fans per game and is on pace to smash the single-season record of 18,965 set during the 2005 campaign.
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 6 wks) 20,552
The 2007 campaign has also seen lots of big plays with a total of 30 covering 40 yards or more. That figure has this season on pace to challenge the record of 59 40-yard plays set in 2006.
Here is a look at the top five plays this season in terms of distance:
Player/Team Play Details
C. Barclay (Ber) 99-yd kickoff return TD
S. Mitchell (Fra) 81-yd interception return TD
Q. Griffin (Ham) 79-yd kickoff return
B. Middleton (Fra) 71-yd punt return TD
A. Hosack (Fra) 65-yd TD reception
J. Enzor (Rhe) 65-yd interception return TD
And if watching close football games is your thing, then NFL Europa is the place for you. A total of 11 of the 18 games played to date have been decided by one score or less (8 points).
Amsterdam Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS says: "The games in this league are very entertaining for the fans who pay to come and see them. They are nearly always very exciting until the very end."
NFLE FACTS:Smith ties mark
JONATHAN SMITH became the fifth player in NFL Europa history - and the third Amsterdam Admiral - to score a league record 4 touchdowns in a game. The other men to achieve the feat were CHAD LUCAS (Amsterdam 2006), KEN SIMONTON (Scotland 2003), RAFAEL COOPER (Amsterdam 2002) and MIKE GREEN (Barcelona 2001). Wide receiver Lucas is the only one of the group who is not a running back.
Dominant o-line provides strong platform for victory for Galaxy
ANY coach worth his salt will tell you that football games are won and lost in the trenches. If that is the case, it is hardly surprising that the Frankfurt Galaxy sits atop the NFLE standings with a 4-2 record.
The Galaxy offensive line has been one of the league's dominant units this season, helping Frankfurt become NFL Europa's leading attack with an average of 340 yards per game.
With CHARLES MISSANT at center, EMMANUEL AKAH and MATT McCHESNEY (New York Jets) at guard, and BOBBY HARRIS and JASON MURPHY (Seattle Seahawks) occupying the tackle positions, Frankfurt's front five was especially dominant against Berlin last weekend.
The offensive line paved the way for the Galaxy to rush for 208 yards and three touchdowns at an average of 5.2 yards per carry. They also held Berlin without a sack.
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES says: "We have to give thanks to our offensive line - we put this game on their shoulders and they did what we expected them to do. They did a real good job."
Thanks to their strong offensive line, Frankfurt leads NFL Europa with an average of 132.8 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. The unit also ranks second in fewest sacks allowed, having conceded just nine from 186 dropbacks through six games.
Frankfurt running back CHARLES ANTHONY, who rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns behind some strong blocking last weekend, adds: "I had a great game but it was a team effort. Our line always helps us out but this time they played real big. They played a huge role in this game with their blocks."
McCready remains positive
DESPITE seeing his 2007 season end prematurely due to a shoulder injury, Hamburg Sea Devils English wide receiver SCOTT McCREADY remains positive.
NFL Europa's second-ranked all-time receiver in receptions and yards says: "I was relieved to hear that in the long run this injury is not going to slow me down too much and in three or four months I should be as good as new. It's good to know it's not career-ending.
"We have a good team and I think we have a chance to do something pretty special this year. It's frustrating that I'm not really going to be part of it on the field. I hope to be part of it behind the scenes and off the field. I expect the guys to come back and play well against Berlin and then do what they need to do to get to the World Bowl."
McCready caught 20 passes for 242 yards and 2 scores before hurting his shoulder at Amsterdam last week.
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Big play receivers to feature in Deutschland Derby re-match
THERE will be key performers all over the field when the Rhein Fire and Frankfurt Galaxy meet for the second time this season in Week 7.
But followers of a game that has huge World Bowl implications for both teams would do well to pay close attention to a pair of play-making wide receivers who could very well steal the headlines.
Frankfurt Galaxy third-year wide receiver AARON HOSACK may not lead his team in receptions this season, but he certainly ranks first in terms of big plays.
Hosack has 6 receptions for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns this season at an average of 39.2 yards per catch.
Here are details of Hosack's four receptions covering 40 yards or more this season:
Opponent Play Details
vs Hamburg (Wk 3) 65-yd TD reception
vs Amsterdam (Wk 1) 61-yd TD reception
vs Berlin (Wk 6) 43-yd reception
vs Amsterdam (Wk 1) 41-yd TD reception
When the Fire goes to the air, they will target Miami Dolphins-allocated wide receiver P.K. SAM, who is hitting top form at exactly the right stage of the season.
Here is a look a look at how Sam has elevated his game in recent weeks:
First 4 weeks: 9 receptions for 152 yds and 0 TD
Last 2 weeks: 15 receptions for 236 yds and 3 TD
Sam, who has receptions covering 45 and 46 yards this season, ranks second in NFL Europa with 388 receiving yards on 24 receptions (16.2 average).
He has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving days against Frankfurt in Week 5 and Cologne in Week 6.
Pair of punt blocks in Week 6
Week 6 was not a good one to be a punter in NFL Europa as two kicks were blocked, with one being returned for a touchdown.
During Berlin's loss at Frankfurt, linebacker TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) blocked a fourth quarter punt from KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns).
And the Cologne Centurions tied the scores in the fourth period of their game against the Rhein Fire when MARTIN PATTERSON blocked a punt by DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) and fellow linebacker CRAIG KOBEL (Philadelphia Eagles) returned the ball 10 yards for a touchdown.
A total of 4 punts have been blocked this season.
Lantz not afraid to roll the dice
IT'S time to find out who the risk-takers are in NFL Europa. Who are the coaches willing to roll the dice and go for it on fourth down in order to give their team the best shot at victory?
Through the opening six weeks of the 2007 campaign, Rhein Fire head coach RICK LANTZ has shown the most willingness to take a gamble on fourth down, going for it a league-high 10 times.
