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September 23, 2007

Pro Football Computer Simulation Week 3

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NFL Standings

Eastern Conference

Capitol Division                    W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Dallas                                      2 –  1-  0           66        17

Washington                            1 –  2-  0           48        63

New York                               1 –  2-  0           26        60

Philadelphia                           0 –  3-  0           37       118

Century Division                   W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Pittsburgh                              3 –  0-  0           97        68

St. Louis                                  2 –  1-  0           91        73

New Orleans                          1 –  2-  0           97       109

Cleveland                               0 –  3-  0           62       113

Western Conference

Central Division                   W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Green Bay                             3 –  0-  0           60        16

Chicago                                  3 –  0-  0           35          6

Minnesota                             1 –  2-  0           28         20

Detroit                                   1 –  2-  0           58         58

Coastal Division                   W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Baltimore                              2 –  1-  0           66        42

Los Angeles                          2 –  1-  0           48         52

San Francisco                       1 –  2-  0           68         81

Atlanta                                  1 –  2-  0           57         48

AFL Standings

Eastern Conference              W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Buffalo                                    2 –  1-  0           76          58

Miami                                     1 –  2-  0           44          44

Boston                                    1 –  2-  0           46          57

Houston                                 1 –  2-  0           58          80

New York                              1 –  2-  0           39          67

Western Conference            W- L -T           Pts       Opp

Kansas City                            3 –  0-  0           64        19

Oakland                                  3 –  0-  0           72        32

San Diego                                2 –  1-  0           58        44

Denver                                    1 –  2-  0           28        45

Cincinnati                               0 –  3-  0           50        89

Week 3 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.  I have no control over the outcomes of these games; I just act as the reporter by reading the play-by-play sheets and stat sheets.

Dallas 45 Philadelphia 7

The Cowboys dominated this game on both sides of the ball.  On the opening possession, Dallas drove 72 yards for a touchdown in just five plays with Walt Garrison scoring on a 41-yard jaunt.  Following a short-lived Eagle drive and punt, the Cowboys embarked on a 77 yard touchdown march in just seven plays.  Don Perkins ran the same exact play that worked for Garrison, and he scored on a 43-yarder.

Dallas rushed for 386 yards on 42 attempts with Perkins gaining 185 and Craig Baynham picking up 119.  Garrison added 54 yards, but he scored three times.

Don Meredith completed 18 of 27 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, with speedy receivers Bob Hayes and Lance Rentzel combining for 11 receptions and 137 yards.

Norm Van Brocklin found the going tough against the Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense.”  He completed 13 of 28 passes for 180 yards and no touchdowns, and he was brought to the turf six times on the day.  Six different Cowboys recorded a sack.  Clarence Peaks led the Eagle ground game with 86 yards.

New York Giants 23 Washington 20

Y.A. Tittle threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, and the Giant defense thwarted a late Washington comeback at Yankee Stadium Sunday.

Tittle directed the Giants on an 80 yard scoring drive following the opening kickoff.  He began the drive with a pass across the middle to Joe Walton good for 25 yards and followed that up with a 19 yard strike to Aaron Thomas.  After consecutive runs by Joe Morrison, Alex Webster, and Morrison again brought the ball to the Washington one yard line, Tittle faked a dive to Webster and spotted Del Shofner open in the corner of the end zone for the game’s first score.

The Redskins punted after three plays, and on the second play of their second drive, Tittle threw a swing pass to Phil King, who scampered 59 yards for another score.  The lead stood at 14-7 at the half with the Redskins scoring on a one yard plunge by Larry Brown.

In the third quarter, the Redskins backed themselves up with a muffed punt return and found themselves at their own one yard line.  On the next play, Tom Scott sacked quarterback Billy Kilmer for a safety to make it 16-7 New York.  Following the free kick, Tittle directed another touchdown drive that extended into the fourth quarter.  The score came when he fired a pass across the middle to Walton from eight yards out.

Washington made a furious comeback, scoring two touchdowns in the final six minutes.  Kilmer hit Bill Malinchak for a seven yard score; the Redskins’ try for two failed.  On the next possession, Kilmer threw a deep post pattern to tight end Jerry Smith for a 52 yard score.  Time ran out before Washington could force New York to punt.

