by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well as some of you may know, Bruce Henderson has a website for NFLAB
and after much badgering I've sent him all the newsletters for the current
season (2003). I will also be sending him the newsletters as I do them
from now on, so hello to anyone that is reading this via Bruces website,
but more of that somewhere in this weeks issue.
Well I hope you all enjoyed the Superbowl? Not as exciting as pervious
ones, as defence dominated Superbowl XXXV, one offensive TD wasn't? Which
bodes well for my Patriots (AB), as we seem to have a defence this season
but no offence. With a bit of luck that may change against this weeks
opponents the Falcons, but I doubt it, as Paul has probably got some sleep
& hence done a gameplan. But here's hoping that that old adage of defence
winning Championships will hold true.
Thanks to Graham, Jon & Dave Jones for their contribution this week.
@ MD (3-8)
Gerald : The Fish have a good 'D' but will
they be able to slow down the Rams offence? Tough one to call, but I think
the Rams have Diddled it too many times this season and will come unstuck.
Fish by 3.
Graham : No comment.
Jon : Miami have struggled too much to upset the Rams. SR by 7.
Dave : Rams.
@ SF (7-3-1)
Gerald : The last 2 games for the 49ers are
ones they'd rather forget. Unfortunately I think this week will make it
3, unless they can Diddley it, but that will mean out scoring the Bills,
which is not an easy task. Bills by 10.
Graham : Niners are on a bit of a slump, which
is a baaad time to meet the Bills. BB 10.
Jon : The last two games have been a bit of
a nightmare for Steve & Buffalo are not the team you want to meet when
things are going wrong. BB by 10.
Dave : Bills.
@ NJ (2-9)
Gerald : The jets have been poor this season
and I can't see it changing much this week against a Saints team who seem
to have found their way. Saints by 3.
Graham : Saints D should edge them past the
grounded Jets. NS 6.
Jon : Saints roll continues. NO by 3.
Dave : Jets.
@ AF (4-7)
Gerald : No comment other than 'Will the offence
please turn up'
Graham : Pats have one foot in the playoffs,
and will probably scarp to another crucial win. NE 7.
Jon : Can the Pats 'O' manage to get a TD?
This will be close if they fail again. AF by 1.
Dave : Pats.
@ CI (2-9)
Gerald : I think the Skins are going to have
a field day against a Bungles team that have lost their way. Skins by
Graham : I fear this is probably no contest
right now. If Bengals can't handle Miami's D. WR 17.
Jon : Oh dear. WR by 14.
Dave : Skins.
@ PE (11-0)
Gerald : The Steelers have improved in leaps
& bounds since last season. This week will be a real test against an Eagles
team that has everything. The Steelers do leak points and even though
they've a winning record, they have a negative points spread, which will
probably play into the Eagles hands. Eagles by 17.
Graham : Steelers are somehow 7-3-1 with a
minus points difference, but the Battle of Pennsylvania will surely go
to Philly. PE 14.
Jon : First of a tough series of games for
Dave : Eagles.
@ TN (4-6-1)
Gerald : The Titans seem to have lost their
way, but I think they should just edge it over the Boys, especially at
home and they are an AFC after all. Titans by 3.
Graham : Neither in the best of form. Homefield
may see a welcome Titans victory, if a close one. TN 1.
Jon : The Cowboys have done well without winning
over the last two games. Time that changed. DC by 3.
Dave : Cowboys.
@ AC (1-10)
Gerald : The Browns keep up the pressure for
a wildcard place with a convincing win over the Cards, well that should
be the case. Unless the Cards play to their potential? Which they have
done in the past, especially in Inter-Conference games. Even so, I think
we can chalk up another win for the AFC. Browns by 10.
Graham : On-fire Browns could top division
after dealing the Cards another loss. CL 17.
Jon : Browns move one step closer to a wildcard.
CL by 9.
Dave : Browns.
@ DB (8-3)
Gerald : Tough call as both teams on their
day are very hard to beat. After last week's results, I'm tempted to go
with the Broncos, as the Vikes 'O' was shut down very effectively by the
Skins. If the Broncos can follow suit then it will be a long hard day
for the Vikes. Broncos by 3.
Graham : Vikings leaving it later than usual to catch fire. Broncos
strength all round could tell. DB 7.
Jon : The Vikes are certainly better than their
record but are they better than the Broncos? Tough call. DB by 1.
Dave : Broncos.
@ TB (1-10)
Gerald : The Seahawks need this win to stay
in the hunt for a wildcard place, the Buccs season is over and they're
probably looking to the draft. But I still think the Buccs will want to
win some of their remaining games, just to prove they can win. Which could
spell disaster for some teams, but the Hawks should be experienced. Hawks
Graham : Hawks need it badly to get back in
the playoff hunt, and should be too experienced. SS 7.
