by Gerald Udowiczenko
Hello to you all and hope you had a good Christmas and New Year? Unfortunately
due to illness and the Superbowl (I got out of my sick bed to watch the game
at the Hard Rock Café and I'm so pleased I did, boy what a game.),
this will have to be a shorter issue than I had planed.
Thanks to Graham, Richard, Brucey & Jon for their contributions this
No time to calculate how people did while I was away. With luck I should be
able to do so for the next issue...
NE (5-10, L2)
@ BB (13-2, W3)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (25 - 31)
Richard : No Comment.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 7.
NY (9-6, W2)
@ MD (10-5, W1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (17 - 10)
Richard : Fish by 4.
SPLATT : Miami by 5.
TT (3-12, L4)
@ CL (11-4, L2)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (5 - 38)
Richard : Browns by 7.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 16.
CI (7-8, W5)
@ PS (10-5, W4)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (44 - 20)
Richard : Steelers by 3.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 8.
OR (3-12, L9)
@ KC (4-10-1, L3)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (27 - 34)
Richard : Chiefs by 3.
SPLATT : Kansas City by 4.
SS (3-12, W2)
@ DB (11-4, L1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (19 - 21)
Richard : Broncos by 7.
SPLATT : Denver by 10.
PE (11-4, L1)
@ WR (12-3, L1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (16 - 3)
Richard : Redskins by 1
SPLATT : Washington by 5.
AC (0-15, L28)
@ DC (3-12, L8)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (7 - 10)
Richard : Cards by 1.
SPLATT : Dallas by 5.
MV (15-0, W17)
@ CB (6-9, W1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (41 - 10)
Richard : Vikings by 3.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 11.
TB (6-9, W1)
@ DL (3-11-1, L1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (28 - 7)
Richard : Lions by 1.
SPLATT : Tampa Bay by 2.
AF (9-6, L1)
@ NS (5-10, W3)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (30 - 23)
Richard : Saints by 3.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 2.
SF (10-5, W1)
@ SR (10-5, W1)
Last time : wk 5, 2004 (19 - 14)
Richard : Rams by 1.
SPLATT : St Louis by 5.
by Graham Canwell (Week 15)
||Over 300 rushing yards and over 30 first downs, which
is quite an achievement in anyone's book. Bengals, Bills and Dolphins
all deserve a mention too in another good week for AFC offences.
||It wasn't the fault of the Pats D that they lost.
One of the more remarkable statistics this year - Seattle had 39
passing attempts and suffered 34 hurries (not to mention the 5 sacks).
No wonder they only managed 28% completions! Given that they still won
the Hawks D clearly deserves an honourable mention too.
||Getting better by the week, and surely ruing that
slow start. This weeks runners-up (in no particular order) are Richard
||Haven't had the best of years offensively so
this would have been particularly satisfying. Best of the rest were the
Saints, now firing on all cylinders, and (of course!) those Vikings.
||The pressure was on the Niners D, as their offence
was always likely to struggle against that tough Eagle D, but they rose
to the pressure magnificently.
||Given that we won in DC a defeat in Philly (a notoriously
difficult place to go) would have effectively eliminated the 49ers from
the West title race. But they produced one of their best results of recent
years to set up the week 16 showdown.
||With offence that bad you shouldn't be able to
win, but they did. In their defence I must point out that even under all
that pressure they avoided committing a turnover, which ultimately proved
decisive and makes this by my own admission a fairly harsh award.
Gerald to Brucey : Sorry due I wasn't able to
put your stuff in this week. But I will be there next week.
Gerald to Richard : Thanks for the letter. But
how come no e-mail. Did you flunk the class? :o)
Graham to Jon : Well I held up my end of the
bargain. I'd be NFC West champ now if you'd held up yours. Shame on you -
and you'll probably knock me out of the playoffs in a week or two just to
rub it in!!
Graham to Steve : Great win! Congratulations
- sets up a week 16 showdown for the title, which doesn't happen too often
so I'm looking forward to it.
Graham to Tim : One more hurdle to go to match
my efforts last year. You've looked a bit better (ie. less lucky) than I did
doing it though so I don't expect you to copy my playoff shambles.
Richard to Bruce : Good luck with the defensive
Richard to Graham : Excellent game plan back
in week 12, you were well worth the win as usual.
Richard to Gerald : Could be an interesting games
with the usual pressure.
Richard to Gary : Good luck with the new team
and welcome to the league.
Richard to Troy : Please to see you back in the
league and even more so that you are in NFC.
Richard to Tim : no matter what happens from
now on congregations on an excellent season.
|View from Orchard Park
by Richard Ogg
Here in Buffalo we are surprised and delighted by the regular season
as we did not expect to win the AFC East, the most competitive division
in AB for the past few season. That honour should soon move to the NFC
West, especially with Troy's arrival. It was supposed to be a rebuilding
season but as the Rams have in the past found it is difficult to rebuild
on 10 LP's per season. Weeks 11 and 12 showed how vulnerable we
can be but we 'fluked' several wins this season, with Stuart
being particularly unlucky.
Right at the start of the season I fancied the Vikings to win the NFC.
I played Tim in his first ever AB game and it was clear then that the
Vikings were destined for serious improvement. So over to the AFC where
last year the Browns worried me before the playoffs. This year all the
teams concern me and there is no place to hide. I expect the Jets will
lose out in the wildcard race, their squad looks weak to me, but Terry
always gets wins against the odds.
The Fish when on song can be unstoppable and were probably unlucky
not to win the division. Mark has been amazing at the Steelers and finished
the season wit some style. For an omen, the Bills beta the Browns in
the first game of the season last year in a close game and they won
the Superbowl, this season they gained a close win against the Steelers
in week one. I know wildcard teams have won the Superbowl in AB in the
past and it could be repeated again this year. The Broncos are also
very strong this time around and have a coach who already has an AB
winners ring. They are capable of going all the way again and could
well do so. My choice for AFC representative at the start of the season
was the Browns and if pushed I am sticking to this. They have a very
strong squad and a coach that has never lost a post season game in AB
and if Julian gets the luck he could well two peat.
|The Season so far
by Jon Heath
I have to say this is one of the best seasons I can remember. It's
been extremely competitive (for example, I'm 11-4 & 2 of those losses
have been to teams with losing records) and we're now set up for a stunning
set of final games. OK, so the Vikes have run away with the Central,
but both the NFC East & West are being decided on head to head meetings
in the last game of the season. If only the Falcons had won as well.
Then we'd see an awesome dogfight this week. On top of that the W/Cs
in the AFC are also dependent on
this week's results and we've got a cracker of a game between the Dolphins
and Jets that could see one of them out of the post season, if the Steelers
win. Great stuff and it should make for a very tough set of playoff
All the best for the week 16 lottery. Obviously I wish some less luck then
others. As usual the usually stuff to the usually place.