NFL Europe Preview - Week Eight

Three weeks of regular season action still to be played. Four serious contenders within one game of each other at the top of the standings. Two World Bowl berths up for grabs. That's the fascinating scenario in NFL Europe as the 2005 campaign hurtles towards one of the most nailbiting finishes of all time.











Cologne Centurions









Berlin Thunder









Hamburg Sea Devils









Amsterdam Admirals









Frankfurt Galaxy









Rhein Fire









Tied teams separated by: 1: Head-to-head. 2: Points differential in games between tied teams.


Head Coach: Bart Andrus (21-26 in NFLEL)

Colours: Orange and blue

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Darryl Sims (2nd season)


LAST GAME: Lost 24-30 (OT) at Hamburg (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 27.7 pts/game; 376 yds/game (rank 1); 167.8 yds rush/game (rank 1); 208.1 yds pass/game (rank 2)

Passing: Kurt Kittner, 974 yds

Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 536 yds

Receiving: Ruvell Martin 23 rec, 429 yds

DEFENSE: 22.6 pts/game; 303.3 yds/game (rank 4); 120 rush yds/game (rank 3); 183.3 pass yds/game (rank 2)

Sacks: Clint Mitchell 3.0

Interceptions: Norman Lejeune, Jeff Sanchez, B.J. Tucker, 3


Head coach BART ANDRUS will aim to get his team back on track following last weekend’s overtime loss in Hamburg. He says: “We didn’t play very well offensively and that played a big part in what happened on the field.”… QB KURT KITTNER (Chicago Bears) made his third start of the season last week but threw 4 interceptions. Has topped the 200-yard passing mark in each of his three starts but has also thrown 7 interceptions, and 9 on the season. Discussing his quarterback, Andrus says: “I know Kurt will bounce back. He has had some ups and downs but we have to help him out with a better running attack. We just didn’t get the rushing yardage we’re used to getting last week.”… RB JONATHAN SMITH (Kansas City Chiefs) ranks second in NFLEL in rushing yards. Rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown in last meeting with Cologne … RB JARRETT PAYTON (Tennessee Titans) slipped to fifth in NFLEL in rushing yards after being held to 35 yards last week. Leads the league with 6 rushing touchdowns after adding a 1-yard TD run at Hamburg. Was held to a season-low 30 yards in last clash with Centurions… WR RUVELL MARTIN (San Diego Chargers) has scored a touchdown in every game this season, including a 50-yarder last week. His 7 consecutive games with a receiving TD ranks second in NFLEL history, alongside Carl Parker (Sacramento 1991) and behind Mario Bailey (10, Frankfurt 1999-2000) WR JOHN BOOTH (Kansas City Chiefs) had 2 catches for 24 yards last week and has 14 receptions for 246 yards this season… WR ATAVEUS CASH (New York Giants) caught 4 passes for 37 yards last week and ranks joint-second on the team with 19 receptions… TE MIKE GOMEZ (Buffalo Bills) had a 7-yard catch last week and has 19 receptions for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2005… French TE YOAN SCHNEE has 3 catches this season….

(Indianapolis Colts) has 12 tackles and 2 sacks this year… DE OMARI HAND (Jacksonville Jaguars) made 4 tackles last weekend and has 19 tackles and 2 sacks to his name this season… DE CLINT MITCHELL leads the Admirals with 3 sacks… DT JEREMY CAUDILL recorded 4 tackles and an interception last week… LB DERRICK BALLARD (Chicago Bears) recorded 4 tackles last week, taking his 2005 tally to 20 stops… LB PHIL ARCHER recorded a team-high 9 tackles last week and ranks fourth on the Admirals defense with 27 tackles this term… LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded 9 tackles last week and ranks second on the team with 37 stops… CB JEFF SANCHEZ (Detroit Lions) recorded 2 interceptions for 94 yards and a touchdown last week. Has made 24 tackles this year and leads the Admirals with 3 interceptions and 10 pass defenses… CB B.J. TUCKER (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 3 pass defenses and a team lead-tying third interception last week… S SCOTT CONNOT (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 8 tackles and 2 interceptions last week. Leads Amsterdam with 42 tackles this year … S RON ISRAEL(Pittsburgh Steelers) made 4 tackles last week for 31 this season… K CHRIS SNYDER (Houston Texans) ranks second among NFLEL kickers with 56 points. Made 1 of 2 FGs last week.


