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December 11, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
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December 11, 2006

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ADAM DUERSON
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

The New England quarterback seemingly has Miami's number, having won six of the last eight meetings. But how will he fare against these resurgent Dolphins, winners of four of their last five?

TOM BRADY
QB PATRIOTS

Brady has been fabulous against the Fins (10 TD passes in the last five games), but he has been hard to figure out in '06. He was gritty against the Bears, but his stats were so-so: one TD and two picks. He has two four-TD games (against the Vikings and the Packers) and one four-interception game (against the Colts). He has also been held under 200 yards four times.

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JASON TAYLOR AND THE DOLPHINS' DEFENSE

Taylor, who suffered a left wrist injury on Sunday but returned to the game, is traditionally a terror versus AFC East--rival New England: In the last nine meetings he has sacked Brady 7 1/2 times and forced three fumbles. Moreover, during its recent turnaround, Miami has been madly marauding opposing QBs and now has racked up 38 sacks, fourth-best in the NFL.

THE VERDICT
Nick Saban's Dolphins are employing a bend-but-don't-break defense that's best exploited through the air (10 touchdown passes allowed in their last eight games). Taylor & Co. will harass Brady plenty, but the resourceful Patriots passer will find the holes and put up solid numbers.

JEFFRI CHADIHA
THE INSIDE MAN

Second to None

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