NFL Europe Preview - Week Nine

AND then there were four. With two weeks of the regular season remaining, the field of contenders still includes a hopeful quartet. And with four clubs separated by – at most – two games, the race to clinch a spot in World Bowl XIII on Saturday, June 11 is gearing up to be one of the most exciting in league history.

NFL EUROPE STANDINGS

 

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L

T

PF

PA

Streak

Home

Road

Berlin Thunder

6

2

0

197

150

W2

4-0

2-2

Amsterdam Admirals

5

3

0

224

170

W1

4-0

1-3

Cologne Centurions

5

3

0

155

171

L1

3-1

2-2

Hamburg Sea Devils

4

4

0

186

154

L1

3-1

1-3

Frankfurt Galaxy

3

5

0

124

198

W1

2-2

1-3

Rhein Fire

1

7

0

148

194

L2

1-3

0-4

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Week 9 Schedule

Saturday, May 28

Berlin Thunder at Frankfurt Galaxy - 1:00 PM (ET) - NFL Network

Sunday, May 29

Hamburg Sea Devils at Amsterdam Admirals - 9:00 AM (ET) - DIRECTV

Rhein Fire at Cologne Centurions -  2:00 PM (ET) - FOX

Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.

FOUR TEAMS TO BATTLE FOR WORLD BOWL BERTHS AS 2005 TITLE RUN-IN HEATS UP

The all-important Week 9 action begins on Saturday evening as the defending champion Berlin Thunder (6- 2) visits a Frankfurt Galaxy (3-5) team that is eliminated from World Bowl contention despite a victory last week. On Sunday afternoon, the Hamburg Sea Devils (4-4) travel to face the Amsterdam Admirals (5-3) knowing back-to-back wins are a must to keep realistic hopes of a championship game appearance alive. The weekend’s action concludes on Sunday as local rivals go head to head with the Rhein Fire (1-7) making the short trip to face the Cologne Centurions (5-3) in a showdown that could have huge World Bowl implications.

The action gets underway in Frankfurt, Germany, where the league-leading Thunder will aim to stay on course for a fourth World Bowl appearance in the past five years. Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ says of his squad: “I am extremely proud of my team. I can’t say enough about this team’s effort this season. It was a big and important win for us in Hamburg and we never gave up fighting.”

After seeing his club pick up their third victory of a difficult season last weekend, Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES says: “A lot of our record is down to injuries. We have 18 new guys on our roster who were not with us in training camp and we have struggled. We have to take the blame for some of what has gone on this season but overall I would say this is a good group of kids.”

On Sunday, the Admirals will look to complete an unbeaten season on home soil as they welcome the Sea Devils to Amsterdam ArenA. Following Monday night’s defeat of Cologne, Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS says: “We showed we can be a tough football team and this victory stemmed from a total team effort. Cologne gave us some challenges and they had a good game plan but we were able to overcome them.”

Sea Devils head coach JACK BICKNELL remains in optimistic mood, despite seeing his side suffer a reverse at the hands of the Thunder last weekend. He says of that defeat: “We are disappointed because that was a game we felt we could have won. We were throwing the ball too much in the second half and we need to be able to run the ball more to keep thepressure off.”

Week 9 ends with local rivals going head to head as the Fire makes the short trip along the Rhein River to take on the Cologne Centurions for the Rhein Cup. Both teams are coming off losses – Rhein at home to the Galaxy and the Centurions at Amsterdam on Monday evening. Cologne head coach PETER VAAS says: “We look forward to playing the Rhein Fire this week. I would love to play them on Wednesday if we could. This team has done a great job all season and I will not lose patience with my players because we lost to Amsterdam. I thought we played a very good offensive football team in the Admirals and I don’t think I coached very well.” Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK saw his team fall to a seventh defeat of the season last weekend and said: “I thought our guys were ready to play but we couldn’t get anything going early. We got off to a bad start and turnovers killed us. That was pretty much the story of the game.”

