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I had such a blast with my 1970 Sports Illustrated Baseball tournament that I thought I would give an NFL tournament a shot, this time using Strat-O-Matic.  Like 1970 for baseball, 1968 was the first full year I followed the game (primarily the Cleveland Browns).  The players from both years hold a special place in my memory of the two sports.  To me in 1968, people like Nelsen and Kelly, Butkus and Sayers, Morrall and Matte, Jones and Olsen, and Eller and Page were football gods.  Fitting they should show their stuff on Sunday.

I thought I would start with seven games for each of the NFL teams - one game against each division denizen, three more against non-division opponents, and one game against an AFL team.  I might add more NFL games (and possibly AFL intraleague play as well).  I anticipate that six NFL teams will advance to the playoffs. 

Because I believe (despite the outcome of Super Bowl III) the NFL was a clearly superior league and would remain so for several years to come (even after being renamed, for the most part, the NFC), I have tweaked the game a bit to give the NFL teams what I believe is an appropriate (though ultimately theoretical) edge.  The AFL will win some games, I'm sure, and maybe even pull off an upset or two.  But the NFL undoubtedly will dominate the line of scrimmage and otherwise have a slight offensive and defensive edge (including my brilliant coaching).  My two preseason "test" games indicate interleague play will be interesting.  In the first game, the Colts toyed with the Bills, winning 28-7 without seeming to put much effort into the victory.  In the second game, the Oakland Raiders and Daryle Lamonica (21 of 34 for 267 yards) jumped out to a 24-0 lead against the lowly Steelers.  However, in the second half Pittsburgh and Dick Shiner (23 of 41 for a whopping 396 yards) returned the favor, outscoring the complacent Raiders 23-6 to finish just seven shy of a tie.

Week one features two interleague games and seven NFL match-ups:

Washington at Denver
Pittsburgh at San Diego
Detroit at Dallas
Atlanta at New York (Giants)
Los Angeles at Philadelphia
Chicago at Baltimore
Green Bay at Cleveland
San Francisco at St. Louis
Minnesota at New Orleans



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YES!.........definitely following this project.........especially my Giants, who after a strong start (4-0, was 7-3 at one point) lost their last 4 to finish 7-7. They weren't going to catch Dallas at 12-2 anyways......they were mid-pack in both offense and defense, in both passing and rushing............one of the most 7-7 teams ever LOL.

Homer Jones averaged 23.5 yards per catch, as a youth I remember his Strat cards were basically all long gains (45 catches for 1057 yards).

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I was just on the football reference site, and found something very interesting, showing just how the game has changed.

Now granted, it is 50 years ago.......but the Cardinals had a guy named Chuck Latourette.........number #26, 6 foot tall, 190 pounds, from Rice, was a running back in college.

In 1968 he led the league in punt returns, punt return yardage, and punt return average, averaging 12.3 yards per return, running one back for a TD.

He also led the league in kick returns and kick return yardage. Plus he led the league in all purpose yards (which nowadays is a much more heralded stat).

But get this...........he was also THE TEAM'S PUNTER!!!!!!..........averaging 41.6 yards per kick on 65 punts!

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Mark your calendar for week five, when the Jets take on the Giants at Yankee Stadium! The following week, the Colts travel to Shea to face the Jets in a rematch of Super Bowl III.

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nacster wrote:

I was just on the football reference site, and found something very interesting, showing just how the game has changed.

Now granted, it is 50 years ago.......but the Cardinals had a guy named Chuck Latourette.........number #26, 6 foot tall, 190 pounds, from Rice, was a running back in college.

In 1968 he led the league in punt returns, punt return yardage, and punt return average, averaging 12.3 yards per return, running one back for a TD.

He also led the league in kick returns and kick return yardage. Plus he led the league in all purpose yards (which nowadays is a much more heralded stat).

But get this...........he was also THE TEAM'S PUNTER!!!!!!..........averaging 41.6 yards per kick on 65 punts!


 
Latourette's special teams card.



-- Edited by boomer on Saturday 18th of February 2017 11:36:56 AM

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The tournament kicks off with two interleague Saturday match-ups.  In the first game, the Denver Broncos host the Washington Redskins.  In the second game, the San Diego Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hopes were high (perhaps even mile high) for the young AFL in the first game, but mere hopes don’t put points on the board.  The Redskins dominated throughout the contest, and were even able to provide needed rest to quarterback Sonny Jurgensen in the second half.  Jurgensen was 13 of 17 for 237 yards and 2 TDs.  Back-up Jim Ninowski was almost as effective, hitting on 8 of 12 for 116 yards and 1 TD.  The star of the game, however, was split end Charley Taylor, who caught 5 passes for 182 yards and 2 TDs.

