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October 14, 2007

Pro Football Computer Simulation Week 6

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NFL Standings

Eastern Conference
Year Capitol Division

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1968 Dallas Cowboys

5

1

0

130

43

1972 Washington Redskins

2

4

0

98

96

1963 New York Giants

2

4

0

93

108

1960 Philadelphia Eagles

0

6

0

61

237

Century Division

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers

6

0

0

169

108

1979 New Orleans Saints

4

2

0

168

167

1975 St. Louis Cardinals

3

3

0

173

142

1964 Cleveland Browns

0

6

0

106

194

Western Conference
Central Division

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1962 Green Bay Packers

5

1

0

120

46

1963 Chicago Bears

5

1

0

69

40

1969 Minnesota Vikings

3

3

0

71

46

1962 Detroit Lions

2

4

0

94

91

Coastal Division

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1967 Los Angeles Rams

5

1

0

109

69

1968 Baltimore Colts

4

2

0

104

71

1973 Atlanta Falcons

1

5

0

76

91

1970 San Francisco 49ers

1

5

0

81

173

AFL Standings

Eastern Conference

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1964 Buffalo Bills

3

3

0

135

133

1961 Houston Oilers

3

3

0

104

121

1976 Boston Patriots

2

4

0

106

124

1972 Miami Dolphins

1

5

0

57

101

1968 New York Jets

1

5

0

60

124

Western Conference

W

L

T

Pts

Opp

1967 Oakland Raiders

6

0

0

154

45

1966 Kansas City Chiefs

5

1

0

134

78

1977 Denver Broncos

4

2

0

113

82

1963 San Diego Chargers

4

2

0

103

80

1975 Cincinnati Bengals

1

5

0

95

173

Week 6 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 17 New York Giants 6

Peter Gent caught a three yard touchdown pass and Don Perkins scored on a 20 yard run, as the Cowboys opened a three-game lead in the NFL Capitol Division with the win at Yankee Stadium.  The Cowboys’ defense held the Giants to two Don Chandler field goals by bending but not breaking.  Giant quarterback Y. A. Tittle completed 16 of 21 passes for 195 yards, but the “Doomsday Defense” held tight when New York penetrated the Dallas 30 yard line.

The Giants scored first, when Chandler connected on a season-long 50 yard field goal with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter.  The lead was short-lived, as Don Meredith directed a 12 play, 80 yard drive to give the Cowboys a 7-3 lead.  Key plays in the drive included a 23 yard pass to Bob Hayes on third and 12 at the Cowboy 29 and a 17 yard run by Craig Baynham to give Dallas a first and goal at the New York seven.  Gent scored his touchdown three plays later.

Dallas mounted a second scoring drive late in the second quarter.  On fourth and eight at the Giant 26, Mike Clark booted a 43 yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 10-3 lead.  Tittle, operating with just 1:13 to play in the half, completed passes to Del Shofner for 14, Joe Morrison for 18, and Aaron Thomas for 18 to move the ball to the Dallas 25.  A draw play to Phil King gained seven yards.  New York used their final time out to set up a second Chandler field goal.  Chandler connected from 35 yards to make it 10-6 Dallas at the half.

The second half proved to be an exercise in futility for both teams’ offenses.  Neither team picked up a first down in the third quarter.  The big play of the day came in the fourth quarter, when New York punted from its 32 yard line.  Chandler’s punt sailed 39 yards, and Bob Hayes’ return went for 47 yards to the Giant 24.  Two plays later, Perkins broke loose for the touchdown and final score of the day.

Washington 30 Philadelphia 0

The Eagles continued to take their lumps this season, as they fell to 0-6 with the shutout loss at RFK Stadium Sunday afternoon.  Larry Brown torched the Philadelphia defense with 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Billy Kilmer completed 15 of 26 passes for 206 yards and another score, as Washington completed the season sweep against the Eagles.

After a scoreless first quarter, Kilmer threw an 18 yard scoring pass to Roy Jefferson.  Just before the end of the half, Brown scored his first touchdown of the day by diving over from the one.  The Redskins led 14-0 at the half.

In the third period, the Redskins held the ball for over nine minutes on a 15 play, 77 yard drive.  Charlie Harraway finished off the drive with a three yard plunge to give Washington a 21-0 lead.

The Redskins added a 21 yard field goal by Curt Knight following a short Eagle punt.  The final score came with just over three minutes to play when Brown scored his second touchdown on a one yard dive.  Knight’s point after sailed wide.

