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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, September 1, 7:30 pm
Albany1 (37)PITTSBURGH
DELAWARE4½ (52)Connecticut
RICHMOND1½ (44)New York
Syracuse3 (38)ATLANTIC CITY
PROVIDENCE5 (47)Washington
Sunday, September 2, 10:00 am
BALTIMORE3 (34)Philadelphia
home team in CAPS
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in Week 4 games:
  • WR Hank Baskett, ALB — will return week 6
  • OT Orlando Pace, BAL — will return week 5
  • CB Tye Hill, CON — will return week 5
  • S Mike Minter, CON — will return week 5
  • CB Chris McAlister, NYE — will return week 6
  • OT Bryant McKinnie, PRO — will return week 6
  • CB Carlos Rogers, PRO — will return week 5
  • RB T.J. Duckett, RIC — will return week 6

These skill position players were last-second scratches for Week 4 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Cedrick Wilson, BAL — will return week 5
  • TE Heath Miller, DEL — will return week 5
  • WR Justin McCareins, PHI — will return week 5
  • WR Antwaan Randle El, PRO — PR only until week 5

Week 4 Results

September 1, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 20, Albany 13
Ahman Green ran 2 yards for a touchdown with 13:50 left to break a 10‑10 tie as Pittsburgh (2‑2) beat Albany (1‑3) and snapped a two-game losing streak. Green ran for 113 yards on 24 carries. Eli Manning, despite getting sacked 6 times, completed a 42-yard scoring pass to Kevin Curtis to erase a 7‑0 deficit in the second quarter. Reche Caldwell had 9 catches for 96 yards for the visitors, but they turned over the ball three times.
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September 1, 2007
at Richmond
New York 20, Richmond 3
New York (3‑1) spotted Richmond (1‑3) a first quarter Matt Stover field goal and then completely shut them down in a sloppy game in which the visitors had 5 turnovers and the hosts 4. Richmond was held to only 135 total yards — on four possessions they had negative yardage. Donovan McNabb was awful, completing 11 of 23 passes for just 70 yards. Jake Delhomme had touchdown passes to Mark Clayton and Tony Gonzalez. In the losing cause Drayton Florence had two interceptions.
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September 1, 2007
at Atlantic City
Syracuse 27, Atlantic City 13
Syracuse (3‑1) sacked Steve McNair 5 times and never trailed en route to an easy victory over Atlantic City (2‑2). Mark Brunell threw touchdown passes to Brian Westbrook and Laveranues Coles to stake the visitors to a 17‑3 halftime lead. Brunell was 19-for-28 for 237 yards. Tiki Barber ran his streak of 100-plus yards rushing performances to four with 111 yards on only 13 trips. His 41-yard burst in the third quarter was the hosts’ only touchdown.
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September 1, 2007
at Providence
Washington 51, Providence 9
Roscoe Parrish returned a Derrick Frost punt 59 yards for a first quarter touchdown, and Washington (3‑1) was off to the races, soon turning their much anticipated match-up with Providence (2‑2) into a gross mismatch. Laurence Maroney ran for 2 scores and later returned a kickoff 77 yards to set up the David Akers field goal that lifted the visitors’ point count over the half-century mark. The hosts had 5 turnovers and have now lost two consecutive games for the first time since 2004.
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September 2, 2007
at Philadelphia
Baltimore 35, Philadelphia 20
J.P. Losman made the most of his promotion to starting quarterback for Baltimore (2‑2) by passing for 256 yards and 2 scores, and Steven Jackson rushed for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns in the rout of Philadelphia (1‑3). The visitors cut a 28‑7 halftime deficit to 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but the rally was quelled when Jackson scored his last touchdown, a 1-yard run with 3:45 left. Plaxico Burress had 9 receptions for 147 yards and 2 scores in the losing cause.
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September 1, 2007
at Delaware
Delaware 20, Connecticut 12   Box   Drive Chart
The Delaware (3‑1) defense bent, bent, and bent some more but did not break — they kept Connecticut (1‑3) out of the end zone. Meanwhile, the Cherries’ offense, though held to just 255 total yards, did manage a couple of touchdowns — a sufficient number of points for notching the win.

On six possessions the Comets scrimmaged inside the Delaware 25.

  • Four times Connecticut came away with Nate Kaeding field goals.
  • The other two times, both in the fourth quarter, they lost the ball on downs.

They also gave up possession on downs at the Delaware 38 early in the second half.

Furthermore, they turned the ball over at the Cherries 20 with 5:37 left: Jerome Cotchery had the ball stripped by Carlos Polk after gaining 15 yards on a pass from Tom Brady, this, one play after Delaware’s Philip Rivers was picked off — by Quintin Mikell — for the first time this season. Cotchery’s fumble was recovered by Brian Dawkins.

The final Comets foray deep into Cherries territory came on their last possession. They took over at their own 38 with 2:58 to go, needing a touchdown and a two point conversion to pull even. Brady hit Marcus Robinson on a deep route to the Delaware 23. L.J. Smith then caught a bullet from Brady for a first down at the 11.

Willis McGahee went up to the middle to the 8. On second down Brady tried to force a pass to Cotchery, who was being double-teamed, and Lito Sheppard almost picked it off. After Brady missed connections on third and fourth downs to McGahee and Robinson, respectively, in the end zone, Rivers secured the win for the Cherries by twice taking a knee.

Not only was Connecticut 1-for-4 on fourth down, they also had problems on third, converting only 4 of 14. Brady, although passing for 235 yards, missed his intended receiver on 24 of 41 attempts.

Delaware received the game’s opening kickoff and mounted a 15-play, 68-yard drive consuming almost 8 minutes. A defensive holding call on 3rd and 10 at the Comets 42 negated a Connecticut stop. On 2nd and 10 at the Comets 12, Rivers teamed up with Isaac Bruce for a score and a 7‑0 Cherries lead. It was Bruce’s first touchdown for Delaware since he was acquired by trade from Atlantic City in the off-season.

Connecticut answered with two Kaeding field goals. Then John Kasay of the Cherries restored the margin to 7 with a pair of field goals of his own.

The last meaningful possession of the first half was the Comets’. They drove from their own 31 to the Delaware 11, but with the clock running down they had to again call upon Kaeding. His 28-yarder was good, and the Cherries remained in front at the break, 13‑9.

After a scoreless third quarter, Kaeding hit again, this time from 32 yards out, to make it 13‑12. Rivers then drove Delaware 67 yards, all through the air. His third pass of the drive was a 41-yard bomb to Lee Evans for a touchdown, stretching the Cherries’ lead to 8, their largest of the game, with 10:53 remaining. Evans has 5 touchdown receptions in 4 games.