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David Sabino
December 11, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP
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December 11, 2006

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WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

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JOHN CARNEY
Saints AT Cowboys
Carney has worked plenty on his short game recently, booting 28 extra points and only one field goal longer than 39 yards in the last 10 games. But Dallas's defense, which has allowed a mere 11 passing TDs all year, should be stout enough to slow down Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense, often forcing field goal tries. Carney will clean up.

DEFENSE

RAMS VS. Bears
Rex Grossman has suddenly become Rex the Wonder Dog of Interceptions, which is good news for a team that has but a dozen this year. Even soft pass defenses like the Rams' have proved troublesome for the beleaguered QB: He's tossed 10 interceptions to the Vikings, Patriots and Cardinals combined.

IS HE FOR REAL?

MARCEL SHIPP
RB CARDINALS

Remember who the Cardinals' leading rusher was before Edgerrin James was signed last off-season? It was Shipp, who in last week's win at St. Louis thrived in his new role as James's replacement in goal line situations. Shipp scored three times on seven carries, a feat that becomes infinitely more impressive once you realize that James also has three rushing TDs this season--in 252 tries. Arizona's offense has moved the ball effectively (averaging 355.3 yards over the last three games), creating scoring chances that belong to Shipp. He has found his niche.

DAVID SABINO
THE PERFECT TEAM: WEEK 14

QB
CARSON PALMER vs. Raiders
No one is throwing the ball better

RB
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON vs. Broncos
Will shatter alltime TD record

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