by Gerald Udowiczenko
Generally positive feedback on the new lay-out of the newsletter, wish
I'd done this sooner, as it creates a lot more column inches, so I can
fit in all your contributions.
No real surprises with the pre-season games, as most predicted winners,
won. But now comes the real thing & I think you'll see a few changes.
Especially from us, as our offensive performance against Jon was poor.
I've also jazzed up the Rammys and other bits and pieces a bit, let me
know what you think.
As always thanks to Dave Jones, Graham, Stuart, Brucey & Richard for
|2003 Final Standings
L1) @ PS (0-0,
L6) Last time : wk 11, 2003 (31 - 16)
Gerald : The Steelers are still dreaming and
have yet to win a game, since the return of Coach Ratcliffe. The Bills
showed us that their 'O' works against good 'D's, and will be hard to
beat. But I can't see the Steelers challenging them this week. Bills by
Graham : Bills looked vulnerable last week
but still showed they are real winners!! BB 10.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 10.
Richard : Steelers by 3.
W3) @ CI (0-0,
W2) Last time : wk 13, 2003 (21 - 28)
Gerald : No Comment.
Graham : Two Kings of the Diddley make this
hard to predict. Pats one of AFC favourites. NE 3.
SPLATT : New England by 13.
Richard : Bengals by 3.
W4) @ DB (0-0,
L2) Last time : wk 15, 2003 (23 - 10)
Gerald : Good solid performances from both
teams last week, should make this an interesting game. Both will want
a good start, but more so the Fish, who are in the tougher division. Fish
Graham : Should be a good game. Will either
be more balanced than last year? DB 1.
SPLATT : Denver by 8.
Richard : Broncos by 7.
L3) @ SS (0-0,
W1) Last time : wk 9, 2003 (10 - 24)
Gerald : Both teams will want a good start
to challenge for their divisions, as both were disappointing last season.
Can't really seeing it being any different this year, but I could be wrong?
Hawks by 7.
Graham : Both coming off disappointing years.
Hawks look in slightly better shape. SS 3.
SPLATT : Seattle by 1.
Richard : Seahawks by 3.
W10) @ KC (0-0,
W1) Last time : wk 13, 2003 (39 - 17)
Gerald : Tough game for the Chiefs, but after
their impressive game last week, they could upset quite a few teams? But
I don't think they'll be able to slow down the Browns 'O'. Browns by 10.
Graham : Browns will be good. Chiefs will .
. . who knows! Gotta go with the World Champs. CL 10.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 12.
Richard : Browns by 7.
L1) @ OR (0-0,
L2) Last time : wk 13, 2003 (38 - 12)
Gerald : Judging on pre-season form its hard
to say. But I can't see many points being scored by either team, as 'D'
will rule the day. Raiders by 3.
Graham : Raiders D was excellent last week
but offence was so hapless they still lost! TN 3.
SPLATT : Tennessee by 9.
Richard : Titans by 3.
W1) @ DL (0-0,
L1) Last time : wk 9, 2003 (14 - 5)
Gerald : A poor performance from the Skins
last week, as they turned the ball over 5 times, will not have been what
Paul wanted to see. But at least it was only a pre-season game. Both teams
have very good 'D's, but the Skins have an 'O'. Skins by 3.
Graham : Tough start for the much-vaunted (by
them) Lions. Skins have really got to stop turning the ball over. WR 7.
SPLATT : Washington by 16.
Richard : Skins by 7.
L1) @ TB (0-0,
L1) Last time : wk 11, 2003 (28 - 3)
Gerald : If the Buccs can't stop the run, then
it's going to be a long hard day in the field for their 'D'. The Eagles
should carry on where they left off from last season. Eagles by 10.
Graham : Buccs will be looking for big improvement
on last season but this is a tough start. PE 10.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 16.
Richard : Eagles by 7.
W1) @ SR (0-0,
W18) Last time : wk 1, 2003 (3 - 38)
Gerald : Tough one to call, but I just can't
see the Cowboys slowing down that Rams 'O', especially after their (Rams)
display last week. Though they might be bale to exploit a weaken 'D'?
Rams by 10.
Graham : Boys' squad looks good I must say.
