Week 3 of the NFL Europe season begins with only one undefeated team, the 2-0 Rhein Fire. Packers cornerback Therrian Fontenot is part of an outstanding Fire defense that has given up only six points in its first two games. He leads NFLE with two interceptions -- both made last week -- and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors in his team's 22-0 win over the Berlin Thunder.
On Saturday the Berlin Thunder (1-1) travel to take on the Hamburg Sea Devils (0-2). Hamburg seeks to avoid starting 0-3 for the first time in its two-year history. Berlin and Hamburg are at the bottom of the league in offensive production, averaging 288 and 247 yards-per-game, respectively. The Sea Devils are one of two teams not to allow a sack. The Thunder are tops in the league in run defense, giving up 84.5 yards per game.
The other Saturday game has two 1-1 teams facing off with Frankfurt at Amsterdam. The Admirals team is NFL Europe's offensive juggernaut, leading the league in points scored (49), yards per game (324.5), yards per offensive play (6.6), passing yards per game (240) and yards per pass completion (17.31). The Galaxy's three sacks are also the best in the NFLE.
The Cologne Centurions (1-1) host the Rhein Fire (2-0) on Sunday. The Fire are the league's only undefeated team and rely on a defense, which has allowed only six points in two games. They are the only team in league history to not surrender a touchdown in its first two games. Cologne has the only offense yet to fumble the ball, and its passing defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-low 36.8 percent of their passes.
Week 3 NFL Europe League Television Schedule
(All games broadcast on NFL Network)
Saturday, April 1
Frankfurt Galaxy at Amsterdam Admirals - 12:00 PM (CT) Live
Berlin Thunder at Hamburg Sea Devils - 7:00 PM (CT) Tape Delay
Sunday, April 2
Rhein Fire at Cologne Centurions - 9:00 AM (CT)
Packers in NFL-E (tackles and passes defensed statistics unofficial)
S Atari Bigby (Amsterdam Admirals) - Started at free safety and made a team-high seven tackles (three solo)...With Amsterdam team leading 20-13, the Admirals had a punt blocked. Bigby made a heads up play by kicking the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety, rather than allowing a touchdown that could have potentially tied the game.
WR Vince Butler (Amsterdam Admirals) - Received playing time, but did not record any statistics.
CB Therrian Fontenot (Rhein Fire) - Made his first start at cornerback and came away with two interceptions, earning him Defensive Player of the Week...Tallied three passes defensed and three solo tackles.
TE Tory Humphrey (Amsterdam Admirals) - Started at tight end and made two catches for 20 yards.
WR Chad Lucas (Amsterdam Admirals) - Started at wide receiver and caught two passes for 40 yards, including a 35-yard reception.
DT Jerome Nichols (Frankfurt Galaxy) - Started at left defensive tackle and notched one solo tackle.
C Pete Traynor (Rhein Fire) - Started at center in the team's 22-0 victory at Berlin.
QB Brian Wrobel (Berlin Thunder) - Inserted into the lineup in the second quarter, completed 4 of 13 passes for 40 yards and one interception.