St. Louis 37 Cleveland 28

Jim Hart completed 18 of 22 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns to overshadow a remarkable rushing game by the great Jim Brown.  Brown rushed 19 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns, even with eight Cardinal defenders in the box most of the day.

The Browns scored touchdowns the first two times they had the ball.  Ernie Green swept wide from the one on the first score, and Brown drove up the middle for nine yards on the second to make it 14-0 Cleveland.  Terry Metcalf broke free on a 26-yard swing pass to put the Cardinals on the board and make it 14-7 after one period of play.

Hart began to take control of the game in the second quarter.  He completed four consecutive passes-a 19 yard hitch pass to Earl Thomas; a 16-yard square out to Mel Gray; an eight yard divide pass to Jim Otis; and a seven yard dump pass to Metcalf.  That set up Otis for a two yard line plunge and a score to tie the game at 14-14.  Metcalf returned a punt 28 yards to give the Cardinals the ball inside Cleveland territory, and then he scored on an eight yard sweep to give the Cardinals the lead.  Cleveland quarterback Frank Ryan directed the Browns into the red zone, and Brown carried the ball in from seven yards out, the last three dragging Cardinal safety Roger Wehrli.  That knotted the score at 21-21 at the half.

Hart took control in the third quarter.  He connected with Jackie Smith on a 13-yard crossing pattern.  He spotted J.V. Cain for 13 yards on a curl pattern.  After a 15 yard sprint off tackle by Metcalf, Hart hit Otis on a short out route against a linebacker blitz.  Otis found himself wide open and ran 24 yards for the score.  The quarter ended with Cardinal kicker Jim Bakken connecting on a 31 yard field goal to make it 31-21 St. Louis.

Brown scored his third touchdown of the day, this one a three yard reception, and Cleveland cut the lead to 31-28 with more than 10 minutes left in the game.  Hart then directed the Cardinals on a 14 play, 77 yard scoring march that took more than seven minutes off the clock.  Thomas scored the touchdown on a quick slant pass from the two.  Bakken missed the point after, but it left Cleveland trailing by nine with three and a half minutes to go.  The Browns drove to midfield before turning the ball over on downs.

Pittsburgh 44 New Orleans 41

Archie Manning and Chuck Muncie proved to be kryptonite to the “Steel Curtain” defense, but Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris proved to be Supermen against the Saints at Pitt Stadium Sunday.  Bleier rushed for 163 yards on just 14 carries, and Harris added 102 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, as the Steelers picked up 292 yards on the ground. 

The Saints led 38-33 in the fourth quarter following a Chuck Muncie one yard touchdown run.  Muncie rushed for 105 yards and two scores on 17 attempts.  Tony Galbreath narrowly missed being the fourth running back to top 100 yards, finishing with 96 on 13 attempts.

Terry Bradshaw completed 15 of 22 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown with one interception.  New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning completed 17 of 25 passes for 213 yards and three scores. 

Both teams’ place kickers enjoyed successful days as well.  The Saints’ Garo Yepremian hit on both of his attempts, from 50 and 35 yards, while The Steelers’ Roy Gerela hit three of three, from 25, 43, and 53.  The 53-yarder broke a late 41-41 tie, and it brought a standing ovation from his fan club, “Gerela’s Gorillas.”

Chicago 21 Detroit 0

The Bears’ defense continued to stifle opponents for the third consecutive week.  Chicago is now giving up just two points per game!  Detroit was held to four first downs, 50 yards rushing and 19 yards passing.  The Lions never crosses the Bear 40 yard line, and they were forced to punt nine times in 12 possessions.  The other three possessions terminated in a fumble, and interception, and a loss on downs.