The 2004 Coach of the Year has even called a fake field goal that resulted in a 20-yard run by kicker CONNOR HUGHES (Pittsburgh Steelers), setting up a touchdown.
Amsterdam Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS has gone for it a league-low 3 times on fourth down, while Frankfurt's MIKE JONES has rolled the dice just 4 times, although one of those resulted in a 62-yard touchdown run by safety CHRIS LASKOWSKI on a fake punt.
Here is a look at the success rates of all six teams on fourth down:
Team Attempts Success %
Hamburg 3 of 5 60.0
Cologne 3 of 5 60.0
Frankfurt 2 of 4 50.0
Rhein 4 of 10 40.0
Berlin 3 of 9 33.3
Amsterdam 1 of 3 33.3
While converting on fourth down is a bonus for an offense, being consistently successful on third down is essential if you want to win football games.
Here is a look at the success rates of all six teams on third down:
Team Attempts Success %
Amsterdam 35 of 74 47.3
Berlin 35 of 78 44.9
Frankfurt 32 of 74 43.2
Cologne 33 of 81 40.7
Hamburg 24 of 64 37.5
Rhein 30 of 83 36.1
NFLE FACTS:Purple Patch
Frankfurt Galaxy powered their way to a 35-7 victory over the Berlin Thunder last weekend by scoring four touchdowns in as many possessions between the first and third periods. After scoring those four touchdowns, the Galaxy's remaining drives in the game ended with a missed field goal, an interception, a punt, a blocked punt and kneel-downs to end the game
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AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-3)Head Coach: Bart Andrus (33-33 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowl)Colors: Orange and blue
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ron Heller (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Richard Kent (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 67-59
MEDIA CONTACT: Joost Kling
LAST GAME: Won 41-31 vs Hamburg (5/18/07)
OFFENSE: 19.2 pts/game; 294.5 yds/game (rank 2); 83.3 yds rush/game (rank 5); 211.2 yds pass/game (rank 1)
Passing: Drew Olson, 1,114 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 318 yds
Receiving: Skyler Fulton, 28 rec, 340 yds
DEFENSE: 21.3 pts/game; 313.7 yds/game (rank 6); 101 rush yds/game (rank 3); 212.7 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Tim Jones, 2.0
Interceptions: Abraham Elimimian, Erick Harris, 1
- THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS -
Head coach BART ANDRUS was pleased with his team's win over Hamburg last week, saying: "I was proud of the way we bounced back. It speaks volumes about the character of the guys on our team."... QB DREW OLSON (Baltimore Ravens) threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another last week (see table). Leads NFL Europa in passing yards and interceptions... QB COREY BRAMLET has completed 20 of 38 passes for 220 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception this season... RB JONATHAN SMITH rushed for 112 yards and 3 scores and added 3 receptions for 12 yards and 1 touchdown last week. His 4-touchdown haul tied the league record. Ranks second among NFLE rushers with 352 yards on 77 carries and leads the league with 6 rushing touchdowns and 7 total touchdowns... RB LARRY CROOM carried 11 times for 36 yards last week and added 5 catches for 65 yards. Has rushed for 125 yards on 40 carries this season and added 16 receptions for 207 yards... WR SKYLER FULTON had a record six 100-yard receiving days in 2006 but has been held under 100 yards in each of his six games this season (see table). Leads NFL Europa with 28 receptions and ranks third in receiving yards... WR HARRY WILLIAMS (Houston Texans) has caught 7 passes for 79 yards and 1 touchdown this season... WR JUSTIN SURRENCY (Minnesota Vikings) caught 6 passes for 65 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 145 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... WR JUSTIN McCULLUM (Carolina Panthers) caught 2 passes for 41 yards against Hamburg. Has 7 receptions for 131 yards and 1 score this season... Japanese WR NORIAKI KINOSHITA caught 3 passes for 56 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 170 yards on the season. Has returned 16 kickoffs for 325 yards (43 long) and 5 punt returns for 45 yards... TE BEN HALL has 6 catches for 58 yards on the season... French TE YOAN SCHNEE scored the first touchdown of his career on
a 2-yard reception last week. Has 6 receptions for 40 yards and 1 score this season... DE TIM JONES leads the Admirals with 2 sacks this season. Recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass defense last week and has 13 tackles and 4 pass defenses in 2007... DE MARCUS WEST registered 3 tackles last week and has 16 stops on the year... DT NORMAN HEUER recorded 1 tackle last week and has 10 and 1 forced fumble in 2007... Dutch LB AKWASI MENSAH recorded 1 tackle and 1 pass defense last week and has 14 stops and 3 special teams tackles on the season... Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 3 tackles and 1 special teams tackle last week and has 23 stops and 1 sack this season... LB KURT KAHUI (San Diego Chargers) missed last weekend's game through injury. Has 16 tackles on the season... LB GREG CAROTHERS returned from injury to record 5 tackles and 1 pass defense last week. Has 10 tackles on the year... LB LAWRENCE PINSON has made 21 tackles and added 1 sack and 1 forced fumble this season... CB KEVIN GARRETT (Carolina Panthers) recorded 2 tackles and 2 special teams tackles last week. Has 13 tackles and a team-leading 6 pass defenses on the season... CB ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN registered 4 tackles and 1 interception last week and has 29 tackles to rank second on the Admirals' defense this season... S DEANDRE EILAND has recorded 25 tackles this term after adding 3 stops last weekend... S JAMIE THOMPSON (New York Jets) recorded 1 tackles and 1 special teams tackle last week. Leads Amsterdam's defense with 32 tackles... K JARET JOHNSON has scored 19 points this season having converted 2 of 3 field goals and 13 of 16 PATs... P GLENN PAKULAK (Tennessee Titans) ranks third among NFL Europa punters with an average of 41.6 yards on 27 kicks and has placed 6 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
TOTAL 169 99 1,114* 8 7*
WR SKYLER FULTON, GAME-BY-GAME
Rec Yds TD
Wk 1: at Frank 3 46 1
Wk 2: vs Rhein 4 29 0
Wk 3: at Ber 7 93 1
Wk 4: vs Frank 3 70 1
Wk 5: at Ham 8 78 0
Wk 6: vs Ham 3 24 0
TOTAL 28* 340 3
* Leads NFLE
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BERLIN THUNDER (2-4)Head Coach: John Allen (2-4 in NFLE) Colors: Black, green and gold
