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Sept. 18, 2006
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This is an article from the Sept. 18, 2006 issue

These playersmatch up well against certain teams--or vice versa

PAST PERFORMANCEis no guarantee of future results, but if a player has torched a foe (or wasstymied) more than once, it may not be a fluke. We scoured the game-by-gamecareer stats for each expected major contributor at running back, quarterbackand wide receiver, eliminating single-game performances and players who serveprimarily as backups, to assemble these lists of the best and worst averagesfor individuals against teams that they will face this season.

[This article contains tables. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

FavorableMatchups for Running Backs

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARDS/
GAME
TDS2006
MEETING
CLINTON PORTIS, RedskinsBUCCANEERS2146.02WEEK 11
KEVIN JONES, LionsCARDINALS2138.51WEEK 11
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, ChargersBROWNS3137.74WEEK 9
EDGERRIN JAMES, CardinalsBEARS2136.02WEEK 6
CADILLAC WILLIAMS, BucsFALCONS2133.02WEEK 2

FavorableMatchups for Quarterbacks

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARD/
GAME
PASSES2006
MEETING
AARON BROOKS, RaidersBRONCOS2409.03WEEK 6
KURT WARNER, CardinalsBRONCOS2378.03WEEK 15
BRAD JOHNSON, Vikings49ERS2356.03WEEK 9
MARC BULGER, RamsPACKERS2347.55WEEK 5
TRENT GREEN, ChiefsBROWNS2322.04WEEK 13

FavorableMatchups for Wide Receivers

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARD/
GAME
TDS2006
MEETING
CHAD JOHNSON, BengalsCOLTS2131.01WEEK 15
TORRY HOLT, RamsVIKINGS3123.00WEEK 17
CHAD JOHNSON, BengalsBRONCOS2122.02WEEK 16
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON, PanthersSTEELERS3117.32WEEK 15
ISAAC BRUCE, RamsCHARGERS3114.35WEEK 8

UnfavorableMatchups for Running Backs

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARD/
GAME
TDS2006
MEETING
TIKI BARBER, GiantsBUCCANEERS414.30WEEK 8
TIKI BARBER, GiantsTITANS321.71WEEK 12
KEVAN BARLOW, JetsDOLPHINS229.52WEEK 6
FRED TAYLOR, JaguarsGIANTS230.51WEEK 11
KEVIN JONES, LionsCOWBOYS232.51WEEK 17

UnfavorableMatchups for Quarterbacks

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARD/
GAME
PASSES2006
MEETING
MATT HASSELBECK, SeahawksBUCCANEERS280.02WEEK 17
DAVID CARR, TexansBILLS3100.01WEEK 11
DONOVAN MCNABB, EaglesBUCCANEERS3100.31WEEK 7
TOM BRADY, PatriotsLIONS2108.00WEEK 13
BYRON LEFTWICH, JaguarsBILLS2119.52WEEK 12

UnfavorableMatchups for Wide Receivers

PLAYER, TEAMOPPONENTGAMESYARD/
GAME
TDS2006
MEETING
DONALD DRIVER, PackersJETS25.00WEEK 13
DONALD DRIVER, PackersCARDINALS313.00WEEK 8
CHAD JOHNSON, BengalsBUCCANEERS213.50WEEK 6
REGGIE WAYNE, ColtsDOLPHINS416.50WEEK 17
STEVE SMITH, PanthersRAMS216.50WEEK 11


TELLING NUMBERS

17.9 Career yards per catch for ASHLEY LELIE of theFalcons, the highest average for any receiver since 2002.

3 Consecutive seasons that Bengals wideout ChadJohnson has led the AFC in receiving yards.

111 TD passes thrown by Aaron Brooks from 2001 through'05, tied with Trent Green for fourth most in the NFL.

TWO PHOTOSLEON HALIP/WIREIMAGE.COM (JONES); KEVIN C. COX/WIREIMAGE.COM (LELIE)