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The offensive and defensive players of the week.

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Cleveland Browns halfback LEROY KELLY was the only back to break the 100-yard mark in week one.  Against a tough Packers run defense, Kelly rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 average) with two touchdowns.  Kelly also caught three passes for 33 yards and another touchdown.

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On the defensive side of the ball, Chicago Bears cornerback JOE TAYLOR picked up top honors with two clutch interceptions in the Bears’ 20-17 upset win over the Baltimore Colts.  Taylor twice picked off Earl Morrall passes in the red zone – one on the Chicago eight yard-line and the other on the Chicago four – which obviously were critical to the Bears’ three-point victory.  On special teams, Thomas also prevented a Colts possession near mid-field by recovering teammate Cecil Turner’s muffed punt.

 

 



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Some good games week 1. Looking forward to week 2. This was just a little before I started to get into sports, but definitely fun to read.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Some good games week 1. Looking forward to week 2. This was just a little before I started to get into sports, but definitely fun to read.


Thanks for checking out the results.  Week two has a few interesting match-ups.  Cleveland at Pittsburgh historically has been a rivalry game, but in 1968 the Steelers still were a work in progress.  (Chuck Noll would not take the helm for another year.)  It could be brutal.  Both Dallas and Baltimore will try to re-establish their dominance against a couple of teams (Washington and San Francisco) coming off strong performances.  "Black and Blue Division" rivals Detroit and Chicago, both of which had huge upset wins in week one, square off at Wrigley Field of all places.  (I might have to design a stadium for that one!)  And of course there's the continuing quest by the AFL to show the NFL that they can compete on the same level.

Cleveland (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0)
Philadelphia (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1)
Baltimore (0-1) at Washington (1-0)
New York (1-0) at Minnesota (1-0)
Dallas (0-1) at San Francisco (1-0)
Atlanta (0-1) at Los Angeles (1-0)
Detroit (1-0) at Chicago (1-0)

Inter-League Games:
Miami (0-0) at St. Louis (0-1)
Houston (0-0) at New Orleans (0-1)



-- Edited by boomer on Saturday 4th of March 2017 04:59:32 PM

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Two unexpectedly lopsided games so far in week two. 

In the first game, the Steelers slammed the Browns 30-10.  The Browns thought they could squeeze in a half with the disappointing Frank Ryan at the helm.  (In real life, Ryan was replaced for good by Bill Nelsen in week four of 1968 season.)  Ryan – 1 for 10 with three picks – more than lived up to his real-life self.  Nelsen was only 8 of 24 in the second half, but at least he didn’t hand the ball over to the opposition.  2-11-1 in the actual 1968 season, the Steelers are thinking playoffs.

In the second game, the Giants improved to 2-0 with a convincing 31-14 win against the Vikings.  Joe Kapp also threw three interceptions, including a 35-yard pick-six.  The turnover ratio was 5 to 1.

Cleveland Browns (1-1)       10
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)    30

Cleveland Highlights:
   L.Kelly (RB) – 16 rush for 79 yds
   E.Kellerman (DB) – 2 int
     
Steelers Highlights:
   D.Hoak (RB) – 18 rush for 81 yds and 1 TD
   E.Gros (RB) – 15 rush for 111 yds and 1 TD; 14-yd TD rec

New York Giants (2-0)      31
Minnesota Vikings (1-1)    14

New York Highlights:
   F.Tarkenton (QB) – 10 of 18 for 110 yds, 1 TD and 1 int; 6 rush for 44 yds
   E.Koy (RB) – 8 rush for 37 yds and 1 TD
   defense – 6 team sacks and 5 turnovers
     
Minnesota Highlights:
   B.Brown (RB) – 11 rush for 58 yds
   D.Osborn (RB) – 4 rush for 40 yds
   J.Kapp (QB) – 9 of 18 for 115 yds, 2 TD and 3 int



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Steelers and Giants manhandling the Browns and Vikings respectively. Impressive and surprising.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Steelers and Giants manhandling the Browns and Vikings respectively. Impressive and surprising.


 Vikings in '68 weren't super strong yet.......they finished 8-6, won their last 2 to sneak into the top spot in the division, only to lose to the Colts in the playoffs.

Bears actually had control of their own destiny heading into the final game.......but they lost at home 28-27 to the Packers to finish 7-7 (they owned the tiebreak vs Minny), fell behind 28-10 after 3 quarters but their rally came up short.



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The Giants don't have a good enough defense to rest on their early offensive laurels.  They were ahead of the Falcons 24-3 and got conservative on offense and almost let the Falcons back in the game.  The same with the Vikings, who pulled within 10 with about 6:00 left.  But in that game I decided the Giants needed to take a few more risks and not just try to grind out the clock and punt or settle for a field goal.  A few well-timed passes by Tarkenton helped the Giants keep their next drive going, and they scored a game-clinching touchdown to put the game away.  (Of course, a pick-six would have made that strategy look foolish.)  Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

I really thought the Browns might be unstoppable.  But Frank Ryan is awful and I have to give him some playing time.  Also, the Browns commit a lot of penalties (especially pass interference).  Their pass defense is excellent, but it comes at a price.  What I didn't mention in my summary was that Steeler QB Dick Shiner was only 3 of 15 with 2 picks.  Fortunately, their ground game and defensive turnovers picked up the slack.



