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Week Like the Matchup
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October 09, 2006

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Week Like the Matchup

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LAMONT JORDAN Raiders AT 49ers
The perfect salve for the Oakland offense was a date with the Browns. Jordan had 128 of his team's 194 rushing yards (he added a touchdown), which more than doubled his season output. Expect more of the same this week: The Niners have allowed a RB to top 100 yards in each of the last three games.

LAURENCE MARONEY Patriots VS. Dolphins
The rookie's 125-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Bengals signaled the passing of the baton in New England; the quicker Maroney is now the featured back ahead of Corey Dillon. The Miami defense had its hands full trying to stop a Texans attack that had Ron Dayne as the lead back. Enough said.

With his shoulder injury healed, he is again one of the league's most lethal fantasy weapons. Portis gained 140 yards from scrimmage, including his first 100-yard rushing game of 2006, in last week's OT win over the Jaguars. Plus, he's scored a touchdown in every game he's played this season.

FRANK GORE 49ers VS. Raiders
Don't be scared off by the whitewashing San Francisco got from the Chiefs, who have a defense-oriented coach and were coming off a bye week. The Raiders surrendered 100 yards to Reuben Droughns, who had a total of 59 entering that game. Gore and the Niners will run wild.


ERIC JOHNSON 49ers VS. Raiders
Subbing for the injured Vernon Davis, Johnson laid an egg (three catches, 14 yards) in his second start of 2006, and has only 11 catches (one touchdown) for 103 yards on the year. But the six-year veteran should find success against Oakland, which has allowed an opponent's tight end to score in each game this season.

JASON WITTEN Cowboys AT Eagles
With all eyes on Terrell Owens, look for Dallas to try to make big plays with other options. That includes Witten, who to this point has been largely forgotten in the Cowboys' offense. After making 66 catches and scoring six touchdowns in 2005, he has only nine catches for 97 yards and no TDs in '06.


It would be easy to say that Owens is worth gambling on this week, but in fact he isn't much of a risk at all. T.O. gets up for big games, and this is his biggest since Super Bowl XXXIX (nine catches, 122 yards). He'll find a way to produce, and in the process will help WR Terry Glenn and TE Jason Witten have big games as well.

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