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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, September 9, 7:30 pm
ATLANTIC CITY2½ (43)Delaware
Philadelphia1 (43)NEW YORK
BALTIMORE3½ (45)Pittsburgh
Providence1½ (47)SYRACUSE
Sunday, September 10, 10:00 am
RICHMOND3 (46)Washington
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 5 games:
  • DE Al Wallace, ALB — will return week 6
  • LB Dexter Coakley, ALB — will return week 7
  • DE Anthony Weaver, CON — will return week 6
  • LB Brandon Short, NYE — will return week 6
  • DT Damione Lewis, PHI — will return week 7
  • C Shaun O'Hara, PHI — will return week 6
  • G Kris Dielman, PIT — will return week 7
  • DE Anthony Hargrove, PIT — will return week 9
  • C Russ Hochstein, PIT — will return week 6
  • DE Phillip Daniels, PRO — will return week 6
  • G Derrick Dockery, PRO — will return week 6
  • RB Jerome Bettis, RIC — will return week 7
  • TE Mark Campbell, SYR — will return week 7
  • QB Daunte Culpepper, WAS — will return week 6
  • S Greg Wesley, WAS — will return week 7

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 5 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Ricky Proehl, ACS
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger, BAL
  • TE Ben Watson, BAL
  • WR Keary Colbert, CON
  • TE Daniel Graham, DEL
  • WR Robert Ferguson, NYE
  • RB Brandon Jacobs, PHI
  • TE Doug Jolley, PIT
  • QB Chad Pennington, PIT
  • RB Chester Taylor, RIC
  • WR James Thrash, RIC

Week 5 Results

September 9, 2006
at Connecticut
Connecticut 26, Albany 13
Connecticut (3‑2) broke open a third quarter deadlock with a 5‑yard scoring pass from Tom Brady to Samie Parker and went on to subdue slumping Albany (1‑4). The winners had a balanced attack with Brady throwing for 194 yards and Willis McGahee rushing for 107. Their defense picked off two Trent Green passes. Nate Kaeding hit on all four of his field goal attempts. Corey Dillon rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries in the losing cause.
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September 9, 2006
at New York
New York 23, Philadelphia 19
Willie Parker’s second rushing touchdown, a 10‑yarder with 3:10 to go capped the New York (2‑3) rally past Philadelphia (3‑2). The losers led 19‑10 late in the third quarter after Nick Greisen intercepted a Jake Delhomme pass and returned it 44 yards for a score, but their ultimate demise can be traced to the failure of their offense to reach the end zone. Amani Toomer, Delhomme’s favorite target, had nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
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September 9, 2006
at Baltimore
Baltimore 26, Pittsburgh 20 (OT)
J.P. Losman connected with Eric Moulds for a 42‑yard touchdown with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime and gave surging Baltimore (3‑2) the win over Pittsburgh (1‑4) with a 9‑yard touchdown run exactly 15 minutes later. Steven Jackson paced the winners on offense with 140 yards rushing on 29 carries and 53 receiving on six receptions. On defense Nick Barnett had 13 tackles and twice intercepted Eli Manning passes.
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September 9, 2006
at Syracuse
Syracuse 32, Providence 31
Syracuse (4‑1) captured this early season showdown between Northern Division leaders by erasing an 11 point Providence (4‑1) lead with a pair of touchdowns in the last three minutes. Clinton Portis ran in from seven yards out with 2:32 to go. Next the winners recovered an onside kick and went ahead on a 20‑yard pass from Mark Brunell to Koren Robinson. The losers responded by driving to within 35 yards of the end zone, but Mike Nugent missed a 52‑yard field goal attempt with 0:15 remaining.
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September 10, 2006
at Richmond
Washington 29, Richmond 17
Washington (3‑2) shook off a couple of quick turnovers at the beginning of the second half, which cut their 13‑point lead to three, and effectively controlled the ball the rest of the way to subdue Richmond (1‑4). The losers did not have any first downs in the entire final 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the winners used an astounding 25‑play drive to get a David Akers field goal, his third of the game, and a 14‑play drive to get a Jerricho Cotchery touchdown, the latter coming on a 27‑yard pass from Brad Johnson who threw for 290 yards.
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September 9, 2006
at Atlantic City
Delaware 27, Atlantic City 10   Box   Drive Chart
Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes, LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 135 yards, and the Delaware (3‑2) defense held Tiki Barber of Atlantic City (2‑3) almost completely in check on their way to their third straight win.

Barber came into the game a week after having ravaged Richmond for 282 yards on the ground. He did break off one long gain against the Cherries, a 35‑yard touchdown run that put the Seagulls on the scoreboard early in the second quarter after the first quarter had been dominated by Delaware.

On his other 22 carries, though, Barber was able to manage only 28 yards, finishing with 63, and he lost five or more yards on three occasions. The tone was set on his very first carry on which he was corralled seven yards behind the line of scrimmage.

The treatment of Barber by the Cherries defense was even more impressive due to the fact that they kept losing linebackers to injury.

  • Starters London Fletcher and Bart Scott were sidelined for the remainder of the game less than three minutes apart in the second quarter.
  • Backup Chris Draft was hurt on the last play of the third quarter and he too did not return.

In fact, the Delaware defense gained strength as the game went on, holding Atlantic City scoreless in the second half.

The Cherries were not dominant from start to finish, though.

After Barber’s scoring burst, the Seagulls continued to have the better of the going for most of the second quarter. They might have taken the lead had not Adam Vinatieri missed a 26‑yard field goal attempt with 4:50 left before the break. As it was they were able to draw even at 10 when Vinatieri hit a 27‑yarder a few minutes later.

In the last minute of the half, following Vinatieri’s field goal, the game turned dramatically in Delaware’s favor. Taking over on their own 18, the Cherries moved quickly to the Atlantic City 47 as Tomlinson picked up 22 yards on the ground in two chunks and 13 through the air.

Then on first down with the clock ticking down to 0:37, Brees found Lee Evans on a crossing pattern. Evans made a nice cut at the 35 and had clear sailing to the end zone.

Up 17‑10, the Cherries rode the resulting momentum in the second half to win going away.

The key second half sequence came shortly before the halfway point of the fourth quarter. John Kasay had just increased the Delaware lead to 10 by nailing a 47‑yard field goal. After the ensuing kickoff, Kelly Holcomb tried to hit Antonio Gates, who was being double-teamed, on a quick out route to the right. Kelly Gregg of the Cherries got a hand on the ball tipping it up and his teammate Julius Peppers gathered it in and rumbled 13 yards to the Seagulls 12.

Brees wasted no time cashing in on the opportunity, finding Heath Miller in the right flat a few yards short of the pylon. The rookie tight end, who enjoyed a breakout game with 56 yards on five catches, dove in for an insurance touchdown which allowed the Delaware defense to breathe more easily the rest of the way.

On their way to a 10‑0 first quarter lead lead, the Cherries took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown. The score came on an 8‑yard pass from Brees to his favorite target, Eric Parker. Minutes later Holcomb fumbled a snap, and Scott recovered for Delaware, but the Cherries settled for a 39‑yard Kasay field goal. Their lead would have been bigger had not Kasay missed a 40‑yard attempt on their previous possession.

The only other turnover in the game also went Delaware’s way. After receiving the opening kickoff of the second half, Atlantic City picked up a couple of first downs. Then on 3rd and 10 at the Cherries 38, Holcomb threw downfield toward Tiki Barber, and Michael Lewis stepped in front of Barber and intercepted.

Holcomb completed 16 of 30 for 171 yards to go along with the two interceptions. Brees threw for 223 yards with 20 completions in 32 attempts including the three scores.