Norm Van Brocklin finished the day with 176 passing yards on 12 of 22 attempts.  Three of those completions went to Bobby Walston, who gained 76 yards on the day.  The Eagles penetrated the Washington 10 yard line twice in the second half, but they turned the ball over on downs both times.

Pittsburgh 30 Cleveland 13

Franco Harris won the rushing battle against Jim Brown, and the Steelers moved to 6-0 with the win at Pitt Stadium Sunday.  Harris ran for 197 yards and a score in 19 carries, while Brown rushed for 127 yards in 23 attempts.  Harris caught two passes good for 33 yards, while Brown nabbed three passes for 28 yards and a score.

The Browns led for lengthy periods in the first half.  Brown caught an 11 yard pass from Frank Ryan on Cleveland’s first possession.  Lou Groza’s point after made it 7-0 Cleveland with 9:07 remaining in the opening stanza.  Pittsburgh tied the score when Terry Bradshaw threw a two yard touchdown pass to John Stallworth with 2:34 left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Browns drove 51 yards to set up a 36 yard field goal by Groza.  Cleveland led 10-7 with 4:43 left in the half.  The Steelers forged ahead on the ensuing drive.  Bradshaw completed passes to Lynn Swann and Reggie Garrett, and Harris broke free for a 54 yard run to give the Steelers a first down at the Cleveland 11.  Three plays later, Harris scored from the one.  Roy Gerela’s extra point was blocked, and Pittsburgh led 13-10 with 44 seconds remaining in the half.  The big momentum changer occurred on the third Cleveland scrimmage play following the Steeler kickoff.  Ryan’s attempted pass to an open Gary Collins was intercepted by Bernie Parrish when Collins batted the ball in the air.  Parrish returned the ball 33 yards to the Cleveland five with four seconds to go.  Gerela made a 22 yard field goal as the clock expired giving Pittsburgh a 16-10 halftime lead.

Rocky Bleier scored on a four yard pass from Bradshaw in the third quarter to put Pittsburgh up 23-10.  Groza booted a 40 yard field goal late in the third period to cut the lead to 23-13.  In the fourth quarter, Bleier scored again, this time on a seven yard run to make it 30-13.

Bradshaw finished the day 12 of 17 for 161 yards with one interception and two touchdown passes.  Ryan threw for 191 yards for the Browns, completing 15 of 28 passes.

New Orleans 34 St. Louis 27

Archie Manning’s 59 yard touchdown scramble in the fourth quarter put the finishing touches on a great day by the Saints’ quarterback.  In addition to his game-clinching score, Manning threw three touchdown passes, as New Orleans moved into second place by one game over the Cardinals.  Playing in a steady rain at Tulane Stadium, Manning guided the Saints on an opening touchdown drive that consumed 6:44.  The drive covered 78 yards and took 12 plays.  Manning passed to Henry Childs to cover the last six yards.

St. Louis knotted the score at 7-7 when Jim Otis scored on a 17 yard run up the middle with a minute left in the first quarter.  The score concluded a 69 yard drive for the Cardinals.

It took only five plays for the Saints to regain the lead.  Manning completed a 21 yard pass to Wes Chandler.  Tony Galbreath rushed wide for 20 yards.  Chuck Muncie ran consecutive plays inside tackle for six yards and four yards.  Manning then finished the drive with a 29 yard strike to Chandler.

The final two minutes of the first half saw New Orleans stretch the lead to 21-7 on a Manning to Childs pass that covered 24 yards, and then the Cardinals quickly retaliated with 0:04 left on the clock to cut the lead to 21-14 at the half.  Terry Metcalf caught a four yard pass from Jim Hart to end a fast four play, 72 yard drive.

Jim Bakken cut the Saints’ lead to 21-17 with a 34 yard field goal at the 9:24 mark in the third quarter.  Just before the end of the period, Muncie jumped over the line to score from the two.  Garo Yepremian’s point after hit the left upright and bounced away, and the Saints led 27-17 after three quarters.

Following a short kickoff and return to the Cardinal 40 yard line, Hart handed to Metcalf on a draw, and the speedy halfback sprinted 50 yards for a first and goal at the New Orleans 10.  Three plays later at the Saints’ one, Hart hit Metcalf on a swing pass for the touchdown.  That cut the lead to 27-24 with 14:12 to go in the game.

Four plays into the next Saint possession, Manning scrambled for the long touchdown to give New Orleans a 34-24 lead.  St. Louis wasted an opportunity to cut the lead on the following possession.  Metcalf caught a screen pass and ran 50 yards to give the Cardinals a first down at the New Orleans 19, but on the next play, Hart’s pass was batted at the line of scrimmage by Elois Grooms and intercepted by Tom Myers.

