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  1. Thank you WorldLeagueDude, That is exactly the change I made at the start of the season. Great minds think alike!
  2. Hi Jim, Any surprises in terms of records now that all the teams have played their first game? Do you use time, or number of plays to determine game length?
  3. The new season got underway and it took several weeks to get threw "Week One". Below is a summary of each game and the present standings in each division. Falcons at Houston The opening game of the new season had several big plays. The Falcons opening drive resulted in a 41 yard touchdown pass from Vince Ferragamo to Alfred Jackson. The Oilers followed that up with a 60 yard field goal by Tony Fritch. Defense took over for the rest of the first half including 4 sacks, 3 by the Falcons and 1 by the Oilers. The Falcons started the third quarter with a 59 yard touchdown pass, again Ferragamo to Jackson. Oiler rookie Mike Rozier broke free for 53 yards and pay dirt, and followed that with a successful run for 2 point conversion getting the Oilers within a field goal. The Falcons defense stiffened and the offense was able to run out the clock. Falcons 14 Oilers 11 Saints at Cincinnati This was a feature game as both these teams were in their respective conference championship games last season. The Saints first drive was a three and out. The Bengals first drive ended with a QB Art Schlichter interception. The Saints next drive culminated in a Chuck Muncie 4 yard run for a touchdown. Thanks to a 47 yard completion, Schlischter to Griffin, the Bengals were able to get on the board with a Chris Bahr 28 yard field goal to end the first half. The Bengals opened the second half with a 43 yard completion, again Schlichter to Griffin. The drive stalled, but the Bengals got another field goal, this one a 33 yarder by Bahr to bring them within a point of the Saints. Tony Galbreath returned the next kickoff 72 yards to the Bengal 38 yard line. Saints QB Bobby Scott then threw a 38 yard touchdown pass to WR Wes Chandler adding to the Saints lead. The Saints were able to tack on a 37 yard field goal, and defense took over the rest of the way. Saints 17 Bengals 6 Browns at Pittsburgh The Browns first drive resulted in a -5 yard run and two Steeler sacks of Bernie Kosar. The Steeler’s Jim Smith returned the ensuing punt 44 yards setting up the Steeler offense. Franco Harris culminated the drive with a 26 yard TD run giving the Steelers the lead. The Browns offense is stifled again, but in a bold move the Browns pull off a successful fake punt with a completion for a first down. Bernie Kosar then finds FB Mike Pruitt for a 53 yard touchdown pass. Don Cockroft misses the extra point and the Steelers take a 1 point lead into halftime. On the Steeler’s first drive of the second half, Bradshaw is able to convert a critical 3rd down with a 15 yard scramble but is knocked out of the game. Back up QB Cliff Stoudt throws a completion to Benny Cunningham for 23 yards, but the drive stalls. Kicker Matt Bahr boots a 40 yard field goal to give the Steelers a 4 point lead. The Browns are unable to mount any further offense. Stoudt throws a 60 yard bomb to WR Calvin Sweeney and the Steelers tack on a 37 yard field goal to end the game. Steelers 13 Browns 6 Colts at Philadelphia Colts QB Bert Jones comes out throwing, completing 3 of 3 passes for 73 yards, the last one to John Jefferson for a 16 yard touchdown. Eagles QB Ron Jaworski completes a pass to TE Keith Kreplie for 50 yards, but the drive stalls. Nick Mike Meyer boots a 34 yard field goal to get the Eagles on the board. Jones is again red hot on the Colts next drive with completions to Roger Carr for 27 yards and Rob Carpenter for 22 yards but a third down sack stalls the drive. Tony Linhart kicks a 43 yard field goal increasing the Colts lead to 10-3. Jaworski completes throws to WR Harold Carmichael (36 yards), and RB Larry Giamona (21 yards) but the drive is stalled by a timely Colts sack. Meyer boots a 43 yard field goal to end the half. Jaworski comes out throwing to start the second half with 42 yard completion to Giamona for 42 yards, but then throws a costly interception. The Colts capitalize on the turnover when Jones throws a 54 yard bomb to Carr for a TD. The Colts Tony Linhart