Jon : Hawks need this badly. SS by 3.
Dave : Buccs.
@ KC (4-7)
Gerald : The Bears are within half a game of
division leaders, the Vikes and need every win from now on if they're
qualify for post-season action, as divisional winner. As they are probably
too far behind, to have a shot at a wildcard place, but who knows? The
Chiefs don't really have a chance, except mathematically, but saying that
they now seem to have found a wining formula and they're at home, so it's
going to be close, and you never know with a little luck they could be
there come week 16. Chiefs by 3.
Graham : Could be another tough day at the
office for Bear D given Chiefs' current form. KC 10.
Jon : Kansas are finally getting points to
go with the yards but the Bears are no pushovers. Close, but KC by 3.
Dave : Bears.
@ DL (1-10)
Gerald : Should be a good game, if only for
the fact that it's Brother vs Brother. Can't see either team scoring that
many points and the Lions should be on a high after last weeks win, but
the Raiders do have a 'D' which could win it for them. So I'll go with
the AFC & the Raiders by 6.
Graham : After last week's miracle who'd bet
against Bruce this week? Bound to be close, of course! DL 6.
Jon : Battle of the brothers. DL by 3, as long
as the luck holds out.
Dave : Lions.
by Graham Canwell (Week 11)
||Looking awesome right now. If only they hadn't started so badly
. . . .
||Staggering pass rush (16 hurries, 10 sacks) against a Bengals offence,
which can explode (though hasn't much recently).
||On current form looking a good bet for the Central crown.
||Don't like giving non-Diddleys to myself but we were probably the
best in the NFC this week (over 500 yards and no turnovers against
a good Bear D). Niners had lots of yards but turned the whole game
||Boringly predictable, but they sure as hell deserve it.
||So audacious, in fact, I had to give Bruce both the
coaching award and the Diddley (a very rare combination).
Graham to Gerald : Could be . . . Drew ought
to be able to reach a Trent Dilfer level of performance (doesn't take
much!). Ravens didn't have to play Richard's Bills though!
Gerald to Graham : Very true, but in week
two, we almost beat them. Probably the closest they've come to losing
Graham to Jon : You've probably noticed that
I don't actually have the Bills this year for once. I still can't get
used to it either . . . Still a horrendous run-in though.
Graham to All : Watching Kerry Collins &
his "offensive" buddies in the Superbowl I couldn't help wondering what
the Vikings' defence must have been thinking. Wouldn't be surprised if
a few needed talking down off tall buildings . . . .
Dave Jones to All : I seem to have the Buccs
setting up camp in their own half and afraid to advance very far in to
enemy territory. I took over the Buccs team because it's the team I support
in the NFL (much like the rest of you I guess), but I'd didn't think it
would take so long to build a winning team.
Jon to Bruce : Congratulations on getting
the Diddley (I assume) instead of the two usual suspects.
Jon to All : I did enjoy that Superbowl.
Despite the score, good 'D' by both teams. Less than 50% completion by
both QBs! Mind you, Collins should probably have thrown 8 interceptions
rather than 4 (now that would have been a hard record to break). Also,
seeing back-to-back KO returns for TDs was quite something.
Jon to Gerald : You must love your 'D' at
Gerald to AFC : Come on lads, in week 6 we
lost it 5-7. Lets do a lot better this week.
Gerald to All : I've gone though my records
& I can't find the League report for Week 9, can anyone help?
Just a final plug for Bruce's website, http://brucey.net/nflab
He's put a lot of work into it and it looks very good. It has a lot of
history on NFLAB (though not complete) and has a wealth of information
on who's played whom and won and various other things. Don't take my word
for it, have a look yourself and in all honestly I don't have the time
(or space) to tell you all of its features.
Bruce is in the process of adding the newsletter to his site with an
archive feature, for the last 3-4 years (depending on how many I've still
got). So you'll be able to read the newsletter in print (with the weekly
results) and on-line.
Now it's question time - I'll be sending Bruce a copy of the newsletter
on the Monday (before the deadline), the same day I post it. Do you, the
loyal readers want to have access to the newsletter before you receive
your orders, say on the Wednesday (or whenever Bruce gets it done)? Or
wait until you've got you results by post, before the newsletter goes
live on the WWW? As this newsletter is primarily for the coaches in the
league, its your choice. Though with a little luck, having the newsletter
on-line may get some more contributors? I've done a voting slip on page
4 of the newsletter, so please don't forget to vote.