The Cardinals picked up three points with 3:53 to go in the game, when Bakken connected on a 29 yard field goal.  Down 34-27, Coach Don Coryell elected to kick deep.  The Saints converted three first downs and then ran the clock out for the win.

Minnesota 27 Chicago 7

The Vikings became the first team to solve the Bears’ tough defense.  Sunday afternoon at cold and windy Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota rushed for 223 yards, rendering the famed Bear zone pass defense useless.  Both starting running backs topped 100 yards on the ground.  Halfback Dave Osborn scored two times on sweeps and ran for 101 yards in 20 attempts, while bruising fullback Bill Brown ran inside for 102 yards on just 12 carries.

The Vikings opened the game with a 73 yard touchdown march.  Brown started the possession with a 42 yard run up the middle on a fake sweep play.  With the guards pulling to follow the apparent sweep by Osborn, Chicago’s linebackers followed them to the perimeter.  Brown eased past the interior and found himself wide open in the middle of the field.  That set the tone for the day, as the Bear linebacking trio was hesitant to slide to the perimeter.  Osborn finished the drive with a seven yard run off tackle.

In the second quarter, Joe Kapp came up with a rare gem, when he passed for 23 yards and a score to Gene Washington to give Minnesota a 14-0 lead.  The Bears countered with a long touchdown drive that ended when Joe Marconi rushed for 23 yards.  Minnesota came back in the final minute of the half and made it 17-7 when Fred Cox booted a 29 yard field goal.

The Vikings squandered two chances to score in the scoreless third quarter.  Twice, Kapp was intercepted in Chicago territory.  After three periods, with Kapp hitting on just seven of 25 passes for 91 yards, Coach Bud Grant pulled him in favor of Gary Cuozzo.  Cuozzo drove the offense down the field for two scores in the final period.  First, Cox kicked a 21 yard field goal.  Following a Bears punt after just three plays, the backup Viking quarterback sealed the victory with a 69 yard scoring drive.  Osborn caught the six yard pass to put six on the board.

Cuozzo finished with five completions in nine attempts for 64 yards and left Grant with a decision to make as to who will start the next game.

Billy Wade had a day he would like to forget.  The Bears’ starting quarterback finished the day 14 of 31 for just 86 yards and two interceptions.  Coach George Halas pulled him late in the game in favor of Rudy Bukich.  Bukich completed just one of two passes for five yards.

Green Bay 20 Detroit 13

The Packers moved back into a tie for first place and completed the season sweep over the Lions despite being out gained by Detroit 357 to 238 at Lambeau Field.  Bart Starr was ineffective on the day, and Coach Vince Lombardi elected to go with John Roach in the third quarter.

Detroit scored first when Wayne Walker booted a 26 yard field goal with 9:32 remaining in the opening period.  Jerry Kramer responded with two field goals in the second quarter, from 40 and 46 yards.  Green Bay led 6-3 at the break.

Detroit tied the score at 6-6 in the third quarter when Walker connected from 45 yards.  Roach then entered the game and guided Green Bay on a touchdown drive of 70 yards.  Roach completed three of four passes on the drive for 26 yards, but Jim Taylor did the damage.  The fullback ran the ball seven times for 48 yards, finishing the drive with a two yard plunge to make it 13-6 with 1:54 left in the third quarter. 

Detroit was driving for the tie when quarterback Milt Plum’s pass was intercepted by Willie Wood and returned 49 yards to the Lion 37.  Following an eight yard sack, Roach was shaken up and had to leave the game.  Starr returned and handed to Taylor for nine yards, and then he faked to Taylor and threw deep to Max McGee for a 36 yard touchdown.  Kramer’s point after made it 20-6 with just 1:25 to play, but Plum quickly guided the Lions on a touchdown strike.  His 32 yard pass to Pat Studstill brought the Lions to within seven with 0:32 left.  Detroit’s onside kick was recovered by Green Bay’s Herb Adderley.

Baltimore 10 Atlanta 6

The Falcons have given up just 91 points in six games, but they are 1-5 after losing to the Colts.  After Baltimore held Atlanta to three plays and a punt, the Colts scored the game’s only touchdown on their first possession.  Earl Morrall completed passes to Willie Richardson and Ray Perkins to give the Colts crucial third down conversions.  Terry Cole ran for the final 24 yards to paydirt.