Head Coach: Rick Lantz (14-3 in

NFLEL, plus 1-0 in World Bowl)

Colours: Black, green and gold


DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jim Tomsula (2nd season)


LAST GAME: Won 24-15 vs. Rhein (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 24.3 pts/game; 320.8 yds/game (rank 3); 130 rush yds/game (rank 2); 190.8 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Passing: Dave Ragone, 1,188 yds

Rushing: Cal Murray, 380 yds

Receiving: Aaron Boone 26 rec, Michael Jennings 416 yds

DEFENSE: 19 pts/game; 300.6 yds/game (rank 2); 141.1 rush yds/game (rank 5); 159.4 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Sacks: Christian Mohr, 3.0

Interceptions: Jermaine Mays, 3


Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ has his team on the verge of clinching a berth in World Bowl following a hard-fought victory over the Rhein Fire. He says: “It was a tough contest but we took the ball away three times and they only got one. That was important. It was a really good win for us.”… QB DAVE RAGONE (Houston Texans) has started all seven games and leads NFLEL in touchdown passes. Has not thrown an interception in his last four starts. His interception percentage of 1.1 (2 from 178 attempts) would tie a league record set by Mike Quinn (Rhein 1998) if maintained. Lantz says: “Dave Ragone is making very few bad throws and we have not turned the ball over very much.”… QB CHRIS FINLEN (New Orleans Saints) failed to complete any of his 3 pass attempts last week… RB CAL MURRAY (San Diego Chargers) leads the team in rushing yards and scored his first rushing TD of the season. Lantz says: “Cal Murray has got better each week. The way he ran the football today was really important.”… RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS (New York Jets) jointly leads the league with 6 rushing touchdowns. Rushed for season-high 92 yards last week… WR MICHAEL JENNINGS (New York Giants) did not play last week. Leads the Thunder with 416 yards on 25 receptions this season… WR AARON BOONE (Carolina Panthers) caught a team-high 8 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown vs. Rhein to earn NFLEL Offensive Player of the Week honors. Leads the Thunder with 26 receptions for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns this season… WR TERRENCE STUBBS (New York Jets) has 15 receptions for 149 yards this season… TE JOHN FRIESER (Pittsburgh Steelers) has 6 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown this season… 363-pound T DANTE ELLINGTON caught a 10-yard pass for a first down against the Rhein Fire last week…

MOHR (Seattle Seahawks) leads the Thunder with 3 sacks this season after adding 5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble vs. the Fire to win National Player of the Week honors… DE DARRELL LEE recorded 6 tackles last week, taking his season total to 25 stops… DT CHARLES LEE recorded 4 tackles last week and has 10 in 2005 season… LB RICH SCANLON (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 10 tackles and 2 pass defenses last week. Has led the Thunder in tackles in each of the opening seven games of the year and leads the team with 66 tackles… LB MICHAEL BROWN (Atlanta Falcons) recorded 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 pass defenses in Week 7. Ranks fourth on the Thunder defense with 27 tackles… CB MICHAEL HARDEN (Seattle Seahawks) knocked down 3 passes last week… CB WILLIE FORD (Indianapolis Colts) recorded 2 tackles last week and jointly leads the Thunder with 7 passes defended… CB JERMAINE MAYS (Indianapolis Colts) recorded 3 tackles last week. Has 3 interceptions for 113 yards and touchdown this season, in addition to 12 tackles… CB JAMES THORNTON ranks second on the Thunder defense with 29 tackles… S ADRIAN MAYES (Arizona Cardinals) recorded 4 tackles and 1 interception last week and ranks third on the Thunder defense with 28 tackles… K KEVIN MILLER (Seattle Seahawks) has hit on 12 of 15 FGs after making a 42-yarder last week. Had a 50-yard effort blocked. Has scored 52 points to rank fourth in NFLEL this season.


