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Exploiting matchups: Week 5

Exploiting matchups: Week 5
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens

Titans QB Kerry Collins vs. Ravens pass defense

Don't expect much out of Collins against the NFL's top-ranked pass defense. In two home games, the Ravens have roughed up quarterbacks. In the season opener, Carson Palmer, of the Cincinnati Bengals, produced the worst passer rating of his six-year career. In Week 2, Derek Anderson produced the second-worst passer rating of his four-year career with the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens won't be at full strength because cornerback Samari Rolle (shoulder) is expected to miss his second straight game, but they have four interceptions in two home games this season.

Titans WR Justin Gage vs. Ravens CB Chris McAlister

Gage is coming off a 5-catch, 92-yard performance against the Vikings, and he has great chemistry with veteran quarterback Kerry Collins. Gage, currently slowed by a knee injury, is expected to draw McAlister, a savvy veteran who has long arms and is still solid in coverage. If the Ravens are able to take Gage away, Collins' options would be significantly reduced.

Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Titans CB Cortland Finnegan

Mason is coming off a 100-yard receiving game and has become a favorite target for rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. Tennessee is expected to put a lot of pressure on Flacco, much like the Pittsburgh Steelers did Monday night, when Mason caught half of Flacco's completions. That means Flacco will be looking to get rid of the ball quickly and will target his security blanket. The problem is Mason doesn't get many yards after the catch or score. Mason has just 10 touchdowns in his 51-game Ravens career. The Titans have the eighth-best pass defense. Finnegan leads the NFL with four interceptions and is physical. It should be an interesting and perhaps entertaining matchup to watch since both are feisty players who don't back down.

Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

Chiefs RB Larry Johnson vs. Panthers LB Jon Beason

As long as the Chiefs have a lead or at least a manageable deficit, the Panthers will get a steady dose of Johnson. The blockers will need to get to Beason and stay with him because he sheds blocks well. Beason and his teammates may still have a tough time with Johnson, who is the type of physical runner that can give the Panthers fits. So far, though, Carolina has responded well, holding the San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte, the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson and the Atlanta Falcons' Michael Turner under 100 yards and out of the end zone.

Panthers RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams vs. Chiefs run defense

Look for the Panthers to pound away at the Chiefs Sunday. Carolina hasn't had a 100-yard rusher yet. It could come this week against a Kansas City team that is allowing 176.5 yards per game on the ground and has surrendered six rushing touchdowns. Look for Stewart, who has all four of Carolina's rushing touchdowns, to find the end zone at least once. He will continue to split carries fairly evenly with Williams, but it's pretty clear he's the goal line back.

Panthers WR Steve Smith vs. Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers

Flowers, a rookie, is small but feisty. He doesn't back down from physical receivers bigger than him, so he won't be overmatched by the diminutive Smith. Smith may show Flowers a few moves the rookie has yet to see, though.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Bears QB Kyle Orton vs. Lions secondary

The Lions bolstered their secondary in the offseason by acquiring cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly and free safety Dwight Smith. They were supposed to have better playmakers, but they have yet to record an interception. Orton has thrown four - two in each of his past two games. One thing the Lions must watch out for is Orton and the no-huddle offense. The Bears had success with it early against the Philadelphia Eagles and might want to jump on the Lions early. Detroit has made it a habit of falling behind.

Bears RB Matt Forte vs. Lions LB Paris Lenon

After facing two stout run defenses in the past two weeks, the Bears expect to be able to cut loose against the Lions' porous defense. Detroit is not getting good play from its defensive line, and their linebackers have been a problem for years. This season is no different. Weakside linebacker Ernie Sims is a decent player who is being dragged down by the lack of talent around him. The Bears should be able to get offensive linemen to the second level on Lenon and Co.; they should have their way with the defense. There's nothing misleading about the Lions' rank as the worst run defense in the league. It's because players like Lenon are backup quality, at best.

Bears TEs Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen vs. Lions LB Alex Lewis

Clark and Olsen have been top targets for Orton in the early going. The offense is doing a lot with double-tight end sets and motion to create mismatches. Either one of these skilled receivers on Lewis would be a matchup worth exploiting for Orton, who is playing with more confidence every week. Clark is a nice receiver over the middle, and Olsen has the ability to stretch defenses vertically. Lewis is suspect in coverage.

Lions WRs Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams vs. Bears defensive backs

The Lions have been falling behind badly and need to be more aggressive on offense to keep from digging themselves a deep hole. They might go to Johnson and Williams earlier and more often - Johnson more so than Williams, even though Williams has been complaining about not getting the ball enough.

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

Falcons RB Michael Turner vs. Packers run defense

With injured Cullen Jenkins out at right defensive end, the Packers' run defense on early downs took a major blow. He was playing as well as any defensive lineman on the team, and his replacement, Michael Montgomery, isn't as stout or disruptive as Jenkins. Turner is the NFL's leading rusher, at 105.5 yards per game, and could be in for another big day, especially if linebacker A.J. Hawk also can't play because of a groin strain.