was able to tack on a 24 yard field goal to end the scoring. Colts 20 Eagles 6 Redskins at New York The Redskins offense is stuffed by a tough Giant defense and goes 3 and out to start the game. The Giants 8 play drive culminates in a Ali Hadji Sheik 27 yard field goal. The Redskins second drive ends when QB Joe Theismann throws an interception. The Giants next drive uses up a lot of clock but results in no points. The Giants however lead at the half 3-0. The Giants open up the second half with another epic drive culminating with 30 yard TD pass from QB Phil Simms to Johnny Perkins on 3rd and 20 no less! Redskins RB Clarence Harmon returns the ensuing kick off 76 yards setting up the Redskin offense. After a sack and 2 incompletions, Theismann throws his second int ending the final Redskin drive. The Giant offense runs out the clock. The Redskins ran only 8 plays from scrimmage while the Giants ran 24. Giants 10 Redskins 0 Bills at New England This was the Bills inaugural game. The Bills offense featured a starting lineup mirroring that of the Pittsburgh Steelers with 3 wide receivers, 1 running back and 1 tight end. Bills QB Joe Ferguson had an off and on day completing 5 of 9 passes for an impressive 132 yards, but threw 2 costly interceptions. He was also sacked six times. The Patriot defense was on point as evidenced by the six sacks and two interceptions. The Pat's offense was lead by rookie RB Craig James who had a 53 yard touchdown run in the first half, and a 25 yard touchdown run in the second half. Pats QB Tony Eason was proficient when called upon completing several passes including a 52 yarder to RB Billy Simms. David Posey booted 2 field goals one in each half. A win for rookie coach Bill Bellichick in his first game. Patriots 20 Bills 0 Vikings at Denver Both teams opening drive resulted in a punt. The Viking’s second possession was highlighted by QB Fran Tarkenton 55 yard bomb to WR Sammy White. The drive stalled however, and the Vikings settled for a Jan Stenerhud 29 yard field goal. The Vikings would lead 3-0 at the half. The Broncos first drive of the second half featured a 68 yard pass from QB Craig Morton to RB Otis Armstrong and an Armstrong 16 yard run for a touchdown. Defense was the name of the game after that, as the Broncos had 3 sacks, one that knocked Tarkenton out of the game. In their first game the expansion Broncos chalk up their first victory. Broncos 7 Vikings 3 49ers at Los Angles The 49er’s first drive ends abruptly as QB Don Strock throws an interception. The Rams however are unable to gain any yards. Frank Corral kicks a 43 yard field goal to open the scoring. The 49ers are able to get into Rams territory but the drive ultimately fails. A Ray Wersching field goal attempt is blocked and the Rams take over. The Rams move back into 49er territory but are stifled. A Frank Corral 54 yard field goal attempt is blocked ending the first half. RB Cullen Bryant takes the second half kickoff to the 49er 45 yard line. The drive stalls, but Frank Corral is able to kick a 30 yard field goal increasing the Rams lead to 6-0. The Rams defense stuffs the 49er offense for the rest of the game. Frank Corral attempts and fails on a 37 field goal attempt and a 49er’s hail mary falls incomplete. Rams 6 49ers 0 Raiders at Dallas The first Monday Night game of the season featured the defending NFC Champion Raiders against the revamped Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys offense would actually be older than last year as QB Roger Staubach would start in place of Glen Carano, who led the Cowboys to a Superbowl victory just 3 seasons ago, and Tony Dorsett traded back to Dallas after 9 seasons in New Orleans. After a very good kickoff return by RB Mark Van Eagan the Raiders first drive featured a 19 yard run by Arthur Wittington. Errol Mann booted a 47 yard field goal to open the scoring. Dallas rookie RB Ron Springs fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Raider LB Rod Martin recovers and takes it to the endzone for a touchdown. The Texas Stadium crowd falls silent. On the Cowboys next drive Tony Dorsett fumbles on his first carry and the ball is recovered by the Raiders. Errol Mann kicks his second field goal (37 yards) and the Raiders are up 13-0. After a Bob Steele 40 yard kickoff return Roger