by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well I tired a different variation on the rushing game last week, and if
I hadn't failed on two 4th down inside the 5 yard line, I reckon things
would have been a lot different. Unless our 'D' can find its form of last
season, I fear this will be a piss poor season, as we are starting to fall
behind the battle for those two wildcard places. And have little chance of
the divisional title, especially as the Bills are going so well.
The only shocks (and one of them wasn't to me, as I tipped them to win)
last week, were the Rams going down to the Falcons and the Buccs edging the
Bears in a very tight game. Though they did manage to miss three FGs during
the game, which would have made it a lot more convincing.
As always thanks to the following for making this issue what it is, a newsletter?
This weeks thanks go to (in no particular order) Graham, Brucey, Jon, Mark
Dixon & Paul Meskill.
CI (2-6, L2)
@ BB (8-0, W8)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (9 - 34)
Gerald : Well they just keep winning and win and
I can't see the Bengals being able to stop that. Bills by 21.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 11.
Graham : Bills offence to run riot and notch up
another 30+ points. BB 17.
Jon : The Bengals are not performing as well as
I'd expected so far this season whereas Buffalo are just about sweeping the
rest of the AFC before them so far. BB x 10.
PS (4-4, W3)
@ NE (3-5, L1)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (16 - 29)
Gerald : No comment, other than I hate gameplan!
SPLATT : New England by 8.
Graham : If the Pats roll out the same gameplan
again they'll get beaten. They probably won't though, and they're too good
to go 3-6. NE 3.
Jon : Mark got off to an excellent start with his
win over the Titans. Can the Pats break up the New momentum in Pittsburgh?
Not if they totally rely on the run. PS x 3.
SS (1-7, L4)
@ MD (5-3, W3)
Last time : wk 13, 2003 (15 - 20)
Gerald : The Fish are looking very good at present
and must be hoping the Bills slip up a couple of times? To give them hope
of more than just a wildcard. The Hawks just don't seem to be able to pull
the wins out of the hat like they use to. Fish by 10.
SPLATT : Miami by 9.
Graham : Two teams in contrasting form. Dolphins
shouldn't have any trouble. MD 14.
Jon : Seattle are having an appalling season so
far.. The Dolphins, on the other hand, are still chasing a post season spot.
MD x 7.
DB (6-2, W2)
@ NY (6-2, L2)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (20 - 24)
Gerald : Both teams have the same record, but opposite
form. The Broncos have won their last two, while the Jets have lost theirs.
Tough one to call, but I think the current form will just have it. Broncos
SPLATT : Denver by 8.
Graham : Jets need to get back on track. Broncos
are always tough to beat, but I fancy NY to just sneak it. NJ 1.
Jon : Whilst the Bills & Browns have been making
the AFC headlines the Broncos have been quietly getting on with winning the
West again. This should be a good test of the Jets' playoff credentials, but
I fancy the Broncos to have just that little bit too much for them. DB x 3.
OR (3-5, L2)
@ CL (7-1, W2)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (14 - 38)
Gerald : After their slight hick-up, the Browns
have looked pretty unstoppable, as of late. The Raiders need to inject a new
lease of life if they're to get anywhere this season. Unfortunately playing
the Browns will not be the best way to do it, unless they (Browns) uncharacteristically
throw it away? Browns by 14.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 16.
Graham : Oakland shouldn't put up too much resistance
to the Cleveland steamroller. CL 21.
Jon : Improved though the Raiders are I can't see
them challenging the Browns over 60 minutes. CL x 10.
KC (3-5, W1)
@ TT (1-7, L6)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (26 - 27)
Gerald : A great performance last week, but they
are now playing a coached Titans and I think they will slip up, as they have
done so in the past. Titans by 7.
SPLATT : Tennessee by 3.
Graham : Never know what to expect from the Chiefs.
So after last week's awesome performance they'll probably lose this. TN 3.
Jon : The all out blitz against the FB/TE offence
of the Chiefs. Could be interesting. I think the Chiefs may hold out on this
one. KC x 1.
