NFL Europe Summary - Week Six

Things are getting tight in the NFLEL, with three teams tied at the top of the standings. Berlin, the team that had sole possession of first place last week, fell to Cologne. Meanwhile, Amsterdam and Rhein took advantage of the opportunity and ascended to a mutual pole position in the race for the World Bowl.

NFL Europe League Standings

Amsterdam Admirals 4 2 0 .667



Berlin Thunder 4 2 0 .667



Cologne Centurions 4 2 0 .667



Hamburg Sea Devils 3 3 0 .500



Frankfurt Galaxy 2 4 0 .333



Rhein Fire 1 5 0 .167



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."


AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS: P RYAN DUTTON punted once for 38 yards against Frankfurt.

BERLIN THUNDER: CB MICHAEL HARDEN recorded three tackles and one pass defensed against Cologne...DE CHRISTIAN MOHR registered four tackles and one sack for a nine-yard loss....K KEVIN MILLER connected on a 22-yard field goal.

COLOGNE CENTURIONS: CB KEVIN HOUSE recorded four tackles against Berlin.

recorded two tackles against Rhein.

RHEIN FIRE: LB TERENCE ROBINSON recorded one special teams tackle against Hamburg.

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

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