by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well if it's true what they say...... 'Defences win Championships !'
Could this be the start of something special from the Patriots (with a
little help from special teams anyway)? Well I had better stop blowing
my own trumpet, and leave it to Graham. Who I must also thank for this
W3) @ MD (7-2,
L2) Week 8 - 45-28
Gerald : Its going to be close, in the AFC
Game of the Week. But I fear that the lack of a 'D' will hamper the Fish.
But in a shoot-out defence isn't usually an issue. I think they will have
learnt from their mistakes in week 8, and they're at home this time. Fish
Graham : Fish needed to find some 'D' to start
playing the Big Boys. They haven't' so far..... BB by 7
W2) @ NE (3-5-1,
W1) Week 8 - 7-6
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : At home, the Pats 'D' must give them
a shot, and they were unlucky in week 8. NE by 3.
W2) @ CL (1-8,
L4) Week 8 - 27-6
Gerald : Should be an easy re-match for the
Tennessee. Titans by 17.
Graham : Another big day for the Titan defence
I suspect. TT by 17.
W2) @ PS (1-7-1,
L5) Week 8 - 30-6
Gerald : This time at home I can't really see
the Bengals slipping up. However the Steelers do deserve a little luck,
so we could possibly have an up-set on the cards? But I don't think so.
Bengals by 10.
Graham : The Steelers stats usually look quite
useful, except the point's columns. Same again? CI by 6
L1) @ KC (3-6,
L2) Week 8 - 38-17
Gerald : The Chiefs have shown some signs of
the team of old, but in general their performances are erratic. This time
they are home, but even so, I can't see them getting revenge over week
8. Hawks by 10.
Graham : Seahawks need to bounce back again,
and I think they (just) will. SS by 3.
W3) @ OR (1-8,
L3) Week 8 - 28-9
Gerald : Can the Raiders get revenge? Will
they Play-Up, and if so will it be more effective than last time? Are
just some of the question being asked. This time at home, they may just
surprise us, but not enough to win the game. Closer than last week. Broncos
Graham : Broncos keep roaring in search of
playoff homefield. DB by 17.
L1) @ AC (1-8,
L2) Week 8 - 38-21
Gerald : The Skins do like making life difficult
for themselves (and I bet Jon is happy thats the case). But I can't see
the Cards answering Jon's prayers. Back to winning ways for the Skins,
but not as convincing as last time, and it wasn't that convincing. Skins
Graham : Back on track for the Skins, as their
defence should run riot. WR by 14.
W2) @ DC (3-6,
L2) Week 8 - 44-30
Gerald : The Eagles 'D' isn't what it use to
be, and they could struggle on the road, and they have shown that they
can be unpredictable. Cowboys by 3.
Graham : Cowboys could be dangerous as the
Eagles are unpredictable, but history says.... PE by 7.
W2) @ TB (5-4,
W1) Week 8 - 31-28
Gerald : Minnesota shows Washington how to
beat the Buccs. But I don't think it will be as convincing as Tim would
want, as the Buccs are still a force in the NFC (which doesn't say much
for the NFC - bitchy comment of the week). Vikes by 7.
Graham : Dangerous to predict against the Buccs
these days, but the Vikes should be too good. MV by 7.
L1) @ DL (1-8,
L3) Week 8 - 3-14
Gerald : Same results as week 8. Only this
time I think the Lions will get even less yards. Bears by 13.
Graham : Seems sadly rash to expect a Lions
win these days. CB by 7.
W3) @ NO (5-4,
W1) Week 8 - 27-21
Gerald : The NFC game of the Week. Both teams
have shown they have potential, unfortunately I can only see one of them
getting a wildcard spot. Its going to be close, but I think Geoff will
get revenge for that week 8 loss. Saints by 2.
Graham : The Saints turn this week? Two teams
on the verge of being really good. NO by 3.
W10) @ AF (4-5,
L3) Week 8 -38-15
Gerald : After speaking to Baby Nat, I've even
conference in the Rams losing their unbeaten record. Falcons by 3.
Graham : Paul is still one of the coaches I
fear most, so I wouldn't be shocked to lose. But.... SR by 3.
by Graham Canwell (Week 9)
||The Game of the Week was a real shootout, and thought the Broncos
edged it their 'D; is much better, so the offensive award goes to
||No doubts this week. Although the Pats offence failed to notch a
TD that magnificent 'D' kept the explosive Seahawks offence to just
||Surely too late for a playoff challenge, but a really gutsy effort.
||Over 500 yards and a vital win after the disappointment of the previous
||Eagles were good too, but the Redskins offence has looked revitalised
recently so the Buccs display edged the award.
||Tampa Bay don't have a coach. So.....
|Barry Switzer Award
||I know the Buccs are much improved this year, but they're
still coachless and they're still annoying because of results like
this (and Jon got a Rammy for a similar result, so fair's fair....)
Gerald to Graham : I can still finish with
a 10-5-1 record and hopefully get a wildcard place. Thought it does seem
Gerald to Stephen : Shouldn't that have read
Ronald McDonald? (see last week special actions, if you've confused).
Gerald to Derek : That was a very close game.
I see both our special teams were on fire in the very first play of each
half. Shame they don't do that all the time, as we'd be in with a real
chance of our respective divisions.
Gerald to Pat : Sorry I haven't had the time
to congratulate you on your win in NFLB. Please do us all a favour and
whip the Bills into submission.
Gerald to Pat : I hope everything is getting
back to normal?
Gerald to Jon : I've a Birthday Present from
Graham. I'll bring it along for your birthday drink. You're off the next
day aren't you? And I've got Intergames, so we had better not drink too
much then.... Hic, hic, hic.
Graham to Jon : Back in the divisional hunt!
Down to the wire again this year?
Graham to Gerald : Still no offence, but
finding ways to get round it I see.
Gerald to Pat : Congratulation on winning
the Superbowl in NFLB. It looked close, but at least the right team won.
As Richard (one of my flatmates) would have been unbearable, if he'd won.
Gerald to All : As we've now reached Y2K
without any major balls-ups. How about a new name for the Barry? Or is
everyone happy with it being Barry Switzer Award? Write in and let me
know. I'll keep the voting open for about 6 weeks (6 weeks gameplan time).
Well, as some of you may have noticed (depends on how much attention
you pay to the newsletter?). I have a new e-mail address. Unfortunately
I still don't have access at home, so I'm using an Internet CafÈ. Because
of this I am only checking my e-mails every couple of days. So please
don't expect a quick response, as the cheapest times for me are either
between 9-11am or 7-11pm. I will check my account for e-mails for the
newsletter on the last Friday before the Wednesday deadline, probably
in the evening. I may however pop in on the Saturday morning, but to be
on the safe side aim to get your e-mails to me before 7pm on the Friday.
Well all the best for those rematches, and here's hoping for a couple