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Week 18
2003

by Gerald Udowiczenko

Well we've done it! Yippee! It's only taken us seven attempts to finally win a play-off game (Yippee!) and after that performance from our Defence, I reckon we could go all the way (Yippee!). But first I've got to get past the Browns and the winner of the Broncos - Bills game, which won't be an easy task. But when it comes to the post season, anything can happen.

D'OH! Time - I've only just realised that Monday is a Bank Holiday, which will mean the newsletter will need to get in the post on Friday (four days away). So apologies to anyone that has sent something and I haven't included it. As always many thanks to Graham, Brucey & Pat for their contribution this week. This is now the fourth week in a row we've had a four page newsletter.

Week 17
Name Correct /
Predicted
Total Pct
Graham 5/8 131/173 75.7%
Jon 1/1 55/78 70.5%
Gerald 4/7 103/161 64%
Dave   50/83 60.2%
Richard   19/37 51.4%
SPLATT   16/24 66.7%
Julian   3/6 50%

Divisional Games

NE (12-3-1 - 1-0, W4) @ CL (12-4-1, W10)
Gerald : No Comment.
Graham : Having broken the jinx the season's already a success for Gerald. Anything else is a bonus, which makes the Pats dangerous. But despite that you just wouldn't bet against the Browns right now. CL 10.

DB (11-5, L2) @ BB (13-3, L1)
Gerald : Tough one to call, as both teams looked unstoppable with only a few weeks to go, but then the nerves seemed to have hit. Fortunately, it didn't cost either team their Divisional Title, but it's not the best way to go into the play offs. The last time they met, the Broncos came out on top, can't see that happening again, especially as the Bills want to write their name in the record books, as the first Three-Peat team in AB History. Bills by 10.
Graham : Seems a long time ago that the Broncos beat the Bills but it was only a few weeks. Denver have looked terrible since, while the Bills themselves have been erratic lately. But its playoff time so you gotta back the Champs. BB 10.

PE (14-2 - 1-0, W1) @ SR (16-0, W16)
Gerald : Will the extra game help or hinder the Eagles? Tough one to call. But the Eagles might just be the team to stop the Rams getting to their 6th straight Superbowl? But it will be close whoever wins. But I think it's looking like one step closer to a perfect season. Rams by 3.
Graham : No comment.

CB (9-6-1, W4) @ WR (14-2, W1)
Gerald : Well we did it last week and broke the Jinx, so can the Skins? If their 'D' performs as we know they can, then it's a forgone conclusion. But the Bears are not an easy opponent and could surprise us. But I think this is the year of the jinxed. Skins by 10.
Graham : Another jinx should go this week. The Bears have had a great campaign but that Redskin D will probably chew them up given their current form. WR 14.

Silver Bowl

TT (8-7-1 - 0-1, L2) @ MV (9-7 - 0-1, L1)
Gerald : Both teams came up sort last week and will want a good run in the Con Bowl. I think the Vikes just have the edge by 3. Graham : Both competed well in wildcard week. I fancy the Vikes more open offence to take this one. MV 6.

SS (7-9 - 1-0, W2) @ SF (7-8-1 - 1-0, W1)
Gerald : Well the 49ers broke their losing streak last week and will be looking to do something in the Con Bowl. Unfortunately they're up against a Hawks team that must be on fire after last weeks performance. Hawks by 3. Graham : Hawks D will be facing a rather different offensive approach this week and might find last week's heroics hard to repeat. SF 3.

AF (5-11 - 1-0, W1) @ DL (6-10 - 1-0, W1)
Gerald : I've a funny feeling that this will be a low scoring game. So all chances will need to be taken, by the kickers. Falcs by 3
Graham : Lions came (rather belatedly) to life last week. This could be a good game but I think that with homefield they'll just edge it. DL 6.

DC (4-12 - 1-0, W2) @ CI (5-11 - 1-0, W3)
Gerald :.The Bengals have looked inspired under coach Gregory and this week should see them notch up win No. 4. Bengals by 10.
Graham : Bengals look like they can't lose right now. That streak should continue. CI 10.

