by Gerald Udowiczenko
Whoops. The address is PO Box 605, the address is PO Box 605, the address
is PO Box 605. Yes the reason for no newsletter last week was down to your
editor writing 65 on the envelope and therefore my orders and the newsletter
didn't get there in time.
Well the first half of the Interconference games, were very interesting.
The AFC won it 7-5 (as they did the same time last year), however 3 of the
AFC were shut out, while only 1 from the NFC. So with a slim lead the AFC
will have to watch in week 12 and especially me, as on current form we'll
be playing the unbeaten Saints.
Thanks to Richard, Goz, Brucey, Mark & Graham for this weeks contributions.
BB (5-1, W1)
@ OR (3-3, W2)
Last time : wk 7, 2004 (39 - 14)
Gerald : The Raiders are on a good roll, but the
Bills will be too strong. Bills by 10.
Richard : Raiders by 17.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 10.
MD (5-1, W3)
@ SS (0-6, L7)
Last time : wk 9, 2004 (28 - 21)
Gerald : Can't see that duck being broken this
week. Fish by 14.
Richard : Dolphins by 14.
SPLATT : Miami by 13.
NY (2-4, L2)
@ TT (4-2, L1)
Last time : wk 15, 2004 (45 - 14)
Gerald : The Jets need the win, as they are slipping
behind, but I think the Titans will be lucky, but only just. Titans by 3 (OT).
Richard : Titans by 7.
SPLATT : New York by 2.
NE (4-2, W2)
@ CI (1-5, L3)
Last time : wk 1, 2004 (29 - 26 OT)
Gerald : No Comment.
Richard : Pats by 7.
SPLATT : New England by 2.
CL (5-1, W1)
@ KC (1-5, L4)
Last time : wk 1, 2004 (44 - 12)
Gerald : I can't see it getting any better for
the Chiefs this week. Browns by 17.
Richard : Browns by 10.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 12.
PS (4-2, W3)
@ SD (3-3, W2)
Last time : wk 11, 2004 (22 - 41)
Gerald : Both need the win and the Steelers look
the more likely to sneak a close game. Steelers by 3.
Richard : Steelers by 1.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 2.
PE (3-3, L2)
@ NS (6-0, W10)
Last time : wk 7, 2004 (25 - 7)
Gerald : The Eagles need to bounce back after last
week and the Saints aren't the team to do that against. Saints by 10. Richard
: Saints by 7.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 5.
WR (4-2, W2)
@ AF (3-3, W1)
Last time : wk 7, 2004 (31 - 19)
Gerald : A win here puts the Skins in the driving
seat, but I've a feeling the Falcons could surprise us all. Falcs by 6.
Richard : Skins by 4.
SPLATT : Washington by 5.
DC (3-3, W2)
@ DL (4-2, L2)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (13 - 3)
Gerald : The Lions need to turn around a bad couple
of results and this will be tough against the Boyz, but doable. Lions by 7.
Richard : Cowboys by 3.
SPLATT : Detroit by 4.
AC (0-6, L35)
@ CB (5-1, W4)
Last time : wk 13, 2004 (24 - 27 OT)
Gerald : Its looking bad for the Cards. Bears by
Richard : Bears by 10.
SPLATT : Chicago by 14.
MV (3-3, L1)
@ SF (3-3, L1)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (27 - 9)
Gerald : Tough one to call, but I'll go with homefield.
49ers by 3.
Richard : Vikings by 3.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 10.
TB (0-6, L7)
@ SR (1-5, L4)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (13 - 23)
Gerald : After a bad start to the season, the Rams
will welcome this "easy" game. But I've a feeling it won't be that easy. Rams
Richard : Rams by 4.
SPLATT : St Louis by 12.
by Graham Canwell (Week 6)
||An easy winner. 561 yards against the Eagles. That
doesn't happen too often. Can't recall anything like it actually
(help me out here, Jon!).
||A second straight award for the Steelers this time
for bringing the surging 49ers down to earth. Is this a new Steel Curtain?
We've heard that before, of course, but this time maybe its for real
. . .
||Mark came close but the Chargers' pyrotechnics
in Philly gave Paul a decisive edge. And this week he goes up against
Mark's punishing D. Could be a cracker!!
||This was a tough choice between the Redskins and Falcons
but in the end I just plumped for Washington on the basis of a few more
yards and a few more first downs.
||Atlanta had a crack at this one too but came in second
again, this time to their divisional rivals. Both teams recorded shutouts
but I gave it to the Saints because their D didn't get the ball-control
support from their offence that Atlanta's had.
||Best all-round performance in what was a rather disappointing
week for the AFC. Another Paul (there are plenty of these of course) came
in second, with Paul Macguire deserving a mention for his teams win over
||I don't like not giving out an award, and KC's
win just had a shade of Diddleyness about it (12 less first downs, win
in OT, a crucial TD from an INT return). It was just a shade, mind you,
but I was clutching at straws and it was enough.
