EFL Home » 2007 Season

« Week 9 EFL 2007 Season — Week 10 Week 11 »

Results

Lines

FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON6½ (41)Albany
CONNECTICUT1 (45)Baltimore
SYRACUSE2½ (46)Delaware
Providence2 (41)ATLANTIC CITY
PHILADELPHIA1½ (42)Richmond
Sunday, October 14, 10:00 am
NEW YORK4½ (40)Pittsburgh
home team in CAPS
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in Week 10 games:
  • WR Samie Parker, CON — will return week 11
  • S Erik Coleman, PHI — will return week 11
  • WR Jabar Gaffney, PHI — will return week 13
  • CB Deshea Townsend, PIT — will return week 11
  • S Corey Chavous, RIC — will return week 13
  • DT Kevin Williams, SYR — will return week 12
  • LB Joey Porter, WAS — will return week 12

These skill position players were last-second scratches for Week 10 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Cedrick Wilson, BAL — will return week 11

Week 10 Results

October 13, 2007
at Washington
Washington 33, Albany 17
Ladell Betts had 168 yards on 22 carries and 6 receptions for 41 yards to lead Washington (8‑2) to victory over Albany (4‑6). Betts ran for a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put the hosts on the scoreboard and they would never trail. They iced the game on a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown by Patrick Surtain with 6:54 left. The visitors were paced by Corey Dillon who ran for 130 yards on 16 trips and added another 23 yards on 3 catches.
Box   Drive Chart

October 13, 2007
at Connecticut
Connecticut 17, Baltimore 14
Nate Kaeding booted a 35-yard field goal with 0:15 remaining to lift Connecticut (5‑5) over Baltimore (6‑4) and to within a game of the the Northern Division lead. The visitors broke a 7‑7 tie early in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ovie Mughelli. The hosts countered with a 64-yard scoring pass from Tom Brady to Marcus Robinson. Mike Minter intercepted J.P. Losman with 1:15 to go and returned it 12 yards to the Connecticut 40 to set up the winning drive.
Box   Drive Chart

October 13, 2007
at Atlantic City
Atlantic City 31, Providence 21
Atlantic City (4‑6) benefited from the heroics of Santonio Holmes in besting Providence (4‑6). Holmes put the hosts in front to stay with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. He also caught 6 Steve McNair passes for 132 yards. The losers had 4 turnovers, 3 of them fourth quarter interceptions thrown by Marc Bulger. Aaron Schobel sacked McNair 3 times. Bulger did connect with Torry Holt 6 times for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Box   Drive Chart

October 13, 2007
at Philadelphia
Richmond 13, Philadelphia 12
New Richmond (3‑7) quarterback Jeff Garcia was 24-for-33 for 216 yards, and he passed 3 yards to Steve Smith for the only touchdown scored in their win over Philadelphia (2‑8). The hosts trimmed a 13‑6 deficit to 4 points on the third field goal of the night by Lawrence Tynes with 5:54 to go. Willie Ponder fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, but the visitors’ defense held and forced another Tynes field goal. The visitors then ran out the clock.
Box   Drive Chart

October 14, 2007
at New York
Pittsburgh 27, New York 14
Ahman Green ran for 118 yards and caught 7 passes for 94 more as Pittsburgh (5‑5) upended New York (5‑5). Eli Manning connected on 21 of 37 passes for 286 yards and 2 scores. His 35-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis with 10 minutes left in the first half put the visitors ahead to stay. The play capped a 3-play, 80-yard drive on the heels of an end zone interception of Jake Delhomme by Tyrone Carter. Willie Parker had 126 yards on the ground in the losing cause.
Box   Drive Chart

 

October 13, 2007
at Syracuse
Delaware 33, Syracuse 7   Box   Drive Chart    Color
Delaware (8‑2) rode 330 yards of first half offense to a 28‑0 halftime lead on their way to humbling Syracuse (6‑4). Damon Huard lost 3 fumbles for the Crush to simplify the Cherries’ task.

So complete was Delaware’s dominance they were able to rest quarterback Philip Rivers and star running back LaDainian Tomlinson for the entire second half, save for a cameo appearance by each on the Cherries’ last possession.

Syracuse moved well into Delaware territory on their first two possessions but Huard fumbles ended both scoring threats. After the first recovery, by Jacques Cesaire, Rivers immediately went deep to Lee Evans. Evans caught the pass for a 45-yard gain, but he was called for offensive pass interference against Cedric Griffin, and the Cherries went three-and-out.

The next recovery, this one by Carlos Polk, set off an offensive explosion. Tomlinson lit the fuse by bursting through a narrow opening off left tackle for 62 yards to the Crush 4. Two plays later he took a Rivers pitch around right end for 3 yards to the end zone, and the rout was on. The next 3 Delaware possessions, all after Syracuse punts, also resulted in long touchdown drives:

  • A 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Rivers to Evans capped a 9-play, 82-yard drive to extend the Cherries’ lead to 14‑0.
  • Rivers followed with an 89-yard drive ending on the 9th play, a 19-yard pass to Tomlinson. The big play was a 30-yard completion to Eric Parker on 3rd and 6 at the Delaware 15.
  • Rivers and Parker would again combine for a long gain on 3rd and long in the Cherries’ end of the field, this one 38 yards, to highlight the last scoring drive. Michael Turner ran in from the 4 on the 6th play to make it 28‑0.

Little went well for the Crush as the second half progressed:

  • Huard drove Syracuse on their first possession to the Delaware 25 but then tripped and fumbled trying to hand off to Brian Westbrook. Kelly Gregg fell on the ball for the Cherries. Backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers then led a 51-yard drive hitting Evans and then Daniel Graham with passes for first downs. The drive concluded with a 45-yard field goal by John Kasay, increasing the Delaware lead to 31‑0.
  • The Cherries then got the better of an exchange of punts as a 57-yard effort by Ben Graham pinned the Crush at their own 5. On the next play Julius Peppers sacked Huard in the end zone for a safety and 2 more Delaware points, their last of the night.

Syracuse avoided a shutout with a 73-yard touchdown drive in the waning minutes. They had to convert on 4th and 4 at the Cherries 9 to keep the drive alive, doing so when Westbrook ran up the middle for the first down by, as the measurement showed, the nose of the ball.

After a false start penalty pushed the ball back to the 10, Kelly Gregg had Huard in his grasp, but Huard managed to flip the ball back-handed to Thomas Tapeh, and Tapeh ran it in for the score with 4:02 remaining. This lone sour note in the Cherries’ performance was made worse by the fact Gregg was hurt on the play and may not return before the end of the regular season.

In his half of action Rivers was 12-of-17 for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns, good for a gaudy passing rating of 149.1. Tomlinson caught 3 of Rivers’ passes for 31 yards to go with the 144 yards he gained on the ground on only 16 carries.

Between fumbles Huard completed 18 of 32 passes for 147 yards. Westbrook ran for 109 yards on 14 trips, most coming well after the outcome was in doubt. He also caught 7 passes for 56 yards.