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Lawrence (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 42-43-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Cem Herder
LAST GAME: Lost 7-35 at Frankfurt (5/20/07)
OFFENSE: 13.3 pts/game; 279.8 yds/game (rank 5); 114.0 rush yds/game (rank 3); 165.8 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Travis Lulay, 1,072 yds
Rushing: Chris Barclay, 312 yds
Receiving: Carlton Brewster, 28 rec, 440 yds
DEFENSE: 20 pts/game; 281 yds/game (rank 2); 116.0 rush yds/game (rank 6); 165.0 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Dave Tollefson, 3.0
Interceptions: Five players, 1
- THIS WEEK: at HAMBURG SEA DEVILS -
JOHN ALLEN saw his team drop a second game in a row last week and says: "I'm disappointed because we didn't execute and we've been talking about that for a couple of weeks. It's something we have to work on."... QB TRAVIS LULAY (Seattle Seahawks) has not thrown a touchdown pass in the last two games (see table). Ranks sixth among NFLE quarterbacks with a rating of 67.6. Has also rushed for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries... QB BRUCE EUGENE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) threw 2 incompletions last week. Has completed 2 of 9 passes for 16 yards... RB CHRIS BARCLAY (Cleveland Browns) leads Berlin with 312 rushing yards and ranks third in NFL Europa. Carried 12 times for 29 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has added 11 receptions for 55 yards and 19 kickoff returns for 468 yards and 1 touchdown this season... RB DAMIEN RHODES has 123 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 40 carries this season. Also has 3 receptions for 34 yards... WR CARLTON BREWSTER (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europa in receptions and receiving yards (see table). Is averaging 15.7 yards per reception... WR RICH MUSINSKI is in his second season with the Thunder and has 21 receptions for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. Has also returned 6 punts for 32 yards... WR STEVE SANDERS (Cleveland Browns) caught 1 pass for 7 yards last week and has 2 for 26 on the season... Mexican WR ALEJANDRO GAMEZ caught 1 pass for 5 yards last week and has 8 for 76 on the season... Mexican WR GUSTAVO TELLA has 1 reception for 16 yards in 2007... TE CHARLES DAVIS (New York Giants) has 12 receptions for 82 yards and 1 score on the season after adding 2 for 15 last week... TE ALEX SHOR (Arizona Cardinals) has 6 receptions for 60 yards in 2007 after adding 2 for 33 yards last week... DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (Oakland Raiders) leads the Thunder with 3 sacks for 12 yards. Recorded 2 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry last week and has 16 stops on the season... DE WALTER CURRY (Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses and 1 forced fumble in 2007... DT BRYANT
SHAW (Washington Redskins) has 9 stops and 1 sack on the season... DT LAUVALE SAPE has 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks this year... DT QUARTEZ VICKERSON has recorded 13 tackles and 1 sack this season after adding 2 stops last week... LB JAMEEL DUMAS ranks second on Berlin's defense with 36 tackles after adding 7 last week. Also recorded an interception in Week 1 and has knocked down 3 passes... LB MIKE MENDENHALL has 34 tackles on the season after adding 8 last week... LB TIM GOODWELL (Green Bay Packers) recorded 4 tackles, 1 pass defense and 1 blocked punt last week. Has 19 tackles, 3 pass defenses and 2 forced fumbles on the season... German LB RICHARD ADJEI has made 13 tackles this season... CB DENNIS DAVIS (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 4 tackles last week and has 13 and 2 pass defenses on the season. Has also registered 3 special teams tackles... CB JOSH LAY (St. Louis Rams) has 22 tackles and 3 pass defenses on the year... CB CHRIS THOMPSON played in 12 games for the Chicago Bears in 2005, registering 10 tackles. Recorded 4 tackles last week. Has 23 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 5 pass defenses in 2007... CB CHRIS HARRELL recorded a team-high 10 tackles for the second game in a row last week and leads the Thunder defense with 43 tackles this season... S STEVE PARIS recorded 3 tackles last week and has 15 and 2 pass defenses on the season... K ANDREW JACAS converted 1 PAT last week. Has converted 5 of 10 field goals (55 long) and 9 of 9 PATs for 26 points this season... P TOM MALONE (New England Patriots) has averaged 40.7 yards on 21 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
TOTAL 161 92 1,072 4 7
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
TOTAL 28* 440* 1
* Leads NFLE
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (4-2)Head Coach: David Duggan (9-7 in NFLE)Colors: Black, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jeff Filkovski (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Lyons (2nd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 18-18
MEDIA CONTACT: Karsten Meier
LAST GAME: Won 20-17 vs Rhein (5/19/07)
OFFENSE: 20.5 pts/game; 288.3 yds/game (rank 4); 127.7 rush yds/game (rank 2); 160.7 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Passing: Erik Meyer, 776 yds
Rushing: Derrick Ross, 528 yds
Receiving: Bobby Blizzard, 19 rec, 245 yds
DEFENSE: 16.7 pts/game; 244 yds/game (rank 1); 96.7 rush yds/game (rank 2); 147.3 pass yds/game (rank 1)
Sacks: Jason Hall, 6.0
Interceptions: Gabe Franklin, Clifton Smith, 2
- THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS -
Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN saw his team overcome a 14-point third quarter deficit to win last weekend. He says: "Any time you can come from behind to win, your team gains confidence. I believe we are a better team for that experience."