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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, September 23, 7:30 pm
BALTIMORE1 (41)Delaware
CONNECTICUT2½ (49)New York
SYRACUSE6½ (44)Pittsburgh
Washington2 (44)ATLANTIC CITY
Sunday, September 24, 10:00 am
Providence5½ (55)RICHMOND
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 7 games:
  • LB LaVar Arrington, CON — will return week 9
  • WR Samie Parker, CON — will return week 8
  • WR Marcus Robinson, CON — will return week 11
  • DE Richard Seymour, NYE — will return week 8
  • WR Troy Williamson, NYE — will return week 14
  • DE Anthony Hargrove, PIT — will return week 9
  • LB Jonathan Vilma, PRO — will return week 8
  • OT Tra Thomas, RIC — will return week 9
  • TE Chris Baker, SYR — will return week 9
  • CB Terrence McGee, SYR — KR only until week 8
  • S Sammy Knight, SYR — will return week 10

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 7 games due to “fatigue”:

  • RB Corey Dillon, ALB
  • TE Christian Fauria, ALB
  • WR Keary Colbert, CON
  • WR Nate Burleson, NYE
  • QB Jake Delhomme, NYE
  • RB Brandon Jacobs, PHI
  • RB Chester Taylor, RIC
  • QB Daunte Culpepper, WAS

Week 7 Results

September 23, 2006
at Philadelphia
Albany 32, Philadelphia 21
Albany (3‑4) tallied 23 unanswered points to beat Philadelphia (3‑4) going away. The lead permanently changed hands with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter when Jim Finn plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out. Jermaine Wiggins caught nine Trent Green passes for 101 yards. Santana Moss caught eight for 96 yards. Brett Favre threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns in the losing cause, but he was picked off three times.
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September 23, 2006
at Connecticut
New York 38, Connecticut 31
Surprise starter Koy Detmer passed for 423 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner, to lead New York (3‑4) past Connecticut (3‑4). The winners sprinted out to a 28‑0 lead midway through the second quarter. The losers caught up with 13:11 left when Willis McGahee scored on a 19‑yard run. After an exchange of field goals, Detmer moved the Empires 80 yards on nine plays, the last a 41‑yarder to Robert Ferguson with 0:15 to go. Tony Gonzalez caught 14 Detmer aerials for 196 yards and a touchdown.
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September 23, 2006
at Syracuse
Syracuse 34, Pittsburgh 14
A 28‑yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Brian Westbrook with 1:52 remaining in the first half put Syracuse (6‑1) ahead for good and they coasted by Pittsburgh (1‑6) for their fifth win in a row. Clinton Portis rumbled for 115 yards and a touchdown on 24 trips while Laveranues Coles caught seven Brunell tosses for 110 yards including a score. Brunell finished 18-for-29 for 216 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and was intercepted twice.
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September 23, 2006
at Atlantic City
Atlantic City 14, Washington 12
Fred Smoot picked off Brad Johnson’s last pass of the night with under two minutes late to seal the win for Atlantic City (4‑3) over Washington (4‑3). Tiki Barber carried 28 times for 171 yards including a 62‑yard jaunt to open the scoring with 6:44 to go in the first quarter. Johnson found Chris Cooley with an 11‑yard scoring pass with 9:52 left in the game to narrow the winners’ lead to two but failed to hook up with Hines Ward on the subsequent two-point conversion attempt.
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September 24, 2006
at Richmond
Providence 26, Richmond 19
Providence (6‑1) reeled off 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win, a small measure of revenge for their loss to Richmond (1‑6) in the 2005 championship game. Larry Johnson, who ran for 148 yards on 31 carries, scampered 43‑yards around right end for the winning touchdown with 2:17 remaining. Late in the second quarter the losers extended their lead at the time to nine points when Brian Williams intercepted a Marc Bulger pass and took it 98 yards up the sideline for a touchdown.
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September 23, 2006
at Baltimore
Baltimore 42, Delaware 27   Box   Drive Chart
Five touchdown passes by Ben Roethlisberger keyed the win by Baltimore (4‑3) over Delaware (4‑3). The Bolts scored on consecutive offensive plays early in the second half to turn a three-point deficit into an 11-point lead. A pair of fourth quarter Baltimore scores put the game away after the Cherries had rallied to cut the margin to a single point.

Delaware dominated the early going, driving 86 yards on 17 plays on their first possession, cashing in a Steven Jackson fumble for a John Kasay field goal, and controlling the ball for 16 more plays to move well inside the red zone. The tide then turned when on 3rd and goal from the 5, Drew Brees tried to force the ball to Travis Taylor and Chris Gamble intercepted in the end zone.

Brees would throw two more interceptions before halftime enabling Baltimore to rally for a 14‑10 lead at the break. The scores were passes by Roethlisberger to Jackson and Bubba Franks of 9 and 1 yards, respectively.

Dante Hall returned the second half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to put the Cherries back in the lead. It was his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season. It took Roethlisberger just a single play to respond. He found Eric Moulds on a curl route, and after Moulds juked the defender, he had open field all the way to the end zone. The play covered 69 yards.

Then what Hall had given, Hall gave away: he fumbled on his return of the ensuing kickoff, and Clark Haggans recovered for the Bolts giving them possession at the Delaware 16. Roethlisberger then hit Eddie Kennison on the right sideline and Kennison tiptoed along the yard marks into the end zone. In four plays Baltimore had gone from trailing 17‑14 to leading 28‑17.

There was plenty of time for the Cherries and to their credit they temporarily reversed the momentum. First they drove 80 yards on 13 plays and got a score when LaDainian Tomlinson burst 31 yards around right end. Then on 3rd and 13 Roethlisberger made the worst of his very few mistakes, attempting to hit Kennison on a crossing pattern. Lito Sheppard stepped in front of Kennison, snagged the ball, and returned the interception 10 yards to the Bolts 29. earning Delaware a great opportunity to regain the lead with 6:45 to go in the third quarter.

They moved the ball to the 2, but Brees missed Heath Miller on a slant, Tomlinson was stuffed for no gain, and they settled for a 19‑yard Kasay field goal, which left them a point in arrears, 28‑27.

Baltimore dominated the remainder of the game, driving 60 and 86 yards for touchdowns on their next two possession. Jackson ran 28 yards off tackle for the first score, and then it was Roethlisberger striking again with a 29‑yard connection to Moulds with 7:53 to go in the game, three plays after hooking up with Kennison for a 32‑yard gain. Forced by that time to rely on the pass, the Cherries were unable to muster a significant threat thereafter.

For the game Roethlisberger was 19-for-30 for 312 yards. Moulds had six catches for 134 yards. Kennison had six for 129, including a 55-yard bomb, the key play in the second quarter drive immediately following Gamble’s momentum-reversing interception. Jackson ended up with 93 yards on 17 carries after being held in the first half to 13 yards on six carries.

Delaware piled up a 13-minute edge in time of possession, but Brees was unable to complete any passes longer than 19 yards, and, of course, the four turnovers were costly. Tomlinson had 92 yards on 23 carries, including two touchdowns.