Opening Day is always exciting and I was very pleased (for once) by our
SPLATT : St Louis by 16.
Richard : Rams by 10.
L13) @ SF (0-0,
L7) Last time : wk 1, 2003 (17 - 24)
Gerald : Neither team won last week, but both
'O's showed they can score and if they can clean up their mistakes, then
they could have a good run. The Cards are still on a terrible streak in
regular season (L13) and I don't think it will improve this week, 49ers
Graham : Niners collapsed last year but really
ought to have too much savvy for the Cards. SF 6.
SPLATT : San Francisco by 9.
Richard : 49ers 7.
W4) @ NS (0-0,
W1) Last time : wk 15, 2003 (26 - 10)
Gerald : Both teams will want to forget last
week's per-seasons games and look to the future. But after a great show
from the Bears in the post season, I'm not going to go against them (yet).
Bears by 3.
Graham : Bears might be pushed to repeat last
year's heroics. Saints are a still a bit of a mystery. NS 3.
SPLATT : Chicago by 4.
Richard : Bears by 3.
W2) @ AF (0-0,
L2) Last time : wk 9, 2003 (26 - 6)
Gerald : A fantastic display of 'O' last week
from the Vikes. Which if they can keep it going will be a nightmare for
the NFC. The Falcs had a good day on 'D', though their inability to getting
much going on offence must be a bit worrying for Paul? But the signs are
there that the Dirty Birds could be back? This should be a great game
and probably Game of the Week? Falcons by 1.
Graham : Another year of hope for Atlanta but
the Vikes were breathtaking in preseason and have a lot to prove after
last year. MV 7.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 4.
Richard : Vikings by 10.
by Graham Canwell (Preseason)
||Tough call between the Chiefs and Browns, but
plumped for KC for sheer efficiency (and, let's face it, Cleveland
have won enough gongs recently!).
||Seattle put in a strong bid but the Raiders were
just too stingy to ignore (not stingy enough mind you!).
||But are they for real this year ??
||A devastating all-round display of power which
just edged out a threatening showing from Philly for this award.
||No offence to speak of but what the heck - D by
||Maybe this is going to be Jon's year . . .
||Paul hasn't been in the league long but has already
shown he's really good at this!
Brucey to Paul S. : Congratulations on your
great start to the season.
Brucey to All : Feel free to offer data for
games before Week 4, 1995.
Gerald to Jon : Not quite the game either
of us was looking for? You never know perhaps we'll meet again?
Gerald to Richard : Looks like you offensive
still works well. Glad to see that your 'D' seems a little vulnerable.
Gives the rest of us in the East a chance.
Gerald to Ian : Looks like your 'O' has carried
on where it left off last year? Which is scary, especially if you've sorted
out your 'D'?
Gerald to All : Here's to a good campaign!
Gerald to Julian : So we'll meet in week
3 and you're coming to my house. Should be fun. I wonder how close it
Gerald to Ian : Looking forward to our clash
in week 7. Though it would be nice to play in our regular week 15 slot.
But I guess we'll both have to do well this season for that to happen?
Gerald to Past Master (Pat) : So we met in
week 9. It's been a long time, in a galaxy far far away.
Gerald to Dave J : So did anyone contact
you about the last Claymores game? How did they do?
Gerald to Brucey : Hope you don't mind me
using your NFLAB logo, from your web site?
Gerald to Richard : So After tipping me to
win the division (last week), and also mentioning that the Fish where
your 'Dark Fish' team. You tipped against all of the division on the opening
week of the season?
