NFL Europe Preview - Week Two

NFL Europe Preview - Week Two

Week Two in the NFL Europe League features matchups between three undefeated teams and three teams looking to register their first victories. In the league's lead story this week, one of those wins came with a bit of an asterisk...

NFL Europe Preview - Week Two

 
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It appears that the NFL's problem with referee-related pecadilloes has found its way across the pond. In the Week One game between the Hamburg Sea Devils and Cologne Centurions played on Saturday April 2, the Sea Devils faced a third-and-14 at the Centurions’ 37-yard line with 0:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After Hamburg gained four yards on a running play, the official game clock – as displayed on the stadium scoreboard – properly continued to run. However, at some point before reaching the 0:20 mark, the clock’s countdown increased speed and time expired prematurely before Hamburg was able to run another play. The game officials were unaware of the malfunction.

A thorough review of the situation has shown that that the malfunction was caused by an error in the computer program running the official game clock and was beyond the control of any individual.

Pursuant to NFL Europe rules, there is no question of the game being replayed or declared void. The result of the game, 24-23 to Cologne, will remain unaltered.


TEAM BY TEAM CAPSULES

AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS (1-0)

Head Coach: Bart Andrus (18-23 in NFLEL)

Colours: Orange and blue

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: John Allen (2nd season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Darryl Sims (2nd season)

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE RECORD: 52-49

LAST GAME: Won 24-14 vs Rhein (4/2/05)

OFFENSE: 24 pts/game; 366 yds/game (rank 2); 148 yds rush/game (rank 2); 218 yds pass/game (rank 2)

Passing: Gibran Hamdan, 187 yds

Rushing: Jonathan Smith, 99 yds

Receiving: Ruvell Martin 5 rec, Tony Donald 78 yds

DEFENSE: 14 pts/game; 204 yds/game (rank 2); 94 rush yds/game (rank 4); 110 pass yds/game (rank 2)

Sacks: Earl Cochran, Josh Mallard, 1.0

Interceptions: B.J. Tucker, Greg Carothers, 1

· THIS WEEK: at FRANKFURT GALAXY·

Head coach BART ANDRUS was delighted with his team’s opening day defeat of the Rhein Fire but sent a warning to his players not to be complacent heading into Week 2 when he said: "We had some penalties and some errors that we have to get corrected because they can jump up and bite you in Week 2. But we are very pleased coming out of this game and we deserved this success."… QB GIBRAN HAMDAN (Seattle Seahawks) completed 12 of 19 attempts for 187 yards, 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 130.8 vs. Rhein last weekend. In two games against Frankfurt in 2004, completed 8 of 17 passes for 123 yards and 1 interception … QB KURT KITTNER (Chicago Bears) hit on 4 of 8 attempts for 46 yards last week… RB JONATHAN SMITH (Kansas City Chiefs) rushed for a league-leading 99 yards on 16 carries last week with a long of 19 yards… RB JARRETT PAYTON (Tennessee Titans) rushed for 52 yards on 8 carries in Week 1 and added 2 catches for 24 yards… WR RUVELL MARTIN (San Diego Chargers) scored Amsterdam’s first touchdown of the 2005 season on an 8-yard reception last week and led the club with 5 catches for 46 yards… WR JOHN BOOTH (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 58 yards last week… WR ATAVEUS CASH (New York Giants) caught a 12-yard pass in Week 1… TE TONY DONALD (Seattle Seahawks) began his second season in NFL Europe in impressive fashion, catching 3 passes for 78 yards and scoring on a 49-yard reception. Caught 10 passes for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns in two games against the Galaxy in 2004… TE MIKE GOMEZ (Buffalo Bills) caught 2 passes for 15 yards last week… DE JOSH MALLARD (Indianapolis Colts) recorded 1 sack and blocked a punt in Week 1 defeat of the Fire…

