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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Friday, August 10, 7:30 pm
SYRACUSE5½ (44)Albany
Saturday, August 11, 7:30 pm
Atlantic City1½ (41)PHILADELPHIA
DELAWARE3½ (47)New York
Providence3 (49)CONNECTICUT
Richmond2 (46)PITTSBURGH
Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am
WASHINGTON4½ (42)Baltimore
home team in CAPS

Week 1 Results

August 10, 2007
at Syracuse
Syracuse 44, Albany 13
On a night when Syracuse (1‑0) was honored in front of their fans for their 2006 championship. the lives of the party were Brian Westbrook, Mewelde Moore, and Thomas Tapeh while Albany (0‑1) could not have been more accommodating guests. The visitors disintegrated with four turnovers, plentiful penalties, a pathetic passing ”attack”, and a breakdown on special teams. Westbrook, now a starter after years as a backup, sparkled with 139 yards on the ground and 9 catches for 76 yards and a score. Moore, on his first touch for his new team, returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown. Tapeh scored 3 touchdowns. The losers rang up 139 yards in penalties, and their quarterback, Trent Green, completed only 7 passes for 95 yards and threw 3 interceptions.
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August 11, 2007
at Philadelphia
Philadelphia 24, Atlantic City 10
Tiki Barber got his yards, 169 in fact, but Philadelphia (1‑0) got the points in their win over Atlantic City (0‑1). The winners scored 17 unanswered points in the first half including 1-yard touchdown runs by Jamal Lewis and Kris Wilson. Brett Favre was 15 for 22 for 232 yards. 8 of those completions covering 164 yards were hauled in by Plaxico Burress with 1 of those a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
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August 11, 2007
at Connecticut
Providence 28, Connecticut 27
Off-season acquisition Antwaan Randle El helped Providence (1‑0) spoil a Connecticut (0‑1) upset bid by catching a go-ahead 29-yard touchdown pass from Marc Bulger with 2:37 left. Tom Brady threw three first half touchdown strikes in the first half. Then early in the third quarter Nick Kaeding connected on a short field goal to stake the losers to a 27‑14 lead. The winners started their comeback in the last minute of the third quarter when Jeremy Shockey caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bulger.
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August 11, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 34, Richmond 20
Ahman Green ran 76 yards for a touchdown with 3:59 to go to punctuate the victory by Pittsburgh (1‑0) over Richmond (0‑1). Green finished with 151 yards rushing on 21 trips. The losers led only briefly — and then only by a point — early in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Chester Taylor. The winners countered with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Chad Pennington to Nate Washington. Pennington also threw scoring passes to Joe Klopfenstein and Donald Driver.
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August 12, 2007
at Washington
Washington 23, Baltimore 7
Washington (1‑0) harassed Baltimore (0‑1) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into a 17-for-37, 4-interception performance. The interceptions led directly to 17 points. Furthermore, the winners forced Roethlisberger to take an intentional grounding penalty on 4th and goal at the 2 to cap off a great goal line stand spanning the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th quarter. Brad Johnson, although sacked 7 times, broke the game open in the last two minutes of the first half following a Ron Edwards interception by throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward on 3rd and 10.
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August 11, 2007
at Delaware
Delaware 23, New York 20   Box   Drive Chart
LaDainian Tomlinson ran 3 yards around left end for a touchdown with 12:05 remaining to lift Delaware (1‑0) back into the lead and they fended off New York (0‑1). Tomlinson ran for another touchdown in the first quarter. He finished with 97 yards on 22 carries and led the winners in receptions with 5 for 73 yards.

Special teams play, both good and bad, played an especially meaningful role in this contest:

  • Michael Turner consistently gave the Cherries good field position with excellent kickoff returns. On his 5 returns he averaged 30.6 yards. He also gained 25 yards from scrimmage on 4 carries.
  • Delaware managed to avoid losing despite a muffed punt by Dante Hall in the second quarter and a blocked punt in the 4th quarter.
  • Following the blocked punt, which gave the ball to the Empires on the Delaware 28, Rian Lindell missed a 32-yard field goal with 4:16 left which would have tied the score. Lindell also missed a 41-yard field goal try in the second quarter. It too would have tied the score.
  • Although Delaware kicker John Kasay missed a 46-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, he connected on three others, the longest a 51-yarder as the first half drew to a close. That gave the Cherries a 16-10 lead.

That lead evaporated before the last quarter. With 2:20 remaining in the third quarter, new Delaware quarterback Philip Rivers fumbled the snap, and Stepen Cooper recovered for New York at the Delaware 30. Five plays later Brad Hoover bounced in for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Empires their first and only lead, 20-16.

The response was immediate. Starting from their own 40 thanks to another long kickoff return by Turner, Rivers drove the Cherries 60 yards in 7 plays for Tomlinson’s go-ahead score. The key play on the drive was a 28-yard completion by Rivers to newcomer Isaac Bruce on 3rd and 4 at the Delaware 46.

New York never got possession after Lindell’s miss late in the game. On the second play after the Cherries took over, Rivers and Tomlinson collaborated on a 22-yard catch‑and‑run to move Delaware close to midfield. The Cherries maintained possession thereafter by converting a pair of third downs:

  • On 3rd and 5 at the Delaware 49, Rivers found Tony Richardson in the left flat for a 6-yard gain.
  • Tomlinson then clinched the victory by racing 12 yards around left end on 3rd and 4 at the Empires 39.

The Cherries excelled on third down, converting 8 of 14.

The Delaware defense suffocated the New York ground game in the first half. At the break the Empires had only 5 first downs and their running back Willie Parker just 5 yards on 9 carries. The Cherries’ halftime lead should have been more than 6 points and it likely would have been if not for a rash of penalties, Hall’s muff, and what had been good drives bogging down as Delaware entered or neared the red zone.

Rivers played pretty well in his first start as a first-stringer. He was 18‑for‑32 for 225 yards and was not intercepted.

For New York Parker’s output increased in the second half, but he wound up with only 57 yards on 21 trips. Empires signal caller Jake Delhomme had a long dry spell in the first half but managed for the game to complete 16 of 32 pass attempts for 154 yards. With 12:19 left in the second quarter, Delhomme found Amani Toomer on the left edge of the end zone for a 21-yard score to narrow what had been a 10-point Cherries lead to 13‑10.