A Passing Fantasy Issue 97

NFLBP Player Newsletter 2001 Season Week 12

ed Robert Crowther

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Week Eleven Review


Cincinnati's dreams of a perfect season were brought to an end by a persistent New England side. New England fell behind early but were able to contain the free scoring Bengal offense until a fourth quarter touchdown finally gave them the lead. Miami continued to display indifferent form, surrendering 34 points to Pittsburgh, but sneaked another win with an overtime field goal. The team with no pass protection dragged themselves into playoff contention with another one point victory, this time in Seattle. Denver blew away the hopeless Bills, the Buffalo offense once again struggled to move the ball out of their own half. Oakland were again outgained on offense but this time managed to hold onto the ball, three Cleveland turnovers left them too big a margin to catch up. Kansas City were less than authoritative in their win over struggling Jacksonville – but a win is a win, and the Chiefs are still in playoff contention.


Tampa's season went from bad to worse as they struggled to find the endzone against visiting Arizona. The Cards were hardly dominant, but took full advantage of their limited scoring opportunities and got a huge defensive return. The Lions may be considering replacing their kicker this week, not only did he miss a field goal but also a fourth quarter extra point that would have tied the game. Philadelphia will be pleased to escape Detroit with a win. St Louis seem to have recovered their early season form and, even though it was only Washington, they dished out a 'whuppin'. Dallas got the better of New Orleans, thanks mostly to the inability of the Saints to hold onto the ball – 5 turnovers is never a recipe for success. Carolina had a great first half, but nerves were tested in the fourth quarter as Green Bay fought their way back into the game. San Francisco returned to winning ways, Chicago put up some fight but were clearly not in the same class.


Offensive performance of the week goes to St Louis, even if it was only Washington. Defensive performance of the week goes to New England, for holding the previously rampant Cincy offense in check. Special teams performance of the week goes to Kansas City, good returning and five of five on field goals.


Predictions Standings

Darren Birtchnell


Martyn Williams

13.55

(11)

Rob Crowther

12.78

(9)

Darren Birtchnell

12.30

(10)

Martin Devine

12.00

(3)


Message Board


Darren Birtchnell to Dave Pinder – well done, I suppose you owed me one after I ended your unbeaten run last year. At least I got some quick revenge in NFL-BY!


STATS CORNER

 

RUSHING OFFENCE

Team

Att

Yards

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Bengals

271

1279

4.72

13

8

75.53

Rams

372

1283

3.45

16

5

75.23

Patriots

386

1698

4.40

9

6

71.05

Saints

452

1319

2.92

20

8

70.94

49ers

334

1324

3.96

9

5

70.61

Packers

332

1060

3.19

11

5

69.19

Eagles

345

1310

3.80

7

4

68.80

Raiders

361

1410

3.91

9

6

68.69

Bucs

319

1029

3.23

7

6

63.00

 

PASSING OFFENCE

Team

C

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

I

Sk

Rating

Packers

171

255

67.06

2675

22

8

31

117.36

Panthers

145

227

63.88

1814

22

6

28

109.90

Patriots

212

317

66.88

2381

24

7

25

105.15

49ers

236

373

63.27

2739

32

11

31

101.71

Bengals

251

388

64.69

3035

27

12

38

98.89

Broncos

219

351

62.39

2853

19

6

49

98.87

Saints

196

304

64.47

2661

15

9

20

96.40

Raiders

213

348

61.21

2686

27

14

26

94.35

Cardinals

145

230

63.04

1726

10

5

9

91.32

Cowboys

156

305

51.15

2626

22

10

26

90.96

 

RUSHING DEFENCE

Team

Att

Yards

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Eagles

311

557

1.79

5

13

41.99

Chiefs

285

852

2.99

1

8

49.82

Rams

324

816

2.52

1

7

50.52

Patriots

231

747

3.23

3

8

51.55

Seahawks

300

928

3.09

2

8

52.30

Bengals

320

1048

3.28

1

8

52.63

Bills

341

1129

3.31

4

9

55.55

Jets

322

969

3.01

2

6

55.71

Raiders

299

974

3.26

3

7

56.10

Dolphins

299

718

2.40

7

7

57.17

 

PASSING DEFENCE

Team

Cmp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

I

Sk

Rating

Patriots

231

434

53.23

2727

9

15

38

65.13

Bengals

203

355

57.18

2176

13

14

34

71.05

Broncos

225

408

55.15

2756

17

16

47

73.73

Dolphins

207

383

54.05

2720

17

15

34

75.19

Cardinals

175

306

57.19

2200

10

11

31

75.61

49ers

188

325

57.85

2329

12

12

32

77.07

Panthers

227

388

58.51

2984

15

16

28

78.59

Raiders

203

359

56.55

2252

10

5

40

78.82

Cowboys

206

327

63.00

2485

14

17

26

78.85

Jets

177

319

55.49

2032

14

8

46

79.04

 