... QB QUINTON PORTER (Houston Texans) threw 2 incompletions and 1 interception last week. Has completed 23 of 41 passes for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season... QB ERIK MEYER has started the last four games for Cologne and has thrown his 7 touchdown passes during that time (see table). Ranks second among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 91.6. Has also rushed for 92 yards and 1 touchdown... RB DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) has carried 20 times or more in five of six games this season (see table). Leads league in rushing attempts and yards. Also ranks first with 607 yards from scrimmage... RB A.J. HARRIS rushed for 14 yards on 3 carries last week and has 103 yards on 33 attempts this season. Has added 6 receptions for 43 yards and 1 touchdown... WR JOVON BOUKNIGHT (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 2 passes for 42 yards last week and has 13 for 185 and 2 scores in 2007... WR BURL TOLER has 12 receptions for 190 yards on the season after adding a 9-yard catch last week... WR TRAMAIN HALL has 12 receptions for 195 yards on the season after adding 2 for 14 last weekend... TE TONY CURTIS (Dallas Cowboys) has 7 receptions for 55 yards in 2007... TE BOBBY BLIZZARD leads the Centurions with 19 receptions for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns. Caught 2 passes for 63 yards last week... German TE WERNER HIPPLER played in his league record 102nd regular season game last weekend... DE TYLER KING has 3 sacks among 9 tackles this season after adding 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense last week... DE JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) leads NFL Europa with 6 sacks after adding 2 for 12 yards last week. Has registered 18 tackles, 1 pass defense this season... DT KEVIN VICKERSON (Miami Dolphins) recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB hurry last week. Has 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 pass defense to his
name in 2007... DT McKINLEY BOYKIN (New Orleans Saints) has made 14 tackles and 0.5 sacks on the season... DT TOM JOHNSON (Indianapolis Colts) has registered 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2007... LB CLIFTON SMITH (Cleveland Browns) recorded his second interception of the season last week and added 6 tackles. Has season totals of 33 tackles, 2 interceptions for 47 yards, 4 pass defenses and 2 forced fumbles... LB JOHN SALDI (Dallas Cowboys) has 12 tackles on the season... French LB PHILIPPE GARDENT leads NFL Europa with 49 tackles after adding a team-high 11 last week. Has also recorded 1 sack and 2 pass defenses. Was named National Player of the Week for the second game in a row... CB GABE FRANKLIN (San Diego Chargers) has 22 tackles, 2 interceptions for 19 yards, a team-high 10 pass defenses, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 2007... CB JERRON WISHOM (Minnesota Vikings) recorded 4 tackles last week. Has 19 tackles and 5 pass defenses this season... CB KEVIN HOUSE has registered 21 tackles and 9 pass defenses this term... S CHRIS REIS (New Orleans Saints) recorded 8 tackles and 1 pass defense last week. Has 34 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 33 tackles. Recorded 5 tackles and 1 interception last week... K NICK NOVAK (Chicago Bears) converted field goals covering 44 and 49 yards last week, with the latter proving to be the game-winner. Ranks third among NFLE kickers with 33 points having converted 6 of 10 field goals and 15 of 15 PATs... P JOEL STELLY (Chicago Bears) has placed a league-high 12 of his 27 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
TOTAL 105 66 776 7 4
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
TOTAL 138* 528* 3* 12 79 0
* Leads NFLE
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FRANKFURT GALAXY (4-2)Head Coach: Mike Jones (21-15) in NFLEL, plus 1-1 in World Bowl.Colors: Purple, orange, red and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (3rd season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Steve Carson (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 79-67
MEDIA CONTACT: Joachim Haas
LAST GAME: Won 35-7 vs Berlin (5/12/07)
OFFENSE: 24 pts/game; 340 yds/game (rank 1); 132.8 rush yds/game (rank 1); 207.2 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Passing: J.T. O'Sullivan, 989 yds
Rushing: Charles Anthony, 244 yds
Receiving: Brandon Middleton, 27 rec, 318 yds
DEFENSE: 16.2 pts/game; 287.8 yds/game (rank 4); 83.8 rush yds/game (rank 1); 204 pass yds/game (rank 5)
Sacks: Ulrich Winkler, 3.5
Interceptions: Bill Alford, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE -
Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES saw his team snap a two-game losing streak last week. He says: "I'm proud of the way our team played from start to finish. We did a great job of executing."... QB J.T. O'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) had his least productive day of the season last week (see table). Has a 10-4 record as a starter in NFL Europa and ranks third among quarterbacks with a rating of 90.3... QB KEVIN EAKIN (Buffalo Bills) has completed 27 of 51 passes for 336 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception this season. Hit on 8 of 9 attempts for 85 yards and 1 score last week... RB CHARLES ANTHONY rushed for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries last week. Leads the Galaxy with 244 yards on 51 attempts. Has added 4 receptions for 20 yards... RB SHA-RON EDWARDS carried 20 times for 84 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has rushed for 156 yards on 39 carries this season... RB J.R. NIKLOS has rushed for 38 yards on 9 carries and added 6 receptions for 32 yards this season... WR JERMAINE JAMISON (Philadelphia Eagles) has 10 receptions for 140 yards and 1 score on the season... WR AARON HOSACK caught 1 pass for 43 yards last week. Has averaged 39.2 yards per catch this season having reeled in 6 passes for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns... WR BRANDON MIDDLETON ranks third in NFL Europa in receptions (see table). Was named Special Teams Player of Week 6 after scoring on a 71-yard punt return against Berlin. Leads the league with an average of 12.5 yards per punt return (15 for 188)... WR FELTON HUGGINS has 12 receptions for 203 yards and 2 scores on the season after adding 1 reception for 10 yards last week... WR RASHAUN WOODS is a former first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. Has 1 reception for 8 yards this year... TE JAMES PETROWSKI (Tennessee Titans) has 11 receptions for 133 yards this season after adding 2 catches for 13 yards last week... TE DAVID JONES caught 3 passes for 20 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 9 for 79 yards this season... DE JOHN SYPTAK (San Francisco 49ers) has 2.5 sacks among his 15 tackles this season... German DE ULRICH WINKLER
