A PASSING FANTASY ISSUE 51 1999 SEASON WEEK EIGHT
NFLBP PLAYER NEWSLETTER ed. Robert Crowther

WEEK SEVEN REVIEW

The Jets had one of their best outings of the year, but still weren't good enough to beat the Seahawks. Seattle gave up some big plays but consistently stopped New York on third downs. Kansas City laid claim to the best record in the league with an impressive win over the Bills. The Chiefs' defense was the star of the show, shutting down the Buffalo ground attack and providing the offense with plenty of scoring opportunities with turnovers. Miami's season went from bad to worse, four turnovers handed victory to Jacksonville despite four missed field goals. New England found it hard keeping up with the Pittsburgh offense, finding themselves fifteen points down going into the fourth quarter. Having got them where they wanted them the Patriots went into overdrive, storming back to take the lead before the Steelers snatched victory with a late touchdown. Cincinnati put in another impressive rushing performance, this time against Denver. The Broncos struggled to move the ball, getting a third of their yardage on one play in the fourth quarter. The Oakland defense was too good for the Browns, while their young QB made more good plays than bad plays. Arizona returned to winning ways with an impressive offensive performance, albeit against the Rams. St Louis put up some big numbers of their own, it's surprising this game produced less than fifty points. Philadelphia kept their turnovers down to just one and, surprise, won. Carolina struggled for much of the game before a fourth quarter comeback made the result close. Chicago decided where the Redskins' weakness was and went after it, again and again and again. Sixty six rushing attempts is pretty close to the NFLBP record (which, if memory serves, is held by the Redskins). Dallas pulled off a narrow victory in Tampa, but it's hard to see how they managed it, the Bucs had the advantage in every major statistical category. The 49ers demonstrated how far they've come since their early season struggles with a convincing win over the two time champion Packers (see report below). New Orleans kept pace with a big win over Detroit, though the Saints will be concerned about the absence of offense in the second half.

Offensive performance of the week goes to Cincinnati, because running over the Broncos isn't as easy as they made it look. Defensive performance of the week goes to Kansas City, for holding the Bills to just a field goal. Special teams performance of the week goes to Carolina, over hundred yards on kick and punt returns.

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO - SPECIAL REPORT FROM MARTIN DEVINE

The Packers started the game by driving the ball 80 yards on the opening drive to go ahead 7-0, but the 49ers replied immediately, a long kickoff return setting up a field goal to close the gap to 7-3. Neither team made it into scoring range on their next drive, and Green Bay failed to convert a 3rd and 1 in 49er territory early in the second quarter. After a touchback, San Francisco took the ball down the field with a 16-play, 80 yard drive for a TD. Neither team was able move the ball for the rest of the quarter, so the half-time score was 10-7 49ers.

The third quarter produced yardage, but few points, with both teams starting to get a drive going, then stalling. The only points went the way of San Francisco after a long punt return gave them the ball at the Green Bay 21. The 49ers got a drive going late in the third, and managed to get the ball in the endzone early in the fourth to lead 20-7. The Packers came back with a TD of their own to close the gap, and then forced a punt to get the ball back with a little under six minutes left, but a poor pass gave San Francisco great field position, which was converted into a TD to give the final score of Packers 14, 49ers 27.

PREDICTIONS STANDINGS

Kindly supplied by Darren Birtchnell.

	1	Martin Devine		13		(3)
	2	John Coleman		12.75	(4)
	3	Darren Birtchnell	12.43	(7)
	4	Rob Crowther		11.5		(6)
	5	Quentin Jenkinson	10.71	(7)

JOHN COLEMAN'S HOW TO ...

How to ... beat the Eagles : Stop their passing game - WR Graham 5 catches for 85 yards... No, sorry, stop their running game - RB Turner 17 carries for 77 yards... No, sorry, stop their special teams - three for three field goals... no, sorry!!! Dare I mention, 0-2?!

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

In season one: The Green Bay Packers won their first ever game, running all over the Panthers for forty seven points, after seven consecutive defeats. They were the last team in the NFLBP to get their first win on the board (been doing pretty well since...).

In season two: The Dolphins' unbeaten run came to an end as they were crushed by the Bills. The Packers remained unbeaten and the Raiders marked the halfway point of a perfect season with a shutout of the Chiefs.

In season three: The Bills thrashed the Jets 34-10 and moved ahead of them into sole possession of the AFC East lead. Arizona and Green Bay preserved their perfect records with comfortable wins over the Eagles and Bucs respectively. It was a day for running the football - Oakland, Washington and New Orleans all had over fifty carries and two hundred yards.

