What a weekend!
Week 4 of the NFL Europe League season was packed with action as a new touchdown record was set, one team remained undefeated and all the games were close, with all three being decided by 10 points-or-less.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Chad Lucas became the first player in NFL Europe history to catch four touchdown passes in a game, helping the Amsterdam Admirals improve to 3-1 with a thrilling 38-31 road win over the Berlin Thunder. Amsterdam quarterbacks Gibran Hamdan (Seattle Seahawks) and Jared Allen (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) each threw two touchdowns to Lucas, who finished with six receptions for 120 yards.
"The record means a lot because it just goes to show that hard work pays off," said Lucas. "I caught four touchdowns tonight, but if everybody else wasn't doing their job, I wouldn't have caught those touchdowns."
The Rhein Fire remained perfect, moving to 4-0 with a 31-21 victory over the Hamburg Sea Devils in front of 18,324 fans at LTU Arena in Düsseldorf.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Henson completed 15 of 23 passes (65.2 percent) for 192 yards with two touchdowns for a 120.2 passer rating for the Rhein Fire. Both of Henson's TDs went to New England Patriots wide receiver Zuriel Smith.
"Drew Henson stepped up and was a major factor in us winning this football game," said Fire head coach Jim Tomsula.
In Frankfurt, a spirited crowd of 23,125 watched the Galaxy's 21-14 victory over the Cologne Centurions.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Walter Young hauled in two touchdowns for Frankfurt, finishing with five catches for 70 yards.
"We came out and did what we came to do," said Young. "It was a good team win."
Arizona Cardinals running back Roger Robinson, the league's leading rusher, ran for 128 yards and one score, his third 100-yard game this season.
"The offense played well as a whole," said Robinson, who has rushed for 476 yards this year. "It was a lot of fun."
GREEN BAY PACKERS
S Atari Bigby, Amsterdam Admirals
ied for team lead with 7 tackles against Berlin.
WR Vince Butler, Amsterdam Admirals
Saw action against Berlin.
CB Therrian Fontenot, Rhein Fire
Had 1 tackle and 1 pass defensed against Hamburg.
TE Tory Humphrey, Amsterdam Admirals
Caught 2 passes for 22 yards against Berlin.
WR Chad Lucas, Amsterdam Admirals
Set NFL Europe League record with 4 touchdown receptions (10, 5, 19, 50) against Berlin. Totaled 6 receptions for 120 yards.
DE Jerome Nichols, Frankfurt Galaxy
Registered 3 tackles against Cologne.
G Pete Traynor, Rhein Fire
Started against Hamburg.
QB Brian Wrobel, Berlin Thunder
Completed 5 of 12 passes for 47 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass against Amsterdam. Added 24 yards rushing and a 4-yard touchdown run.
NFL Europe League Standings
Rhein Fire (4-0-0)
Amsterdam Admirals (3-1-0)
Frankfurt Galaxy (2-2-0)
Berlin Thunder (1-2-1)
Cologne Centurions (1-3-0)
Hamburg Sea Devils (0-3-1)
Week 4 Results
Amsterdam 38, BERLIN 31
RHEIN 31, Hamburg 21
FRANKFURT 21, Cologne 14
Week 5 Television Schedule
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Frankfurt at Hamburg, 12:00 PM ET (Live), NFL Network
Rhein at Amsterdam, 4:00 PM ET, NFL Network
Monday, April 17, 2006
Cologne at Berlin, 12:00 PM ET (Live), NFL Network