Staubach scrambles for 11 yards and completes a 16 yard pass to Jay Saldi. Staubach then attempts a sideline throw to WR Drew Pearson but it is intercepted by CB Lester Hayes. Hayes returns it 83 yards to the Cowboy 12 yard line. The Cowboy defense stiffens and the Raiders settle for a 3rd Mann field goal (20 yards). Staubach is sacked to end the first half. It is a disastrous first half for the Cowboys as they trail the Raiders 16-0. The Cowboys come out throwing in the second half. Staubach completes a pass to Saldi for 55 yards and a touchdown. Springs fails to get into the endzone on the two point conversion try. The Raider’s first drive of the second half features their vaunted running attack. Van Eagan and Wittington combine for 25 yards on four carries. Then QB Norris Weese completes a 29 yard pass to WR Fred Biletnikoff setting up Mark Van Eagan’s 7 yard run for a touchdown. On the next drive the Cowboys pull out all the stops. Staubach completes to Saldi who then tries to pitch to Drew Pearson. The old hook and lateral however results in the Cowboys forth turnover as the pitch is recovered by the Raiders Lester Hayes who runs it back to the 32 yard line of Dallas. Mann is able to tack on a 32 yard field goal, his forth of the evening to close the scoring. Raiders 26 Cowboys 6 AFC Midlands Division - Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0, Cincinnati Bengals 0-1, Cleveland Browns 0-1 North Division - New England Patriots 1-0, New York Giants 1-0, Buffalo Bills 0-1 Metro Division - Baltimore Colts 1-0, Washington Redskins 0-1, Philadelphia Eagles 0-1 NFC Central Division - Denver Broncos 1-0, Dallas Cowboys 0-1, Minnesota Vikings 0-1 West Coast Division - Los Angeles Rams 1-0, Oakland Raiders 1-0, San Francsisco 49ers 0-1 Deep South Division - Atlanta Falcons 1-0, New Orleans Saints 1-0, Houston Oilers 0-1
  4. Wow, 197 yards! How many carries did the Bolts #27 have? Was the Hawks starting QB hurt or did he get pulled?
  5. Very cool! Look forward to hearing results. For me Season 14 has started but I've been quite busy with other things. 2 games to go to get through the first "week".
  6. I use the TE as an extra blocker on running plays either on the line or in the backfield with the two running backs. On passing plays I use the TE as a receiver either on the line to chip block, or split wide.
  7. Will there be some video or pics posted I hope?
  8. The 13th season is in the books. The league has a new champion. Super Bowl 13 - Steelers (AFC Champions)vs Raiders (NFC Champions) The Steelers won the coin toss and elected to receive. WR Anthony Carter fumbles the KO and the ball goes out of bounds (eventually) at the 4 yard line. The Steelers are backed up so on the first play from scrimmage they give the ball to RB Franco Harris who gains only 2 yards. Harris carries the ball on the next play and this time breaks it open for 62 yards. What a turn of events! The Steelers are set up at the 32 yard line of Oakland. QB Terry Bradshaw proceeds to throw 3 incomplete passes (2 that may have gone for TDs) and the Steelers settle for a Matt Bahr 47 field goal. Raider RB Mark Van Eegan takes the ensuing KO to the Steeler 43 yard line setting up the Raider offense nicely. The Raider offense goes 3 and out and they settle for an Errol Mann 57 yard field goal attempt. He misses wide left. The Steelers go with 4 wide outs and a tight end to start their 2nd drive. Bradshaw completes a sideline pass to WR John Stallworth for 31 yards. On the next play, Bradshaw completes the pass down the middle (just out range of CB Lester Hayes) to WR Jim Smith and he streaks into the end zone for the TD. The extra point gives the Steelers a 10-0 lead. Van Eegan returns the ensuing KO to the Oakland 36 yard line. After a Van Eegan gain of 12 yards, RB Arthur Wittington fumbles the ball on the next play. Fortunately for the Raiders Gene Upshaw recovers the ball for a 4 yard loss. On the next play, QB Norris Weese attempts to throw to TE Raymond Chester but CB Mel Blount intercepts the pass. The Steelers take over at the Raider 44 yard line. Bradshaw completes to Smith for 16 yards getting the Steelers deeper into Raider territory. But the Steelers are unable to get another first down, and with only seconds left in the first half settle for another 47 yard