by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well I knew we had a game on our hands last week, when on our first play
we got intercepted and the ball was returned to the 4 yard line and then in
our next drive the QB fumbled the ball and the Saints got the ball on our
24 yard line. But at least we put up a fight and if we had got that onside
kick who knows.....
But at least were still in the running, I've just got to hope that the
Bills slip up so I can nick the divisional crown. As do the Jets & Dolphins,
so I can have some breathing space. It's really looking like all four
teams are going to finish with winning records.
Well enough about what could have been and how lucky the Saint were and onto
the newsletter. Don't want to bore you lot before you get to the good
stuff. Yes indeed there's plenty of it this week, thanks to Darren, Graham,
Brucey & Jon.
BB (9-3, W1)
@ KC (2-10, L4)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (37 - 3)
Gerald : Well I could do with the Chiefs doing
me a huge favour, but I just can't see it. Bills by 10.
Graham : BB by 17.
Darren : Bills by 20.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 14.
MD (7-5, L3)
@ SD (8-4, W3)
Last time : wk 1, 2004 (27 - 33)
Gerald : Last weeks surprise win has given the
Chargers the division, so there is little to play for here, other than to
keep that winning streak going and those form gains. The Fish as of late have
looked tired and are on the slippery slope down, so this is a very important
game for them (Fish) to win. Which they just will. Fish by 2.
Graham : SD by 3.
Darren : Chargers by 1.
SPLATT : Miami by 3.
NY (7-5, W5)
@ PS (8-4, L1)
Last time : wk 7, 2004 (21 - 24)
Gerald : Well the Jets have pulled themselves up
into the running for a possible wildcard and are keeping the pressure up in
the East. The Steelers at present have a wildcard, but with so many other
teams nipping at their heels, they could be in danger of missing out. Added
to that they are coachless, should mean the Jets overtake them for a wildcard,
but only just. Jets by 3 OT.
Graham : NJ by 6.
Darren : Jets by 3.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 4.
NE (8-4, L1)
@ CL (11-1, W7)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (12 - 35)
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : CL by 6.
Darren : Browns by 6.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 10.
CI (1-11, L9)
@ OR (3-9, L6)
Last time : wk 15, 2004 (31 - 24)
Gerald : Well someone has got to break their losing
streak and the most likely candidate is the Bunglas, which will unfortunately
hurt their draft pick. Bengals by 3.
Graham : OA by 10.
Darren : Raiders by 4.
SPLATT : Oakland by 4.
TT (7-5, W2)
@ SS (1-11, L2)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (10 - 13)
Gerald : The Titans have a slim chance of a wildcard,
but it is a chance. So they will be all out to win this game as quickly as
possible. Which might leave them open to a late scare? But they should have
enough to win it. Titans by 9.
Graham : TN by 17.
Darren : No Comment.
SPLATT : Tennessee by 12.
PE (7-5, L1)
@ SF (6-6, W1)
Last time : wk 15, 2004 (7 - 16)
Gerald : After a disastrous first quarter in Cleveland
last week, the Eagles started to come back into the game, late on. But they
were always going to be too far behind, to have any real chance. So they will
want to make amends this week and keep ahead of the baying pack for a wildcard
and keep the pressure up on the Skins and hope they falter in their last four
games. However their opponents, won't be that easy and the game will probably
come down to the wire. But I think the Eagles should just sneak it, but only
just. Eagles by 3.
Graham : PE by 7.
Darren : Eagles by 7.
SPLATT : Philadelphia by 14.
WR (8-4, W2)
@ SR (4-8, L1)
Last time : wk 15, 2004 (14 - 24)
Gerald : Well in days past this would have been
a fantastic game, alias the Rams are a shadow of their former self's and I
really can't see them putting up much of a fight, especially as the Skins
seems to have found an offence. Skins by 10.
Graham : WR by 10.
Darren : Redskins by 10.
SPLATT : St Louis by 3.
DC (6-6, W1)
@ TB (1-11, W1)
Last time : wk 7, 2004 (21 - 18)
Gerald : The Boyz have a shot at a wildcard and
are within a few games of the division, but in all honesty I don't think they'll
get either. But they must keep winning every game from now on and hope others
slip up, as it's still not over for them. Whereas for the Buccs their season
is well and truly over and they're looking at the draft. Boyz by 10.
Graham : DC by 14.
Darren : Cowboys by 20.
SPLATT : Dallas by 5.
