by Gerald Udowiczenko
Many apologies for this weeks newsletter, but Ive hard to rush it.
With luck, getting the first post on Tuesday morning should mean it gets there
on time. But I know from past experience, that that isnt always the
case with the Royal Snail.
I was also intending to do a Coaching Profile for myself. But time just hasnt
been kind to be. Well hopefully youll be able to read this with you
results, if not whoops.
Thanks to Graham, Richard, Brucey & Dave for this weeks contributions.
KC (0-3, L3)
@ BB (3-0, W3)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (10 - 37)
Gerald : Both teams have perfect records, though
I'm sure Ian wants to break his and win a game? This will be a tough one for
Kansas to win, as the Bills are looking hard to beat these days. So I fear
both teams will come out of the game with still perfect records. Bills by
Graham : Chiefs look in a right sorry state at
the moment, and must be expected to get thumped by the Bills. BB 13.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 15.
Richard : Bills by 3
OR (2-1, L1)
@ NE (1-2, L2)
Last time : wk 11, 2003 (3 - 16)
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : Pats D will be hoping for an easier week,
but their offence might find it tough. Raiders brought back to earth last
week, but that D still looks good. NE 7.
SPLATT : New England by 11.
Richard : Pats by 7
PS (1-2, W1)
@ MD (1-2, W1)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (27 - 24)
Gerald : Both won last week, so things are looking
up. But I still don't feel that the Steelers are there yet. Fish by 3.
Graham : Fish probably the best of the 1-2 teams,
and Pittsburgh might not find it possible to repeat last week's point-fest.
SPLATT : Miami by 10.
Richard : Fish by 4
CI (0-3, L3)
@ NY (3-0, W3)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (40 - 34)
Gerald : More perfect records and the way the Jets
have been playing so far this season, I can't see them losing, or it even
going to OT (Paul's favourite quarter I'm sure). Jets by 14.
Graham : When your D is falling apart like the
Bungals you could do without coming up against the in-form Jets, who'll be
keen to retain that AFC East lead. NJ 10.
SPLATT : New York by 5.
Richard : Jets by 7
DB (3-0, W3)
@ CL (3-0, W13)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (24 - 13)
Gerald : Lots of perfect records so far this week,
but now it's going to change. Both teams have scored lots of points, but the
Browns D has been a lot meaner. Though it would be nice I really can't see
the Superbowl Champs losing. Browns by 3.
Graham : AFC Game of the Week. These two have looked
the AFC's classiest acts so far, but I really have to back the Browns who
I quite fancy to go 16-0. CL 10.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 2.
Richard : Browns by 4
SS (0-3, L3)
@ TT (1-2, L1)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (7 - 22)
Gerald : A surprising start to the season for the
Hawks, who have yet to win a game. The Titans have, but haven't looked that
impressive. So I'll go with the Hawks to break their duck, but only just.
Hawks by 1.
Graham : Two outfits looking among the also-rans
this season while still being capable of springing a surprise. Could be close,
but the Titans have looked a little better so far. TN 6.
SPLATT : Seattle by 1.
Richard : Titans by 4
NS (1-2, W1)
@ WR (2-1, L1)
Last time : wk 4, 2003 (0 - 54)
Gerald : The Skins must be wondering what happened
last week, as both their O & D failed to turn up. The Saints got their first
win, though it was against the Cards, who are still missing a gear. The Skins
should bounce back after last week, and their O & D will show us what they're
made of. Skins by 17.
Graham : Redskins were rather outclassed by Minnesota
last week, but they won't be the last to suffer that and should get back on
track his week against the erratic Saints. WR 10.
SPLATT : Washington by 8.
Richard : Redskins by 7
AF (2-1, W2)
@ PE (2-1, L1)
Last time : wk 4, 2003 (6 - 21)
Gerald : A good, though not convincing win, for
the Falcons last week should give them the boost they'll need to play the
Eagles. Jon on the other hand will be wondering what went wrong. I think he'll
be doing the same again this week. Falcons by 3.
Graham : If Philly can't produce better offence
than they've shown in the last couple of weeks they could find this campaign
a real struggle. I back Jon to sort it out but this could be a really tough
game. PE 3.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 10.
Richard : Eagles by 3
DL (0-3, L4)
@ DC (0-3, L3)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (13 - 3)
Gerald : Someone's got to break their duck this
week and Lions look the most likely to do so. Lions by 1.
Graham : Two winless teams. Dallas struggling defensively
while Detroit (sadly as usual) are floundering on offence. Something's got
to give . . . DL 1.
SPLATT : Dallas by 1.
