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NFL Europe Week 8 Preview


Week 8 will kickoff earlier than usual when the Scottish Claymores (1-6) and the Amsterdam Admirals (3-4) face off, Friday.

With no hopes of reaching the World Bowl for either team, Friday's match-up features two teams playing for pride.

The Admirals will look to post its first winning season since 1998, while the Claymores hope to play the role of spoiler as they continue to search for their second victory of the season.

Packers tight end Tony Donald leads the Admirals in scoring with four touchdowns on the season.

The game will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. CT on DirecTV, with a tape delay airing at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network.

Fans could get a preview of World Bowl XII, Saturday, when the Berlin Thunder (6-1) travel to Frankfurt to face the Galaxy (6-1) for the first of at least two meetings this season.

Berlin became the first team in NFL-E history to clinch a World Bowl berth as early as Week 7, while the Galaxy can claim the other spot in the league's championship game with one more victory.

Overall, Frankfurt has a 6-4 advantage in the series, but the Thunder won the last meeting between the two teams, 27-14, in Week 10 last season.

Packers safety Darren Sharper will make his second appearance as an analyst for NFL Network when the game is broadcast live at noon CT, with a tape delay airing at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network.

The Rhein Fire (3-4) will look to stay in contention for the World Bowl when they travel to Cologne to face the Centurions (2-5), Sunday.

Rhein handed Cologne a loss in Week 1, 26-25. It was the Centurions' first game in franchise history.

Despite the losing record, the Centurions have since put together the league's top ranked overall offense and defense, but the Fire will look to take advantage of the Centurions' shortcomings in the turnover category, where Cologne holds a minus-8 margin, including nine turnovers in the last two games.

The Fire, meanwhile, can claim the final spot in the championship game if they win their remaining three games and Frankfurt loses three straight.

The game will be broadcast on FOX at 1 p.m. CT.

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Week 8 Preview --

(Friday, May 21)

Scottish Claymores (1-6) at Amsterdam Admirals (3-4) -- 1 p.m. CT (DirecTV); Delay 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

(Saturday, May 22)

Berlin Thunder (6-1) at Frankfurt Galaxy (6-1) -- noon CT (NFL Network); Delay 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

(Sunday, May 23)

Rhein Fire (3-4) at Cologne Centurions (2-5) - Delay 1 p.m. CT (FOX)

Packers In NFL-E --

Derek Combs, CB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 18 tackles (17 solo), 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 3 special teams tackles; 7 kickoff returns for 154 yards ... Last Week: Started at corner, tipped a pass into teammates hands for an interception. Also returned 2 kickoffs for 33 yards.

Shockmain Davis, WR (Rhein Fire) -- 20 catches for 273 yards, 1 touchdown; 16 kickoff returns for 454 yards, 2 touchdowns (93 and 87 yards) ... NFL-E co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1 ... Last week: Started at WR, ranking second on the team with 7 catches that were good for 86 yards (12.3 avg.) with a long of 21. Also returned 4 kickoffs for 153 yards (38.3 avg.), including a long of 87 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, his second kickoff return for a TD of the season.

Tony Donald, TE (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 26 catches for 295 yards, 4 touchdowns ... Last week: Recorded 5 receptions for 53 yards and 1 touchdown. Long catch of 13 and average of 10.6.

Cullen Jenkins, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 12 tackles (10 solo) ... Last week: Recorded 1 tackle and 1 quarterback pressure. vs. Berlin.

Jason Jimenez, T (Frankfurt Galaxy) -- 7 games played... Last week: Contributed to team gaining 167 rushing yards on 31 carries (5.4 avg.) with 2 scores on the ground versus the league's top-ranked defense.

Steve Josue, LB (Amsterdam Admirals) -- 11 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, 1 interception, 4 special teams tackles ... Last week: Had 2 solo tackles and 1 assist on defense. Also had 1 pass defensed and 1 interception in the end zone which resulted in a touchback.

Eric Powell, DE (Cologne Centurions) -- 13 tackles (8 solo), 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 special teams tackle ... Last week: Registered 2 tackles and 1 quarterback pressure. vs. Berlin.

Erwin Swiney, CB (Cologne Centurions) -- 18 tackles (17 solo), 6 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery ... Last week: Had a season-best 6 tackles, including 1 for a loss of 3 yards. Also recorded his first interception of the season in the third quarter vs. Berlin.

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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