leads the Galaxy with 3.5 sacks after adding 1 for 8 yardS last week. Has recorded 13 tackles this season... German DE DANIEL BENETKA has made 5 tackles in what will be his final season in NFL Europa following the announcement of his impending retirement... DE JUSTIN BROWN is in his second season with the Galaxy and has recorded 9 stops, 1 sack for 3 yards, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass defenses... DT KENNY KING (Baltimore Ravens) recorded 5 tackles and 3 quarterback hurries before being placed on Injured Reserve last week... DT ZARNELL FITCH (New York Jets) has 1 interception, 11 tackles and 2 pass defenses to his name this season... DT REMI AYODELE (Dallas Cowboys) has 6 tackles and 1 sack in 2007... LB NICK REID (Kansas City Chiefs) has 27 tackles to rank second on Frankfurt's defense this season after adding 3 last week. Has also registered 1 sack and 1 pass defense... LB MATT SINCLAIR recorded 4 tackles last week. Leads Galaxy with 33 tackles and has also added 1 sack, 1 interception and 4 pass defenses ... LB ZAC WOODFIN recorded 1 tackle and 1 interception for 5 yards last week. Has 11 tackles this term... CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins) has registered 15 tackles, 1 interception for 81 yards and a touchdown, and 7 pass defenses in 2007... CB BILL ALFORD has 12 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team-high 7 pass defenses on the season... S JAMAR LANDROM (Jacksonville Jaguars) has recorded 19 tackles this season... S CHRIS LASKOWSKI has 17 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 pass defenses this season... S DEMARIO WILLIAMS recorded 1 interception for 33 yards last week and has 13 tackles on the season... K RHYS LLOYD jointly leads all NFLE kickers with 42 points having converted 8 of 12 field goals (56 long) and 17 of 17 PATs... P KYLE BASLER (Cleveland Browns) leads NFL Europa with an average of 42.7 yards on 18 punts. Has a long of 55 yards this season and has placed 5 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
TOTAL 126 80 989 6 4
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
TOTAL 27 318 0
* Leads NFLE
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HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (3-3)Head Coach: Vince Martino (3-3 in NFLE)Colors: Dark blue, teal, red
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: N/A
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (3rd season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 11-14-1
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Bothstede
LAST GAME: Lost 31-41 at Amsterdam (5/18/07)
OFFENSE: 23.3 pts/game; 290 yds/game (rank 3); 93.8 rush yds/game (rank 4); 196.2 pass yds/game (rank 3)
Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,107 yds
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 236 yds
Receiving: Scott McCready, 20 rec, Marcus Maxwell, 283 yds
DEFENSE: 19.7 pts/game; 304.2 yds/game (rank 5); 106.2 rush yds/game (rank 3); 198 pass yds/game (rank 4)
Sacks: Gary Gibson, Justin Kurpeikis, 3.5
Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 2
- THIS WEEK: vs BERLIN THUNDER -
Head coach VINCE MARTINO saw his team concede 41 points in the Netherlands last week. He says: "I was very disappointed. There were a lot of mental mistakes and a lot of errors. It was a disappointing game."... QB CASEY BRAMLET (Washington Redskins) leads NFL Europa in touchdown passes (see table) and with a QB rating of 99.9. Has thrown at least 1 touchdown pass in five of six games this season... QB ROD RUTHERFORD has completed 8 of 18 attempts for 100 yards and 3 interceptions this season... RB QUENTIN GRIFFIN posted a season-low rushing total last week (see table). Ranks fourth in NFLE with 219 rushing yards but awaits his first touchdown. Has averaged 47 yards on 4 kickoff returns...RB TONY HOLLINGS is a former NFL starter with the Houston Texans. Ranks second on the Sea Devils with 162 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 48 carries. Has added 4 receptions for 40 yards... English RB JERMAINE ALLEN has carried 25 times for 68 yards and 2 scores in 2007. Has added 2 receptions for 29 yards... WR MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers) 3 passes for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. Has 16 catches for 283 yards and a league-leading 5 touchdowns this season... WR SCOTT McCREADY ranks second on the all-time charts with 202 receptions for 2,321 yards. Caught 1 pass for 5 yards last week but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and has been placed on Injured Reserve... WR JUSTIN JENKINS caught 2 passes for 45 yards and 1 touchdown last week and has 15 for 251 yards and 2 scores this term... WR JOSH DAVIS has 12 receptions for 131 yards this season... TE TEYO JOHNSON (Denver Broncos) caught 2 passes for 25 yards last week and has 10 for 120 on the year... TE MIKE PINKARD has 9 catches for 89 yards in 2007 after adding 2 for 9 yards last week... DE JIMMY VERDON (Cincinnati Bengals) recorded 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble before being placed on Injured Reserve with a season-ending knee injury last week... DE JUSTIN KURPEIKIS jointly leads the Sea Devils with 3.5 sacks among 24 tackles. Has also knocked down 2 passes and forced 2 fumbles... German DE BEN ISHOLA made 1 tackle
last week and has 10 tackles and 2 sacks to his name this season... DT TIM SANDIDGE (St. Louis Rams) has recorded 15 tackles after adding 1 and 1 sack last week. Has also added 3 pass defenses and 1 forced fumble... DT GARY GIBSON recorded 2 tackles last week. Jointly leads Hamburg with 3.5 sacks among 15 tackles... LB TRENT BRAY (Houston Texans) has recorded 16 tackles, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry this season... LB BYRON HARDMON is in his second season with the Sea Devils and has 22 tackles in 2007. Recorded 5 tackles last week... Mexican LB JONATHAN HURTADO has 16 tackles in 2007 after adding 1 stop and 1 pass defense last week... CB JUSTIN WYATT (Arizona Cardinals) has 15 tackles, 3 pass defenses and 1 interception for 25 yards this season. Registered 2 tackles last week... CB LAMONT REID (Denver Broncos) recorded 8 tackles and 1 pass defense last week giving him 22 and 2 pass defenses on the season... CB MICHAEL HARDEN has 19 tackles on the season... S JOHN WALKER (Houston Texans) has recorded 21 tackles and 6 pass defenses this season... S SHAWN MAYER is in his third season in Hamburg. Leads the Sea Devils with 35 tackles, 6 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 17 yards. Led the team with 12 tackles at Amsterdam... K SHANE ANDRUS (Indianapolis Colts) jointly leads NFL Europa with 42 points having converted 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 13 PATs... P ADAM ANDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) ranks fourth among NFL Europa punters with an average of 41.1 on 22 kicks. Has a season long of 56 yards and has placed 6 inside the 20.
