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September 10, 2007

Week One Pro Football Simulation

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Here are the standings and results after the first week of the Pro Football Computer Simulation.

NFL Standings

Eastern Conference

Capitol Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Dallas (1968)                           0 –  1-  0             0          7

Washington (1972)                 0 –  1-  0             7        23

New York (1963)                    0 –  1-  0             0        19

Philadelphia (1960)                 0 –  1-  0           13       52

Century Division                     W- L -T           Pts       Opp

New Orleans (1979)                1 –  0-  0           42       34

Pittsburgh (1975)                    1 –  0-  0           12         7

St. Louis (1975)                      0 –  1-  0           23       31

Cleveland (1964)                    0 –  1-  0           14       35

Western Conference

Central Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Detroit (1962)                         1 –  0-  0           52       13

Minnesota (1969)                    1 –  0-  0           19         0

Green Bay (1962)                   1 –  0-  0           23         7

Chicago (1963)                       1 –  0-  0             7          0

Coastal Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Baltimore (1968)                     1 –  0-  0           35       14

Los Angeles (1967)                 1 –  0-  0           31       23

Atlanta (1973)                         0 –  1-  0             7        12

San Francisco  (1970)              0 –  1-  0           34       42

AFL Standings

Eastern Conference                 W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Buffalo (1964)                          1 –  0-  0           34       10

Miami  (1972)                          1 –  0-  0           17         9

Boston (1976)                         0 –  1-  0             9        17

New York (1968)                    0 –  1-  0           10       34

Houston (1961)                       0 –  1-  0             3        34

Western Conference                W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Kansas City (1966)                 1 –  0-  0           34         3

Oakland (1967)                       1 –  0-  0           21         6

San Diego (1963)                    1 –  0-  0           26       11

Cincinnati (1975)                    0 –  1-  0           11       26

Denver (1977)                        0 –  1-  0             6        21

Week 1 Game Recaps

Chicago 7  Dallas 0

Joe Marconi ran 21 yards off-tackle two plays into the second quarter to give the Bears a hard-fought defensive victory over the Cowboys at Wrigley Field.  The Bears sacked Dallas quarterback Don Meredith five times on the day and picked off three of his 29 pass attempts.

Chicago quarterback Billy Wade completed 14 of 24 passes for 134 yards with five going to tight end Mike Ditka.  On the scoring drive, Ditka caught a crucial 17-yard pass on 3rd and 15 to keep the drive alive.

Marconi led the Bears with 67 yards rushing on 12 attempts, while Don Perkins led Dallas with 103 yards rushing on 15 carries, including a sweep for 41 yards.  That run brought Dallas to the Bear 17 yard line, but on the very next play, Meredith’s pass toward the goal line was picked off by Richie Petitbon and returned to the Chicago 21.

Detroit 52 Philadelphia 13

Dan Lewis rushed for 218 yards and a touchdown and Milt Plum completed 13 of 17 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns, as the Lions routed the Eagles at Tiger Stadium.

Detroit wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.  After holding Philadelphia to three plays and a punt on the game’s opening possession, the Lions drove 67 yards in nine plays scoring when Ken Webb ran up the middle from five yards out.

After a 41-yard Bobby Walston field goal, the Lions responded quickly with a four-yard pass from Plum to Pat Studstill to make it 14-3 after one period.

The Lions scored 17 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.  Wayne Walker booted a 37-yard field goal.  Plum fired deep to Jim Gibbons for a 47-yard touchdown, and then he ran it in himself from the two just before the half.

Nick Pietrosante joined Lewis with 114 yards rushing, as the Lions finished the day with 383 yards on the ground.

Philadelphia quarterback Norm VanBrocklin threw for 246 yards on 18 of 28 passing, but he was sacked five times, all of them occurring on 3rd down plays.  The Eagles could only muster 52 yards rushing.

Green Bay 23  Washington 7

Fullback Jim Taylor bulldozed his way to 119 yards rushing on 22 carries, and the Packer pass defense limited the Redskins to 14 of 35 passing for 205 yards, as Green Bay broke open a 7-7 score in the second quarter and scored 16 unanswered points at Lambeau Field. 

Packer quarterback Bart Starr completed 16 of 28 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, that going to Boyd Dowler to tie the score early in the second quarter.