AC (0-12, L41)
@ MV (7-5, L2)
Last time : wk 15, 2004 (11 - 31)
Gerald : After a bad couple of losses for the Vikes
this is just what the Doctor ordered, a game against the Cards. While the
Cards didn't play badly last week, they are really going to struggle to contain
that Vikes 'O' and sad to say it will be a slaughter. Vikes by 35.
Graham : MV by 24.
Darren : Vikings by 28.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 17.
CB (10-2, W1)
@ NS (11-1, W3)
Last time : wk 1, 2004 (24 - 21)
Gerald : After last weeks results, the Bears probably
have the division sown up, but a win this week will ensure it. However in
order to do that they have to beat the Saints (who already have their divisional
title) and that's no mean feat. Both teams have an impressive offensive, but
its 'D' that will win this game and that where the Bears will win it I think.
As we have the battle of the No.1 passing attack (Saints) vs the No.1 passing
'D' (Bears). Game of the Week without a doubt. Bears by 3.
Graham : NS by 3.
Darren : Bears by 1.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 7.
DL (7-5, W2)
@ AF (5-7, L1)
Last time : wk 13, 2004 (23 - 26 OT)
Gerald : Both need the win and at this stage of
the season that's true for most teams. The Lions are just off the pace (wildcards)
by a few points, so will want not only to win, but win big. As for the Falcs
they'll just want a win however it comes. I think the Lions 'D' will be too
strong for the Falcs, which will probably mean the end of their (Falcons)
season? Lions by 4.
Graham : DL by 1.
Darren : Lions by 4.
SPLATT : Detroit by 8.
by Graham Canwell (Week 12)
||Against the rather decent Philly defence, so definitely
no arguments with this one (I hope!). Pats were great too, but unluckily
just came up short (in both the game and the race for this award).
||Gave up a lot of yards but forced five turnovers to
hold the Vikings to a mere 13 points and secure the AFC West title (mind
you, the second place team is 3-9!!). A mention to the Jets too, for shutting
out the Falcons.
||A bit of a toss-up between Paul and Julian but in
the end, on what I confess is a totally un-scientific basis (award-giver's
privilege!) I opted for Paul because . . . wait for it . . . Julian won
it last week. Clearly Kurt isn't the only one in St. Louis who makes
crap decisions these days . . .
||Because a) the Skins aren't primarily known for
their offence and b) the Steelers have a well-respected defensive unit.
Honourable mention this week to the Niners - the Bears and 'Boys
were playing the Bengals and Seahawks, which kind of counts against you
||NFC teams tended to win with offence this
week (which is rather unusual in itself) so,
even though it was against the Bengals, the Cowboys find themselves walking
||The Niners have been inconsistent this year but this
week they turned it on to defeat the Dolphins and squeeze out Paul's
Redskins for the coaching award.
||Finally got a first win so it's a bit harsh to
get a Diddley too, but they were outgained 396-268 in yardage and lost
the turnover battle. The Lions had a crack at this but they failed to
lose the turnover battle, a factor which also spoilt what on the face
of it was a fairly promising effort by the Chargers.
Gerald to Paul (Goz) : Well done on winning the
division and a great result against the Vikes.
Gerald to Graham : Give Warner to me. I'll happily
break his damned figures. I needed you to win!!
Gerald to Troy : Well that sure was close. If
I hadn't gifted you 14 points in the first four minutes I think I would have
had the game? But alias it wasn't to be. But at least I was able to score
the second highest number of points against you so far this season. Here's
hoping we meet again in the Superbowl so that I can get my revenge.
Gerald to Julian : Here's to a good game and
hopefully this time I'll be able to actually score some TDs? :o)
Gerald to Jon : Another poor performance from
Randy. What's wrong with the man, anyone would think he was scared? :o)
Gerald to Mike : Welcome to the league. Fancy
doing a Coaching Profile for us for the next issue?
Gerald to Brucey : Golly, 3 passing TDs. Have
you ever done that before? :o)
Graham to All : Warner Watch - 4 interceptions
in 37 attempts this week got Kurt's interception percentage above 7 (the league's
next worst is 5.2!!), which would appear to be his goal for the season. Now
if only someone could break his finger . . .
|by Jon Heath
That last game was awful. An abject failure to prevent the Browns from
moving the ball. Halfway through the 2nd I was 28-0 down having been
hit by some big plays from the start. One (the only one) plus was the
way the team came back from there to 28-23 down, but then the Browns
put the game away with some ease. A measure of how bad it was is that
I've dropped from 4th to 9th in the defensive rankings on the back of
that. It doesn't bode well for me, with games against the Skins, Cowboys,
Rams (despite their record) and 49ers to come!
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