NFL Europe Week 6 Summary

In NFL Europe a couple of Patriots are starting to make their mark. Running back Kory Chapman (Cologne) had his best game of the season. Wide receiver Cedric James had his own success for the Rhine.Whether these two players will make the Patriots roster is yet to be determined. But Michael Jennings, a former Patriot WR in NFLE leads the league in receiving. If James or Chapman have continued success, like Jennings, they'll likely keep a roster spot come fall.

NFL Europe League Standings

Team
W
L
T
PCT
PF
PA
Amsterdam Admirals 420.667

170

125

Berlin Thunder 420.667

146

118

Cologne Centurions 420.667

123

124

Hamburg Sea Devils 330.500

139

103

Frankfurt Galaxy 240.333

87

165

Rhein Fire 150.167

120

150


Week 6 Results
Rhein 24, Hamburg 19
Cologne 23, Berlin 17
Amsterdam 48, Frankfurt 10


Three teams —the Amsterdam Admirals, Berlin Thunder and Cologne Centurions — are tied for first place with four weeks remaining in the NFL Europe League regular season, ensuring a fantastic finish in the race to the championship game — World Bowl XIII.

On Sunday in Amsterdam, the Admirals improved to 4-2 with an impressive 48-10 win over the Frankfurt Galaxy. Tennessee Titans running back Jarrett Payton helped spark a rushing attack that totaled 331 yards, tying the league single-game record set by the Galaxy on April 20, 2002 in a 54-14 win over the Barcelona Dragons.

Payton carried nine times for 97 yards, including touchdown runs of 18 and 27 yards. Payton, the son of NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, leads NFL Europe with a 6.6 yards-per-carry average and ties for tops with five rushing touchdowns. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jonathan Smith added 131 yards in the win.

"Everything was clicking for us on offense," Payton explained."The offensive line was moving people around and opening holes and we just got into a rhythm. This is how we should be playing all the time. Now we have to keep it going next week."

Chicago Bears quarterback Kurt Kittner enjoyed his most productive performance with the Admirals, completing 20 of 31 attempts for 204 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a stellar 115.5 passer rating. Kittner also added a one-yard touchdown run in the victory.

Meanwhile in Düsseldorf on Saturday, another NFL quarterback was enjoying similar success. Green Bay Packers passer Scott McBrien sparked the Rhein Fire to a 24-19 win over the Hamburg Sea Devils, helping Rhein to its first win of the season and ending Hamburg’s three-game winning streak.

McBrien completed 13 of 22 attempts for 231 yards and no interceptions, tossing touchdown passes of 55 and 42 yards in the win. McBrien, who finished the game with a Week 6-best 125.4 passer rating, ties for the NFL Europe lead with eight touchdown passes.

"Anytime you get a win, it builds your confidence," said McBrien, who has started the past three games for the Fire."Hopefully we can just keep this going and it will carry into our next game. We need to concentrate on not turning the ball over and putting points on the board. That is what we did tonight and it resulted in a win."

On Sunday in Cologne, the Centurions bounced back from a 17-10 fourth-quarter deficit to earn an exciting 23-17 win over Berlin.

New England Patriots running back Kory Chapman led the offense with 94 yards rushing, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and adding a 13-yard touchdown run. Dallas Cowboys running back Keylon Kincade added 42 yards rushing, including touchdown runs of one and three yards.

"We knew we were in a situation where we had to have this game," Chapman said."We worked hard all week and then today we were able to come out and make the plays we needed to win the game."

PATRIOTS IN NFL EUROPE

Patriots Players to keep an eye on in NFL Europe

Cologne, Kory Chapman RB - Rushed 13 times for 94 yards and one touchdown against Berlin.
Rhein, Cedric James WR - Caught four passes for 78 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown against Hamburg.
Frankfurt, Grant Steen LB - Led the team with 9 tackles against Amsterdam, ranks first on the team with 38 stops
Hamburg, Ricky Bryant WR - Did not play (injured)

Rhein, Mark Bartosic WR - Has been Released / Waived by the team
Amsterdam, Joel Jacobs TE - Injured Reserve / Not playing

Week 7 Schedule

Saturday, May 15, 2005
Rhein Fire at Berlin Thunder - 12:00 PM
Amsterdam Admirals at Hamburg Sea Devils - 1:00 PM - DIRECTV
Cologne Centurions at Frankfurt Galaxy - 1:00 PM - NFL Network

Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.


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