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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm
PROVIDENCE3 (46)Connecticut
NEW YORK1 (45)Delaware
RICHMOND1½ (42)Pittsburgh
Syracuse5 (42)ALBANY
Washington1 (41)BALTIMORE
Sunday, October 7, 10:00 am
ATLANTIC CITY1½ (39)Philadelphia
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in Week 9 games:
  • G David Diehl, ALB — will return week 10
  • S Sean Considine, BAL — will return week 10
  • WR Jabar Gaffney, PHI — will return week 13
  • C Nick Hardwick, RIC — will return week 10
  • LB Joey Porter, WAS — will return week 12

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

  • WR Shaun McDonald, PHI — PR only until week 10

Week 9 Results

October 6, 2007
at Providence
Connecticut 26, Providence 21
Willis McGahee’s second touchdown, a 4-yard run with 10:24 to go boosted Connecticut (4‑5) over Providence (4‑5). The hosts would subsequently drive inside the visitors’ 40-yard line twice but were forced to punt the first time and to give up possession on downs the second time. Tom Brady completed 21 of 29 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown. In the losing cause, Larry Johnson ran for 181 yards and a score, and Jeremy Shockey caught 2 touchdown passes.
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October 6, 2007
at Richmond
Pittsburgh 28, Richmond 7
Pittsburgh (4‑5) took advantage of 5 Richmond (2‑7) turnovers on their way to spanking the hosts. The visitors broke the game open with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter when Eli Manning connected with Nate Washington on a 20-yard scoring pass. Less than 5 minutes later Ken Lucas notched an insurance touchdown on a 54-yard interception return, his second pick of the game. Ahman Green ran for 83 yards and Donald Driver had 7 catches for 79 yards.
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October 6, 2007
at Albany
Albany 30, Syracuse 20
Albany (4‑5) opened up a 30‑7 lead thanks in large part to 4 Syracuse (6‑3) turnovers and then withstood a late rally to earn the upset victory. The winners held an almost 14-minute advantage in time of possession as Corey Dillon ran for 116 yards on 22 carries. They recovered 2 fumbles in the second quarter and turned them into 10 points, breaking a 7‑7 tie. Brian Westbrook ran for 161 yards and a touchdown on 16 trips for the visitors, but he also lost a fumble.
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October 6, 2007
at Baltimore
Baltimore 27, Washington 17
Allowing 8 first downs and a scant 114 yards, Baltimore (6‑3) closed to within a game of Southern Division-leading Washington (7‑2). The hosts held the ball for 37 minutes. They went ahead to stay early in the third quarter after Darwin Walker intercepted a Brad Johnson pass returned it to the visitors’ 16. J.P. Losman, who completed passes to 10 different receivers, then hit Troy Williamson for a 12-yard touchdown. Antonio Pierce had 19 tackles in the losing cause.
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October 7, 2007
at Atlantic City
Atlantic City 24, Philadelphia 21
Atlantic City (3‑6) pulled out a last second win over Philadelphia (2‑7), ending a 5-game losing streak. The visitors had rallied from a 17‑7 fourth quarter deficit to take a 21‑17 lead on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Peerless Price with 0:45 to go. Steve McNair then drove the hosts 69 yards in 5 plays, 49 coming on a completion to Antonio Gates. The winning score came with one second to spare — a 3-yard catch by Gates, his second touchdown of the game.
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October 6, 2007
at New York
Delaware 23, New York 7   Box   Drive Chart
Delaware (7‑2) fell into an early 7‑0 hole but then shored up their defense, especially against the pass, and took advantage of several special teams gaffes by New York (5‑4):

  • The Cherries went 3-and-out on their first attempt to answer the 9-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme to Eddie Kennison that put the Empires ahead. But Cory Ross fumbled Ben Graham’s punt and Delaware recovered at the New York 26. LaDainian Tomlinson followed with a 6-yard run for the tying touchdown.
  • As the second quarter started Rian Lindell set up for a 34-yard field goal attempt. Julius Peppers blocked Lindell’s line drive, and the game remained deadlocked.
  • Lindell was wide with a 48-yard field goal attempt with 8:31 to go and the Empires trailing 20‑7.
  • Taking over on their own 38, the Cherries grinded out a few first downs before Leonard Little’s sack of Philip Rivers forced them to call upon John Kasay for a 50-yard field goal attempt. Kasay misfired but the Empires were flagged for roughing the kicker, allowing Delaware to retain possession with the clock down to 3:40. They ultimately got a 41-yard Kasay field goal, leaving New York facing a 23‑7 deficit and only two minutes to work with. The Empires weren’t able to make up any ground. Their flickering hopes were extinguished when Lito Sheppard intercepted a Delhomme pass with 0:45 remaining.

As for the Cherries’ passing defense, it held the New York offense to 150 yards through the air, with Delhomme serving up only 15 completions in 41 attempts, a paltry 3.7 yards per attempt.

A pair of Kasay field goals in the second quarter gave Delaware a 13‑7 halftime lead. They upped their lead to a comfortable 13 points by opening the second half with a touchodwn drive reminiscent of the one the Empires used to open the first half.

The Cherries capped off the 5-play, 69-yard drive with an electrifying 32-yard touchdown: Rivers found Lee Evans with a pass near the left sideline. Evans side-stepped Samari Rolle and then outraced O.J. Atogwe to the end zone.

Aside from that drive, the Delaware offense was not overpowering, but it had good balance:

  • They ran for 166 yards. Tomlinson had 116 on 26 carries, and he was spelled effectively by Michael Turner and Ryan Moats, with Turner getting 37 yards on 5 trips and Moats chipping in 17 yards on 2 chances.
  • Rivers was 14-for-29 for 165 yards through the air, and he was not picked off.

New York was led on offense by Willie Parker who had 129 yards on 21 carries, but Delhomme was unable to get him the ball through the air.

With the win the Cherries opened a 2-game lead over the Empires in the Central Division — Delaware owns the tie-breaker having beaten New York 23‑20 at home on opening night.