DE EARL COCHRAN recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack and recovered a blocked punt in Week 1… DT JEREMY CAUDILL recorded 1 tackle last week… LB GREG CAROTHERS recorded a team-high 9 tackles in Week 1 and added 1 interception and 1 pass defense… LB PHIL ARCHER registered 4 tackles on defense last week and added 1 special teams stop… LB DERRICK BALLARD (Chicago(Bears) recorded 4 tackles, knocked down a pass and added 1 special teams tackle last week… Swedish LB CARL-JOHAN BJÖRK recorded 3 tackles and knocked away a vital Rhein Fire pass on third down to secure National Player of the Week honors in his NFLEL debut… CB JEFF SANCHEZ (Detroit Lions) kicked off his second season in Amsterdam by recording 6 tackles and 1 special teams takedown against the Rhein Fire. Played in season-opening loss to Frankfurt in 2004 and recorded 2 tackles before suffering a thumb injury… CB B.J. TUCKER (Seattle Seahawks) was named Defensive Player of Week 1 after recording 2 tackles, knocking down 2 passes and scoring on a 43-yard interception return against the Fire… S SCOTT CONNOT (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 5 tackles and knocked away a pass in Week 1. Added 1 special teams tackle… S RON ISRAEL (Pittsburgh Steelers) registered 5 tackles last week. This weekend, his brother and former NFL defensive back Steve Israel, will call the game between the Admirals and Galaxy for DirecTV… K CHRIS SNYDER (Houston Texans) converted a 41-yard field goal vs. Rhein last week and added 3 PATs, but he did miss field goals from 30 and 44 yards… P RYAN DUTTON (Seattle Seahawks) punted twice for a 40-yard average in Week 1. Kicked a long of 45 yards and landed one effort inside the Fire 20-yard line.

BERLIN THUNDER (1-0)

Head Coach: Rick Lantz (10-1 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: 32-29

LAST GAME: Won 30-7 vs Frankfurt (4/2/05)

OFFENSE: 30 pts/game; 432 yds/game (rank 1); 226 rush yds/game (rank 1); 206 pass yds/game (rank 4)

Passing: Dave Ragone, 179 yds

Rushing: Cal Murray, 84 yds

Receiving: Michael Jennings, 4 rec, 74 yds

DEFENSE: 7 pts/game; 134 yds/game (rank 1); 42 rush yds/game (rank 1); 92 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Sacks: None

Interceptions: Rich Scanlon, 1

· THIS WEEK: vs HAMBURG SEA DEVILS ·

Reigning Coach of the Year RICK LANTZ has now guided the Berlin Thunder to wins in 11 of their last 12 games – including World Bowl XII - and has beaten the Frankfurt Galaxy four times in the past five contests… QB DAVE RAGONE (Houston Texans) completed 16 of 23 attempts for 179 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions in Week 1 and added 16 rushing yards on 2 carries. Speaking of his starting QB, Lantz says: "We had Dave as the top-rated quarterback coming into the league and he showed that against Frankfurt with his good decision making."… QB CHRIS FINLEN (New Orleans Saints) completed 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards and 1 interception last week… RB CAL MURRAY (San Diego Chargers) carried a league-high 22 times for 84 yards against the Galaxy… RB LITTLE JOHN FLOWERS (New York Jets) carried 20 times for 73 yards and scored on a pair of 3-yard runs last week. Also added a 28-yard reception and said: "We looked great for a first game. I thought the offensive line came out and set a good tone for us and hopefully we can build on it through the year."… FB BRIAN JOHNSON (San Francisco 49ers) gained 34 yards on a fake punt vs. Frankfurt and ended with 2 carries for 35 yards… WR MICHAEL JENNINGS (New York Giants) caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Had a longest gain of 48 yards on Berlin’s first offensive play of the 2005 campaign… WR AARON BOONE (Carolina Panthers) caught 2 passes for 24 yards with a long of 19 yards last week and added a 15-yard punt return… WR TERRENCE STUBBS (New York Jets) caught 2 passes for 8 yards last week… Mexican WR HUGO LIRA caught a 6-yard pass vs. the Galaxy and returned a kickoff 29 yards… TE BEN MOA (Miami Dolphins) caught 2 passes for 12 yards in his NFLEL debut last weekend… TE JOHN FRIESER (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught a 25-yard pass against Frankfurt… Finnish TE KLAUS ALINEN caught his first 2 passes in NFL Europe for 5 yards in Week 1… DE DEANGELO LLOYD recorded 2 tackles against his old team on opening night…