 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

 

   

Total 

1968 Washington

16  

10  

14 

 

40   

1968 Denver

0  

 

3   

Scoring Plays
QtrClockPossScoring Description (Extra Point)Score
111:241968 WashingtonP.Larson 1 yd. run (C.Gogolak kick)7-0 WAN
14:391968 WashingtonSafety, M.Briscoe sacked by J.Rutgens in the end zone9-0 WAN
12:361968 WashingtonC.Taylor 47 yd. pass from S.Jurgensen (C.Gogolak kick)16-0 WAN
213:271968 WashingtonC.Gogolak 20 yd. field goal19-0 WAN
21:301968 WashingtonJ.Smith 7 yd. pass from S.Jurgensen (C.Gogolak kick)26-0 WAN
31:591968 DenverB.Howfield 39 yd. field goal26-3 WAN
412:391968 WashingtonP.Richter 5 yd. pass from H.Theofilides (C.Gogolak kick)33-3 WAN
410:131968 WashingtonC.Taylor 13 yd. pass from J.Ninowski (C.Gogolak kick)40-3 WAN

Team Statistics

 1968 Washington1968 Denver
First Downs by Rush-Pass-Pen-Total7-19-0-263-6-0-9
Third Down Efficiency5-10-50%3-12-25%
Fourth Down Efficiency0-0-0%0-1-0%
Red Zone Efficiency (pts-poss-pct)31-42-74%3-14-21%
Total Offense-Plays-Avg Yards Per Play493-65-7.6152-51-3.0
Total Net Yards Rushing13593
Total Rushes3526
Average Per Rush3.93.6
Passes Completed/Attempted22/30 (73.3%)6/22 (27.3%)
Net Yards Passing35859
Avg Yards Per Pass11.93.5
Sacked/Yards Lost0/03/17
Punts/Average2/35.56/44.2
Punts Received/Return Yardage5/350/0
Kickoffs/Returns0/04/77
Interceptions/Returns2/161/16
Penalties/Yards2/107/45
Total Fumbles/Fumbles Lost3/20/0
Time of Possession34 mins 16 secs25 mins 44 secs
Average Drive StartWAN 32DEA 27


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Passing Stats

 AttCompYdsComp %Yds/AttTDTD %INTINT %LongSackRating
1968 Washington
Sonny Jurgensen171323776.513.9211.800480/0157.1
Jim Ninowski12811666.79.718.318.3320/091.0
Harry Theofilides115100.05.01100.00050/0127.1
1968 Denver
Marlin Briscoe1856227.83.400211.1153/171.9
Jim M. LeClair411425.03.50000140/041.7

Rushing Stats

 NoYdsAvgLongTD2 Pt ConvFumbles/Lost
1968 Washington
Gerry Allen10272.715000/0
Bob Brunet10262.66001/1
A.D. Whitfield5377.416001/0
Pete Larson5122.47100/0
Steve Thurlow4276.816000/0
Sonny Jurgensen166.06001/1
1968 Denver
Fran Lynch10414.19000/0
Floyd Little8263.38000/0
Terry Erwin3113.78000/0
Marlin Briscoe341.34000/0
Brendan McCarthy155.05000/0
Garrett Ford166.06000/0

Receiving Stats

 NoYdsAvgLongTD2 Pt Conv
1968 Washington
Charley Taylor518236.44820
Pat Richter55611.21510
Bob Brunet3248.01300
Jerry Smith33511.71510
Bobby Mitchell22814.01500
Pete Larson2168.01300
Gerry Allen11010.01000
A.D. Whitfield177.0700
1968 Denver
Eric Crabtree22613.01300
Jimmy Jones11414.01400
Fran Lynch11414.01400
Al Denson11515.01500
Mike Haffner177.0700


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One thing I noticed with the game when GaryNJH did a Vikings replay, is the amount of time backup QB's play in a game. Now it could be the era, but I wonder if you would get that situation nowadays. Example, this year with Brady and Garappolo (and Brissett). Brady played, what 12 full games? The other guys split 4. But would it be a situation where Brady comes out for numerous plays scattered throughout the season to adjust for usage?

