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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Baltimore2 (40)PITTSBURGH
Connecticut3 (43)ALBANY
New York3½ (41)ATLANTIC CITY
SYRACUSE4½ (43)Providence
Washington9½ (43)RICHMOND
Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am
Delaware11 (42)PHILADELPHIA
home team in CAPS
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in Week 12 games:
  • RB Corey Dillon, ALB — will return week 13
  • NT Kelly Gregg, DEL — will return week 14
  • G Pete Kendall, NYE — will return week 13
  • CB Samari Rolle, NYE — would return for championship game
  • WR Jabar Gaffney, PHI — will return week 13
  • G Brandon A. Moore, PHI — will return week 13
  • DB Tyrone Carter, PIT — will return week 13
  • DT Ryan Pickett, PIT — will return week 13
  • OT Mark Tauscher, PIT — will return week 13
  • S Corey Chavous, RIC — will return week 13

These skill position players were last-second scratches for Week 12 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR Cedrick Wilson, BAL — will return week 13

Week 12 Results

October 27, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 7
Baltimore (7‑5) managed only 213 total yards, but they needed to drive only 16 yards for their only touchdown, which gave them much-needed breathing room in their win over Pittsburgh (5‑7). That score, an 8-yard pass from J.P. Losman to Bubba Franks, came with 13:52 to go and was set up when Darwin Walker picked off Eli Manning, Manning’s third interception of the game. Steven Jackson ran for 99 yards for the visitors. Jeremiah Trotter had 11 tackles in the losing cause.
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October 27, 2007
at Albany
Connecticut 39, Albany 13
Connecticut (7‑5) responded to a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Ellis Hobbs of Albany (5‑7) with 36 unanswered points enroute to their fourth straight win. The winners sacked Trent Green 7 times, 3 by Trevor Pryce, and held the hosts to only 141 total yards while piling up 448 yards on offense. Leading the way were Tom Brady with 310 yards passing, Samie Parker with 4 catches for 125 yards and 2 scores, and Nate Kaeding with 4 field goals without a miss.
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October 27, 2007
at Atlantic City
New York 20, Atlantic City 17
Rian Lindell booted a 31-yard field goal with 7:28 remaining to boost New York (7‑5) over Atlantic City (4‑8). The hosts had erased a 17‑0 deficit to pull even early in the fourth quarter, but an earlier missed 43-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski proved to be the difference. They got an unexpected, final opportunity thanks to a Brad Hoover fumble at the Atlantic City 11 with 1:30 left but were only able to advance to the visitors’ 45 before time expired.
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October 27, 2007
at Syracuse
Syracuse 33, Providence 23
Syracuse (7‑5) blitzed Providence (4‑8) with 26 unanswered points after falling behind 17‑7 in the first quarter and went on to win. With the score tied 17‑17 early in the second half, the hosts blocked a Derrick Frost punt for a safety, which proved to be the game-winning points. Brian Westbrook followed with a pair of touchdowns. Mark Brunell threw for 286 yards. For the visitors Larry Johnson ran for 152 yards and Torry Holt had 152 receiving yards.
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October 27, 2007
at Richmond
Washington 24, Richmond 17
Washington (10‑2) took advantage of short fields to vanquish Richmond (3‑9) despite being outgained by a 439‑257 margin. The touchdowns for the visitors came on drives totaling just 66 yards, set up by a blocked punt in the first quarter, and second quarter takeaways by Bryan Thomas and Ty Law. Those scores put the hosts in a 24‑7 halftime hole, and their rally in the second half fell short, despite Jeff Garcia’s 325 passing yards and Steve Smith’s 11 catches for 205 yards.
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October 28, 2007
at Philadelphia
Delaware 27, Philadelphia 16   Box   Drive Chart
Philip Rivers hit on 18 of 31 passes for 191 yards and 3 second half touchdowns and LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 143 yards on 24 trips to lead Delaware (10‑2) over Philadelphia (3‑9). Ben Graham of the Cherries had 2 punts blocked in the first half, but the Lakers were able to turn those opportunities into just 3 points. Hence their lead at halftime, despite having limited Tomlinson to 22 yards on the ground, was only 6‑3.

The first blocked punt gave Philadelphia possession on the Delaware 34. They got a couple first downs, but Ray Lewis corralled Jamal Lewis on a 3rd and 5 draw play a yard short, and the Lakers settled for a 28-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

Philadelphia started at the Cherries 29 following the second blocked punt, but a holding penalty and the running down of the clock necessitated their calling again upon Tynes. This time he missed from 32 yards out.

Upon receiving the second half kickoff, Delaware seemed bound and determined to spring Tomlinson for big yardage. The league-leading rusher delivered: On the second play he burst up the middle for 58 yards to the Philadelphia 17. Two plays later, Rivers connected with Daimon Shelton in the left flat for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Cherries ahead 10‑6.

The Lakers responded with a crisp drive into Delaware territory, but on 3rd and 10 at the 40 Justin McCareins was pulled down from behind 2 yards short of the first down marker after catching a Brett Favre pass along the left sideline. As Tynes drove a 49-yard field goal through the uprights to bring Philadelphia within a point of the lead, Delaware was flagged for offsides.

Surprisingly, Lakers coach Birdy Rizzo declined the penalty, passing up a first down, a decidedly unpopular decision with Philadelphia fans, but perhaps understandable given the Lakers’ paltry 15-point average coming into the game.

Rizzo’s unorthodox strategy backfired. Special teams play, which had to that point been very favorable to Philadelphia with the blocked punts, suddently swung in the other direction as Michael Turner returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards to the Lakers 34. John Kasay followed with a 32-yard field goal to restore the Cherries’ lead to 4.

After the Lakers went three-and-out, they were once again bitten by poor kick coverage, allowing Cherries returner Eric Parker to run back Dustin Colquitt’s punt 50 yards for a 1st and goal at the Philadelphia 4. Daniel Graham skyed over Sheldon Brown to haul in a scoring pass from Rivers on the next play to make it 20‑9 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter.

Graham’s score was negated on the Lakers’ next possession as they drove 65 yards to reach the end zone for the first and only time. Brett Favre converted a pair of 3rd downs in Delaware territory to keep the drive alive with passes to Plaxico Burress for 18 yards and Peerless Price for 8 yards. Kevan Barlow followed with a 6-yard run for a touchdown.

The Cherries’ league-leading offense immediately shrugged off the Philadelphia challenge by moving 79 yards in 11 plays and burning almost 6 minutes off the clock. As Delaware moved into Lakers territory, Rivers gave the ball to Tomlinson on four successive plays for 20 yards. Rivers exploited the setup with a 22-yard rope to Lee Evans for the game’s last score, the 9th touchdown reception of the season for the fleet wideout.

Philadelphia, finding themselves down again by 11 points with 10:04 left, was thereafter not able to mount a serious challenge. At one point the Cherries milked the clock for another 4½ minutes.