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Adam Duerson
November 13, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
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November 13, 2006

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ADAM DUERSON
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Yards, receptions, touchdowns.... Chicago simply doesn't allow much of anything that makes for a strong fantasy performance by a running back. So what will that mean for the league's leading rusher?

TIKI BARBER
RB GIANTS

The Barber Farewell Tour has gone well so far (save for the one-TD problem). En route to being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October, Barber has been a model of consistency: He's one of only three players whose per-game rushing average (103.8) eclipses the century mark, and even his worst game (51 yards) was offset by stellar receiving stats (7 for 57).

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LANCE BRIGGS AND THE BEARS' DEFENSE

The Bears are anything but cuddly against the run, allowing 91.1 yards per game. (Only three opposing backs have topped 75 yards, and none have reached the end zone.) Briggs and fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher (whose status is uncertain after suffering a sprained left foot in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins) lead a unit that has forced a league-high 15 fumbles.

THE VERDICT
Believe it or not, the outcome may actually hinge on the Bears' offense. If it scores early and forces the Giants to the air, Barber will suffer. Even if he makes a few catches, the Chicago D allows fewer than 18 receiving yards per game to starting running backs. Advantage, Da Bears.

JEFFRI CHADIHA
THE INSIDE MAN

Double Trouble

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