Head Coach: Peter Vaas (28-29 in

NFLEL, plus 2-0 in World Bowl)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Bob Bicknell (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: David Duggan (2nd season)


LAST GAME: Won 20-17 (OT) at Frankfurt (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 20.4 pts/game; 302.9 yds/game (rank 4=); 123.7 rush yds/game (rank 3); 179.1 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Passing: Kevin Thompson, 1,037 yds

Rushing: Kory Chapman, 451 yds

Receiving: Keylon Kincade 24 rec, Jamin Elliott 246 yds

DEFENSE: 20.1 pts/game; 279.6 yds/game (rank 1); 81.3 rush yds/game (rank 1); 198.3 pass yds/game (rank 4)

Sacks: Greg White, 4.0

Interceptions: Lin-J Shell, 2


Centurions have a share of first-place as they head into a vital game against fellow World Bowl contenders Amsterdam. Head coach PETER VAAS knows the atmosphere will be similar to last week’s game in Frankfurt, making for another emotional night. “When you are in a hostile environment where you are not supposed to win, to have that opportunity is fantastic. There were emotional highs and lows; you just can’t let the lows get you.”… QB KEVIN THOMPSON (Buffalo Bills) has started all seven games this season. Has not thrown TD pass since last game against Admirals in Week 4… QB CHRIS LEWIS (Arizona Cardinals) attempted 1 of 2 passes for 12 yards last week … RB KORY CHAPMAN (New England Patriots) had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week to move up to fourth in the NFLEL rankings in rushing yards and fourth in yards from scrimmage … RB KEYLON KINCADE (Dallas Cowboys) ranks fifth in the league in offensive yardage and has 3 TDs in last two games. Leads the team in receptions… WR JAMIN ELLIOTT (Chicago Bears) leads the team with 246 receiving yards after gaining 62 on 5 catches last week… WR C.J. JONES (Cleveland Browns) had 1 catch for 4 yards last week and has 10 catches this year … WR ROMBY BRYANT (Atlanta Falcons) caught 2 passes for 42 yards last week and had 4 for 46 against Amsterdam this year… WR JAMES ADKISSON (Oakland Raiders) caught 1 pass for 23 yards last week and had 3 receptions for 22 yards against the Admirals in Week 4 … Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 3 receptions for 45 yards this season… German TE WERNER HIPPLER played his 84th career game in NFL Europe last week, three behind the all-time record of former Scottish Claymores wide receiver Scott Couper. Has career receiving figures of 85 for 884 yards (third all-time among national players) and 3 touchdowns…

leads team after his fourth sack
of the season last week among 3 tackles… DT BRYAN SAVE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 2 sacks last week and has 3.5 for the season… LB BOBBY BROOKS leads the team with 32 tackles after 5 last week and has defended a team-high 8 passes… LB JOE TUIPALA (Washington Redskins) led the team with 8 tackles against Amsterdam this season. Ranks second on team with 30 tackles… CB JAMAINE WINBORNE (Baltimore Ravens) has 3 sacks this season… CB KEVIN HOUSE (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 4 tackles last week and ranks second on the team with 7 passes defended… CB LIN-J SHELL (Philadelphia Eagles) had his – and the team’s – second interception of the season last week. Recorded 4 tackles last week and has 23 on the season… S ED CANONICO (Kansas City Chiefs) made 4 tackles last week and ranks third on the club with 27 stops… K JIMMY KIBBLE ranks third in the NFLEL with 53 points, including 13 of 15 FGs. Last week kicked two FGs, including a 37-yard game-winner in overtime, to win Special Teams Player of the Week honors.