Richard : Lions by 1
TB (0-3, L4)
@ AC (0-3, L16)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (28 - 23)
Gerald : Another record will be broken this week,
but I can't see it being the Cards losing streak. Buccs by 10.
Graham : Two winless more winless teams. As last
year I was impressed by the Buccs in our meeting. I'm staggered they haven't
won more games - ought to win this then. TB 7.
SPLATT : Tampa Bay by 2.
Richard : Buccs by 4
SR (3-0, W21)
@ CB (3-0, W7)
Last time : wk 11, 2003 (44 - 17)
Gerald : After last week's performances from both
teams you have got to feel that the Bears have the upper hand. But that Diddley
Īknack' the Rams seem to have perfected from last season saw them home last
week and could do so again. But I think it will fail them this week, as that
impressive wining streak is broken. Bears by 3.
Graham : Given the Bears' start we'll have to step
up a few gears from week 3 and the pressure will fall mainly on our offence.
Not sure any more if we're up to it.
SPLATT : St Louis by 3.
Richard : Rams by 7
SF (2-1, W1)
@ MV (3-0, W5)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (26 - 16)
Gerald : A great win last week against the Skins
have shown that the Vikes will be among the top teams come the end of the
season, which doesn't really bold well for the 49ers, who have made a good
start to the season themselves. Vikes by 10.
Graham : My prediction of a Browns-Vikes Superbowl
is looking pretty good at the moment. Minnesota steamrollered over a powerful
Skins outfit and should really cruise this. MV 14.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 13.
Richard : Viking by 7
by Graham Canwell (Week 3)
||It was neck-and-neck between the Broncos and Steelers,
who were both excellent. Counting against Pittsburgh was the fact that
they turned the ball over four times, while against Denver was the fact
that they were playing the Bengals (just like the two previous winners
of this award - spot the pattern!). In the event the fact that Denver
committed no turnovers gave them the edge. Other honourable mentions are
earned by the Browns, Seahawks, Jets and Bills.
||Not so much of this, in another big offensive week
in the AFC. The Bills 5 forced turnovers against the Titans (winners
of last weeks offensive award) earns them the prize, with the main
competition coming from the Dolphins and Jets.
||This was a tough award to decide on. A few of the
usual suspects (Richard, Julian, Dave C) put in great performances, but
I felt Stuarts job in getting his 0-2 Fish back on track against
the 2-0 Raiders made him a more deserving recipient (as did runner-up
Pats display after what happened to him in week 2!)
||Nowhere near as much offence as in the AFC!! The Buccs
made a good run at this, but turned the ball (and ultimately the game)
over far too many times. The Saints were very good too (especially after
week 2s nightmare) but the Vikes great display against that feared
Redskin D was, I felt, the weeks real class act.
||For the second week running, and on the road in Philly
of all places. If it wasnt for a single 71 yard TD pass the Eagles
would pretty much have been ground to a total standstill. Pretty awesome.
Lions and 49ers almost stifled each other to death, while the Buccs made
my Rams look extremely ordinary to no avail (for the second year running)
||Got a small measure of revenge for last years
Championship Game and, combined with Tims win over the Skins, set
the NFC Centrals stall out as a division which is finally living
up to its potential.
||No contest for this. Amazing how special teams can
bale out a really baaad gameplan sometimes. Both our touchdowns were due
to long kickoff returns (one of them actually WAS a long kickoff return)
and our punting team kept the Buccs just far enough away to stop them
scoring many points. If it is true that it is a good team that can win
when playing badly then on this evidence were one of the best teams
ever. I fear, however, that results will ultimately prove otherwise.
Gerald to Graham : You position as "World's Most
Hated Coach" has a lot do with the Rammys, (as well as you voting for yourself).
I know at least one Coach, who will rename nameless (as I couldn't get him
to write down his thoughts), that was none too happy about one of your defensive
Rammys last season. He though it should have gone to him and it didn't.
Graham to Gerald : Re last week's Editorial.
You seem to reckon it's a silly idea that people like reading your thoughts,
and then go on to say you're sure people turn to the Rammys first. Given my
well-established position as "World's Most Hated Coach" (enough times now
to keep the trophy!) I find it hard to believe that they are falling over
themselves to read my ramblings.
Graham to NFC West : Great week guys. Four out
Graham to Dave J : I hold up my hands and say
"Great job - you outcoached me completely and were frankly robbed. There ain't
no justice". Good (certainly much much better) luck for the rest of the season.
Graham to All : I said in my predictions last
week that so far this season we'd been more conservative. Against the Buccs
it was more like Conservative (except that we won!).
Dave Jones to Graham : You were so lucky. Only
a surprise 81 yard kick off return in the second period saved you. I was looking
good and keeping pace, but that blew me away. There's always next time.