FYI, in real life, Jurgy started started 12 games, Ninowski started 2, but played in 7 total.

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nacster wrote:

One thing I noticed with the game when GaryNJH did a Vikings replay, is the amount of time backup QB's play in a game. Now it could be the era, but I wonder if you would get that situation nowadays. Example, this year with Brady and Garappolo (and Brissett). Brady played, what 12 full games? The other guys split 4. But would it be a situation where Brady comes out for numerous plays scattered throughout the season to adjust for usage?

FYI, in real life, Jurgy started started 12 games, Ninowski started 2, but played in 7 total.


Using a particular formula I developed, I've divided all QB time into halves.  For example, in seven games, Jurgensen must play 11 halves and Ninowski must play 3.  I choose which halves.  I thought about playing Ninowski the entire game so I could check off two of his halves.  Instead, I thought I'd see how well the Redskins played in the first half with Jurgensen.  26-0 made it a no-brainer.  I also have a formula for backs and receivers to appropriately limit their touches (though the computer does have a helpful in-game rest system that rotates these skill players).  I don't need to (and therefore don't) use injuries.

So far I've done half of the NFL teams and only the Rams have a quarterback (Roman Gabriel) who can play 100% of the time.  Some have three QBs that must play (e.g., Chicago).  The game has a "QB Starter File" option that automatically starts the QB who actually started a particular game.  Of course, you need to play the actual schedule (I'm not) and I don't think the file accounts for QBs that play later in the game.



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The AFL sought revenge in the second game of the interleague twin-bill and came up short.  John Hadl and the Chargers started out strong with a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play.  But the Steelers, looking like the championship team they would become in the next decade, were just too tough on the ground and in the air.

For Pittsburgh, quarterback Dick Shiner was 18 of 25 for 234 yards and four TDs (two to flanker J.R. Wilburn).  Running backs Dick Hoak and Earl Gros pounded out 81 and 87 rushing yards, respectively.

There were few bright spots for the Chargers.  John Hadl was 14 of 27 for 210 yards with one TD and one pick.

Well, maybe the AFL will have better luck next week when the Miami Dolphins travel to Busch Memorial Stadium to take on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Oilers head over to New Orleans to tackle the Saints.  The NFL is feeling pretty arrogant right now.


                  1     2     3     4      T
Pittsburgh        7    14     0    14     35
San Diego        14     3     0     0     17

SCORING PLAYS
Qtr  Clock  Description (Extra Point)
1    13:12  San Diego - J.MacKinnon 39 yard pass from J.Hadl (D.Partee kick)
1     6:17  Pittsburgh - J.Wilburn 9 yard pass from D.Shiner (B.Lusteg kick)
1     2:18  San Diego - R.Smith 2 yard run (D.Partee kick)
2     9:34  Pittsburgh - J.Wilburn 9 yard pass from D.Shiner (B.Lusteg kick)
2     5:30  Pittsburgh - J.Hilton 23 yard pass from D.Shiner (B.Lusteg kick)
2     0:15  San Diego - D.Partee 19 yard field goal
4    12:10  Pittsburgh - D.Hoak 6 yard pass from D.Shiner (B.Lusteg kick)
4     4:47  Pittsburgh - D.Hoak 3 yard run (B.Lusteg kick)

TEAM STATISTICS        PIT      SD
First Downs             28      17
Total Offense          405     296
Rushing
   Attempts             40      24
   Yards               178      98
   Average             4.4     4.1
Passing
   Attempts             25      31
   Completions          18      16
   Percent Complete   72.0    51.6
   Yards               227     198
   Average/Pass        9.4     7.2
   Interceptions         0       2
Punts-Average       3-47.0  3-46.0
Penalties-Yards        0-0    6-51
Fumbles-Lost           1-0     1-0
Time of Possession   34:36   25:24



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**** FINAL SCORE ALERT ****

Chicago Bears (1-0)     20
Baltimore Colts (0-1)   17

Chicago Highlights:

  • five team sacks
  • B.Piccolo (RB) – 73 rushing yards on 6 carries
  • J.Taylor (CB) - 2 interceptions, 5 tackles and 1 fumble recovery
  • G.Sayers (RB) - 44 rushing yards on 10 carries; 40-yard TD run after fumble recovery