TB (3-5, W1)
@ WR (6-2, W3)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (0 - 40)
Gerald : A great win last week for the Buccs, but
that Skins 'D' will be just too hard to score against. Even if their own offence
struggles, the Skins 'D' will keep them in it. Skins by 10.
SPLATT : Washington by 12.
Graham : Skins' offence hasn't really clicked yet,
but that D can generally be relied on to see them through. WR 10.
Jon : Tampa got a good (if close) win last week
but the 'Skins are probably somewhat more of a challenge. WR x 4.
DL (1-7, L1)
@ PE (7-1, W5)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (3 - 6)
Gerald : Can't really see Jon losing here, but
the last time these two met it was very close. Eagles by 1.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 17.
Graham : Lions have looked much better in the last
couple of weeks. Not enough to win in Philly though. PE 17.
Jon : Don't look for much scoring here as the top
two Ds (on yards) go head to head. It'll be close and will probably come down
to field position from returns and turnovers.
SF (5-3, W1)
@ DC (3-5, L1)
Last time : wk 9, 2003 (30 - 13)
Gerald : The Boyz are still going to be shell shocked
from last weeks game and I can't see it getting any better, though they should
score. 49ers by 10.
SPLATT : San Francisco by 3.
Graham : Niners D is having a terrific year, and
with the Boys having been shut out last week they'll fancy their chances here.
Jon : The 49ers seem to be dropping in performance
level as the season progresses (much like last year), which could give Dallas
a chance to recover from last week's horror story. All the same, SF x 3.
SR (5-3, L2)
@ AC (0-8, L21)
Last time : wk 9, 2003 (47 - 7)
Gerald : Well who would have thought it, the Rams
on a two game losing streak? (well me for one - blowing my own trumpet nice
and loud). This week it should be back to normal, but I've a feeling the Cards
could surprise us all this week (and they are due a bit of luck). Cards by
SPLATT : St Louis by 18.
Graham : I ought to be more confident than I am.
I'm not saying any more than that.
Jon : After the last 2 weeks I'm hesitant about
predicting a Rams win. But they can't lose to the Cards, and 3 times in a
row, surely. Can they? SR x 10.
AF (4-4, W1)
@ CB (4-4, L1)
Last time : wk 13, 2003 (10 - 17)
Gerald : Not quite a winning record, but only one
game behind the leaders and nicely placed for the wildcard battle. The Falcons
seem to have found what has been missing the couple of seasons (if not more?)
and seem to be going in the right direction. Though they will need to keep
that up throughout the whole season, if their to over take the Rams & 49ers.
This week is an important game, to show that last week wasn't lucky. Falcons
SPLATT : Chicago by 6.
Graham : Although Atlanta often seem to raise their
game against me they impressed me last week. About time they strung some good
performances together. AF 1.
Jon : Great win for the Falcons last week to put
them right back in the running, whilst the Bears suffered an unexpected loss.
So as the Falcons should probably be favourites the Bears'll win. CH x 3.
NS (1-7, L5)
@ MV (8-0, W10)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (28 - 23)
Gerald : Humm Vikes by lots.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 13.
Graham : Vikes. Vikes. Vikes. MV 17.
Jon : The Vikes were given one hell of a fright
by the Lions last week and won't want that to happen again. Chances are it
won't. MV x 14.
by Graham Canwell (Week 8)
||366 pass yards, 277 rush yards, 71% completions, 34
first downs . . . anyone want to argue? Browns, Bills, Dolphins and Steelers
were all really good too but couldn't compete with those numbers.
||OK, the Pats shot themselves in the foot a bit by
trying to repeat that one dimensional offence trick, but the Fish did
a good job of being ready for it. Browns and Chiefs were the best of the
||Had a bad start but Miami are back on track in a big
way now. Richard is doing a marvellous job of getting the Bills seemingly
better and better every week.
||No, look again - it isn't the Vikings this
week. Falcons got the job done and made the plays that mattered, as I
was unfortunate enough to witness at first hand. Worth pointing out that
the Vikings were still excellent, though they left it rather late to creep
past the Lions
||You always know where the Eagles' strength
is going to be and this year is no exception.