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 8

OFFENSIVE · DAVE RAGONE · QB, Berlin
22 of 31 passes for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns;

DEFENSIVE · RICH SCANLON · LB, Berlin
9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

SPECIAL TEAMS · JEFF SANCHEZ · CB, Amsterdam
Returned blocked field goal 56 yards for touchdown

NATIONAL · JOAKIM HOLM · FB, Frankfurt
2 receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown

AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (5-3)

Head Coach: Bart Andrus (22-26 in NFLEL)

Colours: Orange and blue

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Darryl Sims (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 56-52

LAST GAME: Won 30-12 vs. Cologne (5/23/05)

OFFENSE: 28 pts/game; 364.75 yds/game (rank 1); 164.5 yds rush/game (rank 1); 200.25 yds pass/game (rank 2)

Passing: Kurt Kittner, 1,119 yds

Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 616 yds

Receiving: Ruvell Martin 25 rec, 473 yds

DEFENSE: 21.25 pts/game; 308.9 yds/game (rank 4); 129 rush yds/game (rank 5); 179.9 pass yds/game (rank 2)

Sacks: Omari Hand, Clint Mitchell, 3.0

Interceptions: B.J. Tucker, 4


· THIS WEEK: vs. HAMBURG SEA DEVILS ·

Head coach BART ANDRUS saw his team improve to 4-0 at home this season with victory over Cologne last week and says: “Our guys played hard, listened to what we wanted to change and applied it on the field.”… QB KURT KITTNER (Chicago Bears) has started the last four games for the Admirals. Has thrown 1 TD and 5 interceptions in the last two weeks but has drawn praise from Andrus, who says: “Kurt is a positive player for us. He knows the intricacies of this offense now and has become an offensive leader for us in terms of guiding the team. The players look up to him.” Threw 4 interceptions in Week 7 loss at Hamburg … RB JONATHAN SMITH (Kansas City Chiefs) ranks second in NFLEL in rushing yards. Rushed for 50 yards in last meeting with Hamburg … RB JARRETT PAYTON (Tennessee Titans) ranks fourth in NFLEL in rushing yards after being held to 47 yards last week. Leads the league with 7 rushing touchdowns after adding a 26-yard TD run vs. Cologne. Rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown in loss at Hamburg … WR RUVELL MARTIN (San Diego Chargers) was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. His 7 consecutive games with a receiving TD ranked second in NFLEL history, alongside Carl Parker (Sacramento 1991) and behind Mario Bailey (10, Frankfurt 1999-2000)… WR JOHN BOOTH (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 1 pass for 8 yards last week and has 15 receptions for 254 yards on the season… WR ATAVEUS CASH (New York Giants) caught 4 passes for 34 yards last week and added 3 punt returns for 33 yards. Ranks second on the Admirals with 23 catches… TE MIKE GOMEZ (Buffalo Bills) caught 3 passes for 16 yards last week and has 22 catches for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year… French TE YOAN SCHNEE caught 1 pass for 5 yards and has 4 receptions this season…

DE OMARI HAND
(Jacksonville Jaguars) recorded 1 tackle and 1 sack last week, taking his season total to 20 tackles and 3 sacks… DE EARL COCHRAN recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack vs. Cologne and has 16 stops and 2 sacks in 2005… DE CLINT MITCHELL jointly leads the club with 3 sacks and made 2 tackles last week… DT JEREMY CAUDILL recorded 2 tackles last week and has 18 this season… LB DERRICK BALLARD (Chicago Bears) recorded 1 tackle and 1 interception last week, taking his 2005 tally to 21 stops… LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded 4 tackles last week and ranks second on the team with 41 stops… CB JEFF SANCHEZ (Detroit Lions) scored his second TD in as many games last week. Scored on a 56-yard return of a blocked FG having scored on a 92-yard interception return at Hamburg in Week 7… CB B.J. TUCKER (Seattle Seahawks) recorded his fourth interception of the season last week, scoring on a 31-yard return. Has 2 interception return TDs this season… S SCOTT CONNOT (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded a team-high 9 tackles last week, giving him 51 on the year… K CHRIS SNYDER (Houston Texans) ranks second among NFLEL kickers with 68 points. Made 3 of 3 FGs las t week.