Taylor ran 64 yards off-tackle late in the second quarter to put Green Bay up 14-7, then Willie Wood intercepted Billy Kilmer at midfield following the ensuing kickoff.  Starr fired a short sideline pass to Max McGee who ran to the Washington 27 yard line with two seconds to go before the half.  Jerry Kramer connected for a 44-yard field goal as the first half gun went off, giving Green Bay a 17-7 lead.  Kramer connected on 38 and 45-yard field goals to provide the only scoring in the second half.

Washington’s lone score came on a crossing pattern pass from Kilmer to tight end Jerry Smith.  Smith caught the ball at the Green Bay 11 and evaded two tacklers to complete the 36-yard play.

Minnesota 19 New York Giants 0

The Purple People Eaters are at it again.  Sunday afternoon at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, the host Vikings’ defense held Y. A. Tittle to 107 passing yards on 13 of 24 passing and throttled the Giant running game, holding them to just 73 rushing yards.

Minnesota lacked imagination on the offensive end, with fullback Bill Brown doing most of the damage on line plunges.  Brown rushed for a game high 63 yards on 15 carries.  He cut inside tackle on a trap play and scored from four yards out in the first quarter to give the Vikings all the points they needed.  Fred Cox added field goals from 41, 42, 21, and 26 yards.

Eleven Viking defenders recorded two or more tackles in the game.  The Giants only serious scoring threat ended when they failed to convert a 4th and two play at the Minnesota 38 yard line with a little under nine minutes to go in the game.

Baltimore 35 Cleveland 14

The fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore might have been confused and thought Johnny Unitas played and wore number 15 instead of number 19.  Sunday, backup quarterback Earl Morrall passed for 282 yards and four touchdowns on 21 of 29 attempts.  Morrall was noted for his accuracy as a college quarterback at Michigan State, and he quickly made his mark in this one.  On the opening drive of the game, he led the Colts on a 75-yard drive ending when he fired a pass in the corner of the end zone to Jimmy Orr for a 27-yard completion.  Morrall made one mistake, and it occurred early in the second period.  He tried to hit Willie Richardson in the short flat, but the ball was intercepted by Cleveland’s Walter Beach at the Brown 42 and returned 58 yards for the score.

From that point on, Morrall was in control of the game, as he fired scoring passes to John Mackey, Tom Mitchell, and Terry Cole.

The Colt defense was not to be overlooked, as they held Jim Brown to just 34 yards rushing on 15 carries.  Brown scored Cleveland’s other touchdown when he broke a tackle and scored from 12 yards out.

Los Angeles 31 St. Louis 23

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted a game where defense set up most of the scores.  Both teams intercepted the enemy quarterback four times.  After spotting the Cardinals a 3-0 lead on a Jim Bakken 40 yard field goal, Ram linebacker Maxie Baughan picked off a Jim Hart pass and returned it 31 yards to the St. Louis 17.  Five plays later, Dick Bass dove over from the one for a touchdown.

The Cardinals responded quickly with Terry Metcalf returning the ensuing kick 33 yards to the St. Louis 39.  Hart fired to Mel Gray for 29 yards, and Jim Otis ran 32 yards up the middle to score and put the Cardinals ahead 10-7.

It took less than two minutes for the Rams to respond.  Roman Gabriel connected with Billy Truax for 26 yards, and Les Josephson ran a draw play 29 yards en route to a six play drive that ended when Gabriel ran a naked bootleg in from the four.  Bruce Gossett’s extra point made it 14-10 Los Angeles.  Bass scored his second touchdown late in the second quarter on a four-yard run, and Gossett added a 31-yard field goal as the half ended to make it 24-10.

The third quarter belonged to the Cardinals.  Cornerback Roger Wehrli picked off a Gabriel pass to give St. Louis the ball at midfield.  Following a 14-yard run by Metcalf and completions to Earl Thomas and Jackie Smith, Hart threw a quick slant to Thomas from the four and Bakken converted the PAT to cut the lead to seven.  Norm Thompson then intercepted Gabriel’s attempted long pass over the middle to Snow and returned it 40 yards to the Ram 29.  St. Louis had to settle for a Bakken 34-yard field goal to cut the score to 24-20. 

In the fourth quarter, Hart was driving the Cardinals for the possible go ahead score when Merlin Olsen batted a pass at the line of scrimmage and the ball ended up in Ram defensive lineman Jack Pardee’s arms.  Gabriel drove Los Angeles for the clinching score with the final nail being driven by Snow on a six yard reception.

