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Saturday, September 16, 7:30 pm
CONNECTICUT1½ (50)Atlantic City
SYRACUSE3½ (43)Baltimore
WASHINGTON3 (40)Philadelphia
Providence4 (52)PITTSBURGH
DELAWARE2½ (45)Richmond
Sunday, September 17, 10:00 am
NEW YORK2½ (44)Albany
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 6 games:
  • S Brent Alexander, ALB — will return week 7
  • LB Dexter Coakley, ALB — will return week 7
  • WR Marcus Robinson, CON — will return week 11
  • DE Richard Seymour, NYE — will return week 8
  • CB Samari Rolle, NYE — will return week 7
  • DT Damione Lewis, PHI — will return week 7
  • G Kris Dielman, PIT — will return week 7
  • DE Anthony Hargrove, PIT — will return week 9
  • RB Jerome Bettis, RIC — will return week 7
  • OT Tra Thomas, RIC — will return week 9
  • TE Chris Baker, SYR — will return week 9
  • TE Mark Campbell, SYR — will return week 7
  • CB Terrence McGee, SYR — KR only until week 8
  • LB Shawne Merriman, SYR — will return week 7
  • S Greg Wesley, WAS — will return week 7

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 6 games due to “fatigue”:

  • QB Kelly Holcomb, ACS
  • WR Ricky Proehl, ACS
  • WR Samie Parker, CON
  • WR Amani Toomer, NYE
  • RB Brandon Jacobs, PHI
  • TE Doug Jolley, PIT
  • QB Chad Pennington, PIT
  • QB Marc Bulger, PRO
  • RB Marshall Faulk, RIC
  • WR James Thrash, RIC

Week 6 Results

September 16, 2006
at Connecticut
Atlantic City 27, Connecticut 13
Kyle Boller passed for 257 yards and a pair of second half scores to lead Atlantic City (3‑3) past Connecticut (3‑3). Cedrick Fason put the winners ahead to stay by running four yards for a touchdown with 0:52 to go in the first half. Tiki Barber added 106 yards on the ground. In the losing cause Willis McGahee ran for 135 yards on 25 carries including a 14‑yard touchdown.
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September 16, 2006
at Syracuse
Syracuse 21, Baltimore 13
Syracuse (5‑1) never trailed once Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila sacked Ben Roethlisberger of Baltimore (3‑3) for a safety near the end of the first quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points to earn a fourth consecutive victory. Jay Feely and Paul Edinger each tried four field goals, but while Feely was perfect in the winning cause, Edinger missed twice. The winners were led on offense by Clinton Portis with 94 yards on 19 trips and Laveranues Coles with five catches for 78 yards.
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September 16, 2006
at Washington
Washington 31, Philadelphia 6
Returning from injury Washington (4‑2) field general Daunte Culpepper threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of slumping Philadelphia (3‑3). On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Culpepper found Hines Ward for a 69‑yard score. Seven minutes later he connected with Chris Cooley from 13 yards out to put the losers in a 14‑point hole. Ward caught a second touchdown pass, a 1‑yarder in the third quarter to close out the scoring.
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September 16, 2006
at Pittsburgh
Providence 45, Pittsburgh 14
Larry Johnson piled up 284 yards on 26 carries as Providence (5‑1) bounced back from their first loss by dominating Pittsburgh (1‑5). Johnson scored twice. The winners had 519 yards on offense with Jamie Martin throwing for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Longwell missed three field goals for the losers who got a 78‑yard punt return for a touchdown by Chad Morton late in the first quarter to momentarily stem the tide.
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September 17, 2006
at New York
Albany 20, New York 17 (OT)
Albany (2‑4) intercepted five Jake Delhomme passes and prevailed over New York (2‑4). In overtime Jeff Wilkins missed a 44‑yard field goal attempt for Albany, but New York was whistled for running into the kicker enabling the drive to continue and Wilkins to eventually hit the 18‑yard game-winner. Twice during regulation the winners lost fumbles after moving into the red zone; the second came in the last minute when Jim Finn fumbled and Angelo Crowell recovered on the 20‑yard line.
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September 16, 2006
at Delaware
Delaware 31, Richmond 17   Box   Drive Chart
On their way to a fourth straight win, Delaware (4‑2) intercepted Donovan McNabb of Richmond (1‑5) three times in the second quarter, getting a touchdown on one, by Brian Dawkins, and scoring on the first play after another. In the second half the Cherries controlled the ball for almost 20 minutes. They stopped the Rebels on downs with 7:38 left and maintained possession for the last 18 plays of the game. The defending champions suffered their fourth loss in a row.

