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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 pm
NEW YORK5 (40)Atlantic City
Baltimore1 (41)RICHMOND
SYRACUSE5 (44)Connecticut
DELAWARE5½ (43)Philadelphia
Providence4 (48)ALBANY
Sunday, September 9, 10:00 am
Washington6 (45)PITTSBURGH
home team in CAPS
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in Week 5 games:
  • WR Hank Baskett ,ALB — will return week 6
  • DE Chris Kelsay, ALB — will return week 7
  • LB Raonall Smith, ALB — will return week 7
  • C Geoff Hantgartner, ACS — will return week 7
  • WR Greg Jennings, ACS — will return week 6
  • DE Julius Peppers, DEL — will return week 6
  • CB Chris McAlister, NYE — will return week 6
  • G Brandon Moore, PHI — will return week 6
  • S Ryan Clark, PRO — will return week 7
  • OT Bryant McKinnie, PRO — will return week 6
  • WR Josh Reed, PRO — will return week 6
  • DT Dewayne Robertson, PRO — will return week 7
  • RB T.J. Duckett, RIC — will return week 6

These skill position players were last-second scratches for Week 5 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Shaun McDonald, PHI — PR only until week 6

Week 5 Results

September 8, 2007
at New York
New York 30, Atlantic City 10
Jake Delhomme completed 22 of 35 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns to lead streaking New York (4‑1) past Atlantic City (2‑3). Tony Gonzalez caught 10 passes for 93 yards and a score, and Willie Parker ran for 116 yards. Troy Polamalu had 2 interceptions. The hosts had 4 takeaways in all. In the losing cause, Tiki Barber ran for 119 yards; Steve McNair was intercepted 3 times and sacked 4 times, twice by O.J. Atogwe.
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September 8, 2007
at Richmond
Baltimore 33, Richmond 31
The 4th field goal of the game by Jeff Reed, a 38-yarder with 0:15 left, gave Baltimore (3‑2) the win against Richmond (1‑4). The hosts had rallied from 13 points down to take a 31‑30 lead with 4:10 to go. J.P. Losman then led the visitors 54 yards in 9 plays to set up the winning kick. For the game Losman was a scintillating 24-for-29 for 263 yards and 2 scores. Donovan McNabb threw for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns in the losing cause, but he was picked off twice.
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September 8, 2007
at Syracuse
Connecticut 34, Syracuse 31 (OT)
With the possibility of a tie looming large, Connecticut (2‑3) drove 28 yards in 11 plays to set up Nate Kaeding’s 36-yard field goal and nipped Syracuse (3‑2). There were just 0:15 left in overtime when Kaeding made his kick. The hosts had pulled even at 31 at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a 22-yard scoring pass from Mark Brunell to Reggie Brown and a 2-point conversion pass from Brunell to Chris Baker. Brunell threw for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns. Winning quarterback Tom Brady was sacked 11 times, with 4 of those by Luis Castillo.
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September 8, 2007
at Albany
Albany 31, Providence 13
Rookie quarterback Jason Campbell revitalized the Albany (2‑3) offense in his first start with 4 touchdown passes as the hosts subdued slumping Providence (2‑3). Marc Bulger suffered through a 13-for-29 performance for the visitors, good for only 129 yards; he was picked off 2 times. Corey Dillon rushed for 87 yards, and Reche Caldwell had 5 catches for 85 yards. Caldwell’s 38-yard touchdown reception with 9:02 left in the first quarter put the hosts on the scoreboard. They would never trail.
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September 9, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Washington 17, Pittsburgh 13
Washington (4‑1) made a goal-line stand late in the first half after Pittsburgh (2‑3) had 1st and goal on the 1, and that ultimately proved to be the difference as the visitors prevailed despite 112 yards in penalties. They came from behind twice, with the winning score a 1-yard touchdown pass from Brad Johnson to Robert Royal with 6:54 to go. Several minutes earlier the hosts had retaken the lead with a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown from Eli Manning to Donald Driver.
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September 8, 2007
at Delaware
Delaware 38, Philadelphia 7   Box   Drive Chart
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns as Delaware (4‑1) eased past Philadelphia (1‑4). Philip Rivers added 231 yards through the air, completing 16 of 31, including 4 to Tomlinson for 50 yards.

The Cherries defense held the Lakers to less than 200 yards until the last Philadelphia possession when the outcome was no longer in doubt. In particular, Delaware held Jamal Lewis and the Lakers’ ground game in check. Until the last drive, when he added 50 yards against a prevent defense with backups playing, Lewis could manage only 36 yards on 17 carries, barely 2 yards per attempt.

Philadelphia was competitive in the first half, but penalties twice prevented them from taking control of the game:

  • An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty negated a stop on the first Cherries possession, enabling Delaware to continue what would be a 65-yard touchdown drive.
  • With the score knotted at 7 with 3:32 left in the first quarter, Erik Coleman intercepted a Rivers pass intended for Heath Miller in Cherries territory, but the Lakers were whistled for offsides.

Between those penalties Philadelphia had converted an interception by Kimo von Oelhoffen into a game-tying 5-yard touchdown by Peerless Price on a pass from Brett Favre

Lito Sheppard missed a chance to give Delaware great field position soon after the negated Coleman pick: a Ben Graham punt pinned the Lakers deep in their own territory, and on the first play, Favre dumped the ball off to Mike Anderson behind the line of scrimmage. Anderson fumbled and Sheppard picked it up. Before he could get past the 5, Sheppard was hit and fumbled and Chad Clifton recovered for Philadelphia.

The Lakers failed to pick up a first down, though, and after a Dustin Colquitt punt, the Cherries negotiated a short field, marching 49 yards to retake the lead, this time for good. Tomlinson reached the end zone from the 2, as he had earlier. During the drive first overall draft pick A.J. Hawk was hurt, left the game, and will likely miss Philadelphia’s upcoming contest against New York.

After another Colquitt punt, Rivers ushered Delaware 66 yards to a 31-yard John Kasay field goal and a 17‑7 lead at the break.

All the starch seemed to go out of the Lakers early in the third quarter. They took the second half kickoff and drove 48 yards only to have Lawrence Tynes fall short on a 49-yard field goal attempt.

Soon thereafter a couple of big plays effectively put the game away for the Cherries:

  • On 3rd and 10 at the Philadelphia 42 with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter, Rivers foiled a blitz, hitting Miller on a slant route. Miller eluded the only would-be tackler and barreled in for a score.
  • Tomlinson went around right end and sprinted 50 yards for his 3rd touchdown with 7:01 to go, to increase Delaware’s lead to 31‑7.

Sheppard would then unnecessarily redeem himself by picking off a Favre pass intended for Justin McCareins and setting up Cherries backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the Lakers 34. Four running plays later Delaware was at the 9. Rodgers then connected with Eric Parker for the last Cherries score.

Favre kept Philadelphia in the game in the first half, completing 11 of 14 attempts for 74 yards. He was considerably less accurate in the second half, however, finishing 19-for-36 for 165 yards.