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Kory Chapman NFLEL Diary -- Week 7

Over the course of the next few months, Patriots running back Kory Chapman will chronicle for readers his experiences playing this spring in NFL Europe for the Cologne Centurions.

This week's game (a 23-17 win over Berlin) went very well. Anytime after a win it always goes well. I wasn't so much worried about the stats (Chapman rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries) but I felt like I took the team upon my shoulders and felt like I wanted to be there to do everything in my power to help my team win and that's what we ended up doing.

It hasn't been a problem splitting carries. Me and Keylon [Kincade] since coming here we've been friends and since we came over here both of us have just fallen into rhythm. Some days I feel it and some days he's on and we just keep passing the ball that way. Apparently Coach [Peter Vaas] made that call to give us the ball and every time we get the opportunity to run the ball we both run hard. So, when coach calls your number to run you always have to be prepared to run.

After winning it always feels good. But we still know there's still a long season to go. We still have four games left and we're going to focus on the next game and just keep pushing. Hopefully we can win out and get an opportunity to play in the World Bowl. I think that would be cool. But we can't focus on that right now because we just have to worry about Frankfurt this week. After that, everything else will take care of itself.

We know [Frankfurt] is going to come at us with all kinds of tricks like they did the first game (a 23-14 Cologne win). We're just going to watch a little more film and come into this game ready to play like we did last week. Coach was saying after their loss last week that they're going to come in all fired up and ready to play because we're going to be in their stadium.

After the way we played in the first half we know they're going to come at us ready to play. After our two-game losing streak I think from now on we're always going to be jacked up and ready to play. It should be a good game.

I talked to some of the other Patriots (Cedric James, Ricky Bryant) when we played against their teams. But other than that I don't get many opportunities to talk to them. They're kind of doing their thing and I'm here doing mine so there aren't a lot of chances to see everyone. But I look at some of the articles in the newspapers and stuff and see that they keep up with all of us so I just go off of what I read in the articles.

I haven't played in the NFL yet other than during the preseason so I can't really explain all the differences between the NFL and playing in Europe. But the only differences I can really see so far between playing at home and playing here is the crowds. The attendance hasn't always been real strong. But lately our crowd support has been growing. There's been a lot of enthusiasm at our stadium recently, especially with us starting to play well and put some wins on the board. Hopefully we'll be able to keep that going and, like I said, make it to the World Bowl and win another championship.

As told to Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo

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