Head Coach: Mike Jones (9-8) in NFLEL, plus 0-1 in World Bowl.

Colours: Purple, orange, red and white

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (1st season)



LAST GAME: Lost 17-20 (OT) vs Cologne (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 14.9 pts/game; 252.6 yds/game (rank 6); 102.7 rush yds/game (rank 5); 149.9 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Passing: Kevin Eakin, 620 yds

Rushing: Ahmaad Galloway, 452 yds

Receiving: Jamal Jones, 24 rec, 338 yds

DEFENSE: 26.4 pts/game; 378 yds/game (rank 6); 184.9 rush yds/game (rank 6); 193.1 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Sacks: Derrick Crawford, Seante Williams, 3.0

Interceptions: Lamont Brightful, 4


Head coach MIKE JONES has to lift his team after a narrow overtime loss against Cologne last week. He says: “It was our toughest loss of all. Our guys came out and played their hearts out and made some great contributions. We had the opportunities to win but let them slip away.”… QB AKILI SMITH (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has not seen action since the Week 5 game against Rhein … QB KEVIN EAKIN (New York Jets) has started the last three games … QB B.J. SYMONS (Houston Texans) completed 3 of 6 passes for 28 yards with 1 interception last week… RB AHMAAD GALLOWAY (San Diego Chargers) ranks third in NFLEL in rushing yards … RB J.R. NIKLOS (Oakland Raiders) was held to 4 yards on 3 carries last week. Scored a 2-yard TD against Rhein in Week 5… WR JAMAL JONES (Green Bay Packers) is the team’s leading receiver but has yet to score a touchdown… WR HUBERT WHITTAKER (Jacksonville Jaguars) has 11 catches for 153 yards this year, including 4 for 44 against Rhein … WR SAM SIMMONS (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught 5 passes for 41 yards last week… English WR MARVIN ALLEN has 6 receptions for 71 yards on the season after a 16- yard catch last week… TE MARK ANELLI (Atlanta Falcons) was inactive last week. He ranks second on the team with 16 catches … TE BROCK EDWARDS had 3 catches for 16 yards, including 2 TDs against Rhein in Week 5. Had 1 catch for 5 yards last week… WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings) caught 4 passes for 39 yards last week, including a pair of TDs… DE SEANTE WILLIAMS (Green Bay Packers) jointly leads the Galaxy after posting his third sack last week among 5 tackles… DT LOUIS GACHELIN has 2.5 sacks in 2005 after sharing a sack last week and posting 5 tackles… DT AHMAD CHILDRESS (New York Giants) posted 8 tackles last week and his second sack… LB GRANT STEEN (New England Patriots) had 5 tackles last week and ranks second on the team with 43… S MICHAEL GRANT (Cleveland Browns) had a club-high 12 stops last week to rank third on the team with 33 tackles… CB LAMONT BRIGHTFUL (New York Giants) leads the team and ranks second in the league with 4 interceptions after two picks late in last week’s game. Leads team with 11 passes defended… S RAYMOND PERRYMAN (Jacksonville Jaguars) leads the team with 44 tackles after adding 7 last week… K STEVE SCALDAFERRI (Indianapolis Colts) has 25 points this season. Last week he hit from 29 yards but missed a potential gamewinner from 33 yards at the end of regulation… P MIKE BARR (Pittsburgh Steelers) averaged 41.2 yards on 6 punts last week.


