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September 16, 2007

Pro Football Computer Simulation–Week Two

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NFL Standings

Eastern Conference

Capitol Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Dallas                                      1 –  1-  0             21       10

Washington                            1 –  1-  0            28       40

New York                               0 –  2-  0             3        40

Philadelphia                           0 –  2-  0           30       73

Century Division                     W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Pittsburgh                               2 –  0-  0           53       27

St. Louis                                   1 –  1-  0           54       45

New Orleans                           1 –  1-  0           56       65

Cleveland                                0 –  2-  0           34       76

Western Conference

Central Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Green Bay                               2 –  0-  0           47       13

Chicago                                   2 –  0-  0           14         6

Detroit                                     1 –  1-  0           58       37

Minnesota                               1 –  1-  0           25         7

Coastal Division                      W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Baltimore                                2 –  0-  0           56       28

San Francisco                          1 –  1-  0           53       45

Los Angeles                            1 –  1-  0           34       42

Atlanta                                   0 –  2-  0           21       33

AFL Standings

Eastern Conference                 W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Buffalo                                    2 –  0-  0           63       27

Miami                                      1 –  1-  0           34       31

Boston                                     1 –  1-  0           33       38

New York                               1 –  1-  0           32       51

Houston                                  0 –  2-  0           24       58

Western Conference                W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Kansas City                             2 –  0-  0           48       12

Oakland                                   2 –  0-  0           41       19

San Diego                                 1 –  1-  0           39       31

Denver                                     0 –  2-  0           15       35

Cincinnati                                0 –  2-  0           28       55

Week 2 Game Recaps

Note:  Although these teams are from the 1960’s and 1970’s, the 2007 rules are used.  Thus, NFL teams can attempt two-point conversions; all kickoffs are from the 30-yard line; the goalposts are located on the end line instead of the goal line; tie games go to overtime; and the penalties are the current distances.

Dallas 21  New York 3

Don Perkins ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns Sunday at the Cotton Bowl, as Dallas improved to 1-1-0 on the season.  After spotting the Giants a 3-0 lead on Don Chandler’s 26-yard field goal as the first quarter expired, the Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.  First, Dallas drove 77 yards in nine plays with Dennis Homan catching a 12-yard pass from Don Meredith for the score.  Just before halftime, Cowboy cornerback Cornell Green intercepted a Y. A. Tittle pass and returned it 32 yards to the Giant 22.  Three plays later, Perkins broke loose on a trap play and scampered 10 yards for the touchdown.

Dallas scored the only points in the second half.  Following another Tittle pass interception, this one picked off by Mike Johnson, Perkins sprinted 45 yards on a draw play for the score.

On the day, Meredith completed 12 of 19 passes for 149 yards, while Tittle was 16-30-4 for 162 yards. 

Washington 21 Philadelphia 17

Larry Brown scored a touchdown from six yards out with 1:33 to go in the game to give the Redskins a come from behind win at Franklin Field in Philadelphia Sunday.  Brown finished the game with 115 yards rushing on 23 carries.

The Washington passing game couldn’t get untracked against the tough Eagle pass defense.  Billy Kilmer completed just nine of 23 passes with two interceptions.  Redskin Coach George Allen put in Sonny Jurgensen who went five for seven for 62 yards in leading Washington on the game-clinching 72-yard drive.

Philadelphia trailed 14-0 at the half, but Norm Van Brocklin guided the Eagles on touchdown drives in the second quarter and early fourth quarter to tie the game.  The first Eagle score came when Van Brocklin hit Bobby Walston with a 20-yard post pattern.  The second touchdown came at the end of a 57-yard drive; at the Washington two, Van Brocklin faked the dive to Billy Barnes, and then spotted Pete Retzlaff in the back of the end zone.

The Eagles took the lead with 6:55 to go in the game when Walston booted a 25-yard field goal.  Philadelphia set up that score after Gene Johnson intercepted Kilmer and returned the ball 12 yards to the Washington 19.

Pittsburgh 41  Cleveland 20

The Steel Curtain defense proved human against the Cleveland running game, but the overlooked offense destroyed the Browns as Cleveland Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Terry Bradshaw passed for 220 yards on 17 of 24 attempts, while running backs Franco Harris (17-146) and Rocky Bleier (15-124) combined for 270 yards rushing. 