New Orleans 42 San Francisco 34

Fans at Kezar Stadium were treated to an offensive circus Sunday afternoon as both teams ran and passed for more than 200 yards.  Saint quarterback Archie Manning completed 18 of 26 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, two to Wes Chandler.  49er quarterback John Brodie tossed for 260 yards and two scores on 18 of 25 passes.

New Orleans rushed for 233 yards on just 29 carries with Chuck Muncie totaling 121 of those yards.  For San Francisco, both Ken Willard and Doug Cunningham topped the century mark, with Willard rushing for 148 yards and Cunningham getting 101.

San Francisco led 34-28 with 12 minutes to go in the game, when Manning took control.  He led the Saints on a quick seven play drive, hitting Rich Mauti for 28 yards and the score, and then he guided the Saints on a twelve play, 78-yard drive that took six minutes off the clock.  That drive ended with a fade pass to Chandler from the four.

Pittsburgh 12 Atlanta 7

Fulton County Stadium hosted this defensive struggle, as the Falcons kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone but couldn’t stop the foot of Roy Gerela.  Gerela connected on all four of his field goal attempts, one in each quarter.

The Falcons lone score came on a Bob Lee to Ken Burrow pass from 21 yards.  That cut the score to 9-7 in the third quarter.  After Gerela hit a 48-yard field goal to make it 12-7, the Steel Curtain defense shut down the Falcons’ passing attack.  Four of Lee’s final six passes fell incomplete with the other two landing in the arms of Steeler defenders.  Mel Blount clinched the win for Pittsburgh by picking off a last ditch Hail Mary pass.

Not to be overlooked was the rushing acumen of Steeler great Franco Harris.  Harris ran for 155 yards on 23 carries, while Rocky Bleier contributed 60 yards on 13 attempts.  Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw had an off day, connecting on just 12 of 25 passes for 125 yards.

Buffalo 34 New York Jets 10

The visiting Bills wasted no time putting the Jets away at Shea Stadium on Sunday.  Quarterback Jack Kemp found Glen Bass on a post pattern for a 36-yard touchdown on the fifth play of the game.  Following a Jet punt, Kemp completed a 20-yard pass to Bill Groman, followed by 30-yard run by Bobby Smith, and a 13-yard scoring strike to Elbert Dubenion.  The Jets held the ball for two plays before Bill defender John Tracey sacked Jet quarterback Joe Namath forcing him to fumble the ball.  Tom Keating picked up the fumble and returned it to the Jet four.  Two plays later, Cookie Gilchrist dove over from the one, and when Pete Gogolak booted the extra point, the Bills led 21-0 just seven minutes into the game.

Gogolak added a 50-yard field goal to provide the only second quarter points, as Buffalo led 24-0 at the half.  The Jets finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when Jim Turner connected on a 26-yard field goal.  In the final period, Kemp connected on a long pass to Bass that covered 65 yards for the score.  The Jets scored a touchdown late when Emerson Boozer slanted five yards.

Kemp finished the day just eight of 18, but those eight completions went for 210 yards and three touchdowns.  Namath completed 20 of 34 passes for 249 yards, but he was picked off three times and sacked four times.  Tracey intercepted all three passes for the Bills and recorded two of the sacks.

Miami 17  Boston 9

Larry Csonka rushed for 139 yards including a game-clinching 67-yard run with less than a minute remaining, as the Dolphins wiped away a 9-3 halftime deficit at The Orange Bowl.  Miami couldn’t generate any offense in the first half, as Boston held the ball for 19:31 to just 10:29 for the Dolphins.

Boston scored a field goal on the game’s opening drive.  Beginning at their 18 yard line, the Patriots drove to the Dolphin three in twelve plays.  John Smith connected on a 20-yard field goal.  Later in the quarter, the Dolphins moved the ball from their 38 to the Patriot 12, where Garo Yepremian hit a 29-yard field goal to tie the game.

In the second quarter, Andy Johnson and Sam Cunningham shared the workload, running the ball four times each, as Boston drove to the Miami five.  Consecutive passes by Steve Grogan fell incomplete, and Smith connected on a 22-yard field goal.  After each team punted twice, the Patriots took advantage of a Dolphin mistake.  Grogan threw a screen pass to Cunningham who appeared to be headed for a loss on the play.  Dolphin Vern Den Herder slipped on the wet Orange Bowl turf, and Cunningham broke loose for a 33-yard gain.  Following a 21-yard pass from Grogan to Marlin Briscoe, Smith hit from 25 yards out to make it 9-3 Boston at the half.