Head Coach:
Jack Bicknell (65-62 in

NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)

Colours: Dark blue, teal, red

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (1st season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (1st season)


LAST GAME: Won 30-24 (OT) vs. Amsterdam (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 24.1 pts/game; 339 yds/game (rank 2); 88.1 rush yds/game (rank 6); 250.8 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,215 yds

Rushing: Larry Croom, 274 yds

Receiving: Scott McCready 37 rec, 474 yds

DEFENSE: 18.1 pts/game; 301.6 yds/game (rank 3); 82.7 rush yds/game (rank 2); 218.8 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Sacks: Kevin Emanuel, 4.0

Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 5


Sea Devils head coach JACK BICKNELL was delighted with his team’s overtime defeat of Amsterdam, saying: “I judge a team by how important a game is to them and to these kids it’s real important. They just weren’t going to lose.”…. QB CASEY BRAMLET (Cincinnati Bengals) ranks second in NFL Europe with a passer rating of 75.9. Threw as many interceptions last week (4) as he had done in the opening six games of the year… QB RYAN DINWIDDIE (Chicago Bears) hit on 12 of 27 passes for 178 yards and 1 touchdown last week but was also intercepted twice. Bicknell says: “We will stick with our normal quarterback rotation and I don’t see us making any changes. I am happy with both my quarterbacks and they are great kids.”… RB LARRY CROOM (Arizona Cardinals) rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries last week and has 274 rushing yards and 1 touchdown in the season’s opening seven games. Added 2 receptions for 22 yards last week… RB ZACK ABRON (Chicago Bears) rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries last week and has 266 rushing yards this season… WR DEREK McCOY (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught a 26-yard touchdown pass last week and has 13 receptions for 153 yards and 2 scores this season… WR CHRIS COLLINS (Pittsburgh Steelers) had his second successive 100-yard receiving day last week and caught a game-tying 2-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter. Ranks second in NFLEL with 28 receptions after catching 17 passes in the past two games… WR TERRANCE METCALF (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 3 passes for 64 yards with a long of 40 last week. Has reeled in 14 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown this season… TE BOBBY BLIZZARD (Atlanta Falcons) leads all NFL Europe League tight ends in receptions (see table) after catching 3 passes for 41 yards last weekend…

EMANUEL (Seattle Seahawks) jointly leads NFL Europe with 4 sacks after adding 1 among 2 tackles last week… DE IVORY McCOY scored Hamburg ’s winning touchdown last week when he returned a fumble 29 yards to the end zone with 26 seconds remaining in overtime. Added 2 tackles and 1 sack… DE SACHA LANCASTER recorded 2 tackles and forced a fumble on an overtime sack that allowed McCoy to score the game-winning touchdown… LB NICK McNEIL (Green Bay Packers) ranks second on the team with 41 tackles after adding a game-high 9 and 1 sack against Amsterdam last week… LB SHAWN MORGAN (Green Bay Packers) notched 3 tackles last week to take his season tally to 20… CB MARCELL ALLMOND (Jacksonville Jaguars) leads the Sea Devils with 42 tackles after recording 7 tackles and 1 sack against the Admirals. Has 3 interceptions on the season… S SHAWN MAYER (Atlanta Falcons ) recorded 7 tackles last week and ranks third on the team with 31 this season. Tied the NFLEL single game record with 3 interceptions for 36 yards and was named NFLEL Defensive Player of the Week… S ERIC CROUCH (Kansas City Chiefs) missed last week’s game through injury. Has 20 tackles this season… German S CLAUDIUS OSEI saw his first extensive playing time of 2005 since joining the Sea Devils in Week 5 and recorded 2 tackles and 1 special teams stop… K TODD FRANCE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) leads NFL Europe with 71 points after seven games. Last week he made 3 of 6 field goals, long 43, and 1 of 1 PAT. Has converted 19 of 25 field goals and 13 of 13 PATs this season. He is on pace to smash the single season records for field goals attempted (27), converted (23) and points scored (85) set by Scott Szeredy of the Barcelona Dragons in 1995… P B.J. SANDER (Green Bay Packers) has averaged 41.4 yards on 19 kicks this season with a long of 65.