Baltimore Highlights:

  • E.Morrall (QB) – 22 of 39 for 294 yds, 1 TD and 3 interceptions
  • J.Mackey (TE) - 8 receptions for 110 yards


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**** FINAL SCORE ALERT ****

Los Angeles Rams (1-0)      31
Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)   15

Los Angeles Highlights:

  • R.Gabriel (QB) – 16 of 23 for 239 yds and 1 int
  • W.Ellison (RB) – 11 rush for 61 yds and 2 TD
  • J.Snow (WR) – 3 rec for 108 yds
  • C.Williams (DB) – 2 int

Philadelphia Highlights:

  • N.Snead (QB) – 21 of 41 for 260 yds, 1 TD and 2 int
  • G.Ballman (WR) - 4 rec for 64 yds and 1 TD


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**** FINAL SCORE ALERT ****

Minnesota Vikings (1-0)   25
New Orleans Saints (0-1)   3

Minnesota Highlights:

  • defense - 106 total yards allowed and 4 sacks
  • B.Brown (RB) - 22 rush for 98 yds and 1 TD
  • J.Kapp (QB) – 8 of 16 for 102 yds and 1 TD

New Orleans Highlights:

  • defense – 4 sacks
  • B.Kilmer (QB) – 10 of 28 for 81 yds


-- Edited by boomer on Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:59:32 PM

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A couple more games.  The Browns display their offensive might, while the Cowboys go the way of the Colts by being upset at home against a black-and-blue division team.


Green Bay Packers (0-1)   26
Cleveland Browns (1-0)    38

Cleveland Highlights:
  
L.Kelly (RB) – 110 rush yds on 18 att and 2 TDs; 3 rec for 33 yds and 1 TD
   B.Nelsen (QB) – 16 of 24 for 263 yds and 2 TDs
   P.Warfield (WR) – 4 rec for 114 yds
   W.Johnson (DE) – 3 sacks

Green Bay Highlights:
   B.Starr (QB) – 13 of 24 for 204 yds and 1 TD
   J.Grabowski (RB) – 56 yds on 8 att
   E.Pitts (RB) – 55 yds on 6 att and 1 TD


Detroit Lions (1-0)    24
Dallas Cowboys (0-1)   10

Detroit Highlights:
   B.Munson (QB) – 12 of 22 for 112 yds and 2 TDs
   M.Farr (RB) – 57 yds on 12 att and 1 TD
   B.Triplett (RB) – 45 yds on 11 att; 2 rec for 14 yds
  
Dallas Highlights:
   5 team sacks
  
B.Hayes (WR) – 5 rec for 92 yds and 1 TD   
   D.Meredith (QB) – 13 of 32    for 160 yds, 1 TD and 1 int



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The final two games of the first week of action.  In the first game, the New York Football Giants almost (but not quite) let what seemed to be a sure victory slip away.  Randy Johnson replaced Bob Berry at quarterback in the second half and brought the Falcons back to within one score with two minutes left on the clock.  In the second game, San Francisco quarterback John Brodie had a solid outing.  He completed 74% of his passes, including a 50-yard scoring strike to tight end John David Crow in the waning moments of the first half.
 
Atlanta Falcons (0-1)    17
New York Giants (1-0)    24

Atlanta Highlights:
   R.Johnson (QB) – 9 of 18 for 143 yds and 1 TD (half game)
   B.Long (WR) – 3 rec for 78 yds and 1 TD
     
New York Highlights:
   F.Tarkenton (QB) – 11 of 22 for 152 yds and 1 TD; 4 rush for 29 yds
   T.Frederickson (RB) – 13 rush for 52 yds and 1 TD
   5 team sacks

San Francisco 49ers (1-0)    34
St. Louis Cardinals (0-1)    20

San Francisco Highlights:
   J.Brodie (QB) – 17 of 23 for 229 yds and 2 TD
   A.Randolph (DB) – 77 yd pick-six
   G.Lewis (RB) – 9 rush for 53 yds
   C.McNeil (WR) – 5 rec for 78 yds and 1 TD
     
St. Louis Highlights:
   J.Smith (TE) – 6 rec for 90 yds
   J.Roland (RB) – 8 rush for 47 yds and 2 TD
   J.Hart (QB) – 14 of 32 for 167 yds and 1 int



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 3rd of March 2017 09:03:30 PM

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