In the second half, Dolphin coach Don Shula inserted the ailing Bob Griese for Earl Morrall, and Griese drove Miami 66 yards in nine plays.  He spotted Miami’s Marlin Briscoe open in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Dolphins a 10-9 lead. 

Boston had a chance to retake the lead in the fourth quarter, when after a short drive, Smith lined up for a 39-yard field goal attempt.  The kick split the uprights, but the Patriots were called for a holding penalty.  Smith then missed a 49-yard attempt.

In the final four minutes, the Dolphins took possession of the ball at their own six following a Boston punt.  They converted two first downs, forcing the Patriots to call two timeouts.  On third down and 12 and with a little more than a minute to play, Csonka ran a draw play up the middle against a Patriot blitz and found himself in the clear.  He bolted straight up the middle, evading Mike Haynes, and went the distance.

San Diego 26  Cincinnati 11

Paul Lowe rushed for 139 yards and a score and Tobin Rote threw for another, as the Chargers defeated the Bengals at Balboa Stadium in San Diego Sunday afternoon.  When the Bengal defense began keying on Lowe, Keith Lincoln and Gerry McDougall burned them with long runs on counter plays.  For the day, San Diego rushed for 220 yards on 37 carries.

Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson completed 16 of 26 passes for 202 yards to keep his team in the game.  His 43-yard pass to Charlie Joiner brought the ball to the Charger 25.  Two plays later, Lenvil Elliott scampered 22 yards for the score.  The Bengals went for two points and scored on a trick play run by Bruce Coslet to cut the San Diego lead to 19-11 with more than 10 minutes left in the game.  The Chargers iced the game when Rote fired a 10-yard pass to Don Norton.

George Blair was four of four kicking field goals, with his connections coming from 41, 25, 37, and 31 yards.

Oakland 21 Denver 6

The Raiders broke open a 7-6 game with two second half touchdowns to win their opener at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium Sunday.  Denver contained the explosive Raider offense for most of the day, holding Daryle Lamonica to 55 yards passing in the first half.

In the second half, Lamonica got untracked with 171 passing yards including touchdown strikes to Bill Miller and Hewritt Dixon.  Dixon’s score was set up by a 29-yard reception from Fred Biletnikoff.

Denver was held to two field goals by Jim Turner.  The first, a 31-yarder, came in the first quarter following a 49-yard scramble by quarterback Craig Morton.  The second came at the end of the third quarter after Tom Jackson intercepted Lamonica inside Raider territory.

Kansas City 34 Houston 3

Len Dawson picked apart the Oiler secondary Sunday at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, completing 19 of 25 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.  Curtis McClinton, Mike Garrett, and Bert Coan combined for 189 rushing yards, as the Chiefs dominated the game on both sides of the ball.  Kansas City held Houston quarterback to 10 of 23 passes for just 165 yards, while intercepting him three times.  Johnny Robinson intercepted one of those tosses and returned it 43 yards to set up a touchdown run by McClinton.

Neither team moved the ball on their first two possessions.  Kansas City broke the ice near the end of the first period when Dawson completed five consecutive passes, the last going to Otis Taylor who ran a quick slant into the end zone from the 24 yard line.  On Kansas City’s next possession, Dawson fired a scoring strike of nine yards to Chris Burford for a 14-0 lead. 

Houston never could get its offense going and was limited to just 43 plays, while Kansas City had 74.  The Oilers finished the day with just 221 yards while the Chiefs gained 401.


1 Comment

  1. Cowboys Vs Giants….

    “The Dallas Cowboys lead the series 54-35-2, but this is the first time the teams have met in the playoffs. Dallas won both games this season, 45-35 in the season opener in Dallas Sept. 9 and 31-20 at Giants Stadium Nov. 11. In the first game, Dallas tore apart a Giants defense that was still learning new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s system. The Cowboys had 476 yards and six touchdowns, including two on passes of more than 45 yards. In the second game, the Giants defense could not stop quarterback Tony Romo (20 of 28, 323 yards, four TDs) and Eli Manning threw two interceptions.”
    From a Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo website.

    Dallas 35 Giants 28..

    Go Boys!!

    Comment by Matt — January 7, 2008 @ 7:32 am

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