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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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SUPERSLEEPER

RANDY MOSS

WR RAIDERS

AT

Bengals

Mr. Moss has to show up at some point this season, and it's a good bet that he'll grace us with a cameo against the banged-up Bengals secondary, which is ranked dead last against the pass and has allowed 16 TDs through the air this year. The Raiders don't throw the ball a lot, so don't count on too many receptions. Rather, look for some catch-and-run plays of the type Moss exhibited against Cincinnati in '98 (his rookie year), when he hauled in four balls for 99 yards and a touchdown. This year's Bengals have the look of a playoff team, and they're likely to put Oakland away early. That could lead Raiders coach Art Shell to open up the offense as a means of playing catch-up and seeing whom he wants to keep around for the future. In that vein Moss may also have an eye on '07. Even if he wants out of Oakland, he'll have to find someone else to pay him and will need to show his stuff down the stretch.

QUARTERBACK

MATT HASSELBECK
Seahawks AT Cardinals
Even with wins in two of its last three games, Arizona continues to give up passing yards by the acre (234.8 per game). Hasselbeck gets a well-deserved gimme after missing four games with a knee injury, then playing in frigid conditions in Seattle in Week 12 and in Denver on Sunday.

PHILIP RIVERS
Chargers VS. Broncos
When these teams last met, Denver was confident that it could contain LaDainian Tomlinson. Four TDs later the Broncos realized no one can. That won't keep Denver from trying this week by stacking the box, which will open up passing lanes for Rivers (222 yards, two TDs, two picks in their first matchup).

VINCE YOUNG
Titans AT Texans
Houston entertained the notion of making this native son the first overall pick in April's draft. Now the Texans will get to see what they missed out on. Young has led Tennessee to five wins in seven games with his arm (five TD passes over three games) and legs (147 rush yards and a TD in his last two).

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