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Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm
BALTIMORE4 (39)Albany
SYRACUSE4 (43)Philadelphia
CONNECTICUT2 (48)Pittsburgh
Providence5 (48)NEW YORK
WASHINGTON3½ (44)Delaware
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in Week 3 games:
  • WR Santana Moss, ALB — will return week 4
  • CB Tye Hill, CON — will return week 5
  • S Mike Minter, CON — will return week 5
  • LB Takeo Spikes, CON — will return week 4
  • C Melvin Fowler, PRO — will return week 4
  • CB Carlos Rogers, PRO — will return week 5
  • LB Eric Barton, RIC — will return week 4
  • LB Shawne Merriman, SYR — will return week 4

Week 3 Results

August 25, 2007
at Baltimore
Albany 16, Baltimore 12
Albany (1‑2) got their first win, sacking Baltimore (1‑2) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 6 times. Three of the sacks were by Chris Kelsay. An interception by Sean Considine with 2:55 to go gave the hosts possession on the vistors’ 6-yard line, but two plays later Roethlisberger threw an interception to Ellis Hobbs, Hobbs’ second pick of the night, to waste the opportunity. Roethlisberger and Trent Green combined to complete only 28 of 73 passes.
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August 25, 2007
at Syracuse
Syracuse 27, Philadelphia 6
Brian Westbrook of Syracuse (2‑1) bedeviled Philadelphia (1‑2) with 109 yards on the ground, including 3 scores, and 108 yards through the air. Reggie Brown added 177 yards on five catches. Westbrook’s second touchdown, with 11:42 left, broke open a relatively competitive 13‑6 game. Mark Brunell, despite passing for 346 yards, was sacked 5 times.
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August 25, 2007
at Connecticut
Connecticut 41, Pittsburgh 10
Connecticut (1‑2) opened a 17‑0 lead in the game’s first 16 minutes and Pittsburgh (1‑2) never challenged. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 to Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery caught 6 passes in all for 75 yards. Gibril Wilson recovered 2 fumbles. Chad Pennington was sacked 6 times, twice each by Mathias Kiwanuka and Trevor Pryce. The first touchdown by the winners came on a 23-yard interception return by Al Harris.
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August 25, 2007
at New York
New York 24, Providence 17
Willie Parker piled up 188 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown to help New York (2‑1) hand Providence (2‑1) their first loss. Torry Holt caught a pair of touchdown passes for the visitors to erase an early 14‑0 deficit. Holt finished with 7 receptions for 107 yards. The hosts took the lead for good on a 7-yard run by Musa Smith with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Providence lost the ball on downs on their last two possessions, getting no closer than the New York 45. Rian Lindell missed two field goal attempts for the winners. The game was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday night due to a late arising scheduling conflict; ASPN aired the game on tape delay the next morning.
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August 25, 2007
at Atlantic City
Atlantic City 20, Richmond 17
Atlantic City (2‑1) never trailed on their way to victory over Richmond (1‑2). Tiki Barber ran for 164 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Matt Stover missed field goals for the visitors on consecutive first quarter possessions, one a mere 19-yarder. Down 20-10, Richmond drove 76 yards on 14 plays to close to within three points, but the drive consumed seven minutes, enabling the hosts to easily run out the clock after recovering the onside kick. In the losing cause Donovan McNabb was 21-for-29 for 287 yards and 2 scores. Five of those completions were to Steve Smith for 154 yards.
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August 25, 2007
at Washington
Delaware 35, Washington 17   Box   Drive Chart
Philip Rivers threw for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to Lee Evans, and LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 102 yards for Delaware (2‑1) as they won going away over previously undefeated Washington (2‑1).

In the first quarter the Capitols held a huge edge in time of possession, but they were unable to put points on the board despite venturing three times into Cherries territory.

  • On their first possession, Washington drove to the Delaware 35, but Brad Johnson threw behind Hines Ward on 3rd and 7 necessitating a punt.
  • Brian Dawkins intercepted a Johnson pass intended for Roscoe Parrish in the end zone to foil the Capitols’ next possession.
  • Near the end of the quarter Washington attempted to convert on 4th and 3 at the Cherries 36, but Ladell Betts was stopped trying to turn the right corner for no gain.

That big stop woke up the Delaware offense. They drove 64 yards in four plays, taking a 7‑0 lead on the first play of the second quarter: Rivers hit Evans on a square-out route. Evans made the catch, sidestepped Patrick Surtain, and raced down the sidelines into the end zone. The play covered 44 yards.

From that point on the Cherries responded with a touchdown each time the Capitols upped their point count. It took longest for Delaware to match the first Washington touchdown, though, given its potentially devastating nature. The play in question came on the last play of the first half with the Cherries ahead 14‑3.

With one second left, the Capitols had the ball on the Delaware 44. Johnson launched a Hail Mary pass, and Ward outleaped three Cherries defenders to reel in the ball for a touchdown. With that, the formidable 11-point lead Delaware thought they would hold at the break was reduced to a tenuous three.

On Washington’s first second half possession, Betts provided the Cherries with the consolation they needed by fumbling away the ball away at the Capitols 23. London Fletcher-Baker made the recovery. Three plays later Rivers hit Evans from 9 yards out to extend Delaware’s lead to 21-10.

Troy Brown caught a 1-yard touchdown toss from Johnson to make it 21‑17 just two minutes later. The Cherries defense then clamped down on Washington — the Capitols never again crossed midfield. In the meantime, Delaware had a pair of long scoring drives:

  • Evans caught his third touchdown pass, a 19-yarder, with 2:57 left in the third quarter. That was the 8th play of a 62-yard drive, and it came on the heels of a 10-yard completion from Rivers to Eric Parker on 3rd and 10 at the Washington 29.
  • Tomlinson put the icing on the cake by taking a pitch from Rivers and skirting 8 yards around left end for a touchdown with 10:50 remaining. The key play on the 80-yard drive came immediately before the touchdown — Isaac Bruce turned a sideline pass into a 41-yard gain. Bruce was the Cherries’ leading receiver with 6 catches for 97 yards.

The Tomlinson score ended the third consecutive Delaware second half possession resulting in a touchdown.

The Capitols held the ball less than 5 minutes in the fourth quarter. The only scare in the quarter for the Cherries came with 4:28 left when Dante Hall muffed a Chris Kluwe punt at the Delaware 15. Fakhir Brown alertly made the recovery at the 13 to bail out his teammate. Rivers then immediately hit Evans for 16 yards, and the Cherries ran out the clock, preserving their second win.

Rivers, who has yet to be intercepted this season, finished with 19 completions in 27 attempts, good for a gaudy passing rating of 144.2. Johnson’s rating was barely half that, as he needed 38 pass attempts to attain the same number of completions.