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Saturday, September 29, 7:30 pm
Albany1 (43)RICHMOND
BALTIMORE4½ (42)Atlantic City
SYRACUSE3 (42)New York
PITTSBURGH2½ (42)Philadelphia
DELAWARE6 (48)Providence
Sunday, September 30, 10:00 am
Washington3½ (45)CONNECTICUT
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in Week 8 games:
  • G David Diehl, ALB — will return week 10
  • OT Kyle Turley, ALB — will return week 9
  • S Sean Considine, BAL — will return week 10
  • DE Jerome McDougle, CON — will return week 9
  • DT Haloti Ngata, CON — will return week 9
  • WR Jabar Gaffney, PHI — will return week 13
  • LB Warrick Holdman, PIT — will return week 9
  • C Nick Hardwick, RIC — will return week 10
  • OT Jason Peters, SYR — will return week 9
  • LB Bryan Thomas, WAS — will return week 9

These skill position players were last-second scratches for Week 8 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Shaun McDonald, PHI — PR only until week 9

Week 8 Results

September 29, 2007
at Richmond
Richmond 17, Albany 10
Richmond (2‑6) spotted Albany (3‑5) 10 first half points but then rallied to win and end their 5-game skid. The go-ahead score was a 13-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to Todd Heap with 7:36 left in the third quarter. Chester Taylor ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The hosts’ defense held Jason Campbell to 110 passing yards with no completion longer than 19. For the visitors Corey Dillon had 112 yards on the ground.
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September 29, 2007
at Baltimore
Baltimore 17, Atlantic City 0
Baltimore (5‑3) held Atlantic City (2‑6) scoreless, allowing only 210 yards and sacking Steve McNair 4 times. Chris Gamble had 2 interceptions, and Jason Baker had a 76-yard punt. J.P. Losman completed 26 of 37 passes for 241 yards and 2 scores, and Steven Jackson ran for 131 yards on 28 carries and caught 6 passes for 44 yards, including a score. During their current 5-game losing streak, the visitors have scored only 38 points.
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September 29, 2007
at Syracuse
Syracuse 38, New York 24
After building a 24‑0 second quarter lead, Syracuse (6‑2) coasted to the win over turnover-prone New York (5‑3). The hosts knocked out Jake Delhomme in the game’s second minute. They twice picked off his replacement, Charlie Batch, and got a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter when Kevin Williams sacked Batch, forced a fumble, and recovered in the end zone. Willie Parker ran for 184 yards and 2 scores in the losing cause, but he lost 2 fumbles.
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September 29, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 16, Philadelphia 3
Defense led the way for Pittsburgh (3‑5) as they whipped Philadelphia (2‑6). The visitors mustered only 218 yards, with Brett Favre misfiring on 23 of 36 passes and getting sacked 5 times, 3 times by Al Wallace. Plaxico Burress, who entered the game as the league leader in catches, had only 3 for 28 yards. On offense for the hosts Eli Manning led the way with 22 completions on 34 attempts for 222 yards including a 10-yard score to Drew Carter late in the first half.
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September 30, 2007
at Connecticut
Washington 27, Connecticut 24
A 26-yard field goal by David Akers with 7:17 remaining boosted Washington (7‑1) over Connecticut (3‑5). The hosts had rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game with 12:01 left on a 47-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding. Earlier they had come up empty late in the first half, giving up possession on downs 1 yard from the end zone, enabling the visitors to preserve a 24‑14 lead at the break. Brad Johnson was 23-for-32 for 276 yards with touchdown passes to Chris Cooley, Roscoe Parrish, and Hines Ward.
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September 29, 2007
at Delaware
Providence 16, Delaware 11   Box   Drive Chart
Torry Holt had 10 receptions for 142 yards, helping Providence (4‑4) build a 16‑0 lead and turn back Delaware (6‑2), ending the hosts’ winning streak at five.

Philip Rivers had a poor passing day for the Cherries. He completed only 13 of 37 passes for 139 yards, and he was intercepted twice. Moreover, he misfired on his last 6 passes when Delaware had a chance to catch up late in the game.

  • With the Steam Roller holding a 16‑8 lead and 6:48 remaining, the Cherries advanced to the Providence 19 courtesy of a 38-yard bomb from Rivers to Eric Parker and an unnecessary roughness call against the visitors. It would be Rivers’ last completion of the night. On first down he overthrew LaDainian Tomlinson just outside the end zone. Then on 3rd and 7, following a 3-yard run by Tomlinson, Rivers tried and failed to get the ball to Lee Evans who was being double-teamed on a square out route. John Kasay followed with a 33-yard field goal to make it 16‑11.
  • On the ensuing possession, Marc Bulger, facing 3rd and 4 at the Steam Roller 30, found Holt behind the Delaware defense for 27 yards. By the time the Cherries made a stop, the clock had wound down to 2:00 and they had only one timeout left. Four consecutive incompletions by Rivers, operating with poor field position on the Delaware 17, put an end to the Cherries’ comeback. Asante Samuel broke up the last failed attempt, which was intended for Isaac Bruce.

While the Delaware offense was listless in the first three quarters, Bulger and the Providence offense fared somewhat better:

  • They drove 34 yards on 6 plays after receiving the opening kickoff and took a 3‑0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Mike Nugent.
  • Two more Nugent field goals, the last wrapping up a 90-yard drive in the third quarter, increased their lead to nine.
  • As the third quarter wound down, Bulger finally got them into the end zone. Larry Johnson had consecutive 24- and 15-yard gains to move the Steam Roller to the Cherries 33. Bulger consummated what would end up being an 87-yard drive by hitting Jeremy Shockey with an 8-yard scoring pass.

At that point Delaware temporarily regained some of the punch that had enabled them to pile up 133 points in the month to date.

With the Cherries needing 4 yards on 3rd down at their own 33 and 13:51 to go, Tomlinson motored around right end, eluded Tamba Hali, and rumbled 47 yards to the Providence 20. Six player later Rivers found Daimon Shelton for a 2-yard touchdown. Tomlinson ran for the 2-point conversion, this time around right end, to cut the Steam Roller lead in half.

Delaware forced a three-and-out, but Rivers only had one more live bullet in his chamber, and he would spend it on the 38-yard hook-up with Parker, which left the Cherries 19 yards short of a potential tying touchdown and 2-point conversion.

Johnson had 130 yards on 23 trips to lead the fairly well-balanced Providence attack, which outgained Delaware 365-266. Bulger wasn’t that accurate — 20-for-36 — but he was much more so than Rivers, accruing 234 yards through the air, well over than half coming on completions to Holt.

Tomlinson finished with 116 yards on the ground on 20 carries but contributed only 6 receiving yards as he was held to a lone catch. Parker was Rivers’ most frequent target by far, despite limited playing time, with 6 catches for 84 yards.