DE GREG TAPLIN recorded 1 tackle and forced a fumble vs. Frankfurt… DT CHARLES HILL (Carolina Panthers) registered 1 tackle in Week 1… DE ISAAC HILTON (Carolina Panthers) knocked down 1 pass in his NFLEL debut last weekend… LB RICH SCANLON (Kansas City Chiefs) recorded 4 tackles, intercepted a passand returned it 49 yards and knocked down 2 other throws against Frankfurt… LB JAMAL BROOKS (Cleveland Browns) marked his return to NFL Europe by recording 4 tackles and knocking down 2 passes during a dominant display against the Galaxy… LB WINSTON TAYLOR (Miami Dolphins) recorded 2 tackles and 2 special teams stops last week… LB MICHAEL BROWN (Atlanta Falcons) recorded 3 tackles on defense last week and added 1 tackle on special teams… CB MICHAEL HARDEN (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 1 tackle last weekend… CB JAMES THORNTON made 2 tackles and recovered a fumble against Frankfurt last week… CB WILLIE FORD (Indianapolis Colts) kicked off his second season with the Thunder by recording 1 tackle in Week 1… CB JERMAINE MAYS (Indianapolis Colts) recorded 1 tackle and 1 special teams stop last week… S ADRIAN MAYES (Arizona Cardinals) recorded 1 tackle last week… S DARYL DIXON (Indianapolis Colts) made 2 tackles in Week 1… K KEVIN MILLER (Seattle Seahawks) made 3 of 3 field goal attempts in Week 1, connecting from 32, 37 and 46 yards. Added 3 conversions for a 9-point haul… P BRIAN SIMNJANOVSKI (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) punted just once for 8 yards in Week 1.

COLOGNE CENTURIONS (1-0)

Head Coach: Peter Vaas (24-27 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: 5-6

LAST GAME: Won 24-23 vs Hamburg (4/2/05)

OFFENSE: 24 pts/game; 280 yds/game (rank 4); 73 rush yds/game (rank 4); 207 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Passing: Kevin Thompson, 197 yds

Rushing: Kory Chapman, 31 yds

Receiving: Carl Morris 5 recs, Romby Bryant 107 yards

DEFENSE: 23 pts/game; 286 yds/game (rank 4); 60 rush yds/game (rank 2); 226 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Sacks: Jamaine Wimborne, 2.0

Interceptions: None

· THIS WEEK: at RHEIN FIRE ·

Centurions look to beat local rivals Fire after winning season opener for first time last week… Head coach PETER VAAS is pleased to have first game of the season behind him, saying: "I am looking forward to practice this week because we now know a little something about ourselves."… Vaas warns Fire to expect the unexpected, having called a flea-flicker on the first play of the season last week. "In my mind I wanted to send a message on that play. I didn’t care whether it was incomplete or intercepted – I wanted to send a message that we will not do what people are expecting."… QB KEVIN THOMPSON (Buffalo Bills) started last week, completing 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and 2 TDs for a passer rating of 114.9. Has already thrown as many TD passes as he did during entire 2001 season with Frankfurt… QB CHRIS LEWIS (Arizona Cardinals) saw limited action last week, completing 1 of 6 passes for 19 yards… RB KORY CHAPMAN (New England Patriots) rushed for 31 yards on 6 carries last week, including a 5-yard TD. Caught 1 pass for 3 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 69 yards… RB KEYLON KINCADE (Dallas Cowboys) rushed 7 times for 17 yards last week and caught 1 pass for 12 yards… WR CARL MORRIS (San Diego Chargers) caught a team-high 5 catches for 35 yards last week. He had 8 receptions for 130 yards in two games against Rhein last year… WR C.J. JONES (Cleveland Browns) returned 2 kickoffs for 33 yards last week but did not catch a pass…

