Who Has WhoseNumber?

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, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARDS/
GAME
TDS 2006
MEETING
CLINTON PORTIS, Redskins BUCCANEERS 2 146.0 2 WEEK 11
KEVIN JONES, Lions CARDINALS 2 138.5 1 WEEK 11
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, Chargers BROWNS 3 137.7 4 WEEK 9
EDGERRIN JAMES, Cardinals BEARS 2 136.0 2 WEEK 6
CADILLAC WILLIAMS, Bucs FALCONS 2 133.0 2 WEEK 2

FavorableMatchups for Quarterbacks

PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARD/
GAME
PASSES 2006
MEETING
AARON BROOKS, Raiders BRONCOS 2 409.0 3 WEEK 6
KURT WARNER, Cardinals BRONCOS 2 378.0 3 WEEK 15
BRAD JOHNSON, Vikings 49ERS 2 356.0 3 WEEK 9
MARC BULGER, Rams PACKERS 2 347.5 5 WEEK 5
TRENT GREEN, Chiefs BROWNS 2 322.0 4 WEEK 13

FavorableMatchups for Wide Receivers

PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARD/
GAME
TDS 2006
MEETING
CHAD JOHNSON, Bengals COLTS 2 131.0 1 WEEK 15
TORRY HOLT, Rams VIKINGS 3 123.0 0 WEEK 17
CHAD JOHNSON, Bengals BRONCOS 2 122.0 2 WEEK 16
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON, Panthers STEELERS 3 117.3 2 WEEK 15
ISAAC BRUCE, Rams CHARGERS 3 114.3 5 WEEK 8

UnfavorableMatchups for Running Backs

PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARD/
GAME
TDS 2006
MEETING
TIKI BARBER, Giants BUCCANEERS 4 14.3 0 WEEK 8
TIKI BARBER, Giants TITANS 3 21.7 1 WEEK 12
KEVAN BARLOW, Jets DOLPHINS 2 29.5 2 WEEK 6
FRED TAYLOR, Jaguars GIANTS 2 30.5 1 WEEK 11
KEVIN JONES, Lions COWBOYS 2 32.5 1 WEEK 17

UnfavorableMatchups for Quarterbacks

PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARD/
GAME
PASSES 2006
MEETING
MATT HASSELBECK, Seahawks BUCCANEERS 2 80.0 2 WEEK 17
DAVID CARR, Texans BILLS 3 100.0 1 WEEK 11
DONOVAN MCNABB, Eagles BUCCANEERS 3 100.3 1 WEEK 7
TOM BRADY, Patriots LIONS 2 108.0 0 WEEK 13
BYRON LEFTWICH, Jaguars BILLS 2 119.5 2 WEEK 12

UnfavorableMatchups for Wide Receivers

PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT GAMES YARD/
GAME
TDS 2006
MEETING
DONALD DRIVER, Packers JETS 2 5.0 0 WEEK 13
DONALD DRIVER, Packers CARDINALS 3 13.0 0 WEEK 8
CHAD JOHNSON, Bengals BUCCANEERS 2 13.5 0 WEEK 6
REGGIE WAYNE, Colts DOLPHINS 4 16.5 0 WEEK 17
STEVE SMITH, Panthers RAMS 2 16.5 0 WEEK 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)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)