Harris broke loose for a 57-yard run on the fifth play of the game to push the Steelers out to an early lead.  Cleveland retaliated with two touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead after one period.  Both scores came on rushes by Brown-the first from 38 yards out, and the second a two yard plunge.

In the second quarter, Bleier scored from the Brown six after Bradshaw set up the score with a 26 yard pass to John Stallworth.  The Browns broke the 14-14 tie when Lou Groza booted a 41-yard field goal.  The Steelers responded before the half with a 66-yard drive.  Bleier slanted 11 yards for the score.

The Steelers took the second half kick and drove 71 yards with Bleier finishing off the drive with a 20 yard run.  Roy Gerela missed the point after, and Pittsburgh led 27-17.  Groza kicked his second field goal at the start of the fourth quarter, this one from 45 yards to make it 27-20 Pittsburgh, but that was the end of their scoring.

Pittsburgh put the game away with two more touchdowns.  Harris ran a trap up the middle for 33 yards, and then he scored for a third time from seven yards to end a short drive after Steelers’ defensive end L.C. Greenwood recovered an Ernie Green fumble.

St. Louis 31 New Orleans 14

Terry Metcalf rushed for 134 yards and Jim Otis added 99, as the Cardinals defeated the Saints at Busch Stadium.  Quarterback Jim Hart finished the day with 245 yards passing on 14 of 21 passes for two touchdowns.

The Cardinals scored first when Hart hooked up with Mel Gray for a 44 yard completion to give St. Louis first and goal at the New Orleans seven.  Two plays later, Otis ran up the middle from the three to score.

The second quarter proved to be the most exciting 15 minutes of the day.  Following a Jim Bakken field goal of 37 yards to make it 10-0 St. Louis, Saint quarterback Archie Manning got his offense untracked.  He hooked up with Ike Harris for a 31 yard completion, and then he spotted Wes Chandler for 14 yards.  After three runs by Chuck Muncie brought the ball to the St. Louis five, Manning connected with Chandler for the touchdown to make the score 10-7 Cardinals.

St. Louis ate five minutes off the clock on the next drive, before the Saints stopped them at their 25.  Bakken kicked a 42-yard field goal to put the Cards up 13-7.  Manning directed the Saints’ two-minute offense and led his team to the Cardinal 30 when he threw the first of four interceptions, and Ken Reaves returned it to the New Orleans 49.  On the next play, Hart threw deep to Thomas who caught it and scored to make it 20-7 with 1:37 left until halftime. 

The Cardinals were guilty of a late hit on the ensuing kickoff, and the Saints started at midfield.  Manning connected on three passes in four attempts, the third of which went five yards to Henry Childs for a touchdown to cut the lead to 20-14 at the half.

Neither team could move the ball in the second half, and St. Louis scored twice following Roger Wehrli interceptions of Manning.  Metcalf took a screen pass and sprinted 31 yards for a touchdown with Otis converting on a two-point conversion, and Bakken hit a 27-yard field goal.

Chicago 7 Minnesota 6

The Bears’ defense dominated at Wrigley Field for the second straight week.   After downing a punt inside the Viking 10 yard line midway through the opening quarter, Richie Petitbon intercepted a Joe Kapp pass and returned it 11 yards for the only touchdown of the day.  Minnesota saw two drives stall inside the Bear 20, and Fred Cox connected on two field goals to make it 7-6 Chicago at the half.

Neither team advanced past the other teams’ 30 yard line in the final 30 minutes.  Late in the game, Minnesota’s Gary Larsen sacked Bear quarterback Billy Wade and forced a fumble.  Karl Kassulke recovered for the Vikings at the Chicago 41.  Dave Osborn rushed for eight yards to the Bear 33, and Bill Brown picked up the first down on a two yard plunge.  Following two incomplete passes by Kapp, Cox attempted a 48 yard field goal on the game’s final play.  It sailed wide left, giving the Bears the victory.

Chicago managed just 106 total yards and six first downs, and they never threatened to score on offense.  Turnovers hurt Minnesota.  Dave Whitsell sacked Kapp in the second quarter briefly forcing Kapp to the bench.  Backup Gary Cuozzo threw an incomplete pass followed by an interception into the hands of Whitsell.  One series later, the Vikings turned the ball over when Osborn couldn’t catch an attempted pitchout.

