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Week 1

by Gerald Udowiczenko

Well the 2002 Draft was held last weekend (April 20/21) and some interesting picks in the first round. Defensive Linemen were the most popular position with 8, then came Defensive Backs with 6 and Offensive Linemen with 5. Then 3 Quarter Backs, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends and finally 2 Running Backs and Line Backers. So overall an even spilt between the Offence and Defence, with 16 a piece.

Though I'm sure some of the players picked will change their position once they get into the team, as has happened in the past. Defensive Linemen moving to Line Backers, Tight Ends to a Defensive Linemen positions and the odd Quarter Back becoming a Wide Receivers. Though in most cases the changes are usually players picked in later rounds (5-7). The first round pick are usually picked for what they do best? Though in some cases they just don't work out.

This years No.1 draft pick was a QB (David Carr), which if you look over the last 20 drafts (since 1982), is not that unsurprising. As a QB has been picked 8 times as the No.1 pick. The second pick this year was a DL (Julius Peppers), which again if you look at pervious drafts comes as no surprise, as a DL has been picked 8 times. Leaving only 4 picks, which were filled by 2 Wide Receivers, a Running Back and an Offensive Linemen.

And talking about QB (well I was sort of) Drew Bledsoe has been traded to the Buffalo Bills, in exchange for their 1st round draft pick next season. So here's hoping that the Bills have a really bad season, as we could do with a nice low draft pick next season, as we're going to be hard to stop come January :-)

Thanks as always to Brucey, Apple & Paul. As always guys, many thanks for your contributions.

Many apologies for the lack of a table for the Top Predictor of last season (2004). Due to various things happening I didn't get a chance to complete it. It will appear next issue.

BB (0-0, W4) @ CI (0-0, W6) Last time : wk 9, 2004 (42 - 13)
Gerald : A close win last week for the Bills and a disastrous game for the Bengals should mean that the Bills will have an easy game. However it was only a pre-season game and I think the Benglas will carry their from over form the end of last season. But I still think the Bills will win, but it will be close. Bills by 3.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 8.

MD (0-0, L1) @ TT (0-0, L5) Last time : wk 13, 2004 (24 - 7)
Gerald : A great result for the Fish last week, beating the Superbowl Champs, but it was only a pre-season game and I doubt the Skins put much effect in, as they were still partying. The Titan also had a good result against a good defensive team, so this should be an intriguing game. Tough one to call, but I think the Fish just edge it. Dolphins by 3.
SPLATT : Miami by 12.

NY (0-0, W3) @ SD (0-0, W1) Last time : wk 9, 2004 (17 - 23)
Gerald : Well new boy Gorner, got a bit of a baptism of fire against the Rams last week. I think he'll still be tweaking the gameplan for a couple more games yet, till he gets want he wants. The Jets on the other hand seem to be carrying on in the same fashion as last season. Jets by 10.
SPLATT : New York by 2.

NE (0-0, L3) @ KC (0-0, W1) Last time : wk 7, 2004 (27 - 17)
Gerald : No Comment.
SPLATT : New England by 7.

CL (0-0, W1) @ SS (0-0, L1) Last time : wk 7, 2004 (17 - 10)
Gerald : The Browns only narrowly lost last week and from the looks of it have that offence working nicely. The Hawks seem to be struggling a little at present, but I'm sure that will change after a few weeks of tweaking. Browns by 17.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 15.

PS (0-0, L1) @ OR (0-0, L10) Last time : wk 13, 2004 (28 - 21)
Gerald : Both teams seem to struggle last week, but that could be just down to pre-season gameplans? Of the two teams, the Steelers look the stronger at present and will be hoping to carry their form from the second half of last season into this new campaign. Steelers by 9.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 10.

PE (0-0, W1) @ CB (0-0, L1) Last time : wk 3, 2004 (10 - 17)
Gerald : Well the old boy (Randall Cunningham) seemed to struggle last week with his passing game and will have to improve if his (possible?) final season is to end with a Superbowl ring. The Bears did a demolition job on the Bengals last week, but it will be a lot closer this week. And unless Jon can surprise Paul somehow I think he'll find it tough going. Bears by 3.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 5.