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
TOTAL 140 85 1,107 11* 4
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
TOTAL 51 236 0 4 19 0
* Leads NFLE
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RHEIN FIRE (2-4)Head Coach: Rick Lantz (20-15-1 in NFLE,Plus 1-1 in World Bowls)Colors: Burgundy, black and white
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (1st season)
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Larry New (1st season)
ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 66-60
MEDIA CONTACT: Markus Müller
LAST GAME: Lost 17-20 at Cologne (5/19/07)
OFFENSE: 13.0 pts/game; 219.3 yds/game (rank 6); 67.2 rush yds/game (rank 6); 152.2 pass yds/game (rank 6)
Passing: Cody Pickett, 720 yds
Rushing: Taurean Henderson, 144 yds
Receiving: P.K. Sam, 24 rec, 388 yds
DEFENSE: 19.5 pts/game; 281.3 yds/game (rank 3); 115.2 rush yds/game (rank 5); 166.2 pass yds/game (rank 2)
Sacks: Three players, 2.0
Interceptions: Six players, 1
- THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY -
Head coach RICK LANTZ saw his team blow a 14-point third quarter lead during last week's loss to Cologne. He says: "We played very well in the first half and we didn't play anywhere near as well in the second half. We have to have toughness for the entire game."... QB BRETT ELLIOTT (San Diego Chargers) completed 5 of 8 passes for 53 yards and 1 touchdown last week. Has a quarterback rating of 59.1 on the season having thrown for 310 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception... QB CODY PICKETT has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the last three games having been held without one in the opening three contests (see table). Ranks fifth among NFL Europa quarterbacks with a rating of 74.1... RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) leads the Fire with 144 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 carries. Has added 9 receptions for 27 yards and 5 kickoff returns for 106 yards... RB MICHAEL FRANKLIN has rushed 23 times for 60 yards and returned 15 kickoffs for 336 yards. Ranks second in NFL Europa with 12 punt returns for 111 yards (9.3 average)... WR P.K. SAM (Miami Dolphins) is averaging 16.2 yards per reception (see table) and ranks second in NFL Europa in receiving yardage. Has scored 3 touchdowns in the past two games... WR J.J. OUTLAW (Philadelphia Eagles) has 8 catches for 90 yards in 2007. Caught 2 passes for 12 yards last week... WR LAUREN WILLIAMS (Oakland Raiders) caught 1 pass for 8 yards last week and has 7 receptions for 96 yards this season... English WR MARVIN ALLEN ranks second on the Fire with 13 receptions for 120 yards after adding 1 for 12 last week... Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 21 yards this season... TE ERIK JENSEN has 8 receptions for 71 yards this season after adding 2 for 10 yards last week... TE SEAN MULCAHY (Cincinnati Bengals) caught 2 passes for 26 yards last week and has 8 receptions for 76 yards and 1 touchdown on the season... DE MATTHEW RICE (Detroit Lions) has recorded 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks on the season after adding 2 stops last week... German DE CHRISTIAN MOHR registered 3 tackles last weekend and
has 17 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble on the season... DT BRENNAN SCHMIDT has recorded 14 tackles and 2 sacks in 2007 after adding 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry last week... LB RICHARD KOONCE (Pittsburgh Steelers) has registered 19 tackles on the season... LB BLAKE COSTANZO (New York Jets) recorded 7 tackles last week and leads the Fire with 30 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception for 37 yards on the season... LB DEREK REHAGE (Pittsburgh Steelers) was named Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass defense last week. Has 27 tackles in 2007... LB JAMAR ENZOR recorded 3 tackles and 1 forced fumble last week. Has 6 tackles and 1 pass defense on the season. Also scored on a 65-yard interception return... Mexican LB EDUARDO CASTANEDA recorded 1 tackle last week and has 6 tackles on the season... CB CARLOS HENDRICKS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 3 tackles last week and has 21 on the season. Has also knocked down 7 passes... S ANDREW PACE has 28 tackles on the season after adding 8 stops last week... S CALVIN CARLYLE recorded 3 tackles, 1 interception for 27 yards and 1 fumble recovery. Has 19 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass defenses on the season... German S RICHARD YANCY is in his eighth season in NFL Europa and a sixth campaign with the Fire. Has recorded 6 tackles and 1 pass defense in 2007... K MARK BRUBAKER converted a 36-yard field goal but missed from 43 yards last week... P DANNY BAUGHER (New England Patriots) ranks second among NFL Europa punters with an average of 42.5 yards on 28 punts. Has placed 10 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
QB CODY PICKETT, GAME-BY-GAME
Att Comp Yds TD Int
Wk 1: vs Ber 16 8 57 0 1
Wk 2: at Ams 17 9 131 0 0
Wk 3: vs Col 16 9 59 0 1
Wk 4: at Ham 21 16 123 1 0
Wk 5: vs Frank 20 15 179 1 0
Wk 6: at Col 28 17 171 1 2
TOTAL 118 74 720 3 4
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
TOTAL 24 388 3
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COLOGNE CENTURIONS (4-2) at
AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (3-3)
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Friday May 25, 8:00 p.m.
