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Best vs. Best
Adam Duerson
September 03, 2007
There are always games within the games in the NFL, and often they're one-on-one matchups. But only rarely are we treated to a full-fledged confrontation between a premier offensive player and a premier defensive player, each as good as anybody in the league at his position and each looking to prove something at the expense of the other. Football reputations are made in moments like these. The 2007 NFL calendar provides but a handful of such showdowns. Here are eight that promise to be great. WEEK 1 ||| SEPTEMBER 10
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September 03, 2007

Best Vs. Best

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WEEK 9 ||| NOVEMBER 4

Vince Young

TENNESSEE TITANS
QUARTERBACK

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Julius Peppers

CAROLINA PANTHERS
DEFENSIVE END

Young's most famous unscripted scrambles last year--a 19-yard fourth-down run against the Giants and a game-winning 39-yard dash against the Texans--went to the right, where he can see what's ahead. What he'll see if he does that against the Panthers is the league's best defensive end. With the wingspan of a 7-footer, Peppers is the type of player who can snuff out a highlight-reel scramble with the swipe of one beefy arm. He's never faced Young, but he has played often against the comparable Michael Vick, so Young might want to break out a tape of the last Falcons-Panthers meeting, in December. Peppers had two sacks.

WEEK 10 ||| NOVEMBER 11

Marcus McNeill

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
LEFT TACKLE

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