A Passing Fantasy Issue 99

NFLBP Player Newsletter 2001 Season Week 14

ed Robert Crowther

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Week Thirteen Review


The Patriots were offered little opposition in Kansas City, New England marched up and down the field while the Chiefs barely managed to make it out of their own half, they were lucky to keep within twenty points. Miami matched the Raiders in Oakland in the first half thanks to a couple of huge defensive plays inside the two minute warning. The Raiders recovered in the second half and were able to win comfortably. A new team and a new coach – Baltimore saw off the Jets rather comfortably thanks to a very consistent rushing game. Buffalo were never going to stand much of a chance against the AFC champions – they struggled all day with the Cincy pass rush and offensive firepower. A couple of big passing plays made the score slightly more respectable for the Bills. The other new franchise in the Central made a slightly less auspicious start, sinking spectacularly under the long bombs of the Seattle offense. Denver did themselves a huge favour in the playoff race, beating wildcard rivals Cleveland thanks to four interceptions while the rest of the contenders were struggling.


San Francisco made heavy work of Arizona, turning the ball over at some crucial times to keep the Cardinals in the lead. The 49ers defense was up to its usual tricks in the redzone, however. Carolina blew the Eagles away with a familiar formula – let the opposition march up and down the field, then steal the ball off them. A big passing play and three turnovers were the keys to victory for the Panthers. Detroit welcomed the new coach at the Redskins with a comprehensive thrashing, building an early lead and then stuffing the Washington offense. Tampa Bay got back to winning ways in high style, the playoff contending Cowboys were never in with a chance – but it's a case of too little, too late for the Bucs. Chicago put in another good display but lacked the precision of St Louis in the redzone, despite outgaining them four to three. Green Bay secured their division title with a win over the Saints, New Orleans matched them for yardage but Green Bay got more big plays.


Offensive performance of the week goes to Carolina, not many teams have put thirty points past the Eagles this year. Defensive performance of the week goes to the 49ers, for basically winning the game by themselves Special teams performance of the week goes to Denver, great returning and six field goals.


Predictions Standings

Darren Birtchnell


Martyn Williams

13.67

(12)

Rob Crowther

12.78

(9)

Darren Birtchnell

12.36

(11)

Martin Devine

12.00

(3)