The bulk of the game after the score was played between the 30 yard lines.  Atlanta scored a second quarter field goal of 33 yards from the leg of Nick Mike-Mayer, and Lou Michaels put three on the board as the first half ended, when he was true from 48 yards out.

Atlanta got another field goal from Mike-Mayer from 35 yards to pull within four at 10-6 with 7:15 left in the third quarter.  The final 22 plus minutes was a defensive struggle with both teams punting three times.

Morrall finished the day 12 of 29 with one interception for 176 yards.  Jim Ward completed three of seven for 26 yards in relief.  For Atlanta, Bob Lee and Dick Shiner combined for 164 yards passing on 13 of 33 attempts.

Los Angeles 31 San Francisco 0

The Rams made up for their only loss of the season by whitewashing the home-standing 49ers at Kezar Stadium.  The Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line didn’t pick up any sacks, but the four interior defenders forced John Brodie to throw three interceptions.  Clancy Williams, Ed Meador, and Maxie Baughan each picked off Brodie with Baughan’s interception being returned to the San Francisco 15 to set up the game’s first score.  Les Josephson tallied the touchdown with a 13 yard run with 9:29 remaining in the first half, and that was all the scoring L.A. would need.  The Rams only led 10-0 late in the third quarter, following a Bruce Gossett 22 yard field goal.

In the fourth period, Brodie threw the other two interceptions, and Ken Willard fumbled a handoff.  Los Angeles scored touchdowns following all three turnovers.  Jack Snow caught a 34 yard pass from Roman Gabriel.  Dick Bass ran for a 12 yard score, and Bass caught a six yard touchdown pass, as Los Angeles tallied 21 points in seven minutes.

Bass led all runners with 90 rushing yards on 11 attempts.  Willard paced the way for San Francisco with 65 yards on the ground, but it took 25 attempts to pick up that amount.  Gabriel finished the game with 157 passing yards on 10 of 21 passes.  Brodie threw 47 passes, completing just 20 for 233 yards.

With the win, Los Angeles maintains a one game lead over Baltimore in the NFL Coastal Division.

Denver 28 Buffalo 10

Craig Morton passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on just nine of 18 passes and ran 39 yards for another score as the Broncos defeated the Bills at snowy Mile High Stadium Sunday.  Morton sprinted for the opening score by running a bootleg to the wide side of the field.  He ran untouched to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.

Buffalo couldn’t run the ball all day on the sloppy turf, as an October snow hit the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  Quarterback Jack Kemp was forced to the air more than usual, and he responded with a 13 for 28 effort good for 200 yards and a touchdown with one interception.  Backup Daryle Lamonica played briefly, hitting one of two passes for seven yards.

The Bills took the lead in the second quarter.  Pete Gogolak got Buffalo on the board with a 41 yard field goal, and following a Denver punt, Kemp drove the Bills 59 yards in six plays with the score coming on a 30 yard lob pass to Elbert Dubenion.  Denver reclaimed the lead before the half when Otis Armstrong ran a divide pattern up the middle and caught Morton’s pass for a 47 yard touchdown.  That made it 14-10 Broncos.

In the third quarter, Armstrong, Rob Lytle, and Lonnie Perrin took turns running the ball, and Morton connected with Riley Odoms on a 36 yard strike to move the ball to the Bill 13.  Following an incomplete pass, Morton found Rick Upchurch open for the score to make it 21-10. 

The Bills began the fourth quarter backed up at their three yard line following Butch Byrd’s interception of Morton’s pass.  Cookie Gilchrist picked up a first down on a 12 yard run, his best effort of the day, and the Buffalo drive stalled.  Paul Maguire’s punt was fielded by Upchurch at the Denver 41.  Upchurch faked left, then cut right behind a wall of blockers.  He sprinted 59 yards for the touchdown to cap the scoring.

Kansas City 28 Boston 23

Len Dawson’s bomb to Otis Taylor scored a touchdown from 61 yards out to give the Chiefs a come-from-behind win at Kansas City Municipal Stadium Sunday.  Boston led 23-14 after John Smith’s field goal attempt from 46 yards split the uprights with 8:45 remaining.  Kansas City retaliated with a seven play, 72 yard drive.  Bert Coan scored on a six yard run with 5:20 left to go.  Coach Hank Stram chose to kick deep, and the Chiefs held Boston to three plays and a punt.  That’s when Dawson led his offense on the quick drive that gave the Chiefs their fifth win in six games.

