NFL Europe: Week 3 Recap


The Rhein Fire remain the hot team in NFL Europe, but Packers wide receiver Chad Lucas also sizzled in Week 3.

Lucas' two receptions -- for 24 and four yards -- both went for touchdowns in the Amsterdam Admirals' 38-20 victory against the Frankfurt Galaxy. Admirals Quarterback Gibran Hamdan, allocated by the Seattle Seahawks, posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3, completing 12-of-15 attempts for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

Hamdan's arsenal included three Packers players. In addition to Lucas, tight end Tory Humphrey also started for the Admirals, catching one pass for nine yards. Wide receiver Vince Butler played but did not catch a pass. The win vaulted the Admirals to 2-1, one game behind the scorching Fire.

The 3-0 Fire remained NFL Europe's only unblemished team by defeating the Cologne Centurions 20-10. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Henson passed for 165 yards and one touchdown, but two Packers players also contributed to the Fire victory.

Pete Traynor hiked the ball to Henson and helped pave the way for 149 Fire rushing yards. One week after being named NFL Europe Defensive Player of the Week, cornerback Therrian Fontenot had another strong outing. He collected three tackles and one pass defensed.

The most thrilling game of the weekend occurred between the Berlin Thunder and the Hamburg Sea Devils. The game ended in a 17-17 overtime tie, which marked only the second tie in the history of NFL Europe. Thunder kicker Xavier Beitia kicked a 27-yard field goal with two seconds left to force the extra period. Thunder and Packers quarterback Brian Wrobel did not play in the first overtime game since 1992.

The tie prevented the Sea Devils (0-2-1) from winning their first game of the season. That challenge becomes more daunting in Week 4 as they take on the Fire.

Week 3 Results

Amsterdam 38, Frankfurt 20

Berlin 17, Hamburg 17 (OT)

Rhein 20, Cologne 10

Week 4 Schedule

Saturday, April 8

Hamburg at Rhein, 1:00 P.M. (EST)

Cologne at Frankfurt, 8:00 P.M. (EST)

Sunday, April 9

Amsterdam at Berlin 12:00 P.M. (EST)

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