Head Coach: Pete Kuharchek (22-25 in NFLEL, 0-2 in World Bowls)

Colours: Burgundy, black and white

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Scott Milanovich (1st season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (2nd season)


LAST GAME: Lost 15-24 at Berlin, (5/14/05 )

OFFENSE: 19.3 pts/game; 302.8 yds/game (rank 4); 120.6 rush yds/game (rank 3); 182.3 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Passing: Scott McBrien, 1,229 yds

Rushing: Joe Smith, 649 yds

Receiving: Cedric James 27 rec, 483 yds

DEFENSE: 24.8 pts/game; 331.1 yds/game (rank 5); 123 rush yds/game (rank 3); 208.1 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Sacks: Sean Guthrie, 4.0

Interceptions: Four Players, 1


Rhein Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK will go in search of a second win of the season as his club faces the Frankfurt Galaxy. Talking about the intense Fire-Galaxy rivalry, he says: “It is like Auburn- Alabama, Florida - Florida State – it is that kind of game. With the situation we’re in, this game is even more important for us. A win against Frankfurt would make things feel a whole lot better around here.”… QB SCOTT McBRIEN (Green Bay Packers) leads NFL Europe in passing yards, touchdown passes and interceptions thrown . Was intercepted a season-high 3 times in last meeting with Galaxy… RB JOE SMITH (Tennessee Titans) has carried the football more times than any other player in 2005 and leads the league in rushing yards after gaining a season-best 166 last week. Picked up 152 yards and a TD in last game vs. Frankfurt. Speaking of his success, Smith says: “The offensive line has been doing a great job of blocking but the real key has been the receivers blocking downfield. They have been coming through and making real good plays downfield.”… WR CEDRIC JAMES (New England Patriots) leads the league in receiving yardage and ranks third in NFLEL in receptions . Has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games and has only been held without a TD in two contests this season… WR GLENN MARTINEZ (Detroit Lions) caught a 5-yard pass last week and has 18 receptions for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season… WR JERIS McINTYRE (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 39 yards last week and has 17 for 341 on the year… TE JASON RADER had 1 reception for 12 yards last week and has 14 for 129 yards in 2005…

Bengals) recorded 3 tackles last weekend and has 22 and 2 sacks this season… DE SEAN GUTHRIE leads NFL Europe with 4 quarterback sacks. Added 3 tackles last week to take his season total to 17… DE DEMETRIOS WALKER (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery last week and now has 24 tackles and 2 sacks on the season… DT EDDIE FREEMAN (Carolina Panthers) recorded 3 tackles and knocked down a pass last week. Has 19 tackles and 2 sacks this season… LB TONY GILBERT (Jacksonville Jaguars), who played in 16 games for the Jaguars in 2004, leads the Fire with 50 tackles after adding a team-high 7 last week… LB EDWARD THOMAS (Oakland Raiders) registered 6 tackles last week and ranks second on the team with 48 takedowns… LB TERRENCE ROBINSON (Seattle Seahawks) has 24 tackles this season after adding 6 to his tally last weekend… CB BLUE ADAMS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 5 tackles and knocked down 4 passes last week. Leads the Fire with 12 passes defended this season and has also recorded 29 tackles and 1 interception… CB JONATHAN COX (San Diego Chargers) notched 2 tackles and batted down 2 passes last week, taking his season total to 28 tackles, 1 interception and 10 pass defenses.… German S RICHARD YANCY recorded 3 tackles and knocked down 2 passes last week, for a season total of 30, placing him third among Fire defenders. Leads all national defenders through seven games… S CHRIS DAY (Green Bay Packers) has returned a league-high 29 kickoffs for 626 yards (21.6 average) this season. Recorded 1 tackle last week and ran back 2 kickoffs for 30 yards… K NICHOLAS SETTA (Chicago Bears) converted field goals from 27 and 35 yards last week. Has hit on 9 of 13 field goal attempts and 14 of 14 PATs to rank fifth among NFLEL kickers with 41 points… P TRAVIS DORSCH (Minnesota Vikings) leads NFL Europe with an average of 42.4 yards on 29 punts with a long of 60 yards. Top Stories