By Graham Canwell
||New England (though it wouldn't surprise me at
all if Richard can pull it off again)
||Cleveland (scary thought, but they should be even
better than last year)
||Denver (unlike the Chiefs and Hawks the Broncos
are at least pretty reliable)
||Philadelphia (second place schedule gives them
big edge over Skins)
||Minnesota (great squad - really ought to threaten
to go all the way)
||St. Louis (it's Chris Miller's last season - surely
he won't let me down now . . .)
||Browns v Pats
||Vikings v Eagles
||Browns to beat the Vikings by 10
By Gerald Udowiczenko
||New England (though it will be a tough battle
between us the Bills & the Fish.)
||Cleveland (Shouldn't have too many problems in
what is probably the weakest division?)
||Denver (only just, as the Chiefs had a season
of almost's and will have learnt a lot.)
||This will be close and I'm hedging my bets. Bills
/ Fish / Titans / Chiefs.
||Skins (I think they'll just pip the Eagles, but
|| Bears (This will be a real battle as the Vikings
should chase them all the way.)
||Falcons (I reckon its about time they came out
of hibernation and they do have a good squad. I also reckon this division
will be a real scrap, as all teams can be devastating, all they need
is to be more consistent, well apart from the Rams obviously.)
||Again hedging my bets. Eagles / Vikings / Rams
/ 49ers /Saints.
||Browns v Pats
||Vikings v Skins
||Now that would really be tempting
by Stuart Guard
Well last season was more than a little disappointing, although
we did manage a decent run towards the end after a few changes had
been made. Looking at the new season there are a lot of positives
to be taken on board. Marino is back for another season, as is the
vastly experienced Martin. We have two other good receivers pushing
hard as well, and the wideout position looks strong.
We also have pass catching options from Goodwin at Tight End, and
rookie Weaver who we hope will develop into a great Tight End for
future seasons. The line is looking pretty good, although more experience
would be useful. The unit are looking strong though, and we're hopeful
they can gel and develop further as this seasons, and others progress.
The running backs are still an issue for us, and Kirby will carry
the load, but at least we now have an option in rookie star Smith,
who can do a bit of everything.
On defence we're pretty pleased with the look of the unit. The
line is probably our biggest concern with our Tackles being very
young. With luck the will hold up to the battles they face, and
be ably helped by our experienced pair of Grant and Bowens on the
ends. Zach Thoms continues to lead the defence from MLB, and just
gets better with age. Rogers and Beavers are looking good, and the
LineBacker position is probably our strongest. In the defensive
backfield we also have some good people, with Strong safety Madision
the pick of the bunch. The others are all looking good to have great
seasons, and we are ever hopeful of the result. We were a little
disappointed with the pre-season game, but it was a win, which will
This week it starts for real, and we have a really tough division,
so every game is going to be crucial. A lot will depend on the defence,
and in particular the line. If this holds we could be in for a good
season. We certainly hope to be in with a shout at the playoffs
anyway, and if we get that far then who knows. Good luck to all
of you for the new season, should be a good one. Hope we don't trip
each other up too much along the way.
End of Season
All the votes have finally been counted, thank you to all those that
votes. The numbers in the brackets are the number of votes for each team.
|Best Offence (Tied)
|St Louis Rams & Kansas City Chiefs (2)
||Buffalo Bills (1)
|Washington Redskins (5) - unanimous
|Washington Redskins (3)
||Philadelphia Eagles & St Louis Rams (1)
|Graham Canwell (2)
||Jon Heath, Julian Horne & Paul Spence (1)
|Most Hated Coach
|Graham Canwell (3) - even by himself, he wanted this title so badly.
|Best Rookie Coach
|Julian Horne (3)
||Stephen Parratt (1)
|Most Improved Team
|Cleveland Browns (3)
||New England Patriots & Philadelphia Eagles (1)
|Most Disappointing Team
|New York Jets (2)
||Miami Dolphins & Cincinnati Bengals (1)
Not sure how many of you know about the planed changes for the NFL?
As of September 2002 (season after next), there will be four divisions
of four in both the AFC and NFC.
So basically the AFC East and West stays the same, with one team being
removed and the AFC Central making up the new North & South divisions.
In the NFC, the East and Central losses one team and the West makes up
the new South and West.
Some of you may care and not know? But the World Bowl (NFL-E) Final
was held over the weekend in Amsterdam.
The Berlin Thunder have been crowned World Bowl champions after recording
a thrilling 24-17 victory over the Barcelona Dragons in front of 32,116
fans in the Amsterdam ArenA. Quarterback Jonathan Quinn was the star of
the show as he threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning
53-yarder to Dwaune Jones late in the fourth quarter.
For more info and a more detailed report, you can either check out First
Down, or have a look at
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