FG by Bahr. This increases the Steelers lead to 13-0. Van Eegan downs the KO in the end zone and runs the ball for 11 yards on the next play to end the first half. The Raiders start their first drive of the second half at their own 36 yard line. After 8 plays, all running plays including a 20 yard run by Wittington the Raiders are facing a 3rd and 4 at the Steelers 42 yard line. Weese is sacked on the next play losing 10 yards. With time now becoming a factor and a field goal still leaving them down by two scores the Raiders go for the 1st down. Weese throws another incomplete pass and the Steelers take over. Harris rumbles for a 16 yard gain getting the Steelers into Raider territory. The Steelers are unable to get another first down as the 3rd quarter comes to an end. Matt Bahr boots a 42 yard field goal to start the final stanza increasing the Steelers lead to 16-0. The Raiders are in big trouble. They now need 2 touchdowns and 2 two point conversions to tie the game. Van Eegan takes the KO to the 31 yard line. On first play from scrimmage Weese can't find anyone open but scrambles for a 16 yard gain. On the next play LB Jack Lambert sacks Weese for a 15 yard loss. 2 incomplete passes brings up a 4th and 15 for the Raiders. Weese once again throws an incomplete pass, and the Steelers can start to celebrate. A 10 yard scramble by Bradshaw and a couple runs by Franco Harris runs out the clock. The Steelers have won a third Super Bowl! This was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in league history and the first time a team was shut out. Super Bowl MVP - QB Terry Bradshaw 4/7/78/1/0, 15yds rushing League MVP - RB Mark Van Eegan Super Bowl History Super Bowl 1 - Los Angeles Rams 41, Baltimore Colts 35 in OT Super Bowl 2 - Los Angeles Rams 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 20 Super Bowl 3 - Los Angeles Rams 21, Baltimore Colts 20 Super Bowl 4 - Los Angeles Rams 31, Philadelphia Eagles 17 Super Bowl 5 - New York Giants 21, Washington Redskins 17 Super Bowl 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Los Angeles Rams 19 Super Bowl 7 - Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 21 Super Bowl 8 - Washington Redskins 49, Baltimore Colts 35 Super Bowl 9 - Baltimore Colts 35, Oakland Raiders 24 Super Bowl 10 - Los Angeles Rams 16, Cleveland Browns 3 Super Bowl 11 - Dallas Cowboys 35, Cincinnati Bengals 14 Super Bowl 12 - Baltimore Colts 45, Los Angeles Rams 10 Super Bowl 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 0
  9. It is a classic match-up, though these two teams have never played each other in my league.
  10. Nice! My league is very similar with a lot of the same teams (also still in their original cities). What teams have played in your Super Bowls?
  11. I think it's pretty cool that you keep all the stats. I don't have the patience or attention span for that. I use 8 plays per quarter but don't count plays involving special teams. Not sure where I got the 8 plays from. Could be from the original rules or could be from my buddies league from 40 years ago. It takes me about 2 hours to complete a game. Rick, what teams do you have in your league, and what is the structure, ie: Conference/division? Do you play a Super Bowl?
  12. Conference Championship Game Results AFC Championship - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati The Steelers got the ball first and came out throwing. QB Terry Bradshaw completed a pass to WR John Stallworth for 27 yards. Another completion to WR Anthony Carter and the Steelers are deep in Bengal territory. But the drive stalls and the Steelers Matt Bahr kicks a 37 yard field goal to open the scoring. The Bengals also come out throwing. QB Art Schlichter (bonus points for anyone remembering him) completed a 38 yard pass to Isaac Curtis and then another completion to RB Archie Griffin setting up the Bengals with first and goal at the Steeler 4 yard line. After a Boobie Clark run for a 4 yard loss, Archie Griffin took it into the end zone from 8 yards out giving the Bengals the lead. With the extra point it was Bengals 7 Steelers 3. The Steelers next drive, Bradshaw completed another pass to Anthony Carter getting the Steelers into Bengal territory. On 2nd down, Bradshaw unloads a 43 yard bomb to Benny Cunningham for a touchdown giving the