BERLIN THUNDER (6-2)

Head Coach: Rick Lantz (15-3 in

NFLEL, plus 1-0 in World Bowl)

Colours: Black, green and gold

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Eck (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jim Tomsula (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 37-31

LAST GAME: Won 27-17 at Hamburg (5/22/05)

OFFENSE: 24.6 pts/game; 322.5 yds/game (rank 3); 123.3 rush yds/game (rank 3); 199.3 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Passing: Dave Ragone, 1,446 yds

Rushing: Cal Murray, 419 yds

Receiving: Aaron Boone 32 rec, Michael Jennings 449 yds

DEFENSE: 18.75 pts/game; 291.9 yds/game (rank 2); 128 rush yds/game (rank 4); 163.9 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Sacks: Isaac Hilton, 4.0

Interceptions: Jermaine Mays, Willie Ford, 3


· THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY ·

Thunder head coach RICK LANTZ wants to see his team make life easier for themselves by not committing the kind of penalties that negated two TDs last week. He says: “We made a couple of errors last week that took 14 points off the board. It was a tough game but our kids played hard and played with character.”… QB DAVE RAGONE (Houston Texans) leads NFLEL in TD passes, passing yards and in passer rating (97.1). Has not thrown an interception in last five games, a total of 131 passes. Needs 25 to match the all-time NFLEL record of 156 (Ron Powlus, Amsterdam, 2000)… His interception percentage of 1.0 (2 from 209 attempts) would beat the league record of 1.1 set by Mike Quinn (Rhein 1998) if maintained. … QB BRETT ENGEMANN (Oakland Raiders) failed to complete any of his 3 pass attempts last week… RB CAL MURRAY (San Diego Chargers) leads the team in rushing yards RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS (New York Jets) jointly leads the league with 6 rushing touchdowns.… WR MICHAEL JENNINGS (New York Giants) was fit again last week and caught 1 pass for 33 yards, giving him a team-high 449 yards on 26 receptions this season, including 4 for 74 and a touchdown against Frankfurt in Week 1… WR AARON BOONE (Carolina Panthers) caught a team-high 6 passes for 81 yards last week and leads the team with 32 receptions for 444 yards and 4 touchdowns this season… FB BRIAN JOHNSON (San Francisco 49ers) caught 4 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown last week…. WR ROBERT REDD (Philadelphia Eagles) caught 6 passes for 54 yards a touchdown last week… TE JOHN FRIESER (Pittsburgh Steelers) had 4 catches for 43 yards last week and has 10 catches this season… Finnish TE KLAUS ALINEN caught his first 2 NFLEL passes against Frankfurt in Week 1. Had 1 catch for 6 yards last week…

German
DE CHRISTIAN MOHR (Seattle Seahawks) ranks joint second on the Thunder with 3 sacks this season… DE DARRELL LEE recorded 3 tackles last week and posted a sack, giving him 2.5 this year… LB RICH SCANLON (Kansas City Chiefs) posted 9 tackles and his third sack of the season last week. He leads the team with 75 tackles and has led the team in tackles in every game… LB MICHAEL BROWN (Atlanta Falcons) recorded 4 tackles last week for 31 this season… CB MICHAEL HARDEN (Seattle Seahawks) posted a sack and knocked down three passes last week… CB WILLIE FORD (Indianapolis Colts) had 2 interceptions last week and now jointly leads the team with 3, Posted 6 tackles last week… CB JERMAINE MAYS (Indianapolis Colts) has 3 interceptions this season, tied for the team lead… CB JAMES THORNTON has 29 tackles this season… S ADRIAN MAYES (Arizona Cardinals) has 31 tackles this year after making 3 last week S JACK HUNT (Miami Dolphins) posted 6 tackles last week… K KEVIN MILLER (Seattle Seahawks) has hit on 14 of 17 FGs after making 2 of 2 last week, from 21 and 35 yards. Has scored a team-record 61 points this season.