Green Bay 24 Detroit 6

The Packers forced five turnovers against the Lions at Tiger Stadium, and they capitalized by scoring all of their points following them.  Detroit quarterback Milt Plum threw four interceptions in 23 attempts, three of them ending up in Willie Wood’s arms.  The first interception gave the Packers the ball at the Lion 30.  Jerry Kramer connected on a 43 yard field goal four plays later to make it 3-0 Green Bay. 

Wood’s second pick was a diving catch at the Green Bay 48.  After a Bart Starr completion to tight end Ron Kramer, Jim Taylor swept wide left behind the interference of Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston and scored from 38 yards out to make it 10-0 after one quarter.

Wood’s third interception was in the flat at the Packer 38; he returned it 62 yards for the score to make it 17-0 at the half.  In the fourth quarter, Herb Adderley intercepted Plum’s long pass attempt to Jim Gibbons.  Adderley returned it 28 yards to the Lion 28.  Two plays later, Starr found Boyd Dowler open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass.  The point after made it 24-0 Packers with 12:39 remaining in the game.

Detroit finally scored late when Tom Watkins ran the ball across the goal from seven yards out.  The Lions missed a two point conversion.

Baltimore 21 Atlanta 14

The Colts had to fight tooth and nail Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, as the upstart Falcons took them to the final minutes before falling.  The Falcons’ defense stopped the Colt passing attack, holding Earl Morrall to just 111 passing yards on 13 of 30 passes and one interception.

Atlanta scored the first points of the game, when quarterback Bob Lee was forced out of the pocket and threw back across the field to a wide open Dave Hampton.  Hampton ran 82 yards for the score.  Nick Mike-Mayer’s point after made it 7-0 Atlanta. 

Baltimore’s defense held the Falcons in check until the final drive of the day.  Meanwhile, the Colts managed just enough offense to score three unanswered touchdowns.  The first came when Bobby Boyd intercepted Lee’s pass and returned it to the Atlanta 40.  Four plays later, Morrall’s 20-yard pass to Jimmy Orr and Lou Michaels’ conversion tied the score at 7-7.  Atlanta’s next possession lasted just three plays, as Baltimore’s Charlie Stukes caught a batted Lee pass and returned it 32 yards for the score.

Baltimore scored the only points in the second quarter when they drove 72 yards in nine plays ending with a four-yard plunge by Tom Matte.

The Falcon defense scored the final points of the day, when Ken Reaves picked off a Morrall pass and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.

Trailing 21-14, the Falcons moved the ball from their 31 to the Colt 19 late in the game before turning the ball over on downs.

San Francisco 19 Los Angeles 3

The 49ers surprised the Rams with great defensive play Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  They held Roman Gabriel to just 100 yards passing and no touchdowns, and they stopped the Ram running game at the most opportune times.

Meanwhile, San Francisco quarterback John Brodie completed 18 of 27 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown and San Francisco’s Bruce Gossett (*) kicked field goals from 22, 33, 32, and 35 yards.

Les Josephson ran for 123 yards for L.A., but he failed to make first downs three times inside 49er territory.  The Rams’ Bruce Gossett hit on just one of three field goals, and all Los Angeles could tally was the one field goal.

(*) Bruce Gossett was the kicker for Los Angeles in 1967 and San Francisco in 1970.

Boston 24 Houston 21

Sam Cunningham rushed for a three-yard touchdown with 2:20 to go in the game to give the Patriots a come-from-behind win at Houston’s Jeppessen Stadium.  The score wiped out a fantastic comeback by the Oilers, who trailed 17-0 in the second quarter.

Cunningham scored the first points of the game on a three yard run, but he covered about 35 yards when he changed direction and ran from the right hash to the left corner.  John Smith added a field goal from 48 yards on the first play of the second quarter.  One possession later, Steve Grogan spotted Darryl Stingley open from eight yards out to give the Pats a 17-point lead.

Houston broke the ice just before the end of the first half.  George Blanda directed the two-minute offense, and the Oilers covered 69 yards in six plays.  The big play was a 41-yard pass across the middle to Charley Tolar that brought the Oilers to the Patriot two.  Following an incomplete pass, Billy Cannon ran for the score.

Cannon appeared to have led the Oilers to victory when he rushed for two more touchdowns in the third quarter, one from 15 yards and the other from one yard.  Both scores came after Blanda passed the Oilers deep into Patriot territory.

