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NFL Europe: Week 10 Preview


Looking to end the season on a high note, the Cologne Centurions (3-6) will travel to Scotland to face the Claymores (2-7) as NFL-E enters Week 10, Saturday.

Cologne needs just one more win to surpass the three-win total of the 1999 Berlin Thunder -- the last single team expansion franchise in NFL-E history -- while the Claymores need a win to avoid tying for the worst record in franchise history (2-8 in 1995 and 1998).

The Centurions boasts NFL-E's top defense in terms of yards allowed per game (277.9) but rank fifth in points conceded (20.1 per game).

Through nine games, Packers cornerback Erwin Swiney has 30 tackles and three passes defensed, while defensive end Cullen Jenkins has 20 tackles and four passes defensed for the Centurions. Also, defensive end Eric Powell has 17 tackles and two sacks for Cologne.

The game will be broadcast live at 8 a.m. CT on NFL Network, with a tape delay airing at 7 p.m. CT.

The Amsterdam Admirals (4-5) hope to end their season with an even record for the first time since 1998 when they host the Rhein Fire (3-6), Sunday.

The Admirals, with Packers cornerback Derek Combs and linebacker Steve Josue, rank sixth in NFL-E on defense but are the league's best inside the red zone, allowing opponents to score only 13 times in 26 trips inside Amsterdam's 20-yard line (8 touchdowns, 5 field goals).

On offense, Packers tight end Tony Donald leads all NFL-E tight ends in receptions with 30 for 355 yards and four touchdowns for the Admirals.

The Fire, meanwhile, have scored five touchdowns by returns or recoveries this season -- the most in NFL-E -- finding the end zone on three kickoff returns, including Packers wide receiver Shockmain Davis' 93- and 87-yard returns. Rhein has also scored on an interception return and a fumble return.

The game will be broadcast live at 8 a.m. CT on DirecTV, with a tape delay airing at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network.

For the fourth time in NFL-E history, World Bowl-bound teams will meet in the final week of the regular season when the Frankfurt Galaxy (7-2) travel to Berlin to face the Thunder (8-1), Sunday.

In each of the previous four occasions, the Week 10 winner has gone on to lose the World Bowl the following week.

Frankfurt, with at least a 4-point victory over the Thunder, could become the first team in league history to win back-to-back regular season titles.

Berlin meanwhile, could claim its first regular-season title with an outright victory or a loss by three points or less.

Berlin topped Frankfurt, 31-27, in Week 8.

A tape delayed broadcast of the game will air at noon CT on FOX.

Week 10 TV Information --

(Saturday, June 5)

Cologne Centurions (3-6) at Scottish Claymores (2-7) -- 8 a.m. CT (NFL Network); Delay 7 p.m. CT

(Sunday, June 6)

Rhein Fire (3-6) at Amsterdam Admirals (4-5) -- 8 a.m. CT (DirecTV); Delay 7 p.m. CT (NFL Network)

Frankfurt Galaxy (7-2) at Berlin Thunder (8-1) - Delay noon CT (FOX)

Packers In NFL-E --

Derek Combs, CB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 24 tackles (23 solo), 5 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 3 special teams tackles; 11 kickoff returns for 243 yards ... Last Week: 3 tackles, 2 passes defensed.

Shockmain Davis, WR (Rhein Fire) -- 26 catches for 313 yards, 1 touchdown; 18 kickoff returns for 544 yards, 2 touchdowns (93 and 87 yards) ... NFL-E co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1 ... Last week: 5 catches for 38 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 90 yards.

Tony Donald, TE (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 30 catches for 355 yards, 4 touchdowns ... Last week: 3 catches for 38 yards

Cullen Jenkins, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 20 tackles (18 solo), 4 passes defensed, 0.5 sack ... Last week: 2 tackles, 2 passes defensed.

Jason Jimenez, T (Frankfurt Galaxy) -- 9 games played.

Steve Josue, LB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 12 tackles (9 solo), 1 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 interception, 5 special teams tackles ... Last week: 0 tackles.

Eric Powell, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 17 tackles (12 solo), 2 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 special teams tackle ... Last week: 1 tackle.

Erwin Swiney, CB (Cologne Centurions) -- 30 tackles (27 solo), 12 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery ... Last week: 6 tackles, three passes defensed.

Walter Williams, RB (Rhein Fire) -- 37 carries, 140 yards; 2 catches for 12 yards ... suffered broken hand in Week 1 ... Last week: 20 carries for 72 yards.

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