WEEK EIGHT PREVIEW

Predictions and commentary from Martin Devine, other predictions from John Coleman, Darren Birtchnell and Quentin Jenkinson.

Patriots at Jets New York have been very poor so far this season, although they did come close last week. This should be easy for New England. PATRIOTS BY 10
JC - PATRIOTS BY 7 DB - PATRIOTS BY 17 QJ - PATRIOTS BY 14

Dolphins at Bills Buffalo lead the division, but need to recover from a mauling at the hands of the Chiefs. This could present a chance for Miami to get their season going, but I doubt it. BILLS BY 6
JC - BILLS BY 21 DB - BILLS BY 7 QJ - BILLS BY 3

Jaguars at BengalsCincinnati are vulnerable, especially on offence with their rookie QB, but Jacksonville have too many holes to have serious hopes of making a challenge in this one. BENGALS BY 12
JC - BENGALS BY 14 QJ - BENGALS BY 7

Steelers at BrownsAs well as Pittsburgh's offence is playing so far this season, Cleveland need to perform at the top of their form to keep this one close. STEELERS BY 9
JC - BROWNS BY 1 DB - STEELERS BY 10 QJ - STEELERS BY 3

Chiefs at Broncos Last year's surprise in the AFC West against this year's. Kansas City are playing very good football on both sides of the ball so far this year, and will be tough to beat for any team. CHIEFS BY 7
JC - CHIEFS BY 7 DB - BRONCOS BY 1 QJ - CHIEFS BY 7

Seahawks at Raiders Oakland's offence looks to be matching the productivity of its defence for once - this will be too much for Seattle. RAIDERS BY 14
JC - RAIDERS BY 7 DB - RAIDERS BY 10 QJ - RAIDERS BY 3

Cowboys at Cardinals Dallas come into this one on the back of two straight wins, but Arizona should be too good in this one. CARDINALS BY 9
JC - CARDINALS BY 14 DB - CARDINALS BY 10

Redskins at EaglesThe key here (yet again) is the Philadelphia offence - if Washington can come up with a few turnovers, the game will go their way. If not, the Eagles are the better side. EAGLES BY 6
JC - EAGLES BY 7 DB - EAGLES BY 6 QJ - EAGLES BY 7

Bears at Packers Despite last week's results (a big win for Chicago, while Green Bay lost), this one should be fairly comfortable for the Packers - their run defence is just a little better than Washington's. PACKERS BY 14
JC - PACKERS BY 14 DB - PACKERS BY 7 QJ - PACKERS BY 10

Bucs at Lions Tampa Bay are a solid but unspectacular team, and will struggle to keep up with the potent Detroit passing attack. LIONS BY 10
JC - LIONS BY 14 DB - LIONS BY 6 QJ - LIONS BY 3

Panthers at 49ers Carolina still struggle on offence due to the offensive line, but it's more a lack of experience than a lack of talent now. Talent was never a problem on the defensive side, but the playcalling is now there to back it up. A tough game, and a new challenge, for my 49ers, who will need to play well to win.
JC - 49ERS BY 14 DB - 49ERS BY 3 QJ - 49ERS BY 7

Rams at Saints A tough one to call, with coach Williams taking over in St. Louis, but New Orleans should come out on top here. The Rams' best chance is to test out a vulnerable Saints secondary with the deep ball. SAINTS BY 10
JC - SAINTS BY 21 DB - SAINTS BY 7 QJ - RAMS BY 1

MD : Lock - Bengals; Shock - Redskins; Blowout - Patriots; Shootout - Rams at Saints; Slugfest - Panthers at 49ers.
JC : Lock - Bills; Shock - Browns; Blowout - Saints; Shootout - Chiefs at Broncos; Slugfest - Steelers at Browns.
DB : Lock - Cardinals; Shock - Broncos; Blowout - Patriots; Shootout - Rams at Saints; Slugfest - Panthers at 49ers.
QJ : Lock - Packers; Shock - Rams; Blowout - Patriots; Shootout - Seahawks at Raiders; Slugfest - Dolphins at Bills.

BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK - QUENTIN JENKINSON

A long, long time ago at the dawn of time (well, the first season of the BP to be precise!) the Jets were a very good team. Their defense was known to eat opposing QB's alive, and you couldn't enter the Big Apple without being mugged and beaten up and sent home with your tail between your legs, without a touchdown to show for your troubles. That, my friends, is ancient history. Welcome to the modern world, and there's a three for two offer at the Meadowlands this week. That's right - score two touchdowns and the Jets will give you another one free! Not only that but, create two turnovers and they'll hand you another one free! Twenty five turnovers already this season, no wonder they're winless.