TURNOVERS

Team

T/O +/-

Broncos

11

Panthers

10

Cowboys

10

Patriots

10

Bills

8

Eagles

6

49ers

5

Cardinals

5

Jaguars

5

Packers

4

 

SACKS ALLOWED

Team

Att

Hrd

Hrd%

Sk

Sk%

Cardinals

230

36

15.65

9

3.77

Saints

304

38

12.50

20

6.17

Patriots

317

60

18.93

25

7.31

Raiders

348

65

18.68

26

6.95

Cowboys

305

69

22.62

26

7.85

Browns

420

38

9.05

26

5.83

Panthers

227

27

11.89

28

10.98

Jaguars

294

68

23.13

30

9.26

Packers

255

39

15.29

31

10.84

49ers

373

72

19.30

31

7.67


Week Twelve Preview


Predictions and commentary this week from Martyn Williams, other predictions from Darren Birtchnell.


Panthers at Patriots – Carolina’s post superbowl season doesn’t get any easier with this trip to New England. The Patriots will be in buoyant mood after they finally got a victory over the Bengals last week, and despite the Panthers coming off a big win against the revitalised Pack, a victory at Foxboro is an entirely different prospect. Patriots by 13

 

Dolphins at 49ersMiami don’t look anything like the defensive powerhouse they were last year, when they would never have lost to the Jets or Seahawks. They still have the ability to beat the best, but I can’t see them coming close against the 49ers who will take one more step towards regaining the NFC West crown. 49ers by 14

 

Rams at Jets – Everything tells me I should win this easily. The Jets have no offensive line and are really struggling to score, but somehow they are 6-5. This is all thanks to a mean defence, who may do a better job than most at shutting down the currently in form Kurt Warner. For the Jets to win, they’ll need to get off some lightning quick passes against the Ram blitz. I find it hard to see them outscoring me, but I am damn nervous all the same!

 

Bills at SaintsLast week marked a new low for the Bills this season, with their defence finally crumbling under the pressure of carrying the team. Their offence may find the going a little easier against the Saints if they switch to the pass, otherwise it promises to be another long day for Buffalo. The Saints need the win to stay in contention for a wildcard, and that should be all the motivation they need. Saints by 14

 

Cardinals at BengalsArizona are the unfortunate team that makes the trip to Cincinnati after the Bengals perfect regular season dreams were shattered last week. Even with their fairly strong defence they don’t stand a chance, I fully expect the Bengals to beat up on them big time. Bengals by 21

 

Steelers at EaglesThe Eagles have a very strong defence and an effective if not exactly exciting offence. Pittsburgh have a poor defence and an occasionally exciting offence. I can’t see the Steelers troubling Philadelphia too much. Eagles by 14

 

Redskins at BrownsWashington were even worse than normal last week in St Louis and it would seem that new Coach Firth has a big job on his hands, but Cleveland’s early season promise has begun to fade away in recent weeks and they will be looking to rediscover how to win. They may find it tougher than expected if extensive changes are made to the ‘Skins gameplan. Browns by 7

 

Jaguars at CowboysThe Cowboys seem to be getting things together as the playoffs begin to loom, the abysmal Jags haven’t got much right all season. Cowboys by 13

 

Bucs at RaidersThis has all the makings of another shock defeat for Oakland to a much lesser team, but realistically you have to say the Bucs have no chance. Raiders by 21

 

Chiefs at LionsTwo teams that desperately need the win to keep slim playoff hopes alive. KC have struggled to score all season, but seem quite adept at preventing their opposition from scoring. Detroit normally have no trouble scoring, but plenty of trouble stopping the other team. I’ll go with offence and homefield. Lions by 3

 

Packers at SeahawksThe usual late season offensive show hasn’t happened yet in Seattle and this is a must win game to keep those playoff hopes alive. Green Bay can afford to lose and still win the Central, but have been too good for all but the best teams the NFC has to offer this season. Packers by 10

 

Broncos at BearsThe Broncos have hit some form in the last two weeks and should be far too much for Chicago. Broncos by 10

 

MW: Lock – Bengals, Shock – Redskins, Blowout – Raiders, Shootout – Redskins at Browns, Slugfest – Chiefs at Lions


DB: Patriots by 10; 49ers by 14; Rams by 17; Saints by 7; Eagles by 10; Browns by 3 (Slugfest); Cowboys by 7; Raiders by 10; Chiefs by 3 (Shock); Packers by 6 (Shootout); Broncos by 7. Lock, blowout – Bengals.

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ed Robert Crowther