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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Friday, August 11, 7:30 pm
ATLANTIC CITY2½ (39)Baltimore
Saturday, August 12, 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON4 (46)Connecticut
PROVIDENCE4½ (45)Delaware
PHILADELPHIA5 (42)Pittsburgh
NEW YORK1 (41)Syracuse
Sunday, August 13, 10:00 am
Richmond3 (46) ALBANY
home team in CAPS

Week 1 Results

August 11, 2006
at Atlantic City
Atlantic City 25, Baltimore 18
Atlantic City (1‑0) exploded for 19 fourth quarter points to top Baltimore (0‑1). Tiki Barber put the winners in front to stay on a 37‑yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Antonio Chatman would later add an insurance score on an 86‑yard punt return. Barber had more than 100 yards both on the ground and through the air. Eddie Kennison had two touchdown catches in the losing cause.
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August 12, 2006
at Washington
Washington 30, Connecticut 29
David Akers booted a 26-yard field goal with 1:30 to go to cap the Washington (1‑0) rally that defeated Connecticut (0‑1). A 60-yard interception return for a score by Chris Clemons extended the losers’ lead to 8 with 8:47 left. The winners came right back to cut the deficit to 2 on a 22‑yard touchdown pass from Duante Culpepper to Hines Ward. After a Connecticut punt, the Capitols drove 43 yards in 10 plays to set up Akers.
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August 12, 2006
at Philadelphia
Philadelphia 21, Pittsburgh 14
Plaxico Burress caught a 44-yard scoring pass from Brett Favre with 12:34 remaining to break a 14‑14 tie and give Philadelphia (1‑0) the winning margin over Pittsburgh (0‑1). Burress finished with nine receptions for 110 yards. The game featured 15 turnovers with the losers picking off Favre an astounding seven times and the Lakers picking off Chad Pennington four times. Ty Warren took one pick 73 yards for an Ironmen touchdown in the second quarter. Donald Driver had 100 yards on six catches in the losing cause.
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August 12, 2006
at New York
Syracuse 24, New York 7
Syracuse (1‑0) got 177 yards on the ground and three Jay Feely field goals on their way to a dominating win over New York (0‑1). Clinton Portis had 110 yards on the ground and Laveranues Coles caught 10 Mark Brunell passes for 114 yards. Brian Westbrook had 61 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving including a 33‑yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. The losers managed only 233 total yards and lost the time of possession battle by more than 10 minutes.
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August 13, 2006
at Albany
Albany 31, Richmond 17
Trent Green threw four touchdown passes, two each to Santana Moss and Reche Caldwell as Albany (1‑0) never trailed against defending EFL champion Richmond (0‑1). Losing quarterback Donovan McNabb was “bombs-away” throughout the contest, and although he completed multiple long passes on his way to 340 passing yards, he was also picked off three times on deep balls, twice by Ellis Hobbs. For the winners Brian Moorman averaged nearly 50 yards on seven punts.
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August 12, 2006
at Providence
Providence 41, Delaware 13   Box   Drive Chart
Linebacker E.J. Henderson had two sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception for Providence (1‑0) as the Steam Roller recovered from a slow start to spank Delaware (0‑1).

Henderson’s interception, which came less than four minutes into the opening quarter, was wasted by Providence. Starting on the Cherries 34, the Steam Roller was able to gain just one yard and settled for a punt.

The rest of the first quarter belonged to Delaware. Drew Brees threw a 9‑yard touchdown pass to Eric Parker. Two plays later Michael Lewis intercepted a Marc Bulger pass and the Cherries took over on the Providence 39. They eventually settled for a 41‑yard John Kasay field goal and a 10‑0 lead.

From that point it was all Providence.

The Steam Roller had four more possessions in the first half and scored on each. They took the lead for good, 14‑10, on a 3‑yard pass from Bulger to Terrell Owens with 7:37 remaining in the half. Henderson then recovered a fumble by Delaware rookie Ryan Moats and Providence converted the turnover to a field goal by Mike Nugent, increasing their lead to seven.

At that point the Cherries manage to stem the tide by driving 38 yards for a 40‑yard Kasay field goal with 0:37 left in the half. However, Steam Roller wide receiver Torry Holt then made a big play to effectively suck the air of Delaware — the veteran bedeviled young cornerback David Barrett the entire game with seven catches for 115 yards,

On first down from the Providence 36, Holt caught a pass from Bulger in the left flat and adroitly cut toward the middle of the field, leaving Barrett clutching at air. Holt’s path to the right sideline was unimpeded and he got out of bounds at the Cherries 34 after picking up 30 yards. Bulger scrambled into field goal range and called timeout with 0:08 to go. Nugent then booted a line-drive 47‑yard field goal for a 20‑13 Steam Roller lead at the break.

The teams traded turnovers early in the second half. Providence got the better of the trade, driving 41 penalty-aided yards after a Ryan Clark pick for a Jeremy Shockey scoring reception to take a two touchdown lead with 10:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Delaware went quietly after that. They would not get another first down until there were less than four minutes to go in the game and Brees had given way to backup Philip Rivers.

In the meantime, the game degenerated into a rout with the Steam Roller offense continuing to keep the Cherries defense on its heels. An 8‑yard run by Priest Holmes, who looked very comfortable in his new role backing up Larry Johnson, and a 34‑yard bomb from Bulger to Mark Clayton closed out the scoring.

Providence outgained Delaware 405‑221. Bulger finished 18 of 27 for 239 yards before turning the controls over to backup Jamie Martin. Brees passed poorly, connecting on just 13 of 27 for 132 yards.

Johnson ran for 98 yards in 20 trips and had four catches for 36 yards. The Steam Roller defense held LaDainian Tomlinson to 47 yards on the ground, less than three yards per attempt, and sacked Brees and Rivers a total of five times. The Cherries, on the other hand, never got to Bulger or Martin.