WR (0-0, L2) @ DL (0-0, W1) Last time : wk 1, 2004 (23 - 6)
Gerald : Two great 'D's playing each other, will mean (or should do at least) a low scoring game. Unfortunately I don't think Brucey has sorted out his 'O' yet. Skins by 3.
SPLATT : Washington by 8.

DC (0-0, W1) @ SR (0-0, W2) Last time : wk 1, 2004 (6 - 41)
Gerald : With a new coach in charge, the Boyz should start to win a few more games, this season. But I don't think Apple has had enough time to sort the team out yet. The Rams on the other hand have the team they want. The only slight problem may be the young inexperienced QB. But only time will tell if that is to be a problem. Rams by 17.
SPLATT : St Louis by 11.

AC (0-0, L29) @ SF (0-0, L1) Last time : wk 1, 2004 (7 - 20)
Gerald : Even after last weeks game from the 49ers I fear that Dean will struggle badly as his LB core is very undermanned. But if the 49ers pass too much the Cards DB's could have make it a lot closer. 49ers by 10.
SPLATT : San Francisco by 14.

MV (0-0, W18) @ AF (0-0, L2) Last time : wk 1, 2004 (34 - 28)
Gerald : Both coaches must be hoping to carry over their form from lat year? Tim in general and Paul from the second half of the season. Last time these two met it was a very close game and I think it will be so again. If the Falcons can get a few breaks, then they should be able to keep the scores close and possibly sneak a win. But I just think that the Vikes will be that little bit too strong. Vikes by 6.
Minnesota by 12.

TB (0-0, L1) @ NS (0-0, W4) Last time : wk 13, 2004 (14 - 23)
Gerald : Both teams has reasonable season last year in tough divisions. Though the NFC Central was the easier of the two divisions, it did produce the 16-0 Vikes. It will be import for both teams to get good starts and judging by pre-season form the Saints seem to be more tuned in. Saints by 7.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 6.

by Graham Canwell (N/A)  


Gerald to Richard : Well as Drew Bledsoe has now gone to Buffalo, looks like I'll have to change my BQ? Unless you're not changing either Rob Johnson or Todd Collins?

Gerald to Graham : I hope all is well with you as I haven't heard from you for a while?

Gerald to Ian : Here's to a great game. You never know we might just set some offensive records this week?

Gerald to Paul Spence : So were you celebrating too much to remember to write a gameplan? :-)

Gerald to Graham : No complaints this season about how reduced your team is?

Gerald to Paul Meskill : Well here's hoping both of us get can back to the old days?

Gerald to Brucey : So will picking players in the draft that you need, rather then letting the PC do it & writing a gameplan make any difference this season?

Brucey to All : If Gameplan was a bowl of fruit, there'd be at least one Apple.

Brucey to SPLATT : Think you can keep up that record ? No, me neither :-)

Brucey to Paul S : I expect you'll be mentioning your success at least a couple of times at the game this weekend ? Still, it'll make up for sitting so close to the front :-P

Brucey to NFC Central : Be gentle.

Brucey to Gerald : Any plans for this seasons' newsletter ? How's about a table of predictions, so we can see who's done good ?? :-)

Jon to Paul Maguire : I'm really not looking forward to this week - especially if I start re-creating my form in NFLD!

Jon to Richard Ogg : That was the same plan as I used in the NFC Championship game (& virtually the same as the one I beat the Rams with as well), by the way.

Jon to All : Some scary scoring in pre-season.

San Diego Chargers
by Paul Gorner

Well, we certainly got a hammering in Pre-season against the Rams. Not too worried though, it will be a different gameplan for our week 1 game against the Jets, and hopefully a different result!

The squad is coming together well now, but still more work to do. I could have done with a RB with OPS strength from the FA market but nothing doing there. HB Terrell Fletcher will therefore be coached up with OPS strength.

I think the defence just needs a little tweaking with additional blitzing strengths for my LBs, but overall, it looks ok.