Falcons WR Roddy White vs. Packers CB Charles Woodson

Woodson, who hasn't practiced during the week because of a broken toe, is off to a great start. White is the Falcons' top receiving target, with 18 catches for 322 yards, but he has only one touchdown. The Packers will try to take away the Falcons' top weapon with Woodson, who returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Packers RB Ryan Grant vs. Falcons LB Curtis Lofton

The rookie Lofton had a strong first quarter of the season, while Grant has had trouble bouncing back from a hamstring injury. Lofton is good at stepping up and plugging holes in the running game; he also has the speed to play sideline to sideline. Atlanta has made some strides, although they still have the 23rd-ranked run defense in the league (131.2 yards per game).

Packers WRs Greg Jennings and Donald Driver vs. Falcons CBs Chevis Jackson and Brent Grimes

The Grimes-Houston duo is a weakness in Atlanta's defense. Both are short - 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10, respectively; Grimes is a rookie, and Houston is a second-year pro. Jennings is the Packers' best playmaker, so the Falcons might try to double him most of the game, which means Driver could be in a for a big day after making only one catch last week at Tampa Bay. This hinges on whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is healthy enough to play, though.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Colts TE Dallas Clark vs. Texans LB Zac Diles

The Texans will have their hands full with one of the league's best tight ends. Clark is off to a slow start after an injury knocked him out midway through the season opener and then all of Week 2. Clark is poised to be one of quarterback Peyton Manning's favorite targets this week, though. Diles will not have faced a tight end of Clark's caliber as a starter yet. He will have to stay on top of his assignments and can't give Clark much breathing room.

Colts OT Tony Ugoh vs. Texans DE Mario Williams

Ugoh is coming back after missing a game due to a groin injury. Super Mario is living up to his No. 1 overall pick status. He had sacks in each of the first two games, and although he didn't get one against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had five quarterback hits. Ugoh, a second-round pick from a year ago, has been fair to good, but not exceptional. It's still uncertain if Ugoh is a long-term answer at the position.

Texans RB Steve Slaton vs. Colts run defense

The rookie back is going up against the 31st-ranked run defense, which is allowing 199.3 yards per game. Indy's defensive tackles have struggled to slow backs. Slaton often likes to bounce off the first defender and jump to the outside, but he may find his greatest success against the Colts by running straight up the middle. Before the bye week, the Colts were humbled by Jacksonville for 236 yards. While some point the finger at the undersized line for that one, much of the damage was due to shoddy tackling by the linebackers. Freddie Keiaho was often in position and missed. Gary Brackett wasn't in position enough because blockers often shoved him out of the way. Clint Session has shown he just isn't fast enough to be an every-down player. Session has the job for two more weeks, until Tyjuan Hagler (pectoral) comes off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins

Chargers WRs Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson vs. Dolphins defensive backsChambers (four touchdowns) would clearly like to find the end zone against his former mates. He has only eight receptions but is averaging 24.5 yards per catch. Jackson, meanwhile, has been more consistent in terms of catches, with 15 for a team-best 246 yards. If Miami spends too much effort trying to keep Chambers in check, Jackson could be in store for a big day. Miami cornerback Will Allen saw a lot of Chambers in practice before Chambers was traded to San Diego last year, so it will be interesting whenever those two are matched against each other.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates vs. Dolphins LB Akin Ayodele

Gates is a major threat in the red zone, scoring 47 touchdowns in his six seasons. The Dolphins haven't allowed a tight end to score in their first three games. Gates, who has contributed 15 receptions for 205 yards and three touchdowns this year, will typically be defended by Ayodele, but Ayodele will likely need some help from the safeties. The inside linebacker is presently fifth on the team with 12 tackles. He will likely draw the responsibility of covering Gates because outside linebackers Joey Porter and Matt Roth will be applying pressure on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

Dolphins RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams vs. Chargers run defense

The Chargers finally had a good showing against the run during last Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. They will need to again be stout against the ground game versus the Dolphins, who feature a productive twosome. Brown is full of confidence after accounting for five touchdowns (four rushing, one throwing) against the New England Patriots. Williams has run well against the Chargers in the past. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams had his best game of the season against Oakland, as did defensive end Luis Castillo. The Chargers also get inside linebacker Stephen Cooper back from a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano vs. Chargers FS Eric Weddle and SS Clinton Hart

Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington loves the middle of the field, and so far Fasano has been his favorite target. Fasano has 11 catches for a team-leading 150 yards and two of Miami's three touchdown catches. Coincidentally, tight end David Martin was the recipient of Pennington's other touchdown grab. Weddle and Hart are the backstops for a secondary that is ranked 32nd in pass defense, having allowed 276.3 yards per game and nine touchdown passes. In San Diego's first four games, tight ends have torched the Chargers.