Steelers back the lead. Matt Bahr however misses the extra point. Steelers 9 Bengals 7. With little time left in the first half the Bengals mount a drive and manage to get to the Steelers 27 yard line. Chris Bahr kicks a 43 yard field goal with time running out to give the Bengals a 10-9 lead at halftime. Boobie Clark took the opening kickoff of the second half to the Bengal 40 yard line setting up the Bengal offense nicely. Schlichter completes to Griffin for 23 yards setting up the Bengals in Steeler territory. A run for a loss and a couple of incompletions ends the drive. Chris Bahr then misses a 57 yard field goal wide left and the Steelers are in business at their own 42 yard line. Several successful running plays by Franco Harris, a jet sweep by Anthony Carter and a Bradshaw pass completion to John Stallworth set up the Steelers at the Bengal 12 yard line. The Bengal defense stiffens and the Steelers settle for a Matt Bahr 27 yard field goal giving them back the lead at 12-10. The Bengals start their next drive at their own 20 yard line. Schlichter completes two passes, one to TE Don Bass and another to Griffin setting up the Bengals in Steeler Territory. Then Schlichter makes a critical mistake throwing an interception. Mel Blount returns it to the 42 yard line of Pittsburgh. Bradshaw is able to complete a pass to Calvin Sweeney on 3rd and 12 for critical first down. From there it was a couple of runs by Franco Harris to run out the clock and propel the Steelers to their 4th ever Superbowl, the first in 6 years. Final: Steelers 12 Bengals 10. NFC Championship Game The Saints get first crack on offense. RB Tony Dorsett figures prominently on the first drive with a run of 14 yards and a catch good for 27 yards. TE Henry Childs also caught a pass from QB Bobby Scott on third and long good for 16 yards. The drive stalls but culminates in a 40 yard FG by kicker Morten Andersen. The Raiders first drive features runs by Mark Van Eegan including a blowout run of 53 yards. The drive stalls but culminates in a 29 yard field goal by Errol Mann tying the game. Childs sets up the Saints offense with a good kickoff return to the Raider 40 yard line. Andersen kicks a 55 yard field goal to give the Saints a 6-3 lead at the half. The Raiders get the ball to start the second half and are set back by a Saints sack. WR Fred Biletnikoff catches a Norris Weese pass for 16 yards on third and long keeping the drive going. Van Eegan then busts open a 34 yard run to pay dirt giving the Raiders their first lead of the game. After the extra point the Raiders lead 10-6. The Saints next drive stalls as Raider LB Ted Hendricks sacs Scott for an 11 yard loss on third down. The Saints are forced to punt. Biletnikoff returns the punt 81 yards to the Saints 19 yard line. The Saints defense halts the Raider drive by sacking Weese for a 22 yard loss. Errol Mann boots a 56 yard field goal increasing the Raider lead to 13-6. The Saints final drive comes to end as Scott is unable to complete a pass on 4th down. The Raiders run out the clock and earn their 2nd Super Bowl appearance in their 6 year history. Final - Raiders 13 Saints 6. Super Bowl 13 - Steelers vs Raiders
  13. I did have a couple special rivalries Jim. Colts vs Giants has always been a game I looked forward to playing. It seemed like they were always competing for the AFC East in the last week of the season. They have additionally met in the AFC Championship 4 times including last season's thrilling triple OT classic. Rams vs Redskins was always a fun one too. The Redskins were one of few NFC teams that were consistently strong enough to compete with the Rams in the early seasons. Both teams were almost always competitive in the NFC, and met 3 times in the NFC Championship game. A couple seasons ago I switched the Redskins to the AFC (for geographic reasons). Once the playoffs were set this season, I thought that it would be cool if the Rams and the Redskins made it to the Super Bowl this season, but both teams lost in the first round of the playoffs this year. Not sure why I'm so tied to a geographic structure. The Vikings are kind of a nightmare in terms of geography. Case and point is the NFC Northwest Division (Minnesota/San Francisco/Denver. I'll see how I enjoy this format and I can always rearrange things.