Chicago’s offense was led by quarterback Billy Wade, who threw for 202 yards on 18 of 24 passing.  Two of those completions went for touchdowns, one to Johnny Morris, and the other to tight end Mike Ditka.  The Bears scored a touchdown in the first, second, and third quarter, never gambling with their offense.  Most of the day, they ran the ball between the tackles to set up play-action passes.  Joe Marconi led Chicago with 60 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Defensively, Bill George registered six tackles including one sack of Milt Plum.  Plum completed just five of 17 pass attempts for 39 yards and was sacked four times for 20 lost yards.

Green Bay 13 Minnesota 3

The Packers and Vikings lived up to their “black and blue division” nickname with a tough defensive game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington Sunday.  Jim Taylor broke loose for an 18 yard scoring run off tackle with 1:44 to seal the victory for the Packers.

Fred Cox gave the Vikings the lead in the latter stages of the first quarter when he connected on a 30 yard field goal.  Green Bay immediately tied the game on the ensuing possession, when quarterback Bart Starr directed the Packers on a ten play drive that covered 56 yards and extended into the second quarter.  Jerry Kramer booted a 46 yard field goal to make the score 3-3.

After two exchanges of punts, Green Bay scored on a second Kramer field goal, this one from 39 yards.  The key play of that drive was a 24 yard pass across the middle to tight end Ron Kramer.  Green Bay led 6-3 at the half and held onto that lead until Taylor iced the game with his touchdown run.

Taylor finished the day with 102 yards rushing on 20 attempts.  Starr completed just 10 of 23 passes for 100 yards and an interception.  Coach Vince Lombardi briefly inserted backup quarterback John Roach, but his lone passing attempt was off the mark. 

Minnesota was led by Bill Brown’s 75 yards rushing on 13 attempts.  Halfback Dave Osborn was held to 25 yards rushing on 18 attempts, as he frequently met Packer Ron Kostelnik in the Viking backfield.  Joe Kapp was pulled from the game by Coach Bud Grant after he completed just nine of 27 passes for 122 yards.  Backup Gary Cuozzo wasn’t much better, as he went 6-15-0 for 38 yards.

Los Angeles 14 Baltimore 10

The Rams moved into a tie for first in the NFL Coastal Division with the win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday afternoon.  Roman Gabriel was on the mark, completing 18 of 22 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.  Two of his four misfires ended up in the arms of Colts’ defenders, which led to both of Baltimore’s scores.

Los Angeles marched 73 yards on eight plays following the opening kickoff.  Gabriel ended the drive by hitting Jack Snow for the score from the two yard line.  Neither team moved the ball for the duration of the quarter.  Then, in a span of 45 seconds, the action increased greatly.  Following a Baltimore punt that was downed at the Ram seven, Gabriel attempted to throw deep to Bernie Casey.  Rich Volk stepped in front and picked off the pass at the Ram 44, returning it to the Ram five.  Earl Morrall tried three consecutive times to pass into the end zone for the touchdown, but all three passes missed their intended target.  Lou Michaels connected from 22 yards to make it 7-3 Los Angeles with 53 seconds remaining in the half.

Following a touchback on the kickoff and with just one timeout remaining, Gabriel threw a 25 yard strike to Bucky Pope who dove out of bounds to stop the clock.  Gabriel then fooled the Colt defense with a draw play to Les Josephson, and it worked for 18 yards and a first down.  Gabriel called the Rams’ final timeout to stop the clock with 24 seconds left in the half.  He then fired a 14 yard pass across the middle to Billy Truax.  With the clock running, instead of throwing a pass away to stop it and set up a field goal, Gabriel dropped back and spotted Casey open on the right sideline.  He fired a bullet, and Casey caught it in the end zone for the score.  The Rams led 14-3 at the half.

The Colts added a touchdown in the third quarter after Dennis Gaubatz picked off Gabriel’s pass at midfield.  Morrall drove the Colts the distance and hit John Mackey for the 13 yard touchdown pass.

Dick Bass led the Rams with 66 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Josephson added 51 on 18 attempts.  Gabriel’s favorite target was Casey, who caught five passes for 76 yards.  Morrall completed 14 of 22 passes for just 118 yards and a score with one interception.  Tom Matte led the Colts with 62 yards rushing on 11 attempts.

