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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 PHOTOS

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