I’m using Lee Young’s APBA set to conduct a modified NFL replay of the 1998 season. I am replaying the schedules of 10 teams (5 AFC/5 NFC) who finished with 10 or more victories, consisting of 137 games, the playoffs and Super Bowl XXXIII. The remaining games will be determined by using Mike Selock’s “Two-Minute Drill” game. I’ve play tested his game and am thoroughly impressed with the overall results. In my opinion, his game will provide increased accuracy compared to APBA with regard to overall team records. I’m extremely impressed with his add-on feature for obtaining offensive skill player statistics; however, I will not be using this aspect during the replay.
Synopses of the teams I will be using:
Dallas Cowboys (10-6). Although Troy Aikman missed time due to injury, this was the last relevant season for the “Triplet’s”. Emmitt Smith rushed for 1332 yards and Michael Irvin had 74 receptions for 1057 yards. The Cowboys had a top ten rated defense that were ranked 3rd in points allowed.
Green Bay Packers (11-5). The Packers were solid on both sides of the ball, ranked 4th in offense and 5th in defense. Brett Favre passed for 31 TDs and 4212 yards. Antonio Freeman led the league in receiving yards with 1424. Reggie White led the NFC in sacks with 16.0.
Atlanta Falcons (14-2). Both offensive and defensive units were ranked 4th in scoring and points allowed. Chris Chandler posted a 100.9 QB rating. Terance Mathis and Tony Martin each had over 1,000 yards in receiving. Jamal Anderson led the league in rushing attempts with 410 and gained 1846 yards.
San Francisco 49ers (12-4). The 49ers had the top rated offense in the NFL and ranked 3rd in scoring. Steve Young threw 36 TDs and passed for 4170 yards resulting in a QB rating of 101.1. Garrison Hearst averaged 5.1 yards per carry and gained 1570 yards. Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens each posted 1,000 yard seasons. Their defense anchored by double digit sack masters, Chris Doleman and Roy Barker, sacked opposing QBs 51 times.
Minnesota Vikings (15-1). This Viking’s team probably was the greatest team in NFL history not to win a championship. They boasted the 2nd best offense in the league but set a NFL record for most points scored in a single season with 556. Randall Cunningham was the top rated passer in the NFL with a rating of 106.0. He completed 60.9% of his passes for 3704 yards and threw 34 TDs. Robert Smith averaged 4.8 yards per carry and ran for 1187 yards. Perennial All-Pro, Chris Carter, had 78 catches for 1011. Rookie phenom, Randy Moss, had 69 receptions for 1313. Gary Anderson was a perfect 35 of 35 in FG attempts during the regular season.
New York Jets (12-4). Vinny and the Jets won their first AFC East crown since the merger. It was Vinny Testaverde’s signature season; he registered an AFC best 101.6 QB rating. Bill Parcell’s squad had the 4th ranked offense and 7th best defense in the league. The Bill Belichick coached defense allowed the second fewest points in the league. Newcomer, Curtis Martin, rushed for 1287 yards and the receiving tandem of Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet each had over a 1,000 yards.
Buffalo Bills (10-6). Western New Yorkers loved Doug Flutie so much; he had a cereal named after him “Flutie Flakes”. Antowain Smith powered a rushing attack that averaged 135.0 yards per game (3rd best in NFL) and the Bills defensive front only allowed 93.0 yards per game on the ground. The Bills were ranked 6th in the NFL on offense and defense.
Miami Dolphins (10-6). This was Dan Marino’s last season of passing for over 3,000 yards and 20 TDs. O.J. McDuffie led the league with 90 receptions. The Dolphins had a stingy defense that allowed the least amount of points in the league and was ranked 3rd in the NFL. Shutdown corners, Terrell Buckley and Sam Madison, each had 8 interceptions resulting in the Dolphins leading the league in interceptions with 24.
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5). The Jaguars posted a top-10 rated offense. Pro Bowler, Jimmie Smith, had 78 catches for 1182 yards and rookie, Fred Taylor, averaged 4.6 yards per carry for 1223 yards and 14 TDs. All-Pro tackle, Tony Boseli, anchored an offensive line that averaged 131.3 rushing yards per game. Mark Brunell tossed 20 TDs before missing the final 3 games of the regular season.
Denver Broncos (14–2). The Broncos high scoring offense (2nd in NFL) paved the way for their second consecutive Super Bowl Championship. John Elway missed 3 games but still posted 22 TDs and a QB rating of 93.0. The receiving duo of Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey each eclipsed a 1,000 yards receiving. League MVP, Terrell Davis, averaged 5.1 yards per carry for an average of 125.5 yards per game resulting in a total of 2008 yards. Seven offensive starters were elected to the Pro Bowl and two were voted All-Pro. Often playing with a lead, the Broncos defense only allowed an average of 80.4 yards rushing per game.