STATS CORNER

Martyn Williams


RUSHING OFFENCE

Team

Att

Yards

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Raiders

401

1656

4.13

14

7

73.39

Rams

434

1517

3.50

17

7

72.58

Packers

408

1301

3.19

14

5

71.04

Bengals

314

1443

4.60

15

12

70.48

Saints

518

1582

3.05

23

11

69.91

Patriots

459

1974

4.30

9

7

69.22

49ers

394

1537

3.90

9

7

67.26

Eagles

418

1564

3.74

8

7

65.49

Buccaneers

361

1189

3.29

8

7

63.14

Lions

446

1298

2.91

12

12

59.36


PASSING OFFENCE

Team

C

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

I

Sk

Rat

Packers

198

300

66.00

3078

25

12

36

110.94

Panthers

193

300

64.33

2364

27

8

38

107.42

Patriots

268

400

67.00

2854

27

9

33

100.77

49ers

264

424

62.26

3140

35

13

36

99.57

Bengals

302

469

64.39

3635

33

15

49

98.17

Broncos

253

406

62.32

3308

20

8

56

96.17

Cowboys

180

352

51.14

3070

28

11

33

94.53

Saints

234

370

63.24

3173

16

13

27

90.29

Raiders

268

443

60.50

3193

31

17

36

89.87

Rams

231

397

58.19

3058

24

15

41

87.07


RUSHING DEFENCE

Team

Att

Yards

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Eagles

373

644

1.73

6

13

45.14

Rams

369

946

2.56

2

12

46.23

Raiders

330

1028

3.12

3

11

50.05

Patriots

267

830

3.11

3

9

50.68

Bengals

379

1170

3.09

1

9

52.12

Chiefs

363

1149

3.17

2

8

54.51

Seahawks

361

1115

3.09

4

9

54.91

Lions

433

1014

2.34

9

10

55.98

Jets

397

1259

3.17

3

8

56.30

Bills

393

1343

3.42

7

12

56.44


PASSING DEFENCE

Team

C

Att

Pct

Yards

TD

Int

Sk

Rating

Patriots

267

497

53.72

3170

10

19

47

64.21

Bengals

227

403

56.33

2522

16

16

41

71.79

Broncos

255

464

54.96

3150

19

20

59

71.86

Dolphins

251

463

54.21

3149

20

19

43

72.90

49ers

218

385

56.62

2695

12

14

36

73.67

Raiders

243

437

55.61

2644

12

9

48

74.20

Panthers

272

463

58.75

3426

17

19

39

77.01

Rams

233

398

58.54

2699

19

17

34

77.24

Cardinals

223

387

57.62

2886

16

15

39

78.81

Cowboys

242

389

62.21

2980

18

19

35

80.92


Week Fourteen Preview


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


Patriots at Jets


New York are in playoff contention despite having some rather obvious weaknesses, New England are far too good not to take advantage. Patriots by 14


Dolphins at Bills


Miami have had a tough time of it recently after many expected them to challenge the Pats for the division. Buffalo are not likely to trouble them overly, however. Dolphins by 10


Bengals at Browns


The Bengals have already won the division but will be keen to secure homefield advantage. Cleveland can be tricky opponents but have usually struggled in Cincinnati. Bengals by 7


Ravens at Titans


The two AFC Central new boys go head to head for the first time. Not much in the way of form to go on, but the Baltimore roster is in considerably better shape. Ravens by 7


Raiders at Seahawks


Oakland need one more win to guarantee the division title and ought to be confident of getting it here. They have embarrassed themselves several times in Seattle in the past, so will be taking nothing for granted.


Chiefs at Broncos


Denver seem to be on a roll at the moment, that coupled with homefield advantage should be enough to see the past hot-and-cold KC. Broncos by 7


Cardinals at Redskins


Arizona have a tough defense but not much to offer on offense. A low scoring game means Coach Firth should have plenty of opportunities to secure his first victory in Washington. Redskins by 3


Eagles at Cowboys


A win for Philly gives them the division, a win for Dallas will probably only delay the inevitable. Hard to see the Cowboys finding a way past that imposing run defense. Eagles by 7


Bucs at Packers


Tampa sprang to life last week, while Green Bay don't really have much to play for. A shock on the cards? Bucs by 1


Lions at Bears


Chicago may be the best 1-12 team ever. This will probably be a high scoring encounter, Detroit may not be good enough to win, but the Bears will find a way to lose. Lions by 7


Panthers at Rams


Notwithstanding last week's return to the glory days, Carolina have been a pale imitation of their championship winning selves this season. St Louis should cope with them comfortably. Rams by 7


49ers at Saints


A bit rocky on offense the last few weeks, San Francisco have been turning to their defense to win them games. I suspect their offense might have more say in the outcome of this one against the suspect New Orleans defense. 49ers by 10


Lock – Patriots

Shock – Bucs

Blowout – Dolphins

Shootout – Lions at Bears

Slugfest – Cardinals at Redskins


MW – Patriots by 21, Dolphins by 10, Bengals by 17 (Lock, Blowout), Ravens by 3, Raiders by 14, Chiefs by 3, Redskins by 3 (Slugfest), Eagles by 10, Packers by 7, Lions by 7, 49ers by 21 (Shootout, Shock – Saints)


DB – Patriots by 21 (lock, blowout), Dolphins by 14, Ravens by 7 (slugfest), Raiders by 14, Broncos by 3, Cards by 7, Eagles by 10 (shootout), Packers by 7, Lions by 3 (shock), Rams by 10, 49ers by 17.


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ed Robert Crowther