The first half was very sloppy, with six turnovers, three turnovers negated by penalties, and a play with multiple fumbles. The tone was set on the opening kickoff: Richmond’s Quincy Morgan fumbled on the return and Carlos Emmons recovered for Delaware, but the Cherries were offside and had to kick again.

The Rebels were first on the scoreboard. After Brian Williams intercepted a pass by Delaware’s Drew Brees in the end zone, Richmond drove 80 yards on 12 plays and scored on a 3‑yard run by Chester Taylor.

The game would turn early in the second quarter. On 1st and 10 on the Cherries 45, Donovan McNabb thought he saw Todd Heap open in the left flat. McNabb never saw Delaware free safety Brian Dawkins who was coming over to double-team Heap. Dawkins stepped in front of Heap, picked off the pass, and high-tailed it 57 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7. It was the third interception return for a touchdown by Dawkins in the last eight games extending back into last season.

Madison Hedgecock fumbled on the next play from scrimmage and Trev Faulk recovered for the Cherries on the Rebels 29. Four plays later John Kasay booted a 39‑yard field goal to put Delaware ahead to stay.

For all the sloppiness in the first half, the Cherries got much the better of the turnovers, with five takeaways and just one giveaway. The last two takeaways were killers from Richmond’s standpoint.

  • In the next to last minute of the second quarter, Delaware punter Ben Graham dropped a 45‑yard punt on the Richmond 5‑yard line. On 2nd and 8, Kelly Gregg plucked a McNabb pass targeting Taylor over the middle out of the air, giving the Cherries just eight yards to cover. They needed only one play: Brees found Tomlinson near the back of the end zone to boost the Delaware advantage to 17‑7.
  • Morgan returned the kickoff 61 yards to the Cherries 27, but on 3rd and 5, Michael Lewis picked off McNabb to end the threat with 0:08 to go.

The Rebels would get only three chances on offense in the second half. Although they scored twice — a 43‑yard field goal by Matt Stover and a 3‑yard touchdown pass from McNabb to Hedgecock — they were not able to seriously threaten Delaware.

With Tomlinson getting 21 of his 30 carries in the second half, the Cherries were repeatedly able to move the chains and drain big chunks of clock. They reached the end zone on their first two possessions, driving 71 yards and 79 yards, with Tomlinson, who finished with 118 yards on the ground and 21 through the air, and Travis Taylor doing the honors. Delaware was helped out immensely by continued sloppiness on Richmond’s part. For the game the Rebels were penalized 12 times for 75 yards. Four times flags against the Rebels gave the Cherries first downs.

After Hedgecock scored to cut the Delaware lead from 21 to 14 with 12:37 left in the game and the Cherries went three-and-out, it appeared Richmond might be able to sustain enough momentum to rally. They moved well into Delaware territory but lost the ball on downs with 7:38 remaining after an offsides penalties, a drop by Steve Smith, and a McNabb bomb well over the head of Keenan McCardell.

Staying on the ground except for one incomplete pass, the Cherries grinded out six first downs to run out the clock, at one point passing up a 43‑yard Kasay field goal in order to retain possession thanks to an offsides penalty against the Rebels. During the long drive Delaware called upon Tomlinson 12 times, and he was more than equal to the challenge, picking up 60 yards.