Gerald to AFC : Well done, lets do the same in
||Week 6 Interconference Games
|by Mark Dixon
Well the AFC met the NFC and jolly well gave them a bloody nose! AFC
take the week 6 honours 7-5, but the NFC won the shutout battle 3-1.
Lets take you through the games one by one...
First up we travel to Minnesota to witness the Bills thumping of the
Vikings. If you just looked at the stats then I doubt that you could
pick the winner of this game, but the Bills took their chances whilst
the Vikings didn't. 1-0 AFC!
Next up the Dolphins hosted the Buccs and sat on them. There is no
way in which you can describe a shutout as any thing other than ugly
and the Tampa performance was exactly that.
The Jets travelled out to Chicago trying to put last weeks game behind
them, unfortunately for them instead of leaving their losing ways behind
they took them along. Chicago proved to be too strong for the Jets,
despite doing all they could to lose the game the Bears total domination
of the second half was enough for them to hold on for the win.
Next on to a battle between 2 of the leagues most influential coaches
away from the field. Coach Henderson strolled into New England looking
to consolidate his position a top his division whereas the Patriots
needed to win to keep up with the Bills and Dolphins and remain only
1 game behind. The game was a classic defensive battle, with both teams
struggling to do much offensively. A HUGE 4th quarter for the Lions
saw them pull a lost cause back to force the Patriots to OT, but the
Patriots had seen enough and popped over the winning FG to end the Lions
AFC East VS NFC Central - 3-1 AFC. 1-0 AFC in Shutouts :o)
From an AFC point of view those results left the Jets 2 games off the
bottom of the East and already looking for a bit of a miracle if they
are to contest the Division. The Pats are 3rd @ 4-2, but tied at 5-1
are the Dolphins and Bills. This is one tough cookie of a division!
The AFC Central played the NFC West and we got both ends of the spectrum
in these games.
First up the Browns travelled out to St Louis to play a Rams side that
is a shadow of it's former self. Coach Horne described it as a 'messy'
game, including, as it did, 7 turnovers. Unfortunately for the Rams
they committed 5 of them and as a result were never really in the game.
2 second half TDs made the score look respectable, but Coach Canwell
must be wondering were all his previous seasons form has gone!
The 49ers travelled East to Pittsburgh to clash with the Steelers and
probably wish they hadn't bothered. It was a one sided contest to be
honest, with the 49ers throwing 5 picks to guarantee that they never
really stood a chance. Shame really as I was expecting this to be a
Out to Atlanta now where we find the Falcons in a bullish mood following
their 27-0 drubbing of the Bengals. The Bengals didn't do too much wrong,
they just couldn't convert on 3rd down and wound up on the wrong side
of an embarrassing scoreline
Much the same can be said of the game in Tennessee where the Titans
got a lesson in how to play football by the rampant Saints. The Saints,
who are the leagues only remaining unbeaten side, hardly broke sweat
as they despatched the Titans 31-0 leaving Coach Birtchenell to wonder
how it all went so very wrong. I would point him in the direction of
the 6 turnovers his team committed, that's never a good start if you
are trying to win a game.
The conferences split the honours here, but it was 2-0 to the NFC in
The upshot of those games is that the Titans have surrendered their
tie for first place in the Central, leaving Cleveland one game clear
of both the Titans and Steelers. The Bengals need to get themselves
to the miracle shop if they are to save their season though. It looks
a long way back for them.
Out to the AFC West now, who matched up with the NFC East in the final
series of interconference matches.
The Chargers first, they travelled a long way East to Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia to play the Eagles. As an impartial viewer this looks like
it was the game to watch in week 6 as the 2 teams made this game a cracker.
Neither team was ever more than a TD in front and both made mistakes
to keep the Philly crowd on the edge of their seats.
ogether they produced 62 points and close to 1000 yards before the
game finally went to OT after a final play tieing TD by the Chargers.
In OT the Chargers started with the ball and made possession count as
they took the win. Great game by both sides though.