Cunningham’s game-winning score came after Mike Haynes returned a Houston punt 36 yards to the Oiler 24.  On the next play, Grogan threw an interception to Jack Laraway, but the play was overturned when the Oilers were called for defensive holding.  Grogan then bootlegged for nine yards, and Andy Johnson ran the next play to the Oiler three.  Cunningham scored on the next play.

Blanda finished the day 22-37-0 for 330 yards, while Grogan finished with 167 yards on 12 of 22 passes.

New York 22 Miami 17

Joe Namath passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets rallied from a 14-0 deficit after one quarter to defeat the Dolphins at Shea Stadium.  George Sauer and Don Maynard combined for 10 receptions and 214 of Namath’s passing yards.

Miami scored twice in the first quarter, first on an Earl Morrall to Howard Twilley pass covering eight yards, and second on a Mercury Morris sprint off-tackle from 18 yards out. 

The Dolphins rushed for 118 yards on 18 attempts in the first half, but the Jets countered by using a 4-4 defense in the second half.  Miami only gained 18 second-half rushing yards on seven attempts.  Morrall was forced to pass the ball, and the Jets hurried most of his attempts, holding him to just four completions in 18 attempts in the final 30 minutes.

The Jets held possession of the ball for almost 19 minutes in the second half.  Namath threw two touchdown passes in the final quarter.  The first went to Sauer from 10 yards out, and the other went to Pete Lammons from 23 yards out.

Kansas City 14 Denver 9

Chris Burford caught just one pass for Kansas City Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium, but it went for 64 yards and a score on the game’s first drive.  The Chiefs only managed another 42 passing yards the rest of the day, as Denver effectively used a nickel defense.  The Orange Crush couldn’t stop both quarterback Len Dawson and running back Mike Garrett, and the former Heisman Trophy winner from Southern California rushed for 127 yards and the Chiefs’ other touchdown.

Denver tied the score at seven apiece when Otis Armstrong ran wide right for 30 yards and a touchdown.  Kansas City immediately retaliated with Garrett’s touchdown, and the score was 14-7 with just six minutes elapsed in the game.  After that, neither team crossed the other team’s 25 yard line.  The Broncos picked up two points just before the end of the first half, when Chief punter Jerrel Wilson couldn’t field a punt snap and chose to kick the ball backwards beyond the Chiefs’ end line.

Oakland 20 San Diego 13

The Raiders improved to 2-0 with an exciting win at Balboa Stadium in San Diego.  Most of the action came in the game’s final nine minutes.  With the Raiders leading 6-3 on a pair of George Blanda field goals, San Diego drove the length of the field to take the 10-6 lead when Lance Alworth’s diving catch from Tobin Rote’s 25-yard pass enabled him to score. 

Oakland was called for clipping on the ensuing kickoff and began at their 10 yard line.  Following a seven yard run by Pete Banaszak and a three yard run by Clem Daniels, Daryle Lamonica rolled out to the right and spotted Bill Miller open at the Charger 45.  Miller caught the ball, eluded one tackler, and ran the distance for an 80-yard reception.

The Chargers responded with a 60-yard drive that stalled at the Raider 17.  George Blair tied the game at 13-13 when he connected on a 34-yard field goal with 2:36 to go, but the Chargers defense couldn’t stop Lamonica on the final drive of the game.  Oakland began the possession at their 24 yard line.  Lamonica completed five consecutive passes to bring the Raiders to the San Diego 23.  With one time out and 0:14 seconds left, Raider coach John Rauch called for the draw play, and Daniels caught the Chargers in a linebacker blitz.  Daniels hit the open seam and ran for the touchdown with just eight seconds remaining.

Buffalo 29 Cincinnati 17

The Bengals discovered Sunday afternoon that too many cookies can be a bad thing.  The Bills Cookie Gilchrist ran for 154 yards and forced the Bengals to bring an extra defender up to the line of scrimmage.  When that happened, quarterback Jack Kemp picked apart the Bengal secondary finishing the day 14 of 22 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Kemp’s first touchdown pass covered 18 yards and went to Elbert Dubenion.  Charlie Gogolak missed the extra point.  On the Bills’ next possession, Kemp hit Glenn Bass for 29 yards to bring Buffalo to the Cincinnati four.  Two plays later, Kemp’s sprint out pass to Bass covered the final yard for the touchdown.  Kemp’s other scoring pass was a screen to Joe Auer that covered 47 yards.

Ken Anderson had a fine day passing for the Bengals, completing 21 of 30 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.  Both touchdown passes went to halfback Boobie Clark.

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