WR ROMBY BRYANT
(Atlanta Falcons) had a team-high 107 yards on 3 catches last week, including a 56-yard TD and was named Offensive Player of Week 1… WR JAMIN ELLIOTT (Chicago Bears) caught a 19-yard pass last week… WR JAMES ADKISSON (Oakland Raiders) caught 3 passes for 22 yards last week, including a 3-yard TD… Japanese WR MICHIHIRO OGAWA caught 1 pass for 12 yards in Week 1… German TE WERNER HIPPLER has played in 79 NFLEL games,eight behind the all-time record of former Scottish Claymores wide receiver Scott Couper. Caught 2 passes for 6 yards last week, giving him NFLEL career totals of 85 receptions for 884 yards (both third all-time among national players) and 3TDs… DT DELBERT COWSETTE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) posted 2 tackles and a sack last week… LB BOBBY BROOKS led the team with 12 tackles last week, having led the Centurions with 54 in 2004. Had 13 tackles and 1 interception in two games against Rhein last year… LB JOSEPH TUIPALA (Washington Redskins) had 5 tackles last week.… DE MATT WALTERS (Miami Dolphins) had a sack and 2 tackles last week… CB JAMAINE WINBORNE (Baltimore Ravens) had 2 sacks last week… CB MARCUS FLOYD (Carolina Panthers) posted 4 tackles last week and made 6 stops in two games against Rhein last year… S KALVIN PEARSON (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) made 5 tackles last week… S LIN-J SHELL (Philadelphia Eagles) recorded 6 tackles last week… S ED CANONICO (Kansas City Chiefs) posted 6 tackles last week… K JIMMY KIBBLE made 3 of 3 PATs last week and made his one FG attempt from 48 yards.

FRANKFURT GALAXY (0-1)

Head Coach: Mike Jones (7-4) 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: 65-56

LAST GAME: Lost 7-30 at Berlin (4/2/05)

OFFENSE: 7 pts/game; 134 yds/game (rank 6); 42 rush yds/game (rank 6); 92 pass yds/game (rank 6)

Passing: Akili Smith, 68 yds

Rushing: Ahmaad Galloway, 37 yds

Receiving: Jamal Jones, 4 rec, 38 yds

DEFENSE: 30 pts/game; 432 yds/game (rank 6); 226 rush yds/game (rank 6); 206 pass yds/game (rank 3)

Sacks: Derrick Crawford, 1.0

Interceptions: Seante Williams, 1

· THIS WEEK: vs AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS ·

The Galaxy will make their home debut on the back of a fourth defeat against the Berlin Thunder in their last five contests dating back to Week 8 of the 2004 campaign… Following that loss, Frankfurt head coach MIKE JONES delivered a message to the club’s fans, saying: "Our fans came out in force and gave us some good support in Berlin. I want to thank them for their efforts and guarantee them we are going to work hard to get a win next week."… QB AKILI SMITH (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) completed 6 of 11 attempts for 68 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a passer rating of 65.7 last week… QB B.J. SYMONS (Houston Texans) did not play last weekend… QB KEVIN EAKIN (New York Jets) hit on just 2 of his 10 pass attempts for 24 yards in Week 1… RB AHMAAD GALLOWAY (San Diego Chargers) gained a team-high 37 yards on 9 carries last week. Played two games against the Admirals in 2004 as a member of the Scottish Claymores and gained 56 yards on 20 carries… RB J.R. NIKLOS (Oakland Raiders) rushed for 12 yards on 4 carries in Week 1 loss in Berlin… WR SAM SIMMONS (Pittsburgh Steelers) returned 3 kickoffs for 74 yards last week but has headed back to the United States with knee and ankle injuries… WR JAMAL JONES (Green Bay Packers) caught a team-high 4 passes for 38 yards with a long of 16 in Week 1… WR HUBERT WHITTAKER (Jacksonville Jaguars) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in Berlin… WR SAM BREEDEN (Green Bay Packers) reeled in 1 catch for 34 yards last week… TE MARK ANELLI (Atlanta Falcons) caught a 4-yard pass… TE BROCK EDWARDS caught 1 pass for 3 yards against the Thunder… DE SEANTE WILLIAMS (Green Bay Packers) recorded 5 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass batted down against Berlin in Week 1… DE DERRICK CRAWFORD (Cincinnati Bengals) recorded 3 tackles and Frankfurt’s only sack during their loss to Berlin…