Overshadowed by Dawson’s heroics was the rushing effort of Boston’s Sam Cunningham.  The big back, who followed O.J. Simpson at Southern California, rushed 20 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns.  Running mate Andy Johnson, the former quarterback at Georgia, picked up 63 yards on 14 attempts, as the Patriots finished the day with 256 rushing yards.

Dawson’s passing stats included an 11 for 19 effort good for 174 yards.  The Chiefs found success running the ball as well.  Curtis McClinton and Mike Garrett teamed for 144 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Oakland 25 Houston 6

The Raiders served notice that they are capable of running the table, as they improved to 6-0 to remain the only unbeaten team in the AFL.  Sunday at Oakland-Alameda Stadium, they combined an aggressive defense with a couple of long gaining plays to slaughter the Eastern Conference leader.

Oakland’s defense held the Oilers to 52 rushing yards and 140 passing yards, and in the process forced George Blanda to throw four interceptions.  Warren Powers picked off two of those passes and one was returned 62 yards to the Oiler seven yard line, setting up a seven yard touchdown run by Clem Daniels.

Oakland’s offense produced 327 total yards on the day, but the Raiders took advantage of several big plays to set up scores.  Leading just 10-3 in the third quarter, Daryle Lamonica threw a deep post pattern to Bill Miller.  The play covered 58 yards and scored a touchdown to give Oakland a commanding 17-3 lead.  Lamonica’s 26 yard crossing pattern completion to Billy Cannon set up one field goal, and Daniel’s 23 yard run set up another, while Howie Williams’ sack of Blanda produced a safety.

Houston remains in a tie for first with Buffalo at 3-3.  Oakland stays one game ahead of Kansas City with a 6-0 record.  The Raiders lead the AFL in both offense and defense.

San Diego 10 Miami 6

As indicated by the low score, defense was the name of the game at Balboa Stadium Sunday afternoon.  Paul Lowe’s two yard touchdown run in the first quarter proved to be all the scoring the Chargers needed.  Garo Yepremian connected on field goals of 41 and 45 yards to pull the Dolphins to within a point after one quarter.  George Blair responded with a 35 yard field goal for the Chargers with 11:03 to go in the second quarter, and the rest of the day, San Diego’s defense kept the Dolphins on their side of the 50.

Dolphins’ Fullback Larry Csonka opened the game with a 19 yard plunge over center.  In his 14 other attempts, he managed just 27 yards.  Mercury Morris rushed 13 times and gained just 11 yards, as Miami was held to 82 yards rushing on 35 attempts.  Quarterback Earl Morrall, subbing for the injured Bob Griese, completed just eight of 21 passes for 99 yards.  He was sacked twice to lower Miami’s passing total to 86 yards.

San Diego found a few open running lanes, and Lowe and Keith Lincoln combined for 115 rushing yards on 27 carries.  Tobin Rote completed 14 of 24 passes for 159 yards with Lance Alworth catching five of those passes for 100 yards.  Alworth’s 32 yard reception set up Lowe’s touchdown run.

With the win, the Chargers improve to 4-2, but they find themselves in a tie for third place with Denver in the competitive Western Conference.  Miami falls to 1-5, but the Dolphins are only two games behind the co-leaders in the considerably weaker Eastern Conference.

Cincinnati 23 New York Jets 5

The Bengals became the last AFL team to win their first game, as they shut down Joe Namath and the hapless Jets Sunday at Riverfront Stadium.  Ken Anderson completed 14 of 20 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns, while the Bengal defense held Namath to 14 of 37 passing for 147 yards and two interceptions.  Veteran Babe Parilli came off the bench for New York in the closing minutes and completed three of his four passes for 59 yards.  The one pass Parilli missed was an interception to end the game.

Cincinnati marched 80 yards in seven plays on the game’s opening possession.  Anderson passed eight yards to Boobie Clark to put the Bengals on top 7-0 with four minutes elapsed.

The Jets took advantage of three Cincinnati penalties and 26 yard receptions by Don Maynard to move the ball to the Bengal 26.  Jim Turner connected on a 43 yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3, but that was the New York offense threatened just one more time all day, and that ended when Turner misfired from 42 yards.

David Green added a 33 yard field goal just before the first period ended, and the Bengals led 10-3.  The only second quarter score occurred when Anderson was sacked for a safety midway through the period.  That made it 10-5 Cincinnati at the half.

Two Bengal scores in the third quarter put the game away.  Anderson completed a six yard touchdown pass to Chip Myers, and two possessions later, he threw to Clark for a four yard strike.  Green missed the second point after.

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