Overall: Amsterdam leads 5-1
At Amsterdam: Amsterdam leads 2-1
At Cologne: Amsterdam leads 3-0
Streak: Cologne 1
Last season: Amsterdam 20 at Cologne 15; Cologne 20 at Amsterdam 13
US: DELAY/NFL Network (10:00 a.m. ET, Saturday May 26)
Play-by-play announcer CHRIS CARRINO is joined in the booth by former New York Giants safety and current NFL Network college football and NFL Draft analyst MIKE MAYOCK.
DAVID DUGGAN has a 1-1 record against the Admirals. Prior to becoming head coach in 2006, he spent two years serving as Cologne's defensive coordinator. Held same position with the Berlin Thunder from 2001-03, during which time he won two World Bowls... BART ANDRUS is in his seventh season in charge of the Admirals. Has led the club to back-to-back World Bowl appearances. Won the title game in 2005 and was named Coach of the Year. Won a World Bowl ring as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff in 2000. Has a 5-1 record against Cologne.
Amsterdam Admirals have had the better of this series, winning the first five contests before Cologne emerged victorious in the Netherlands last season... Amsterdam will play its third Friday night game of the season and fifth in club history. They picked up their first win in such contests against Hamburg last week having previously lost to Berlin in 2002, Scotland in 2004 and Rhein in Week 2 of the 2007 campaign... Amsterdam boasts NFL Europa's second-ranked passing attack with an average of 205.5 passing yards per game... Cologne has rushed the football more than any other team in the league (201) and ranks second with 127.7 yards per game at an average of 3.8 yards per carry... Amsterdam's pass defense is allowing a league-high 212.7 yards per game and an NFLE-high 13.85 yards per completion... Amsterdam has scored a league-leading 7 rushing touchdowns this season... The Admirals lead NFL Europa with a 47.3 success rate on third downs... Admirals quarterbacks have thrown a league-leading 8 interceptions this term... Cologne's top-ranked defense rates second in NFL Europa with 9 interceptions and leads the league with 19 quarterback sacks... Amsterdam's kickoff coverage unit is the best in NFL Europa, restricting opponents to 17.7 yards per return... Amsterdam's defense has conceded a league-low 2 rushing touchdowns but allowed a league-high 11 passing scores... The Admirals are the most penalized team in the league, being flagged 54 times for 458 yards... Cologne boasts the most balanced team in the league with 44.3 per cent of its yardage coming on the ground and 55.7 per cent coming through the air... Amsterdam is the least balanced with 28.3 per cent of offensive yardage coming on the ground compared to 71.7 per cent through the passing game... WR SKYLER FULTON scored on a 65-yard reception to help Amsterdam to victory in the first meeting between the teams last term. Cologne was undone by four missed field goals by K TIM DUNCAN. In the second contest, TE TRENT SMITH and RB TERRY BUTLER scored touchdowns as the Centurions recorded a first-ever win over Amsterdam.
BERLIN THUNDER (2-4) at
HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (3-3)
AOL Arena, Hamburg. Saturday May 26, 6:00 p.m.
Overall: Series tied 2-2-1
At Hamburg: Berlin leads 1-0-1
At Berlin: Hamburg leads 2-1
Streak: Hamburg 2
This Season: Hamburg 16 at Berlin 7 (Week 2)
US: LIVE/ DirecTV (12 noon. ET, Saturday May 26)
DELAY/NFL Network (1:00 a.m. ET, Sunday May 27)
Play-by-play announcer MICHAEL REGHI is joined in the booth by Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman JON RUNYAN.
JOHN ALLEN is 2-4 in his first season as an NFL Europa head coach with both of his victories coming on the road. Prior to joining the Thunder, he spent three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals. During that time, the Admirals' attack ranked second in 2006, first in 2005 and second in 2004... VINCE MARTINO has a 3-3 record as an NFLE head coach and is 1-0 against Berlin. Has worked alongside former head coach Jack Bicknell since the inaugural 1991 campaign. Won a World Bowl ring with the Barcelona Dragons in 1997. Also coached with the Scottish Claymores.
The corresponding fixture in Hamburg last season resulted in just the second tie in NFL Europa history - the other being a 17-17 contest between the London Monarchs and the Birmingham Fire in the 1992 season... Berlin will be keen to snap a two-game losing streak and set out to improve on their 2-1 road record this term... Hamburg is 2-1 on home soil this season... Berlin has lost a league-leading 7 fumbles this season... Hamburg ranks second in NFL Europa with an average of 5.5 yards per offensive play... Berlin ranks joint third with an average of 4.8 yards per offensive play... Hamburg's offensive line has allowed a league-low 8 quarterback sacks on 168 dropbacks this season... Berlin's punt cover unit has allowed a league-high 11.9 yards per return in 2007... Hamburg's punt return unit is ranked sixth in the league with an average of 3.2 yards per runback... Berlin ranks second in NFL Europa with a rushing average of 4.0 and third with 114 rushing yards per game... Hamburg's offense has lost a league-low 1 fumble... The Sea Devils rank second with a turnover ratio of +2 (9 takeaways and 7 giveaways)... Berlin ranks sixth with a differential of -6 (7 takeaways and 13 giveaways)... Hamburg's defense ranks second in NFL Europa with 13 quarterback sacks... Berlin's defense ranks fifth with 11 sacks... Hamburg leads the league with an average of 12.98 yards per pass completion and 11 passing touchdowns... Berlin ranks fifth with a total of 9 touchdowns through the opening six games of the 2007 campaign... Hamburg has the most efficient red zone offense in NFL Europa, scoring on 93.8 per cent of trips inside the 20-yard line. From 16 visits, the Sea Devils have scored 10 touchdowns and 5 field goals... Berlin boasts NFLE's second-ranked defense (281 yards per game)... In the first meeting between the teams this season English RB JERMAINE ALLEN scored on a touchdown run and SHANE ANDRUS kicked three field goals as the Sea Devils emerged victorious in the German capital.