  14. Hi all, Season 13 of my solitaire league is winding down with only the Conference Championship games and Super Bowl left to play. Next season I will be adding 2 new teams, the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills. This will increase the league to 18 teams. I'm going to change the league structure from the 2 conference/4 division (2 in each conference)/16 team (4 in each division) to 2 conference/6 division (3 in each conference)/18 team (3 in each division). The breakdown is below. Also, I want to punch the regular season down from 5 games per team to 3 games per team. I'm doing this because I don't want the regular season to be so long that I lose interest half way through the season. Scheduling is as follows: Each team would play the other two teams in their division, teams from two divisions (same conference) would play one game against each other, and the 2 remaining divisions (one from each conference) would play each other giving each team a 3 game schedule. The interdivision/interconference game per year would rotate each season. Playoff framework will be each of the 6 division winners make the playoffs (obviously) with all getting a first round bye, and 4 wildcards (2 from each division) also getting in. 10 out of 18 teams would make the playoffs which coupled with the shorter regular season ensures that most of the games will be meaningful in terms of making the playoffs. What do you think? Any suggestions are welcome. AFC Central Division - Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns North Division - New York Giants, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills Metro Division - Washington Redskins, Baltimore Colts, Philadelphia Eagles NFC Northwest Division - San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos Southwest Division - Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys Deep South Division - New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers
  15. Divisional Playoff Round Results Defense was the name of the game as three of the four losing teams were held scoreless and a total of only 42 points were scored in the four games. Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints - The Saints defense held the Rams to -26 yards of total offense, sacked LA QB Doug Williams 4 times and intercepted one pass. Saints QB Bobby Scott threw a TD pass to Wes Chandler late in the third that iced the game. Saints 10 Rams 0. Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals - Clarence Harmon fumbled the opening kickoff but recovered it deep in Redskin territory. A three and out gave the Bengals excellent field position which they converted into a field goal. On the Redskins second possession Joe Theismann threw an interception setting up the Bengals for another potential score. However, the Redskin defense held and Chris Bahr missed a 35 yard field goal to end the first half. Despite having played a horrible first half similar to their season finale in New England, the Redskins were only down 3-0 at the half. But the Bengals quickly changed that as Boobie Clark took the opening kickoff of the second half to the house giving the Bengals a two score lead. The Bengals added a second field goal late in the third and held the Redskins scoreless the entire game. Bengals 13 Redskins 0 Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders - The Raiders kicked two field goals and were up 6-0 with less than a minute left in the first half. Cowboy receiver Robert Steele had a great kickoff return and Cowboy kicker Rafael Septien was able to kick a field goal bringing the Cowboys to within 3 points. But on the ensuing kickoff, Mark Van Eegan also had a great return setting up Errol Mann for a field goal as time ran out in the first half. Both defenses were stout in the second half as neither team was able to score again. Raiders 9 Cowboys 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants - This was a very bizarre game. The Steelers fumbled the opening kickoff and though they did recover the fumble weren't able to generate a first down. The Giants first possession was also a three and out and the punt was blocked by the Steelers. Despite great field position the Steelers weren't able to score as Terry Bradshaw threw an interception quickly ending the drive. On the Giants second drive RB Earl Campbell fumbled the football giving the Steelers great field position once again. On third and 14 Bradshaw was able to connect with Jim Smith for a 37 yard TD giving the Steelers a 7-0 lead. The Giants offense was unable to move the ball, but on forth down punter Dave Jennings was able to throw a pass for 19 yards giving the Giants a first down. It was a bold call by Giants coach Ray Perkins and set up the Giants close to midfield. The Steelers however sacked Giants QB Phil Simms twice and the Giants were forced to punt. The punt was blocked by the Steelers again setting up the Steelers in good field position. But a timely sack by Lawrence Taylor ended the Steeler drive. The score was 7-0 Steelers at the half. Both teams would play stout defense in the second half, generating 5 sacks between them and neither team was able to score again. Steelers 7 Giants 0 NFC Championship Game - New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders AFC Championship Game - Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
  16. Hoping the Cowboys vs Raiders and Steelers vs Giants games will take place today or tomorrow. Gotta see how the work days go.
