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David Sabino
November 06, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP
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November 06, 2006

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WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

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QUARTERBACK

BRETT FAVRE
Packers AT Bills
Things are coming together for the Packers' QB: Ahman Green is healthy, and in the 6'4" David Martin, Favre has found a new, tall tight end threat in the mold of Mark Chmura. It all should add up to a monster day against the Bills, who've allowed 88 points in their last three games.

REX GROSSMAN
Bears VS. Dolphins
After tossing four interceptions in Week 6, sexy Rexy redeemed himself by hanging 41 points on the 49ers in the first half. His teammates helped his cause by handing him the ball inside Niners territory three times. Miami has allowed two passing TDs in three straight games and has a minus-5 turnover differential.

MICHAEL VICK
Falcons AT Lions
Coming off a Week 6 loss to the Giants, Vick promised to play more like a traditional QB: more passes and not so much reckless scrambling. Good timing, Mike. The Lions are ranked 29th in the league against the pass. Vick has seven passing TDs in the last two games. Expect more of the same here.

RUNNING BACK

FRED TAYLOR
Jaguars VS. Titans
Taylor is in a groove, having run for 298 yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. Last week the Tennessee defense, the league's second worst against the run, couldn't contain Texans rookie Wali Lundy, who ran for 116 yards (the first time the Titans had allowed an individual a 100-yard game since Week 4).

WARRICK DUNN
Falcons AT Lions
When we last saw the Lions' defense without suspended Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, speedy Jets rookie (and Florida State product) Leon Washington was lighting them up for 129 yards and two TDs. Dunn, also a former Seminoles back, must be licking his chops as he watches that film.

BRANDON JACOBS
Giants VS. Texans
Tiki Barber is the toast of the town, but Jacobs (the only Giant to have run for a TD this year) will do the heavy lifting against the Texans. New York should jump out to an early lead against a Houston team that the rest of the NFC East has outscored 89--31, and that means Jacobs will get twice his usual number of carries.

WIDE RECEIVER

T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH
Bengals AT Ravens
If anyone can find a hole in Baltimore's passing-defense wall, it's Houshmandzadeh, who'd be happy to play the Ravens 16 times a year. In two seasons as a starter he has put forth his best efforts against Baltimore. Last year in Week 12 he caught nine balls for 147 yards and a TD against the Ravens.

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