German DE DANIEL BENETKA did not play last week and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury… DT CEDRIC HILLIARD (Baltimore Ravens) recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass defense last week… DT LOUIS GACHELIN made 4 tackles last week… DT AHMAD CHILDRESS (New York Giants) grabbed 3 tackles last week… LB FRED PAGAC led all Galaxy linebackers with 7 tackles last week and added 1 special teams stop… LB KEVIN DeRONDE (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 6 tackles in Week 1… LB KELLEN BRANTLEY (Buffalo Bills) notched 5 tackles in Berlin… LB HOWARD HODGES (San Diego Chargers) registered 4 stops and knocked down a pass vs. the Thunder… Turkish LB CUNEYT TOPCU served as Frankfurt’s national starter on defense in Week 1, recording 3 tackles and 1 special teams stop… LB GRANT STEEN (New England Patriots) recorded 3 tackles in a busy Week 1 for the Galaxy defense… CB LAMONT BRIGHTFUL (New York Giants) recorded 5 tackles on defense and returned a kickoff 15 yards… CB JAMES BETHEA (Washington Redskins) recorded 5 tackles and knocked down 1 pass last week. Added 1 special teams tackle… CB JON PENDERGRASS registered 3 tackles last week… S RAYMOND PERRYMAN (Jacksonville Jaguars) played for the Admirals in 2002, recording 43 tackles, 2 interceptions and 7 passes defended. Led the Galaxy with 9 tackles last week… S WOODROW DANTZLER (Dallas Cowboys) recorded 2 tackles and ran back 2 kickoffs for 43 yards in Week 1… S MICHAEL GRANT (Cleveland Browns) recorded 6 tackles and knocked away a pass last week… S JANSSEN PATTON (Pittsburgh Steelers) ranked second on the club with 7 tackles last week and added 1 special teams stop… K OWEN POCHMAN (Buffalo Bills) converted 1 PAT against the Thunder… P MIKE BARR (Pittsburgh Steelers) punted 5 times for 204 yards (40.8 average) in Week 1, with a long of 56 yards and 1 kick placed inside the Thunder 20-yard line.

HAMBURG SEA DEVILS (0-1)

Head Coach: Jack Bicknell (61-60 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: 0-1

LAST GAME: Lost 23-24 vs Cologne (4/2/05)

OFFENSE: 23 pts/game; 286 yds/game (rank 3); 60 rush yds/game (rank 5); 226 pass yds/game (rank 1)

Passing: Casey Bramlet, 238 yds

Rushing: Zack Abron, 56 yds

Receiving: Bobby Blizzard 7 rec, 88 yards

DEFENSE: 24 pts/game; 280 yds/game (rank 3); 73 rush yds/game (rank 3); 207 pass yds/game (rank 4)