COLOGNE CENTURIONS (5-3)

Head Coach: Peter Vaas (28-30 in

NFLEL, plus 2-0 in World Bowl)

Colours: Black, red and white

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Bob Bicknell (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: David Duggan (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 9-9

LAST GAME: Lost 12-30 at Amsterdam (5/23/05)

OFFENSE: 19.4 pts/game; 308.5 yds/game (rank 4); 132.3 rush yds/game (rank 2); 176.3 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Passing: Kevin Thompson, 1,143 yds

Rushing: Kory Chapman, 566 yds

Receiving: Keylon Kincade 25 rec, Romby Bryant 319 yds

DEFENSE: 21.4 pts/game; 281.1 yds/game (rank 1); 88.8 rush yds/game (rank 2); 192.4 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Sacks: Greg White, 4.0

Interceptions: Lin-J Shell, 2


· THIS WEEK: vs RHEIN FIRE ·

Centurions head coach PETER VAAS is looking no further than this week’s game against the Fire. “It is too early to start worrying about how other teams’ results affect the World Bowl picture. We just need to take care of our business and win our remaining games.”… QB KEVIN THOMPSON (Buffalo Bills) has started all eight games this season but left last week’s game with an injured shoulder after being blocked during the return of a blocked field goal… QB CHRIS LEWIS (Arizona Cardinals) completed 3 of 9 passes for 45 yards last week… Japanese QB KENTARO NAMIKI saw his second game action of the year last week, completing 1 of 5 passes for 19 yards with an interception and rushing 18 yards on 1 attempt… RB KORY CHAPMAN (New England Patriots) has had consecutive 100-yard rushing games and ranks third in the league in rushing… RB KEYLON KINCADE(Dallas Cowboys) leads the team in receptions with 25 … WR JAMIN ELLIOTT (Chicago Bears) is second on the team with 275 receiving yards after gaining 29 on 2 catches last week. WR CARL MORRIS (San Diego Chargers) returned from illness last week with a 26- yard reception, giving him 20 for 222 yards this season, including 7 for 81 against Rhein in Week 2… WR C.J. JONES (Cleveland Browns) was held without a catch last week and has 10 catches this year … WR ROMBY BRYANT (Atlanta Falcons) caught 2 passes for 83 yards, including a 75- yard TD last week and leads the team with 319 receiving yards on 14 catches. Didn’t catch a pass against Rhein this year… WR JAMES ADKISSON (Oakland Raiders) had 1 catch for 15 yards against Rhein this year … Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA has 4 receptions for 50 yards this season, including 1 for 5 last week… German TE WERNER HIPPLER played his 85th career game in NFL Europe last week, two behind the alltime record of former Scottish Claymores wide receiver Scott Couper. Had 2 catches for 16 yards last week, giving him career receiving figures of 87 for 900 yards (third all-time among national players) and 3 touchdowns…

DE GREG WHITE
leads the team with 3 sacks. Made 5 tackles last
week… DT BRYAN SAVE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has 3.5 sacks this season… LB BOBBY BROOKS leads the team with 37 tackles after 5 last week and has defended a team-high 9 passes… LB JOE TUIPALA (Washington Redskins) ranks second on team with 35 tackles after 5 last week… CB JAMAINE WINBORNE (Baltimore Ravens) has 3 sacks this season… CB KEVIN HOUSE (Seattle Seahawks) ranks second on the team with 7 passes defended… CB LIN-J SHELL (Philadelphia Eagles) leads the team with 2 interceptions… S ED CANONICO (Kansas City Chiefs) made 4 tackles last week and has 31 this season. Had his first interception of the year last week… K JIMMY KIBBLE was 0 for 3 on FG attempts last week, missing from 52 and 47 yards and seeing a 51- yarder blocked. Also went 0 for 1 on PATs. Has made 13 of 18 FGs this season and scored 53 points.