Atlanta 36 San Francisco 15

The Falcons scored 33 second half points after trailing 7-3 at the half and upset the 49ers at Fulton County Stadium Sunday.  Atlanta quarterback Bob Lee completed 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards and two scores.  Atlanta didn’t score its first touchdown until 5:48 was left in the third quarter.  Ken Burrow ran an end around for seven yards and a score.  Nick Mike-Mayer’s point after was blocked, and the Falcons led 9-7.  Following three consecutive incomplete passes, Steve Spurrier’s 39 yard punt was returned 29 yards by Ray Brown.  Two plays later, Lee passed to Burrow for the 17 yard touchdown.  Mike-Mayer’s point after made it 16-7 Atlanta after three quarters.

The 49ers punted back to the Falcons following a stalled drive, and Atlanta responded with a quick drive to the San Francisco four.  Mike-Mayer connected on a 21 yard field goal to make it 19-7 Atlanta.  Once again San Francisco couldn’t move the ball, and the Falcons put the game away with a three play drive.  Lee connected with Al Dodd for a 37 yard completion for the score, and Atlanta led 26-7 with 6:10 to go.  For the third consecutive possession, the 49ers were limited to three plays and a punt.  Lee completed passes to Jim Mitchell and Tom Geredine, to move the Falcons deep into San Francisco territory.  The drive stalled, but Mike-Mayer was good from 29 yards, giving the Falcons a 29-7 lead.  The 49ers responded with a John Brodie bomb to Gene Washington that covered 59 yards and scored.  Ken Willard ran off tackle for a successful two-point conversion to make the score 29-15 Atlanta with just 1:29 to go.  The 49ers onside kick attempt failed, and the Falcons took over at the San Francisco 37.  Dave Hampton ran for nine yards, and then Eddie Ray swept around left end for a 28 yard touchdown.

Oakland 31 Buffalo 13

The Raiders broke open a close game in the final quarter to move to 3-0 Sunday afternoon at Oakland-Alameda Stadium.  Clem Daniels scored two rushing touchdowns and caught a third touchdown to lead the way.  For the day, Daniels rushed for just 39 yards on 15 carries, and he caught just two passes for 16 yards.

Raider quarterback Daryle Lamonica didn’t complete any long passes, but he finished the day 12 of 20 for 149 yards and two scores.  Fred Biletnikoff caught three passes for 41 yards.  Billy Cannon caught two for 32 yards, including a 20 yard touchdown strike to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.

Cookie Gilchrist was the Bills leading offensive weapon.  He rushed 19 times for 87 yards and a score.  Bills’ quarterback Jack Kemp connected on 14 of 20 passes for 193 yards and a score, but two of his passes were intercepted to stop long Buffalo drives.  One interception ended up in the arms of Willie Brown, who returned it 46 yards to the Buffalo 20.  That set up Lamonica’s touchdown pass to Cannon.

San Diego 19 Boston 13

Tobin Rote completed 16 of 31 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and the Chargers held Boston to just nine first downs Sunday afternoon at Balboa Stadium.  After spotting the Patriots a 7-0 lead on quarterback Steve Grogan’s 45 yard scramble, San Diego’s defense put the clamps down.  Grogan could only complete eight of 21 passes for just 69 yards.  Two of his passes were intercepted by Dick Harris.  Harris returned one 31 yards to set up San Diego’s first score.  That came when Gerry McDougall rushed for a 19 yard touchdown.

San Diego took the lead for good just before the half when Rote passed to Jerry Robinson from the three.  George Blair’s extra point attempt was wide, and San Diego led 13-7 with 54 seconds remaining in the half.  Boston responded with a field goal as the first half expired.  Sam “Bam” Cunningham broke two tackles to scamper 58 yards on an inside trap play.  The Patriots were just trying to run out the clock, but the run set up an easy John Smith field goal on the final play of the half.

Boston failed to move the ball in the second half, picking up just 37 yards.  San Diego picked up two field goals from Blair, from 25 and 31 yards to take a 19-10 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Charger coach Sid Gillman inserted John Hadl at quarterback to give the future starter some experience.  Hadl completed a 17 yard pass to Don Norton, but then he threw an interception to Patriot defensive back Mike Haynes.  Haynes broke free and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the score.  The Patriots had to settle for a 28 yard Smith field goal.  San Diego ran out the clock for the win.