  17. That is some really detailed and creative stuff! If I'm understanding correctly, you have 8 teams in your league?
  18. Congrats to the Broncos on both a perfect season and their T-Bowl victory! Has season 7 started yet?
  19. Finished up the season this week in my solitaire league. Division winners are Giants AFC East, Bengals AFC Central, Raiders NFC West, and Saints NFC South. The four wildcard teams are the Redskins and Steelers for the AFC and the Rams and Cowboys for the NFC. Two teams (Cowboys and Redskins) were propelled into the playoffs by Hail-Mary passes on the last play of their respective final regular season games! Seeding is as follows: AFC NFC 1 New York Giants 5-0 1 Oakland Raiders 4-1 2 Cincinnati Bengals 5-0 2 New Orleans Saints 3-2 3 Washington Redskins 3-2 3 Los Angeles Rams 3-2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2 4 Dallas Cowboys 2-3 Playoff Game Previews Dallas at Oakland - With the best record in the NFC the Raiders are peaking at the right time having beat two playoff bound teams in their final two regular season games, the Saints and the Rams. They have one of the top defenses in the league second only to New York and one of the top runners in Mark Van Eagan. The Cowboys, as mentioned above snuck into the playoffs in the final game of the season with a miracle bomb as time ran out. The Cowboys haven't scored more than 7 points in any game this year. They are only the second team in the 13 season history of the league to make the playoffs with a losing record. This game seems like a synch for the Raiders, but...on any given Sunday..... Los Angeles at New Orleans - Both teams are limping into the playoffs having lost their final two games. The Rams beat the Saints in the divisional round last season in LA. The Rams are the defending NFC Champions and the most successful team in league history having played in 8 Superbowls and winning 5 of them. The Saints history is not quite as glorious. They have played in 4 NFC Championship games over the years and have lost all of them including two to the Rams. History is on the side of LA, but playing at home in the Superdome may be the motivating factor that launches the Saints to a fifth chance at an NFC title. Washington at Cincinnati - The Bengals have a very potent offense second only in scoring to the Steelers and their defense has produced the most turnovers in the league. The Bengals visited DC in week 4 this season and their explosive offense and opportunistic defense was too much for the boys from DC. The Redskins won their playoff spot in Hail Mary fashion Monday night in New England during the final week of the season. Can they pull off another miraculous win? Pittsburgh at New York - The Steelers won their final two games, but having won only one division game needed help to make the playoffs. They got that help as the Bengals beat the Eagles and the Giants beat the Colts in the final week of the season. Terry Bradshaw threw 5 touchdown passes in the final two games of the season, three to Benny Cunningham in a thrashing of the Cowboys at Three Rivers, and two to Calvin Sweeney during a snow impacted game at Cleveland. The Giants this season did just enough to get out of stadiums with a win. Their week 5 win over the Colts was the only game where they won by multiple scores. The off season blockbuster trade bringing Earl Campbell to New York has had mixed results. Campbell has been solid for sure but hasn't made the impact that the Giants were hoping for. The defense led by rookie Lawrence Taylor has been the silent hero the entire season having only given up 26 points in 5 games. The Giants have been to the last two AFC Championship games and have come up short in both. Will this be the season they finally get back to the Superbowl? I'd love to hear your predictions!
  20. Starting the final round of the regular season. First match-up; Pittsburgh at Cleveland. I found a sandwich bag of styrofoam and shredded paper with my players and remembered that I use to use it as "snow" on the field. So this being the final week of the season, lake effect winter conditions would prevail. So it's a snow covered field at Municipal Stadium. Almost makes me want to put a coat on! Additionally I'm using my old 660 board with a few rust spots on the field to simulate the less than perfect conditions. The Steelers (2-2) are coming off a 37-0 thrashing of the Cowboys. The Browns (1-3), have only scored 3 points in their last two games, both losses; and Bernie Kosar has been sacked 7 times in those two games. While not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs the Browns are basically relegated to the role of spoiler.
  21. Thanks all! Yup Benoit solitaire rocks! Though I'd love to watch some competitive league games and learn from their coaches. Nanook, teams and divisions are as follows: NFC West = LA Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings NFC South = Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers AFC East = Baltimore Colts, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots AFC Central - Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals
  22. Hi all, I've started up my 16 team solitaire league this year after a long hiatus. I was in the middle of my 13th season when I quit playing, but fortunately I found the records and have recently picked up where I left off. Also bought a new board as the old one had some rusty spots that affected the players movement. Pics below are of the inaugural game with the new board, Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won 14-7. Got one more game to play in week 4 and then off to week 5, the final week of the regular season where all the games are division games. 3 of the 4 division champions have already been determined with just the NFC West to be decided. Still plenty to be determined in terms of the playoffs. 8 of 16 teams make the playoffs. Happy to be playing again!
  23. Now that is a SUPER trophy! Love the Pittsburghese too! I vote that the Steelers be in next season to defend the crown. Oh forgot to mention Palamalu's hair. Great attention to detail!
  24. Thanks for the info Zak. I look forward to hearing your report!
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