Well the Patriots (in real life) may be crap. But at least it seems
I've got my team working, well at least in the rushing department. Can
seem to figure out passing. But at least I've got a wining record after
5 weeks, which has been a long time coming.
I was planning to do a turnover table for the league, up to week 5. But
I've not had the time, unfortunately. Well not really unfortunately. As
the reason I've no time on my hands is, I've got myself a job, it starts
Monday 20th November. As some of you may know, I was made (unofficially)
redundant back in February, and only finally made redundant in September.
Which means I haven't used a CAD system in over 8 months. My new job,
surprise, surprise, is a CAD design engineer. So I'm spending my last
week and a half, reminding myself what it is I do/did, as I won't keep
that job too long, if I can do my job. Anyway, that's enough bragging
and onto the newsletter.
Thanks to Graham, Dave Jones, Jon, & Ian Davies for their contributions.
L1) @ MV (2-3
W1) 1998 Season 31-7.
Gerald : Don't think it will be as one sided
as the last time. But I still think the Fish will be too strong for the
Vikes. Fish by 7.
Graham : Two good teams doing less well than
expected. Vikings at home may have a slight edge. MV 3.
Dave : Vikings.
Jon : Two quality teams on 2-3. The Dolphins
need it more, as they're bottom of their division, unlike the Vikes who
are top. MD x 1.
L3) @ BB (5-0
W5) 2001 Season 16-41.
Gerald : Can't see the result being much different
from their last meeting. Perhaps a little closer, but the Bills look just
too good at present and I can't see them being stopped for quite a while.
Bills by 21.
Graham : Could be another rough ride for the
Buccs this week I fear. BB 17.
Dave : Bills.
Jon : I can't see Tampa upsetting the Bills.
BB x 10.
L2) @ CB (1-3-1
W1) Last Season 16-22.
Gerald : The Bears are a lot better than their
current record, but so are the Jets. Should be a very close game. Jets
Graham : Both teams need this badly. Jets have
the proven track record in recent years. NJ 3.
Dave : Jets.
Jon : Yep that's right - the Bears beat the
Jets last season. If they play like last week they could again. CH x 1.
L1) @ NE (3-1-1
W1) Last Season 10-6.
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : Unless Drew blows up the Pats should
stroll this. NE 13.
Dave : Pats.
Jon : Revenge for the Pats this season. NE
L3) @ SR (5-0
W5) 2001 Season 13-38.
Gerald : Tough job for the Bungals, who desperately
need to find a 'D', as that what's letting them down. Will their 'O' be
strong enough to stay ahead of the Rams? Can't see it, as the Rams seem
to be able to score at will. Rams by 21.
Graham : No comment.
Dave : Rams.
Jon : The way the Bengals are leaking points
and the Rams are scoring them there can only be one result. SR x 14.
L1) @ PS (5-0
W5) 2000 Season 0-16.
Gerald : The Steelers have been a real surprise
in the AFC. But I can't see them shutting out the 49ers, but it will be
the same result. Steelers by 6.
Graham : Interesting to see if the Niners can
bounce back after week 5. But Steelers are quietly perfect so far. PS
Dave : Steelers.
Jon : It won't be a shut-out, but PS x 3.
L1) @ NO (1-4
L4) 2001 Season 23-7.
Gerald : Both teams could only manage a FG
last week, so they'll both want to bounce back and get back to winning
ways. I don't think it will be as easy for the Titans, as last time. But
Coach Taylor is still an unknown quantity and may just surprise. Titans
Graham : Both coming off awful weeks. Titans
D gives them the edge. TN 7.
Dave : Titans.
Jon : Last week was a bit of a disaster for
both teams. As Martin is still settling in. TT x 6.
W1) @ CL (1-3-1
W1) Last Season 18-7.
Gerald : Good results from both teams last
week, as both 'D' shutdown their opponents. It's going to be a lot harder
this week, but I think homefield will just see the Browns home. Cleveland
Graham : Falcons got a much needed win last
week but Browns are getting better with every game. CL 10.
Dave : Falcons.
Jon : The Browns seem to have began to go in
the direction Julian wants now - but the Falcons also came up trumps last
week. AF x 3.
L1) @ WR (4-1
L1) Last Season 3-21.
Gerald : A total disaster last week for the
Skins, as everything that could go wrong did go wrong. They should be
able to bounce back this week, but their confidence will be low and if
things start going wrong again, they may just crumble. If the Broncos
play up to their potential, they will have a real chance of revenge for
last season, but I think homefield will favour the Skins, but only juts.
