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Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm
DELAWARE2½ (48)Atlantic City
Baltimore3½ (47)PITTSBURGH
ALBANY2½ (46)Connecticut
WASHINGTON2 (43)Richmond
PROVIDENCE2½ (52)Syracuse
Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 9 games:
  • LB James Farrior, ACS — will return week 10
  • WR Ricky Proehl, ACS — will return week 10
  • CB Shawn Springs, ACS — will return week 10
  • OT Orlando Pace, BAL — will return week 10
  • C Dan Koppen, NYE — will return week 10
  • WR Troy Williamson, NYE — will return week 14
  • S Darren Sharper, PRO — will return week 11
  • OT Travelle Wharton, RIC — will return week 10
  • S Sammy Knight, SYR — will return week 10
  • CB Ty Law, WAS — will return week 11

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 9 games due to “fatigue”:

  • QB Kelly Holcomb, ACS
  • WR Reche Caldwell, ALB
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger, BAL
  • WR Cedrick Wilson, CON
  • TE Daniel Graham, DEL
  • QB Marc Bulger, PRO

Week 9 Results

October 7, 2006
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 31, Baltimore 28
Eli Manning threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 32‑yarder to Kevin Curtis to give Pittsburgh (3‑6) the decision over Baltimore (4‑5). The other two Manning scoring strikes were to Donald Driver who caught eight passes for 163 yards. In overcoming four lost fumbles, the winners also got 145 yards on the ground from DeShaun Foster on 22 trips. One of those fumbles was returned 48 yards for a touchdown by Quentin Jammer.
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October 7, 2006
at Albany
Albany 26, Connecticut 16
After blowing a 13-point lead, Albany (5‑4) put up ten points in the last two minutes to dispatch Connecticut (4‑5). The winning score was a 6‑yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Wiggins from Trent Green with 1:15 left. Wiggins and Santana Moss each caught eight Green aerials. Corey Dillon ran for 156 yards on 22 carries, only his second 100-plus yard performance this season after having won the league rushing title last season. Al Wallace sacked Tom Brady three times.
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October 7, 2006
at Washington
Richmond 30, Washington 13
Donovan McNabb completed 19 of 27 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns as error-free Richmond (3‑6) breezed by punchless Washington (4‑5). Steve Smith caught two of those scoring passes, extending the winners’ four-point lead midway through the second quarter to 14 points early in the third. Earlier McNabb had hit Keenan McCardell with a 41‑yard scoring strike. Curtis Martin rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries in the losing cause.
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October 7, 2006
at Providence
Syracuse 24, Providence 17
Syracuse (8‑1) won their seventh straight, shutting down the high-powered Providence (7‑2) offense in the second half and rallying from seven points down. Brian Westbrook tied the game with 13:29 to go on a 12‑yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell. Several minutes later Brunell hit Koren Robinson with a 39‑yard scoring strike to provide the winning margin. Brunell finished 19-of-30 for 254 yards and three touchdowns. The winners got three sacks from Mike Rucker.
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October 8, 2006
at Philadelphia
New York 16, Philadelphia 13
New York (4‑5) forced a pair of second half Philadelphia (3‑6) red zone turnovers and handed the reeling hosts their sixth straight defeat. Jake Delhomme passed for 318 yards including a 22‑yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. The losers failed to reach the end zone until there were just two minutes left. They took an early lead on an 83‑yard interception return by Nick Greisen, his second touchdown of the season, both coming against the visitors.
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October 7, 2006
at Delaware
Delaware 31, Atlantic City 17   Box   Drive Chart
Delaware (5‑4) got a 49‑yard return of a fumble for a touchdown by Bart Scott in the first minute of the game and never trailed on their way to a decisive win over Atlantic City (4‑5) and the Central Division lead.

Scott’s heroics came on the second play from scrimmage after Tiki Barber had run up the middle for 26 yards to the 50. Kyle Boller fumbled the snap and Scott scooped up the loose ball. Barber caught up with Scott and dragged him down, but the ball crossed the plane of the goal line before Scott’s knee touched the ground.

Based on Barber’s initial 26‑yard gain, it seemed like the league’s second leading rusher was poised for a big game. It didn’t turn out that way, though. Much like the first meeting between these teams September 9, Delaware basically held Barber in check. Because the Seagulls played from behind nearly the entire game, he was held to just 15 carries and finished with only 63 yards — after that single early burst, he averaged less than three yards per carry.

LaDainian Tomlinson, on the other hand, was very effective for the Cherries, running for 139 yards on 22 carries and a pair of second half scores.

Delaware took advantage of another Atlantic City turnover to double their early lead. Boller was picked off by Kelly Gregg near midfield and the nose tackle, who would later be forced to leave the game due to injury, rumbled 12 yards with his second interception of the season to the Seagulls’ 35. Tomlinson carried five times and caught a pass on the ensuing drive, but it was Tony Richardson who reached the end zone on the last play of the first quarter, diving up the middle on 3rd and goal from the 1.

From that point the Cherries countered immediately each time the Seagulls threatened to rally.

  • After Boller hooked up with Antonio Chatman for an 8‑yard score midway through the second quarter, cutting the margin in half, Delaware burned nearly six minutes on the clock. John Kasay boomed a 46‑yard field goal for a 17‑7 lead, which the Cherries took into the locker room at halftime.
  • In the third quarter, after Adam Vinatieri connected for three from 33 yards out, Delaware moved 70 yards on nine plays to make it 24‑10. As the third quarter ended, the Cherries surprised the Atlantic City defense on 3rd and 10 with Tomlinson bursting 26 yards up the middle to the end zone.
  • After having forced the Seagulls to use up more than six minutes of fourth quarter clock to get a Barber touchdown through the air, Delaware moved 80 yards on nine plays with Tomlinson running in from the 5 on 3rd and 1 behind a crushing block by Richardson to make it 31‑17. The key play on the drive was a 31‑yard gain to the Atlantic City 27 — a bomb from Drew Brees to Lee Evans.

Down by 14 with 3:30 to go, Boller was confounded by the Cherries’ prevent defense. The Seagulls would penetrate as far as the Delaware 33, but it took them 16 plays, and they ultimately gave up the ball on downs at the 43 when Boller underthrew Derrick Mason with 0:30 left.

For the night Boller completed 20 of 39 attempts for 244 yards. Brees was 10-for-11 in the first half on his way to hitting 18 of 26 for 182 yards. Like Boller, Brees did lose a fumble, however, which the Seagulls turned into Chatman’s touchdown.