NFLBP PLAYER NEWSLETTER ed. Robert Crowther
2 Lily Terrace
Offensive performance of the week goes to Carolina, for outlasting the 49ers gaining 456 yards and three touchdowns. Defensive performance of the week goes to Green Bay, for preventing the Lions from scoring a touchdown. Special teams performance of the week goes to Arizona (sorry!). Joe Nedney was 100% on kicks, coverage allowed only five yards on returns and returns yielded 9 for 120 yards, including a TD.
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Name: Robert Crowther
Gameplan experience: NFLP Bears (SEP) 89-92; NFLAJ 49ers (SEP) 91-92; NFLBP Raiders (AIG) 97-now; NFLAY Bengals (AIG) 97-now; NCAA6 Notre Dame (SSI) 98-now; NFLBG Vikings (SSI) 98-now.
Favourite things: American football (playing and watching); reading; sleeping; TV; Sport; Sport on TV...
Pet peeve: People who don't indicate when driving.
Favourite Films: Blade Runner; When Harry Met Sally; Life of Brian; Independence Day.
Favourite TV: Star Trek (all flavours); Friends; ER; Third Rock; Simpsons.
Favourite Music: Wonderstuff; Talking Heads; Ocean Colour Scene; Sheryl Crow.
Favourite Authors: William Gibson; Greg Egan; Haruki Murakami; Douglas Coupland; Terry Pratchett; Iain Banks.
Favourite Food: The kind in large portions.
Favourite Pets: Cats.
In season two: Green Bay won their first game of the season, after two ties, by whopping the Saints 60-13.
Jaguars at Dolphins
MD-This should be Miami's first win, as the Jags are a lot more predictable than either of their opponents in the first two weeks. Jacksonville have a good offense, but are too one dimensional. DOLPHINS BY 10
PR-Anyone's game! Neither side seem to be getting effective offense going yet, and it could be home advantage that decides this. DOLPHINS BY 3
DB - DOLPHINS BY 5 QJ - JAGUARS BY 3 RC - DOLPHINS BY 1
Steelers at Bills
MD-Buffalo just haven't got their season started yet, and this game won't provide the spark - Pittsburgh are too strong all round. STEELERS BY 3
PR-After having the running game shut down last week at Three Rivers, the Steelers have a lot to do to pick up on the road against a Buffalo team that has found a way to win.
DB - STEELERS BY 1 QJ - BILLS BY 1 RC - STEELERS BY 3
Chiefs at Jets
MD-New York's inexperienced offense is performing well, gaining over 300 yards against two of the league's best defenses in their first two games - if they can move the ball on Oakland and Miami, KC's weak defense should present no problems. JETS BY 14
PR-The Chiefs were dominated by the Broncos' offense last week, but still managed to put points on the board, while the Jets had a satisfying win. Coach Ashton needs to put some pressure on the Jets pass offense to secure a win. CHIEFS BY 6
DB - JETS BY 3 QJ - JETS BY 7 RC - JETS BY 10
Seahawks at Patriots
MD-Someone has to get their first win here and it's likely to be Seattle. New England are incapable of moving the ball against a competent defense, a weakness no team can overcome.SEAHAWKS BY 10
PR-Look to Seattle to begin a winning run against a lack-lustre and demoralised New England squad. SEAHAWKS BY 14
DB - SEAHAWKS BY 7 QJ - SEAHAWKS BY 3 RC - SEAHAWKS BY 14
Broncos at Bengals
MD-Cincinnati wiped out Denver the last time these two teams played (in the consolation bowl) - this game is likely to be closer, but with the same outcome. BENGALS BY 7
PR-Cincinnati found a way to win last week, and Denver are undefeated. While the Bengals score more, Denver's defense is less willing to concede points. Could go either way. BRONCOS BY 1
QJ - BENGALS BY 10 RC - BENGALS BY 3
Raiders at Browns
MD-Cleveland have surprised a few people in going 2-0, but this week face a Raiders team which most coaches would consider the best in the league. RAIDERS BY 10
PR-Two undefeated teams clash this Sunday. Something has to give. Look to Oakland to give the other Central teams some hope by winning on the road. RAIDERS BY 7
DB - RAIDERS BY 10 QJ - BROWNS BY 1
Bears at Cardinals
MD-A big game between two teams with the potential to go all the way. Arizona are maybe more consistent, although the Bears should win if they play to their full potential. CARDINALS BY 6
PR-Those men from the deserts of Arizona should feed their fanatical supporters in a Bear hunt this week, though they will need to rush more effectively, and prevent Chicago from going to the air. CARDINALS BY 14
DB - CARDINALS BY 4 RC - CARDINALS BY 1
Packers at Cowboys
MD-This should be easy for the defending champions - their passing offense should be able to move the ball, and calling defense against the Cowboys is easy - throw everything into stopping the run. PACKERS BY 17
PR-Green Bay in the Lone Star State, should cause chaos for Coach Keel's secondary. PACKERS BY 14
DB - PACKERS BY 13 QJ - PACKERS BY 14 RC - PACKERS BY 14
Rams at Redskins
MD-Both teams are yet to win this season, but St Louis have been a lot closer. Washington's lack of defensive talent will continue to plague them here. RAMS BY 10
PR-Which team is less battered by their experiences in week two? St Louis should find a way to overcome Washington. RAMS BY 6
DB - RAMS BY 1 QJ - RAMS BY 7 RC - REDSKINS BY 3
Panthers at Eagles
MD-Carolina have improved this season (and don't I know it!), but the same coaching strategy will still work to beat them - run the ball and stop the pass. Philadelphia are more than capable of working this scheme. EAGLES BY 10
PR-Team of week two, Carolina should continue their winning ways against the wounded Eagles. PANTHERS BY 10
DB - EAGLES BY 3 QJ - EAGLES BY 3 RC - EAGLES BY 3
Saints at Lions
MD-Detroit need a win to get their season going, but are unlikely to get it against an impressive New Orleans team. The Lions are unlikely to see much of the ball in this one. SAINTS BY 7
PR-No disrespect intended, but the Saints will progress even if the Lions are more wounded than last week! SAINTS BY 14
DB - LIONS BY 1 QJ - SAINTS BY 7 RC - LIONS BY 3
49ers at Bucs
MD-In past games neither team has been able to run the ball, so it's likely to come down to which team can play better pass defense. Tampa Bay don't have the deep passing threat of the Panthers.
PR-Coach Devine must win this or he'll go two games behind the Saints in the West. Coach Thorniley must win this to keep in touch with the Packers in the Central. Who will be victorious? 49ERS BY 1
DB - 49ERS BY 9 QJ - BUCS BY 1 RC - 49ERS BY 3
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