Bronze Bowl

AC (1-15, L13) @ TB (3-13, L1)
Gerald : The Cards never seem to have much luck during the regular season, but sometimes surprise us in the Con Bowls. So I'll go with an upset. Cards by 3.
Graham : Both have had seasons to forget. Buccs have better chance of a little ConBowl redemption. TB 6.

OR (4-12 - 0-1, L3) @ NY (4-12 - 0-1, L4)
Gerald : The Raiders haven't quite found a wining formula yet and I don't think they'll find it this week. Especially against a Jets team, that failed to delivery during the regular season, but shouldn't have. Jets by 10.
Graham : It's been the case for a while now but the Jets really need a defence of some sort. That said their offence should be strong enough to win here. NJ 7.

NS (6-10 - 0-1, L1) @ KC (6-10 - 0-1, L1)
Gerald : I agree with Graham, the Chiefs have good and bad weeks but rarely consecutively. So after last week. Chiefs by 14.
Graham : Chiefs show flashes of brilliance, but not often for two weeks running. They were terrible last week so are due for a good show this time up. KC 7.

MD (7-9 - 0-1, L1) @ PS (7-8-1 - 0-1, L7)
Gerald : So with a new direction, the Steelers could have a good run in the Con Bowl. But I think they're going to suffer against a Dolphins team that badly under performed last week and will want to make amends. Fish by 17.
Graham : Fish can only get better after last week. Steelers have been bad for a fair while now so it's hard to see them turning it around. MD 10.

by Graham Canwell (Week 17)  
PLAYOFFS
Offence New England Wasn't too much offence on display, but the Pats notched up a 92 yard TD pass and only committed one turnover.
Defence Philadelphia You can usually count on the Eagle D to produce the goods and wildcard week was no exception..
Coach Udowiczenko (NE) OK, he was heavily favoured. But he was up against The Jinx and that counts for a lot.
CONSOLATION BOWL
Offence Detroit If they'd been able to produce offence like that during the regular season they'd have been in the playoffs. A great performance but bad timing.
Defence Seattle Shut out the in-form Fish. Like the Lions' offence a bit out of character, maybe, but what an effort!
Coach Tottle (SS) The most impressive performance of the ConBowl week by some margin.
 
The Diddley Cincinnati Lost the yardage battle. Lost the turnover battle. All as per week 16. Having perfected the technique, though, they won by a bigger margin this week. Quality Diddleying!

 

Gerald to Graham : Apologies for being a bit late, but there wasn't enough room in last weeks issue. Anyway congratulation on going 16-0. I just hope you don't have prefect season. Nothing personal but both you & the Bills have been at the last three and its a little boring, so don't make it four, make way for some new blood.

Gerald to Richard : Again nothing personal, though it would be something to have a team go 16-0 in the regular season and have a coach three-peat. But saying that, you've been their enough, so leave some room on the trophy for some new names?

Graham to Gerald : Well done on breaking the jinx !!!!! I suspect this week we'll find out if you ARE the Ravens!

Graham to Paul S : Your turn this week!

Graham to All : Yes, a new QB at last. The little known Kurt Warner who (unless Chris Miller decides to spend his final campaign "mucking around") has the unenviable task of being able to guide the Rams in only one direction!!

Graham to Jon : Ah, it's a proper season again. Haven't we been here before somewhere? (needless to say, I hope history repeats itself!!!)

Pat to Julian : You are my choice for an opponent at any time. I'll tie you up in knots (Sounds kinky? Ed).

Pat to Steve Daniels : Good win. I simply wasn't up to the task.

Pat to All : Remember the winner of the Bronze Bowl can sometimes become overall TOP DOG the following year. Sometimes!

Gerald to Pat : Glad to see you haven't lost your sense of humour.

Pat to Gerald : I'm back in control of the Black and Gold, if only for a short time - or maybe longer, if I can get together a cohesive plan, and the draft I need!

Gerald to All : We ARE the Ravens! We ARE the Ravens! We ARE the Ravens!