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It really is amazing just how much the passing game has evolved........granted it was 50 years ago, but if a QB completed 55% of his passes he was considered a superstar. Look how many guys in your game are under 50%!!

I remember one of Stabler's cards when I used to play the football game as a kid, mid 70's, when he completed like 66% of his passes, it was like QB nirvana. Now quite a few guys are that high, and if you are under 60% you basically stink LOL........

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It really is amazing just how much the passing game has evolved........granted it was 50 years ago, but if a QB completed 55% of his passes he was considered a superstar. Look how many guys in your game are under 50%!!

I remember one of Stabler's cards when I used to play the football game as a kid, mid 70's, when he completed like 66% of his passes, it was like QB nirvana. Now quite a few guys are that high, and if you are under 60% you basically stink LOL........


But the yards per completion were higher back then (12.2 in 1968 vs 10.7 in 2016).  Many of the quarterbacks' cards reflect that by being pretty good on short and long pass (especially guessed wrong), but not so good on flat and look-in.  The real killer is the interceptions.  Some quarterbacks have multiple interceptions on guessed right.  I think Frank Ryan has an interception on 4 and 10.



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nacster wrote:

It really is amazing just how much the passing game has evolved........granted it was 50 years ago, but if a QB completed 55% of his passes he was considered a superstar. Look how many guys in your game are under 50%!!

I remember one of Stabler's cards when I used to play the football game as a kid, mid 70's, when he completed like 66% of his passes, it was like QB nirvana. Now quite a few guys are that high, and if you are under 60% you basically stink LOL........


But the yards per completion were higher back then (12.2 in 1968 vs 10.7 in 2016).  Many of the quarterbacks' cards reflect that by being pretty good on short and long pass (especially guessed wrong), but not so good on flat and look-in.  The real killer is the interceptions.  Some quarterbacks have multiple interceptions on guessed right.  I think Frank Ryan has an interception on 4 and 10.


 Yes because the short passing game had not yet been discovered as a weapon....more long passes meant longer gains, but less completions and more picks.  I remember lots of cards back then where the receivers averaged 18-20 yards per catch (or more) and their long pass columns were jacked full of long gains on easy rolls.



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The upsets keep rolling in.  The Baltimore Colts are now in full panic mode as they drop their second straight, 26-20 to the Redskins.  With eight minutes left in the game and down 23-17, the Colts had a first and goal at the Washington two yard-line (compliments of a 62-yard punt return by Rick Volk).  But the Skins forced a field goal, which turned out to be the turning point in the game.  The Colts never got another chance.  

Earl Morrall continued to supply defensive players of the week with his inaccurate throwing, as strong safety Brig Owens nabbed three of Morrall’s four picks.  Morrall has seven so far in the tournament.  Sonny Jurgenson, on the other hand, has completed 70% of his passes and has not thrown a single interception in two games.

Next week, the 2-0 Redskins face off against the 2-0 Giants to determine first place in the NFL's Capitol Division (unless, of course, the game ends in a tie).

                             1   2   3   4    F
Baltimore Colts
(0-2)        7   3   0  10   20
Washington Redskins (2-0)   13   7   3   3   26


Statistical Highlights:
S.Jurgensen (WAS) – 18/27, 191 yds, 2 TD
B.Owens (WAS) – 3 int, 5 tkls
C.Hanburger (WAS) – 3 sacks, 9 tkls
T.Matte (BAL) – 13 rush 58 yds, 2 TD, 4 rec 52 yds



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San Francisco more than doubled Dallas in total yards (351-170) and had a 10  minute time-of-possession advantage, but most of the 49ers’ offensive advantage came in the first half.  The Cowboys shut down John Brodie & Company in the second half to pull out the victory despite another dismal performance by Dandy Don Meredith (8 of 21 for 51 yards).

                            1   2   3   4    F
Dallas Cowboys
(1-1)       10  10   0   7   27
San Francisco 49ers (1-1)   7   6   0   0   13

Statistical Highlights:
C.Baynham (DAL) – 7 rush 64 yds, 2 TD
C.Green (DAL) – 2 int, 6 tkls
K.Willard (SF) – 21 rush 70 yds
J.Brodie (SF) - 16/34, 244 yds, TD, 3 int



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The Lions vs Bears game at Wrigley Field is underway.  After a 67-yard run by Brian Piccolo put the Bears on the Lions' 6 yard-line, the Bears were called for holding on a touchdown run by Ronnie Bull.  On the next play, Gale Sayers would get most of that back with a 14-yard run around right end.  But the Bears would have to settle for a field goal.  The Lions now lead 14-3 in the second quarter.

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Love the dirt on the field at Wrigley!!!

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Following along. Go Rams!

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