Skins by 3.
Graham : Probably the Game of the Week. Redskins
need it more given the Eagles' form. WR 3.
Dave : Redskins.
Jon : Washington will bounce back from last
week. WR x 6.
W5) @ SS (2-3
W1) Last Season 27-22.
Gerald : After last weeks great result, what
can stop the mighty Eagles, probably themselves. The Hawks also had a
great result, last week beating the Broncos, which should make for Game
of the Week. The last time they met, the Eagles just beat the Hawks, even
with homefield, I think the Eagles will be too strong. But the Hawks are
a great team and could surprise us all (as they did last week). Eagles
Graham : Great win for Hawks in week 5 but
they find the Eagles on a real roll. PE 6.
Dave : Eagles.
Jon : Pass (not literally though).
L4) @ DC (3-2
W1) Last Season 35-24.
Gerald : Battle of the Ian's. Kansas have fallen
apart since their opening week win. The Cowboys seem to be on the right
track under new Coach Ian, though it'd be nice for an AFC win, I can't
see it. Boys by 13.
Graham : Given the Chiefs form the Boys could
well notch a 4th straight win here. DC 6.
Dave : Cowboys.
Jon : The Chiefs have slid back again whilst
Ian seems to be getting somewhere with the Cowboys. DC x 6.
L2) @ OR (1-4
W1) Last Season 6-17.
Gerald : Tough one to call, as both teams seem
to able to totally fall apart, just when it looks like they could be on
a good roll. I'll go with the Raiders, as they've just had their first
win. Raiders by 3.
Graham : Cards offence has improved appreciably.
But can they turn that into more wins? Maybe . . .AC 1.
Dave : Cardinals.
Jon : Tough call. Arizona are looking better
than usual though, so AC x 1.
by Graham Canwell (Week 5)
||Great production and a terrific second half fightback. There were
quite a few good performances, such as those from the Hawks and (as
||Kept the Titans to just 6 first downs and under 200 yards total
offence, which is frankly sensational.
||Just reward at last for this year's steady improvement. Derek in
Seattle deserves a mention too.
||Not many teams do that to the Lions' D (I know I didn't !!!)
||Stopped the Redskins stone dead. Falcons were excellent as well.
||Won the week's big game in a big big way.
||Great! Now no-one wants to win this award either. So its a rollover
already, unless someone knows something I can't spot from the League
Report and wants to volunteer . . . .
Ian Davies to Ian Currie : Remember me? I
played about a season, about 10 years ago. David Porritt was doing the
Ian Davies to All : I was a bit disappointed
to see I didn't feature in the all time records, especially as I have
a perfect record.
Gerald to Ian : I hope the above is fine.
I scribbled down what you said, while we were talking and then tried to
read my own writing..... and couldn't quite make out what I'd written.
Gerald to Ian : You might have a prefect
record with the Cowboys, now. But I doubt that was the case when you last
coached in AB?
Gerald to All : Can anyone remember (I'm
guessing only Paul Meskill, Ian Currie or Derek can?) who Ian coached
back in the 90s?
Jon to Paul S : Wa-hoo! Actually, I didn't
expect to win that and I certainly didn't expect the final scoreline after
the way you'd been scoring points. However it seemed to me that the game
turned on 3 factors :
- My punting - utterly ludicrous, especially the 86 yd to FC one.
- You (effectively) turning the ball over 3 times inside my 20.
- Me getting the ball on your 1 in the 3rd. It also helped that I did
manage to run the ball a bit on your run D. We'll see what happens in
Jon to Ian Currie : If you're still out there
could you do me a favour and tell me the records of my predecessors? I'd
be interested to know.
Jon to Gerald : Good luck with the new job
and with having to get up in the morning!
Gerald to Jon : I have been getting up in
the morning for the past eight months. If I'm up before midday, its still
the morning, isn't it?
Gerald to the NFC : Good luck in your games
this week, as you're going to need it. I wonder how many of you will get
the Diddley? None I hope, here's to a whitewash.
Graham to All : Great to see that after just
5 weeks every team has at least one win. No-one likes to see a winless
team. Here's to competitiveness.
Graham to Gerald : Hoping to join you in
the Hundred Wins Club this week.
Graham to Jon : Great win! Looks like you'll
be back in the playoffs where you belong.
Well that's all folks see you next week and with luck I've have done
that turnover table. But if anyone wants to do it for me, you're more
than welcome and you know were to send it, don't you?