There were two other shutouts this week so
the Skins and Niners deserve a mention too.
As do the Bears and Buccs. This is the
defensive conference remember.
||A terrific and well-deserved win. At least I won't
have to wait too long for a shot at revenge . . . or a repeat dose!
||A little harsh, but that's always more likely
the week after a "no award" because I get desperate to dish
one out. I'll probably feel bad about it in the morning . . .
Gerald to All : Apologies to those that made
the last pub meet. Sorry I didn't make it, but I wasn't feeling too clever.
Gerald to Paul M : See I told you, you could
win. Just keep that up all season and you'll win the division.
Gerald to Stuart : You was lucky!
Gerald to All : What a week for shut-outs & no
offensive scoring. Who said we had an offensive league?
Gerald to Ian : Good win. But can you keep it
up all season?
Gerald to Graham : You must be a bit worried
about retaining the Divisional Crown this season? So when did you last lose
Gerald to SPLATT : Stop tipping me to win! Every
time you do so, I lose (well nearly every time).
Gerald to Mark Dixon : Yeah the new PC is fine.
Haven't started copying over my files yet. I'm waiting for a free weekend.
I also need to dig out all the bit n pieces (software) I've got on the old
PC, to re-install it on the new one. I've moved house at least three times
since I installed some of the software, so god knows where I've put the disk
(and I do mean disks and not CD's)? My old PC is over 10 years old, started
life as a 486DX and got it to a P166 a couple of years back. Finally decided
that it was about time to move on.
Gerald to Paul M : I think she (Mrs Riley?) was
Irish and not Scottish, wasn't she? But I know what you mean. The Housekeeper
from Father Ted.
Mark Dixon to All : Thanks for the kind words,
hopefully I can turn this franchise around and still make the playoffs, but
Mark Dixon to Gerald : Good Luck! Not this week
though, I hope! Hope you got the PC sorted.
Mark Dixon to Tim : Hope so. What do you know
that I don't? Are we cursed?
Mark Dixon to Graham : Hopefully we can stop
the Browns walking away with the division. Bring on week 14!
Mark Dixon to Jon : The computer/Pat beat the
Jets, but I'm not complaining. Just need the East to beat it's self and we
have a shot. See you in week 20? :o)
Mark Dixon to Bruce : Nice site, keep up the
good work. It's one of the reasons I'm here!
Mark Dixon to Mark (Gamble) : Well that was close,
I'm dreading week 10 already
Jon to Bruce : Please don't play as well this
Jon to Paul M : Superb win. I could be wrong,
but I think you've beaten Graham more than anybody else in the league. So
why can't you do as well against everybody else? (Probably what you ask yourself!)
Jon to Mark G : I see that the basic tactics
don't really change for different leagues? I think I should obtain a copy
of Mark D's gameplan for NFLB next season. ;-)
Paul M to All : We bloody won! We won. We won.
We won. We won. We won. We won. We won. We won. We won. We won. We won. We
won. Try thinking of a Scottish type voice going You will. You will. You will.
etc. The Falcons are happy for the rest of the season now!
Graham to Paul : Well played. My toughest opponent
as usual. See you in week 10.
Graham to Richard : I would have given myself
the week 6 coaching award if I'd known I wasn't going to win again all season!!!!
I'm still annoyed at not having tipped you to win the East (I had gone for
you and then changed my mind at the very last instant against my better judgement).
Graham to Tim : Slow down mate. I might not be
able to catch you up this year but I'd like to stay on the same planet.
PUB MEET IV
The venue is at what looks like it will become the regular, The Fulmar &
The closest tube is Holborn on the Central (red) and Piccadilly (blue) lines.
When you come out of the entrance (the one straight ahead, not on the side),
cross Kingsway (the big road opposite the exit), turn left down Kingsway,
first or maybe second street on the right, about 20-30 yards down the street
(you can see the pub from Kingsway).
The date is Saturday November 17th, the time is still to be confirmed, but
I'm guess sometime in the afternoon. I show know by next issue, encase
I don't or forget to publish it, drop me a line & I'll let you
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Well that's all for this week.