Sacks: Kevin Emanuel, 1.0

Interceptions: None

· THIS WEEK: at BERLIN THUNDER ·

The Sea Devils seek first win in franchise history after losing by a single point at Cologne last week, despite dominating time of possession 35:38 to 24:22… Head coach JACK BICKNELL says: "We had plenty of opportunities last week – we must have dropped three of four passes in the endzone. And it was a frustrating end to the game. I am not saying we would have made the field goal we were lining up, I just would have liked the chance to kick it."… QB CASEY BRAMLET (Cincinnati Bengals) completed 24 of 38 passes for 238 yards and 1 TD last week as the team’s starter… QB RYAN DINWIDDIE (Chicago Bears) completed 3 of 10 passes for 16 yards in second-quarter action last week… RB LARRY CROOM (Arizona Cardinals) was held to minus 3 yards on 6 carries last week and caught 2 passes for 16 yards… RB ZACK ABRON (Chicago Bears) gained 56 yards on 7 attempts last week and caught 2 passes for 8 yards… English WR SCOTT McCREADY caught 2 passes for 24 yards last week. With 106 career receptions for 1,143 yards, he needs 2 more catches and 15 yards to take both all-time marks for nationals away from former Scottish Claymores legend Scott Couper, who retired with 107 catches for 1,157 yards. Caught 22 passes in two games against Berlin last year and has 28 career catches and 2 TDs in six games against the Thunder… WR DEREK McCOY (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) caught 3 passes for 22 yards last week… WR RICKY BRYANT (New England Patriots) caught 5 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown last week, returning 4 kickoffs for 76 yards… WR CHRIS COLLINS (Pittsburgh Steelers) caught 6 passes for 45 yards last week… TE BOBBY BLIZZARD (Arizona Cardinals) led the team with 7 catches for 88 yards in Week 1… DE IVORY McCOY posted 3 tackles last week… DE KEVIN EMANUEL (Seattle Seahawks) had the team’s only sack last week, posting 4 tackles…

DE AARON
HUNT (Denver Broncos) recorded 3 tackles last week… German DT BASTIAN LANO is in his fourth season in NFL Europe after playing for the Rhein Fire in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Has 9.5 career sacks…LB SCOTT GENORD (Detroit Lions) posted 4 tackles last week… CB MARCELL ALLMOND (Jacksonville Jaguars) led the team with 6 tackles last week… S ERIC CROUCH (Kansas City Chiefs), a former Heisman Trophy-winning QB, had 4 tackles last week in his first pro game as a safety… K TODD FRANCE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) tied NFLEL single game records last week by attempting 6 and making 5 FGs. He connected from 54, 30, 26, 38, 48 yards – including the first 4-point FG of the NFLEL season – and missed from 46 yards. He made his only PAT, giving him 17 points in the game… P B.J. SANDER (Green Bay Packers) averaged 44.3 yards on 3 attempts last week.

RHEIN FIRE (0-1)

Head Coach: Pete Kuharchek (21-20 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: 55-46

LAST GAME: Lost 14-24 at Amsterdam, (2/4/05)

OFFENSE: 14 pts/game; 204 yds/game (rank 5); 94 rush yds/game (rank 3); 110 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Passing: Scott McBrien, 89 yds

Rushing: Joe Smith, 62 yds

Receiving: Jason Rader, 6 rec, 48 yds

DEFENSE: 24 pts/game; 366 yds/game (rank 5); 148 rush yds/game (rank 5); 218 pass yds/game (rank 5)

Sacks: Sean Guthrie, Greg Scott, 1.0

Interceptions: None

· THIS WEEK: vs COLOGNE CENTURIONS ·

The Rhein Fire will return to Düsseldorf for their home opener after a disappointing loss in Amsterdam. Head coach PETE KUHARCHEK says: "I was not pleased at all with our play last week. We got off to a slow start and never really overcame it. Sometimes it takes a full game to get it together. It’s the teams that gel the quickest in this league who have the best chances of success, so I expect us to show a big improvement heading into next week. I think we will play better in a game situation against Cologne with this one behind us."… QB ANDY HALL (Philadelphia Eagles) completed 5 of 7 passes for 33 yards and rushed once for 5 yards vs. Admirals… QB SCOTT McBRIEN (Green Bay Packers) hit on 8 of 17 attempts for 89 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown) in Week 1… Talking of his team’s passing game, Kuharchek adds: "I didn’t like the two interceptions that were thrown so we definitely have to make improvements there. We dropped some balls and that surprised me because we don’t drop them in practice. But you never know how guys are going to do in a game until you are in a game."… RB JOE SMITH (Tennessee Titans) led the Fire with 62 yards on 14 carries last week with a long of 25 yards… RB DAHRRAN DIEDRICK (Washington Redskins) rushed for 24 yards on 8 carries last week… FB JOE HALL (Kansas City Chiefs) caught 3 passes for 19 yards on opening night… WR CEDRIC JAMES (New England Patriots) caught 3 passes for 28 yards last week and scored on a 13-yard reception in the fourth quarter… WR GLENN MARTINEZ (Detroit Lions) caught 1 pass for 27 yards in Amsterdam and added another reception for a two-point conversion…