FRANKFURT GALAXY (3-5)

Head Coach: Mike Jones (10-8) in NFLEL, plus 0-1 in World Bowl.

Colours: Purple, orange, red and white

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Whitey Jordan (1st season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Ed O’Neil (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 68-60

LAST GAME: Won 20-13 at Rhein (5/21/05)

OFFENSE: 15.5 pts/game; 259.5 yds/game (rank 6); 93.5 rush yds/game (rank 5); 166 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Passing: Kevin Eakin, 822 yds

Rushing: Ahmaad Galloway, 465 yds

Receiving: Jamal Jones, 29 rec, 368 yds

DEFENSE: 24.75 pts/game; 369.5 yds/game (rank 6); 175.9 rush yds/game (rank 6); 193.6 pass yds/game (rank 4)

Sacks: Matt Mitrione, 4.0

Interceptions: Lamont Brightful, 4


· THIS WEEK: vs. BERLIN THUNDER ·

Head coach MIKE JONES wants a 60-minute performance from his offense as a bright start turned into a frustrating second half at Rhein last weekend. He says: “We had a good offensive tempo in the first half but we lost it in the second half. We had a mental letdown in the second half but our defense made some plays and held us up.”… QB AKILI SMITH (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) saw his first action since Week 5 against Rhein. Has yet to throw for more than 100 yards in a game this season… QB KEVIN EAKIN (New York Jets) had a season-best performance against the Fire last weekend, compiling a quarterback rating of 121.2. Threw for 68 yards and an interception in Week 1 loss to Berlin … RB AHMAAD GALLOWAY (San Diego Chargers) ranks fifth in NFLEL in rushing yards. Was held to a season-low 13 rushing yards last week… Swedish FB JOAKIM HOLM caught 2 passes for 18 yards and a game-deciding touchdown at Rhein to be named National Player of Week 8… WR JAMAL JONES (Green Bay Packers) is the team’s leading receiver but has yet to score a touchdown… WR AARON HOSACK (Minnesota Vikings) caught 7 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown last week. In two games since being activated off injured reserve, has reeled in 11 passes for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns… WR SAM SIMMONS (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught a 7-yard pass last week, added 3 punt returns for 40 yards and a 34-yard kickoff return… English WR MARVIN ALLEN has 9 receptions for 108 yards on the season after catching 3 passes for 37 yards last week… TE MARK ANELLI (Atlanta Falcons) caught 5 passes for 81 yards last weekend and ranks second on the team with 21 receptions … TE BROCK EDWARDS caught a 26-yard pass last week…

DE SEANTE WILLIAMS
(Green Bay Packers) recorded 3
tackles and forced a fumble last week. Has 21 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble on the season… DT AHMAD CHILDRESS (New York Giants) recorded 2 tackles last week, taking his season tally to 21 tackles and 2 sacks… DT LOUIS GACHELIN has 2.5 sacks and 20 tackles to his name this season after adding 1 stop at Rhein last week… LB GRANT STEEN (New England Patriots) recorded 6 tackles and 1 interception last week. Leads the Galaxy with 49 tackles this season… LB KEVIN DeRONDE (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 4 tackles and knocked down a pass last week. Has made 25 tackles this season… CB JAMES BETHEA (Washington Redskins) recorded 6 tackles and 1 interception last weekend… CB LAMONT BRIGHTFUL (New York Giants) ranks second in NFLEL with 4 interceptions. Recorded 3 tackles last week… S RAYMOND PERRYMAN (Jacksonville Jaguars) ranks second on the team with 45 tackles after adding 1 at Rhein last week… K STEVE SCALDAFERRI (Indianapolis Colts) converted field goals of 27 and 36 yards last week but had a 43-yard effort blocked. Has 33 points in 2005.

HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (4-4)

Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (65-63 in NFLEL, 2-5 in post-season)

Colours: Dark blue, teal, red

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince Martino (1st season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Dan Daniel (1st season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 4-4

LAST GAME: Lost 17-27 vs Berlin (5/22/05)

OFFENSE: 23 pts/game; 325.5 yds/game (rank 2); 81.6 rush yds/game (rank 6); 243.9 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Passing: Casey Bramlet, 1,371 yds

Rushing: Larry Croom, 279 yds

Receiving: Scott McCready 37 rec, 474 yds

DEFENSE: 19.25 pts/game; 305.6 yds/game (rank 4); 81.9 rush yds/game (rank 1); 223.8 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Sacks: Kevin Emanuel, 4.0

Interceptions: Shawn Mayer, 5


· THIS WEEK: at AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS ·

Sea Devils head coach JACK BICKNELL is looking for his offense to fire on all cylinders this week, which would make his team more effective on both sides of the ball. “We need to be able to run the ball better to take the pressure off the quarterbacks. And it is easy to blame the defense when you are giving up points but the offense can't go three and out and expect the defense to keep stopping them.”…. QB CASEY BRAMLET (Cincinnati Bengals) ranks third in NFL Europe with a passer rating of 78.3. Has started all eight games, his worst performance coming against Amsterdam in Week 7… QB RYAN DINWIDDIE (Chicago Bears) completed 5 of 12 passes for 68 yards and 2 interceptions last week. Has been picked off 4 times in last two games… RB LARRY CROOM (Arizona Cardinals) rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries against Amsterdam this year. He was held to 5 yards on 6 carries last week… RB ZACK ABRON (Chicago Bears) rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries against Amsterdam and had 31 on 9 attempts past week, for 297 this season… WR DEREK McCOY (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught a 26-yard touchdown pass against Amsterdam … WR CHRIS COLLINS (Pittsburgh Steelers) has caught 25 passes in last three games. Ranks second in NFLEL with 36 receptions … WR TERRANCE METCALF (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 3 passes for 64 yards against Amsterdam and caught 2 for 42, including a 29-yard TD last week. Has 16 catches for 295 yards this season… TE BOBBY BLIZZARD (Atlanta Falcons) leads all NFL Europe League tight ends in receptions … DE KEVIN EMANUEL (Seattle Seahawks) leads the team with 4 sacks. Forced a fumble last week…

DE IVORY
McCOY scored Hamburg ’s winning TD against Amsterdam in Week 7 when he returned a fumble 29 yards in overtime… LB NICK McNEIL (Green Bay Packers) ranks second on the team with 49 tackles after adding 8 last week… CB MARCELL ALLMOND (Jacksonv ille Jaguars) leads the Sea Devils with 52 tackles after recording a team-high 10 stops last week… S SHAWN MAYER (Atlanta Falcons) recorded 9 tackles and a fumble recovery last week Tied the NFLEL single game record with 3 interceptions against Amsterdam this season… German S CLAUDIUS OSEI recorded 2 tackles and 1 special teams stop against Amsterdam in Week 7… German DT BASTIAN LANO had 2 tackles last week for 9 on the season… K TODD FRANCE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) leads NFL Europe with 82 points after scoring 11 last week, including FGs of 54, 46 and 30 yards and a PAT. Needs four points to beat the single-season NFLEL points record set by Barcelona ’s Scott Szeredy (85) in 1995 and one FG to tie Szeredy’s record of 23 successful FGs in that season. Has tied Szeredy’s record of 27 FG attempts in a season.

