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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, August 26, 7:30 pm
New York2 (38)DELAWARE
Philadelphia2½ (41)ATLANTIC CITY
Richmond3 (46)PITTSBURGH
ALBANY2 (44)Syracuse
Washington3 (46)BALTIMORE
Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am
Providence4½ (48) CONNECTICUT
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 3 games:
  • S Bhawoh Jue, BAL — will return week 5
  • DE Tyoka Jackson, BAL — will return week 5
  • LB James Harrison, CON — will return week 5
  • WR Marcus Robinson, CON — will return week 4
  • DE Leonard Little, NYE — will return week 4
  • LB Brandon Short, NYE — will return week 6
  • TE Donald Lee, PHI — will return week 5
  • DT Damione Lewis, PHI — will return week 7
  • C Russ Hochstein, PIT — will return week 6
  • LB Marcus Washington, PRO — will return week 4
  • RB Jerome Bettis, RIC — will return week 7
  • DE Aaron Kampman, RIC — will return week 5
  • TE Mark Campbell, SYR — will return week 5
  • RB Derrick Ward, SYR — will return week 5

Week 3 Results

August 26, 2006
at Atlantic City
Philadelphia 30, Atlantic City 27 (OT)
Kelly Holcomb capped a wild fourth quarter with a 7‑yard pass for a game-tying touchdown to Lorenzo Neal with 0:22 left, but despite that Philadelphia (3‑0) notched the overtime win over Atlantic City (1‑2). Tommy Maddox threw a pair of fourth quarter scoring passes for the winners in relief of Brett Favre who left due to injury. The losers received the overtime kickoff, but Holcomb could manage only to move them two yards. Favre returned and drove his team 77 yards in 12 plays to set up Lawrence Tynes with a 22‑yard field goal to end it. The drive featured a 62‑yard completion to Plaxico Burress and an interception by John Abraham. Abraham fumbled during the return, and the ball was recovered by Deion Branch to keep the drive alive.
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August 26, 2006
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 31, Richmond 28 (OT)
Eli Manning hooked up on a 75‑yard touchdown pass with Kevin Curtis for Pittsburgh (1‑2) in the game’s 59th minute to tie the score, and Richmond (1‑2) took the loss in the 7th minute of overtime thanks to a 42‑yard Ryan Longwell field goal. The winners received the overtime kickoff and Manning drove them 51 yards in 15 plays, aided by a roughing the punter penalty, to set up Longwell. Donovan McNabb completed 26 of 37 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns in the losing cause, but he was picked off twice.
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August 26, 2006
at Albany
Syracuse 22, Albany 10
Rejuvenated Syracuse (2‑1) got five field goals from Jay Feely, 221 rushing yards from Clinton Portis, and six sacks from their defense to subdue Albany (1‑2). Winning signal caller Mark Brunell managed to complete only seven throws for 93 yards, but his team never trailed and limited the losers to just 72 yards on the ground; last season’s league-leading rusher Corey Dillon got only 31 yards on 15 tries.
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August 26, 2006
at Baltimore
Baltimore 13, Washington 7
Baltimore (1‑2) rolled up 25 first downs and held their former workhorse Curtis Martin and his Washington (2‑1) teammates under 100 yards rushing. The losers came within five yards of a potential go-ahead touchdown in the last two minutes, but Brad Johnson fumbled and the ball was recovered by Trent Cole. Johnson was in the game due to an injury to starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper. For the winners Steven Jackson ran for 124 yards on 25 carries.
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August 27, 2006
at Connecticut
Providence 49, Connecticut 28
Providence (3‑0) had 33 first downs and drove for touchdowns on their first five possessions in their victory over Connecticut (1‑2). Marc Bulger threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores. Willis McGahee had three touchdowns in the losing cause. In the third quarter a Bulger pass was intercepted by Gibril Wilson; after returning the pick 22 yards Wilson fumbled and teammate William Joseph picked up the ball and ran with it 36 yards to paydirt.
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August 26, 2006
at Delaware
Delaware 27, New York 23   Box   Drive Chart
Drew Brees got hot and the Delaware (1‑2) defense stepped up their game in the second half enabling the Cherries to come back to edge New York (1‑2).

Empires quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 11 of 13 passes in the first half as New York erased an early 7‑0 deficit and surged to a 20‑13 lead.

In the second half, Delaware shored up the leaks in their pass defense:

  • Delhomme was only 7-for-19 after the break.
  • Cherries strong safety Michael Lewis almost completely shut down Delhomme’s favorite target, all-star tight end Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez had only one catch the whole night, for 14 yards. (Lewis was called, however, for interfering with Gonzalez on a post pattern, on the first play of the fourth quarter. Shortly thereafter, Rian Lindell kicked his third field goal of the game, which temporarily put the Empires back on top, 23‑20.)
  • Two of Delhomme’s 12 second half misfires were picked off by Lito Sheppard. The second came in the last minute and sealed the win for Delaware.
  • Delhomme was subjected to increased pressure from the Cherries front seven, and Julius Peppers picked up his second sack.

The net result was that Delaware held New York to just three second half points, the aforementioned Lindell field goal.

The Cherries offense took its cue from the defense:

  • LaDainian Tomlinson gained 89 yards on the ground on 19 carries, most coming in the second half upon his return from a second quarter injury. His 4‑yard run for a touchdown tied the game 20‑20 with 6:48 to go in the third quarter.
  • Brees was effective throughout, finishing 24-for-33 for 266 yards, but in the second half, unlike the first, he avoided any costly errors.

The Delaware offense shined its brightest on the possession that followed the Lindell field goal. Taking over on their own 21, the Cherries went immediately went backwards five yards on a false start call. They were then able to go nearly the length of the field for the winning touchdown, which came on a 5‑yard pass from Brees to Eric Parker with 7:39 remaining.

The key play in the drive came on 3rd and 4 on the 50‑yard line. Brees went deep and hit Lee Evans in stride, and Evans wasn’t caught until he reached the Empires 16. It was only the second long pass completed by Brees thus far this season.

The costly first-half error by Brees alluded to above came near the end of the first quarter with Delaware nursing a 10‑7 lead. Josh Miller of New York pinned the Cherries at their own 2 with a great punt. On first down Brees threw in the direction of Daniel Graham who was running a quick slant route. Brees evidently never saw Kindall Moorehead, who intercepted and easily ran into the end zone from the 6. The touchdown gave the Empires the lead, which they would not relinquish until Parker’s score.