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October 30, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP
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October 30, 2006

Sit 'em

DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

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QUARTERBACK

BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Steelers AT Raiders
Big Ben's bad luck continued on Sunday, when he suffered a concussion in the third quarter against the Falcons after throwing three TDs. Even if he's cleared to play, he's not a good option against Oakland, whose defense is porous against the run but has a punishing pass rush led by end Derrick Burgess.

MATT LEINART
Cardinals VS. Packers
Ranked at the bottom of the league against the pass, Green Bay allowed Joey Harrington to throw for a whopping 414 yards last week. The woeful Cardinals line, however, won't be able to keep the solid Packers pass rush off Leinart, who was 13 of 32 for 203 yards with two picks against the Raiders.

BYRON LEFTWICH
Jaguars AT Eagles
Hampered by a sore left ankle, Leftwich was terrible against the Texans, completing 14 of 28 passes for 125 yards--the lowest passing total against Houston since Week 15 of 2004. Things won't be any easier against Philadelphia's defense, which limited the Bucs to 104 yards through the air.

RUNNING BACK

MAURICE JONES-DREW
Jaguars AT Eagles
The 5'7" rookie has wrested a chunk of the rushing duties from Fred Taylor and has had 13 carries twice. But they came against the Colts (then 27th against the run) and the Jets (25th). Despite a TD against the Texans on Sunday, he gained only 10 yards. Don't count on him getting too many rushes at Philly.

LAURENCE MARONEY
Patriots AT Vikings
Same situation, different team. Maroney was gaining ground on the incumbent, Corey Dillon; Maroney peaked with 125 yards rushing and two TDs against the Bengals in Week 4. But it's hard to rest a back who runs for two scores in the first quarter, which is what Dillon did against the Bills last week.

EDGERRIN JAMES
Cardinals AT Packers
Any owner who drafted Emmitt Smith in 2003 or '04 knows this much: Arizona simply isn't good at running the ball. Smith gained only 3.3 yards per carry during his two-year stay in the desert, while Edge has averaged 2.7 in his seven games. Don't look for things to improve for James anytime soon.

WIDE RECEIVER

REGGIE WAYNE
Colts AT Broncos
Denver's defense has allowed only two touchdowns (both passing) in '06, and Champ Bailey and Darrent Williams are cover cornerbacks who can guard both Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Wayne has just two TD catches this year, and in two career games at Invesco, Peyton Manning has not thrown for a score.

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