Gerald to Julian : See above.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Best of Single game, upto Week 16
Offense Defense
QB Rating 151.8 SR wk. 11, vs CB  
Total Yards 542 KC wk. 11, vs NY  
Pass Yards 462 OR wk. 7, vs MD  
Rush Yards 353 DB wk. 14, vs KC (*)
Long Pass 98 CL wk. 8, vs CI (*)
Long Run 71 AC wk. 1, vs SF  
First Downs 36 CL wk. 13, vs KC  
    KC wk. 11, vs NY  
Points 56 DB wk. 7, vs PS  
Total Yards 130 CB wk. 7, vs AC  
Pass Yards 44 DB wk. 2, vs KC  
Rush Yards -19 WR wk. 10, vs AC (*)
Sacks 10 MD wk. 11, vs CI (*)
First Downs 6 CL wk. 5, vs TT  
 
Worst of Single game, upto Week 16
Offense Defense
QB Rating 11.9 AC wk. 7, vs CB  
Total Yards 130 AC wk. 7, vs CB  
Pass Yards 44 KC wk. 2, vs DB  
Rush Yards -19 AC wk. 10, vs WR (*)
Long Pass 11 DL wk. 10, vs MV  
    TB wk. 12, vs SS  
    TB wk. 9, vs NS  
Long Run 2 CI wk. 10, vs CL  
First Downs 6 TT wk. 5, vs CL  
Total Yards 542 NY wk. 11, vs KC  
Pass Yards 462 MD wk. 7, vs OR  
Rush Yards 353 KC wk. 14, vs DB (*)
First Downs 36 NY wk. 11, vs KC  
    KC wk. 13, vs CL  
Points 56 PS wk. 7, vs DB  
 
Best of cumulative, upto Week 16
Offense Defense
Total Yards 6334 SR    
Pass Yards 4910 MD    
Rush Yards 2799 DB    
First Downs 367 CL    
Points 538 SR    
Total Yards 3991 WR    
Pass Yards 2987 AC    
Rush Yards 916 WR    
Sacks 58 MD    
    WR    
Safeties 5 CL    
    CB    
First Downs 230 WR    
Points 127 WR   (*)
 
Worst of cumulative, upto Week 16
Offense Defense
Total Yards 4170 TB    
Pass Yards 2350 DL    
Rush Yards 893 MD   (*)
First Downs 253 AC    
Points 141 AC    
Total Yards 6853 CI   (*)
Pass Yards 4449 CI   (*)
Rush Yards 2605 TB    
Sacks 26 KC    
First Downs 411 CI   (*)
Points 490 CI    
(*) - NFLAB Record

As you can see here are the All Time Coaching Records. I've put coaches & teams in order of their regular season record (%). A few interesting things to note - Graham is only three games and Jon only one game away from getting their 100th wins and Paul Meskill got his 100th win this season, well done Paul. (Note : This includes games predating week 4, 1995, which preceeds records held on the NFLAB website)