RHEIN FIRE (1-7)

Head Coach: Pete Kuharchek (22-26 in

NFLEL, 0-2 in World Bowls)

Colours: Burgundy, black and white

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Scott Milanovich (1st season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Adrian White (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 56-52

LAST GAME: Lost 13-20 vs. Frankfurt (5/21/05)

OFFENSE: 18.5 pts/game; 303.75 yds/game (rank 5); 119.6 rush yds/game (rank 4); 184.1 pass yds/game (rank 4)

Passing: Scott McBrien, 1,371 yds

Rushing: Joe Smith, 764 yds

Receiving: Cedric James 29 rec, 515 yds

DEFENSE: 24.25 pts/game; 327.5 yds/game (rank 5); 111.25 rush yds/game (rank 3); 216.25 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Sacks: Sean Guthrie, 4.0

Interceptions: Five Players, 1


· THIS WEEK: at COLOGNE CENTURIONS ·

Rhein Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK will look to cajole at least one more win out of his side as they attempt to avoid becoming the first team to go 1-9 since the NFLEL re-launched in 1995. Following last week’s loss to Frankfurt, he said: “We had a great week of practice and I thought we were ready, but our quarterback didn’t play well early in the game and he got rattled.”… QB SCOTT McBRIEN (Green Bay Packers) ranks second in NFLEL in passing yards and leads the league in interceptions thrown. Has thrown an interception in seven of eight games played this season… RB JOE SMITH (Tennessee Titans) has carried the football more times than any other player in 2005 and leads the league in rushing yards. Needs 236 yards in his final two games of the year to become the third back in league history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Needs 294 rushing yards in his final two outings to break the single-season record of 1,057 set by Barcelona ’s Mike Green in 2001. Has twice topped the 150-yard mark in the last four games… WR CEDRIC JAMES (New England Patriots) leads the league in receiving yardage and ranks third in NFLEL in receptions. Was held without a touchdown for the first time in four games last week… WR GLENN MARTINEZ (Detroit Lions) caught 7 passes for 115 yards last week and has 25 for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns this season… WR JERIS McINTYRE (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 14 yards last week and has 25 receptions for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns this season… WR NATHAN BLACK (Washington Redskins) caught his first 2 passes of the season last week for 15 yards… TE JASON RADER had 5 receptions for 33 yards last week and has 19 for 162 yards in 2005… DE GREG SCOTT (Cincinnati Bengals) recorded 3 tackles last weekend and has 25 and 2 sacks this season… DE SEAN GUTHRIE has recorded 17 tackles and 4 sacks this term…

DT EDDIE FREEMAN
(Carolina Panthers) recorded 4 tackles, half a
sack and blocked a field goal last week. Has registered 23 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2005… LB TONY GILBERT (Jacksonville Jaguars), led the Fire with 10 tackles last week, taking his season tally to a club-leading 60… LB EDWARD THOMAS (Oakland Raiders) registered 3 tackles and 1 sack last week and ranks second on the team with 51 takedowns… LB TERRENCE ROBINSON (Seattle Seahawks) has 25 tackles this season after adding 1 to his total last weekend… CB BLUE ADAMS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recorded 2 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week. Leads the Fire with 13 passes defended this season and has also recorded 31 tackles and 1 interception… CB JONATHAN COX (San Diego Chargers) notched 4 tackles last week, taking his season total to 32 tackles, 1 interception and 10 pass defenses.… German S RICHARD YANCY recorded 5 tackles last week, for a season total of 35, placing him third among Fire defenders. Leads all national defenders through eight games… S KEYON NASH (Oakland Raiders) recorded 3 tackles and 1 interception last week. Has 26 tackles and 1 pick in 2005… K NICHOLAS SETTA (Chicago Bears) converted field goals from 26 and 32 yards last week but was short on a 61-yard attempt. Has hit on 11 of 16 field goals and 15 of 15 PATs to rank fifth in NFL Europe with 48 points… P TRAVIS DORSCH (Minnesota Vikings) leads NFL Europe with an average of 43.1 yards on 34 punts with a long of 60 yards.


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