WR JERIS McINTYRE (Kansas City Chiefs) returned 1 kickoff 22 yards last week… WR CEDRIC BONNER (Oakland Raiders) was held to 0 yards on 1 run vs. Amsterdam… TE JASON RADER led the Fire with 6 catches for 48 yards last week, with a long of 19 yards… DE GREG SCOTT (CincinnatiBengals) recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack for a 6-yard loss last week… DE SEAN GUTHRIE registered a sack for a 9-yard loss in Week 1. Recorded 5 tackles in two games against Cologne in 2004… DT EDDIE FREEMAN (Carolina Panthers) recorded 4 tackles in the season opener… DT DOUG SIMS (Green Bay Packers) recorded 1 stop in Week 1 loss in the Netherlands… LB TONY GILBERT (Jacksonville Jaguars) played in 16 games for the Jaguars in 2004. Showed NFL pedigree by leading the Fire with 9 tackles and 1 special teams stop last week… LB TERRENCE ROBINSON (Seattle Seahawks) recorded 5 tackles in Amsterdam. Registered 3 tackles against the Centurions in 2004… LB EDWARD THOMAS (Oakland Raiders) has played in 24 NFL games with San Francisco and Jacksonville from 2000-02, starting four times and recording 45 tackles and 14 special teams takedowns. Made 3 tackles for the Fire in NFLEL debut… CB BLUE ADAMS (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) made 3 tackles and knocked down a pass last week… CB JONATHAN COX (San Diego Chargers) ranked second on the Fire defense with 5 tackles in Week 1. Also knocked away 1 pass... S KEYON NASH (Oakland Raiders) registered 5 tackles last week… German S RICHARD YANCY recorded 3 tackles last week. Made 3 tackles in games against Cologne last season… S CHRIS DAY (Green Bay Packers) returned 4 kickoffs for 109 yards with a long of 48 yards in Week 1… K NICHOLAS SETTA (Chicago Bears) connected on both his field goal attempts last week – from 38 and 48 yards… P TRAVIS DORSCH (Minnesota Vikings) had a punt blocked last week. Ended NFLEL debut having punted 3 times for 100 yards (33.3 average) with a long of 47 yards and 1 inside the 20.

· WEEK ONE RECAP ·

Frankfurt Galaxy 7, Berlin Thunder 30 (Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Attendance: 16,199)
Dave Ragone (Ber) 179 pass yds, 1TD, 107 QB rating
Little John Flowers (Ber) 73 rush yds, 2 TD, 1 rec 28 yds
Ray Perryman (Fra) 9 tackles

Hamburg Sea Devils 23, Cologne Centurions 24
(RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne. Attendance: 9,468)
Romby Bryant (Col) 3 rec, 107 yds, 1 TD
Kevin Thompson (Col) 197 pass yds, 2 TD
Casey Bramlet (Ham) 238 pass yds, 1 TD
Todd France (Ham) 5 of 6 FG, 1 PAT, 17 points

Rhein Fire 14, Amsterdam Admirals 24 (Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam. Attendance: 10,234)
Gibran Hamdan (Ams) 187 pass yds, 2 TD
Jonathan Smith (Ams) 99 rush ydsGreg Carothers (Ams) 9 tackles, 1 int
B.J. Tucker (Ams) 2 tackles, 1 int ret TD

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