Coach   Played Won Lost Tied % Played Won Lost % Played Won Lost Tied %
Graham (SR) 112 97 14 1 87 17 13 4 76.4 129 110 18 1 85.6
Paul (CI) 4 3 1 0 75 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 75
Dave (DB) 111 81 30 0 72.9 8 3 5 37.5 119 84 35 0 70.5
Jon (PE) 140 99 37 4 72.1 10 4 6 40 150 103 43 4 70
Julian (CL) 17 11 5 1 67.6 0 0 0 0 17 11 5 1 67.6
Richard (BB) 88 57 31 0 64.7 10 9 1 90 98 66 32 0 67.3
Derek (SS) 240 151 84 5 63.9 21 9 12 42.8 261 160 96 5 62.2
Paul (WR) 128 81 46 1 63.6 6 0 6 0 134 81 52 1 60.8
Tim (MV) 59 37 21 1 63.5 4 2 2 50 63 39 23 1 62.6
Ian (KC) 208 122 83 3 59.3 16 11 5 68.7 224 133 88 3 60
Gerald (NE) 196 113 78 5 58.9 6 0 6 0 202 113 84 5 57.1
Steve (SF) 140 79 58 3 57.4 10 4 6 40 150 83 64 3 56.3
Stephen (CH) 28 15 12 1 55.3 0 0 0 0 28 15 12 1 55.3
Terry (NJ) 64 35 29 0 54.6 5 2 3 40 69 37 32 0 53.6
Alan (TT) 141 74 65 2 53.1 5 2 3 40 146 76 68 2 52.7
Paul (AF) 211 104 103 4 50.2 10 5 5 50 221 109 108 4 50.2
Stuart (MD) 98 45 50 3 47.4 1 0 1 0 99 45 51 3 46.9
Pat (PS) 32 13 17 2 43.7 0 0 0 0 32 13 17 2 43.7
Martin (NO) 13 5 8 0 38.4 0 0 0 0 13 5 8 0 38.4
Bruce (DL) 102 33 68 1 32.8 0 0 0 0 102 33 68 1 32.8
Stewart (DC) 6 1 5 0 16.6 0 0 0 0 6 1 5 0 16.6
Dave (TB) 21 5 16 0 23.8 0 0 0 0 21 5 16 0 23.8
Dean (AC) 141 20 120 1 14.5 0 0 0 0 141 20 120 1 14.5
Neil (OR) 8 1 7 0 12.5 0 0 0 0 8 1 7 0 12.5
 
Team Records   Played Won Lost Tied % Played Won Lost % Played Won Lost Tied %
Rams   240 156 81 3 65.6 23 17 6 73.9 263 173 87 3 66.3
Seahawks   240 151 84 5 63.9 21 9 12 42.8 261 160 96 5 62.2
Eagles   240 139 97 4 58.7 13 7 6 53.8 253 146 103 4 58.4
Broncos   240 137 102 1 57.2 10 4 6 40 250 141 108 1 56.6
Patriots   240 134 101 5 56.8 9 1 8 11.1 249 135 109 5 55.2
Chiefs   240 134 103 3 56.4 17 11 6 64.7 257 145 109 3 57
Lions   240 130 108 2 54.5 13 5 8 38.4 253 135 116 2 53.7
Bengals   240 128 109 3 53.9 11 4 7 36.3 251 132 116 3 53.1
Redskins   240 125 113 2 52.5 9 1 8 11.1 249 126 121 2 51
Browns   240 123 112 5 52.2 7 5 2 71.4 247 128 114 5 52.8
Cowboys   240 121 115 4 51.2 15 10 5 66.6 255 131 120 4 52.1
Buccaneers   240 119 118 3 50.2 13 7 6 53.8 253 126 124 3 50.3
Bears   240 117 118 5 49.7 7 5 2 71.4 247 122 120 5 50.4
49ers   240 117 120 3 49.3 10 4 6 40 250 121 126 3 49
Jets   240 116 119 5 49.3 13 7 6 53.8 253 123 125 5 49.6
Bills   240 115 122 3 48.5 15 11 4 73.3 255 126 126 3 50
Falcons   240 113 123 4 47.9 10 5 5 50 250 118 128 4 48
Dolphins   240 112 123 5 47.7 7 5 2 71.4 247 117 125 5 48.3
Titans   240 113 124 3 47.7 8 3 5 37.5 248 116 129 3 47.3
Steelers   240 108 127 5 46 3 1 2 33.3 243 109 129 5 45.8
Saints   240 102 132 6 43.7 7 1 6 14.2 247 103 138 6 42.9
Vikings   240 100 136 4 42.5 6 2 4 33.3 246 102 140 4 42.2
Raiders   240 70 168 2 29.5 6 3 3 50 246 73 171 2 30
Cardinals   240 60 177 3 25.6 1 0 1 0 241 60 178 3 25.5

 

Well that's it for another issue. Remember if you want your say, or have any suggestions on how to improve the newsletter, write in and let me. The newsletter is there for everyone, so don't be affair to tell me what you think. And one final though before I sign off - Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.



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