The defending SB champs travelled out to KC and made heavy weather
of beating a under par Chiefs side. If the Redskins want to be taken
seriously as possible repeaters then they have to be able to produce
a better performance than that against the teams that are struggling
to get their seasons going. But a win is a win and Coach Spence will
be pleased to have got out of KC with the win. Washington hearts where
in their mouths as the Redskins where forced to OT by the previously
uninspiring Chiefs. Is this a sign of better things from KC? We can
Seattle must be wondering what they have to do to get a break. The
Cowboys entertained the Seahawks, but the Hawks must've said something
bad about the 'boys respective mothers 'cos they showed no mercy in
a 34-0 drubbing.
And the other winless team in the league (Seattle being the first one)
went way out west. So, it would appear did their gameplan as the Raiders
ran roughshod over them in what turned out to be an easy win for the
Silver & Black.
Again honours even, but the NFC rack up another Shutout!
The West is an odd division this year. The Seahawks and Chiefs just
don't seem to be able to get their seasons on track and are fighting
for first pick with each other and the Cards. But further up the West
we see a bit of backbone, especially from the Chargers who overcame
one of the leagues better teams to hit week 7 @ .500. The division is
going to come down to a battle between the Chargers and Raiders of that
I'm sure. Whether the loser will get a WC come seasons end remains to
The AFC has 3 teams @ 5-1 and 3 teams at 4-2 after week 6. One of those
teams isn't going to be able to go to the postseason party. From here
on in it gets interesting!
|by Paul Gorner
I wasn't too confident going into my latest game against the Eagles.
I was playing a team top of the NFC East and a top coach in charge!
Plus, my offence has been a total nightmare and I've changed it that
many times. Maybe it's time to leave it alone and get use to the play
calls. That I did, and what a performance!! Doug Flutie - 407 yards,
5 TDs. Running game - 154 yards, Av. 5.7. Total offensive yards - 561.
WOW!! Saying that, I won a game I nearly lost!
Onto this week and an encounter against the Scoobs! Not changed too
much on offence so if Scoobs is playing his defence to my offence from
last week, then I'm in trouble. I have changed a few things on defence
though, so we'll see what happens.
Scoobs is a guy who players most want to defeat. Why, you ask? (not
really I know why. I want to beat him. Ed) The reason being his views
are something which I admire greatly. He plays games the right way and
plays it which beats almost everyone. Players like Apple, Julian, Troy
and Neil Arthurton are similar and I know fellow coaches try even harder
to beat these guys. I've already beaten Apple and Julian, and Scoobs
is the next on my list. I have though lost to Troy in a Superbowl and
Neil in a regular game so I can't wait to avenge those defeats.
I am looking forward to this game but maybe my team is not ready yet
in AB to properly put up a fight against Scoobs, but I'll give it my
upmost best not to be embarrassed.
Good lucks Scoobs.
|As Free as a (Dirty)
(Or History of NFL Team Nicknames)
|It appears that the history I printed last
week, for the Cardinals was not quite correct. Many thanks to APPLE for
information and I've redone the history to include this new information.
|Atlanta held a contest in 1965 and many chose Falcons for
the NFL's newest team. The best argument was submitted by Julia Elliot,
a teacher from Griffin, Ga. - "the Falcon is proud and dignified,
with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey. It is deadly and
has a great sporting tradition."
||New York's AFL squad was originally the Titans. In
1963, after three seasons, a five-man syndicate bought the franchise.
On the same day they hired Weeb Ewbank, the owners announced that they
were changing the team's name to Jets. It sounded like New York's
baseball Mets and LaGuardia Airport was nearby.
After the slanderous item back in week 4, about how SPLATT was just
Brucey with a different spelling. Back to the Drawing Board is happy
to publish SPLATT's reply (we believe Brucey might have helped
out with a few of the more difficult words, like winning, but other
than that its all SPLATT. Ed).
SPLATT only uses simple rules to calculate a points rating for each
team, based on things like games against common opponents, last 16 results
etc. Each team's points rating is compared to their opponents, and the
one with the higher number is deemed to have a better chance of winning
the game. The actual points difference prediction is only an indicator
of how good the chances of winning might be, and not an assumed winning
margin. It's probably not as good as sitting down and working things
out for yourself, but it's consistently better than picking winners
at random. So much so, that SPLATT predicted EVERY post season game
for 2004 correctly...
Turnovers (by net Giveaways/Takeaways) - upto Week 6, 2005
of the NFL
Well the new season isn't that far away, so I thought it might
be interesting to remind everyone how the new divisions will look.
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