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RHEIN FIRE (2-4) at
FRANKFURT GALAXY (4-2)
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Saturday May 26, 7 p.m.
Overall: Rhein leads 15-10 (Teams tied 1-1 in World Bowls)
At Frankfurt: Series tied 6-6
At Rhein: Rhein leads 9-4
Streak: Rhein 1
This season: Frankfurt 24 at Rhein 27 (Week 5)
US: LIVE/NFL Network (1:00 p.m. ET), Saturday May 26
GERMANY/NETHERLANDS: LIVE/NASN Europe (7:00 p.m. CET), Saturday May 26
Play-by-play announcer RICH ACKERMAN is joined in the booth by former Green Bay Packers and current Minnesota Vikings safety DARREN SHARPER.
RICK LANTZ is in his first season with the Fire and fourth in NFLE. He twice guided Berlin to World Bowls, winning the championship against Frankfurt in 2004 before losing to Amsterdam in 2005. Was named NFLE Coach of the Year in 2004. Has a 5-2 regular season record against the Galaxy... MIKE JONES has a 2-5 regular season record against Rick Lantz. Is the reigning Coach of the Year after leading Frankfurt to World Bowl glory in 2006. Served as a member of the Rhein Fire coaching staff from 1995-2000 and again in 2002-2003, winning World Bowls in 1998 and 2000.
The Fire and Galaxy resume their fierce rivalry at opposite ends of the standings. Frankfurt is in first place with a 4-2 mark, while Rhein is sixth with a 2-4 record... Frankfurt snapped a two-game losing streak with victory last weekend... The Galaxy takes the league's most potent attack into the contest, leading NFL Europa in points scored (144), yards per game (340), passing yards per game (207.2), rushing yards per game (132.8) and touchdowns (17)... Rhein quarterbacks have completed a league-low 9.9 yards per completion... Frankfurt's defense has grabbed an NFL Europa-high 11 interceptions and a league-leading 16 takeaways... Frankfurt has produced more plays covering 20+ yards (22: 6 rush, 16 pass) than any other team in the league... Rhein ranks sixth with 10 plays of 20 yards or more (1 rush, 9 pass)... Frankfurt quarterbacks jointly lead NFL Europa with a completion percentage of 60.5... Frankfurt is averaging a league-leading 4.7 yards per carry, while Rhein ranks sixth with an average of 2.6 yards per rush... Fire quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 16 times this season... Rhein and Frankfurt quarterbacks have been intercepted a league-low 5 times each... The Fire has fumbled a league-high 13 times, losing the ball on 7 occasions... Frankfurt's defense is holding opposing rushers to a league low 3.2 yards per carry... The Galaxy is 3-0 at home this season while the Fire is 1-2 on the road... Rhein leads NFL Europa with an average time of possession of 31:06 yet the Fire offense ranks sixth in NFL Europa with an average of 219.3 yards per game... Rhein's red zone offense ranks second in the league, scoring on 88.2 per cent of trips inside the 20-yard line (15 of 17)... Frankfurt ranks fifth in red zone offense, scoring on 10 of 14 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line... In the first meeting between the clubs this season, RB TAUREAN HENDERSON (Atlanta Falcons) rushed for a touchdown in each half as the Fire recorded a three-point win. Fire QB CODY PICKETT threw for 179 yards and one touchdown.
- WEEK SIX RECAP -
Hamburg Sea Devils 31, Amsterdam Admirals 41
(Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Attendance: 9,384)
Jonathan Smith (Ams) 134 total yards, scored 4 touchdowns
Drew Olson (Ams) 293 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 188 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
Marcus Maxwell (Ham) 3 receptions, 66 yards, 2 touchdowns
Rhein Fire 17 at Cologne Centurions 20
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 22,154)
P.K. Sam (Rhe) 9 receptions, 114 yards, 2 touchdowns
Derek Rehage (Rhe) 12 tackles, 1 sack
Philippe Gardent (Col) 11 tackles, 1 pass defense
Clifton Smith (Col) 6 tackles, 1 interception
Berlin Thunder 7 at Frankfurt Galaxy 35
(Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt. Attendance: 30,125)
Charles Anthony (Fra) 101 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Brandon Middleton (Fra) 71-yard punt return touchdown
Chris Harrell (Ber) 10 tackles, 1 pass defense
DeMario Williams (Fra) 9 tackles, 1 interception
- RED ZONE STATISTICS - 2007 -
OFFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Hamburg 16 10 62.5 5 31.3 93.8
Rhein 17 7 41.2 8 47.1 88.2
Cologne 14 8 57.1 4 28.6 85.7
Amsterdam 17 12 70.6 2 11.8 82.4
Frankfurt 14 6 42.9 4 28.6 71.4
Berlin 15 5 33.3 1 6.7 40.0
DEFENSE No TD TD% FG FG% Scoring %
Amsterdam 18 5 27.8 7 38.9 66.7
Rhein 15 7 46.7 3 20.0 66.7
Frankfurt 19 10 52.6 4 21.1 73.7
Hamburg 19 12 63.2 4 21.1 84.2
Berlin 11 7 63.6 3 27.3 90.9
Cologne 11 7 63.6 3 27.3 90.9
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