I'm really looking forward to the new season in AB and there are a few names I recognise in the league. This Chargers team have done well in recent seasons, so there is a lot for me to live up to, but although I'm not expected to set the world on fire in my 1st season, I'll certainly do my best to keep that success going.

Good luck to everyone.

Cowboys Crusade
by Richard Appleby

The roster says 60 points for the Cowboys but I can assure you another 5 pts of training will be added to that. OL will be trained on first as will my FB, I will start with a 3-4 Def this week and move another couple of players around for maximum efficiency. Next up are my WR's which are not bad but will be assisted by more training in the coming weeks, by week 3 I will have spent all my LP's and have a squad of 67, included in that are a couple of hidden strengths so we will be about average (ish) for the league.

My only worry is the training I have carried forward, it's not great, oh & my QB is 2 years old, which is always a worry. My opening schedule of Canwell, Heath, Macguire & Dilworth is tough to say the least, I would have preferred to play these coaches later in the season when I have better training & form but you do not have control over the Schedule when you take over a new team, so it's a case of do your best & hope you get lucky. Looking forward to my first 4 games even if in trepidation.

Do Bears S*** in the Woods ?
(Or History of NFL Team Nicknames)

George Halas moved the Decatur Staleys to Chicago in 1921. The Staleys played at Wrigley Field, the home of baseball's Cubs. Halas determined that if the baseball tenants were Cubs, then his more rugged gridiron combatants should be known as the Bears.
Paul Brown chose this nickname for Cincinnati's 1968 AFL expansion team because there had been earlier football teams in the city called the Bengals. The elder Bengals were members of the AFL in 1937, competed as an independent club in 1938, then played in a new AFL from 1939-41 before the league again folded.

Pre-Season Predictions
by Gerald Udowiczenko


I see this season be as close if not more so (assuming we can remember how to win game?) then the last. Depending on how well the four new coaches in the AFC fare will decide weather we get one or both wildcards.

1st - Bills.
2nd - Dolphins - W/C
3rd - Patriots - W/C ?
4th - Jets.


I think this year the Steelers will be the team to beat in the Central. I think the Browns will struggle a bit more, and as they showed last season can slip up which will let in the Steelers. With a bit of luck the Bengals could challenge, but with a new coach in Tennessee, I think everyone in the central will find it hard.

1st - Steelers.
2nd - Browns - W/C ?
3rd - Bengals.
4th - Titans.


The Chargers have a very good team and even though it may take a few games to get them finely turned, I think they will win this division. But saying that, with 3 new coaches in one division, it's going to be close. If the Chiefs can find that Offence of a couple of seasons ago and can make them turn up every week, they have a real chance at the play-offs. But weather it will be as Divisional winners or as a wildcard is too hard to say.

1st - Chargers.
2nd - Chiefs - W/C ?
3rd - Raiders.
4th - Seahawks.


The Skins had a great play-offs and won games when they needed to. Again this season both the Skins and the Eagles will be battling for the top spot and it will be close, as it always is. The Boyz will be above average, but should be heading in the right direction. However, I fear that the Cards will be the leagues whipping boys. Unless they get some serious luck.

1st = Redskins * Eagles.
3nd - Cowboys.
4th - Cardinals.


This division will be real close, maybe not for the top spot, as the Viking will carry on were they left of last season. But the remaining 3 team will be within a whisker of a Wildcard.

1st - Vikings.
2nd - Buccaneers - W/C ?
3rd - Lions - W/C ?
4th - Bears - W/C ?


Another fiercely fought division. Unlike the Central all 4 teams will be within games of each other and I think only one of them will make it to the play-offs. But saying that it will be so tight between the Central & West that anyone could get that final Wildcard place.

1st - 49ers.
2nd - Rams - W/C ?
3rd - Falcons - W/C ?
4th - Saints - W/C ?

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Well that it for this week. Here's to a good start to the season for us, we didn't do too badly last week in pre-season. But then it was only pre-season and doesn't really count. But saying that Tom did do a great job in passing, just a shame that he fell asleep in the 4th and threw those interceptions? But then he is only young, and don't we have a hell of a lot of them young QBs this season?

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