Houston 34 Cincinnati 22

The Oilers’ offense finally got untracked Sunday at Riverfront Stadium.  Billy Cannon ran inside and outside with equal effectiveness, finishing the day with 178 yards rushing on 19 attempts, including a 42 yard sprint for a score.  Quarterback George Blanda finished with 192 yards passing and three touchdowns on 15 of 26 attempts.

Cincinnati led 7-0 after one period and 10-3 at the half.  Boobie Clark scored the game’s first points on a two yard pass from Ken Anderson.  Following a 26 yard Blanda field goal, the Bengals responded with a 24 yard field goal by David Green.

Cincinnati took a 16-3 lead in the early stages of the third quarter, when Anderson drove the offense down the field on a 74 yard, nine play march.  Green’s point after hit the right upright and bounced away.

Blanda took to the air at that point, and the Oilers began to eat up huge chunks of yardage.  He connected with Bill Groman for 21 yards and a score to make it 16-10 Bengals.  Cannon then put Houston ahead with his long touchdown run, and the Oilers never looked back.  Blanda connected with Charley Hennigan and Willard Dewveal for touchdowns and then added a 23 yard field goal to make it 34-16 Houston.  Cincinnati scored a touchdown on the game’s final play when Chip Myers caught a 42 yard “hail Mary” pass.

Denver 13 Miami 10

The “Orange Crush” defense of the Broncos outperformed the “No-name defense” of the Dolphins Sunday at Mile High Stadium.  Otis Armstrong caught Craig Morton’s screen pass and scored from nine yards out to give Denver a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.  Neither team moved the ball the rest of the first half.  Miami’s Jake Scott fielded a short punt and returned it 24 yards into Denver territory to set up Garo Yepremian’s 39 yard field goal to make it 7-3 Denver at the half.

In the second half, the Bronco defense suffered one miscue.  The linebackers all swept into the middle to stop what looked like a Larry Csonka line plunge on third down and two.  Instead, quarterback Bob Griese’s perfect fake and hand off to halfback Mercury Morris caught the Broncos napping.  Morris sprinted 39 yards for the touchdown to give Miami a 10-7 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Lonnie Perrin ran 29 yards off tackle and Morton scrambled for another 16 to set up Jim Turner’s 31 yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.  Miami’s final possession stalled at their 38, and Larry Seiple had to punt.  Rick Upchurch fielded the punt at the Bronco 25 and broke free for a 31 yard return to give Denver the ball at the Dolphins’ 44 with 52 seconds remaining.  Morton connected with Riley Odoms for 17 yards, and then Morton lost a yard attempting to move the ball to the middle of the field.  Denver called timeout with 19 seconds left, and Turner booted the game-winning touchdown from 45 yards.

Kansas City 16 New York Jets 7

The Chiefs’ defense shut down Joe Namath and the Jets’ passing attack Sunday at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.  Namath was limited to 13 of 25 passing for just 113 yards and one touchdown.  Kansas City picked off three of his passes, with Bobby Hunt catching two of those.

Len Dawson completed just 11 of 24 passes for 180 yards and a score.  Otis Taylor caught the touchdown pass, to give Kansas City a 7-0 first quarter lead.  Mike Mercer added a second quarter 30 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Chiefs at the half.  Mercer’s 40 yard field goal was the only third quarter score, making it 13-0 Kansas City.

The Jets finally scored when Namath completed a 20 yard pass to Don Maynard, Matt Snell broke loose for a 33 yard run up the middle, and then Namath passed the final four yards to Pete Lammons for the score.  That cut the Chiefs’ lead to 13-7 with more than 13 minutes remaining in the game.  The Kansas City defense took control of the game, knocking down several Namath passes, and then Johnny Robinson stepped in front of George Sauer for the interception.  Mercer added a 34 yard insurance field goal with 2:28 to go in the game.  The Chiefs stayed tied with Oakland in the AFL West with a 3-0 record.

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