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NFL Europe Week 7 Preview


Two of the league's top passing offenses will go head-to-head for the first time this weekend as NFL Europe enters Week 7.

The Amsterdam Admirals (2-4), who lead NFL-E with 1,414 passing yards, will host the Cologne Centurions (2-4), the league's second-ranked passing offense with 1,392 yards.

Despite the offensive output, both teams have struggled to hold on to the ball this season. Through six games, Amsterdam ranks fourth in the league with a minus-4 turnover ratio (12 giveaways to eight takeaways), while Cologne ranks fifth with a minus-5 ratio (13 giveaways to eight takeaways).

With just one more victory this season, Cologne can tie the record for most wins in a season by an expansion team. In 1999, Berlin had three wins, while the Ohio Glory won two games during their 1992 inaugural season.

Green Bay will be represented well during the Cologne-Amsterdam matchup, as six Packers will take the field during the contest. The Admirals boast cornerback Derek Combs, tight end Tony Donald and linebacker Steve Josue, while defensive ends Cullen Jenkins, Eric Powell and cornerback Erwin Swiney will take the field for Cologne.

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

Packers safety Darren Sharper will make his debut as an analyst for NFL Network Sunday when the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Scottish Claymores meet for the second consecutive week.

The Galaxy (5-1) won the first meeting between the two teams, 15-13, and haven't lost to the Claymores since the 2001 season.

Allowing opponents just 143.2 yards per game, the Claymores have the league's top-ranked defense, while on the offensive side of the ball they have been held without a touchdown in four of six games this season, finding the end zone only four times overall.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy have the No. 1 rushing attack in NFL-E, averaging 142.8 yards per game, while scoring a league-high nine touchdowns on the ground.

The Galaxy-Claymores game will be aired live at 9 a.m. CT on DirecTV, with a tape delay airing on NFL Network at 7 p.m. CT.

One victory away from clinching a berth in World Bowl XII, the Berlin Thunder -- winners of two of the last three Word Bowl championships (2001 and 2002) -- will host the Rhein Fire, Sunday.

Led by quarterback Rohan Davey, NFL-E's leading passer, the Thunder leads the league in yards per completion (12.85), touchdowns (15) and sacks allowed (5).

The Fire, meanwhile, needs only one kickoff return for a touchdown to tie its own single season record of three set in 2002. Packers wide receiver Shockmain Davis returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in Week 1, picking up co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors vs. the Centurions.

The game will be aired live at 9 a.m. CT on DirecTV, with a tape delay airing on NFL Network at 7 p.m. CT.

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Week 7 TV Information --

(Saturday, May 15)

Cologne Centurions (2-4) at Amsterdam Admirals (2-4) -- noon CT (NFL Network); Delay 7 p.m. (NFL Network).

(Sunday, May 16)

Rhein Fire (3-3) at Berlin Thunder (5-1) -- 9:00 a.m. CT (DirecTV); Delay 7 p.m. CT (NFL Network).

Scottish Claymores (1-5) at Frankfurt Galaxy (5-1) -- 9:00 a.m. CT (DirecTV); Delay 7 p.m. CT (NFL Network).

Week 6 Results --

Cologne 28, Berlin 27 (Attendance: 10,164)

Rhein 20, Amsterdam 13 (Attendance: 18,790)

Frankfurt 15, Scotland 13 (Attendance: 9,017)

Packers In NFL-E --

Derek Combs, CB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 18 tackles (17 solo), 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 3 special teams tackles; 5 kickoff returns for 121 yards ... Last Week: Had 6 solo tackles on defense, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed. Returned all kickoffs, totaling 121 yards on 5 returns with a long of 63. Also returned one missed field goal for 47 yards.

Shockmain Davis, WR (Rhein Fire) -- 13 catches for 187 yards, 1 touchdown; 12 kickoff returns for 301 yards, 1 touchdown (93 yards) ... NFL-E co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1 ... Last week: Awarded the game's MVP award after recording 3 catches for 71 yards (23.7 avg.). 48 of his yards came on a TD reception after a 10-yard route before he broke multiple tackles to take the ball in the end zone, scoring Rhein's first TD of the game and setting the tone. Also returned 2 kickoffs for a total of 44 yards (22.0 avg.).

Tony Donald, TE (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 21 catches for 242 yards, 3 touchdowns ... Last week: Had four catches for 31 yards with an average of 7.8 and a long of 11.

Cullen Jenkins, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 10 tackles (8 solo) ... Last week: Made 1 tackle and had 2 quarterback pressures.

Jason Jimenez, T (Frankfurt Galaxy) -- 5 games played... Last week: Did not play -- practice squad.

Steve Josue, LB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack, 4 special teams tackles ... Last week: Started at linebacker but did not record any tackles.

Eric Powell, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 11 tackles (7 solo), 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 special teams tackle ... Last week: Had 3 tackles at defensive end and a team season-best 6 quarterback pressures. Also forced a fumble on the final kickoff of the game that was recovered by Avon Cobourne to seal a victory.

Erwin Swiney, CB (Cologne Centurions) -- 12 tackles (11 solo), 4 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery ... Last week: Recorded 1 pass breakup.

Walter Williams, RB (Rhein Fire) -- 3 carries, 1 yard ... suffered broken hand in Week 1 ... Last week: out 4-6 weeks (broken hand, 4/4).

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