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants

Seahawks OT Sean Locklear vs. Giants DE Jason Tuck

Tuck has done an admirable job filling the void left by defensive end Michael Strahan's retirement, meaning Locklear will have quite a challenge in his first game back as a starter. Locklear missed the first two games due to a knee injury and saw only limited time in the St. Louis Rams game, in Week 3. He has been pretty dependable, but the rustiness of having been out for most of the last month should work in Tuck's favor.

Giants WR Domenik Hixon vs. Seahawks pass defense

The suspension of wide receiver Plaxico Burress takes a big weapon out of the Giants' lineup. The 6-foot-5 receiver would have had a serious size advantage against two of Seattle's top three corners: the 5-foot-10 Kelly Jennings and the 5-foot-9 Josh Wilson. The guess is that the Seahawks' best corner, Marcus Trufant, will focus on receiver Amani Toomer. Without Burress, the Giants look to Hixon to start and complement Toomer in the passing game. Hixon is a dangerous downfield threat who has shown an impressive ability to run after the catch. He Burress' talent, but if quarterback Eli Manning can get the ball into his hands, Hixon can make things happen. Chances are, he'll be open, since the Seahawks won't key their defense on him.

Giants TE Kevin Boss vs. Seahawks linebackers

With Burress out, the Giants could send Boss out on a few more pass routes in the hopes of forcing the Seahawks into nickel and dime defenses as well as creating some mismatches. The big Boss is too fast for most linebackers, so if they can isolate him on Seattle linebackers LeRoy Hill or Julian Peterson, he could be set up for a big play.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Redskins QB Jason Campbell vs. Eagles pass defense

Campbell hasn't thrown an interception, and the Redskins offense hasn't turned the ball over much. The Eagles have four interceptions, along with five fumble recoveries. After a rough game in Week 1, Campbell has been sharp in his last three contests. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up against an Eagles defense that likes to pressure the quarterback (league-leading 17 sacks).

Redskins RB Clinton Portis vs. Eagles run defense

The Eagles still lead the league in run defense, averaging 53.8 yards allowed per game. Portis is the league's fourth-leading rusher, with 369 yards on 86 carries. Portis seemed to get the better of Philadelphia last year, rolling up 206 yards and a touchdown in two contests. It could be a different story this time, thanks largely to Philly's speedy linebackers.

Redskins WR Santana Moss vs. Eagles CBs Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel

Moss is on pace for 108 catches after a great opening quarter to the season. He's tied for second in the NFL with 27 catches, is second with 421 yards and is tied for third with three touchdowns. Moss already has two 100-yard games. Philadelphia ranks 11th against the pass. Samuel leads the team with two interceptions. A big key in this matchup will be the Eagles' pass rush. Philadelphia already has 17 sacks (including nine against the Pittsburgh Steelers), so that will help the cover guys.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Redskins CB Shawn Springs

Springs has been terrific in the last two games, keeping the Arizona Cardinals' Anquan Boldin and the Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens in relative check. He missed the fourth quarter of the Dallas game with a left calf strain but expects to play in Week 5. According to the Redskins' stats, he has 14 tackles and four pass breakups in three games. Jackson is a big reason why the Eagles are ranked fifth in passing yards per game. The rookie ranks eighth in the NFL (and first among rookies) with 327 receiving yards. He has 22 catches and one touchdown. It will be interesting to see if Springs matches up with Jackson exclusively. If Springs for some reason can't go, the first-year receiver could be in for a field day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

Buccaneers QB Brian Griese vs. Broncos CBs Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly

The Broncos tend to give up a lot of points, but two of their best players are Bailey and Bly. Bailey and Bly are the kind of duo that gives Griese trouble; they're smart and they're quick to recognize what a quarterback is doing. Griese doesn't do a very good job of looking off receivers, so he could be in for a tough day in this one. He has been throwing many picks of late. That trend isn't likely to end with this game.

Buccaneers RBs Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn vs. Broncos run defense

Graham does a good job of getting through the line because he's a one-cut runner who finds his hole quickly and hits it. The Buccaneers have made Dunn a big part of the defense, and he should continue to get touches against a Broncos defense that hasn't done a great job against similar players. The Broncos have had problems containing backs like the New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush and the San Diego Chargers' Darren Sproles, undersized backs who are dangerous in space. Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams fills the gap rather well and sheds blocks extremely well, so he'll make life difficult for this pair. The key is to get Graham into a rhythm and wear down the Broncos defenders. If the Bucs do, they'll give Graham a good chance to eventually break off a big gainer. If they don't get him going early, though, Graham's talents will go to waste.

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber

The Buccaneers will try to limit Denver's big plays with their zone defense. The Broncos won't stop passing the ball, and many of their targets will be for Marshall. He'll spend time matched up against Barber, who will have a task stopping one of the NFL's best receivers after the catch on the array of short throws he is likely to see.

Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals

Bills WR Lee Evans vs. Cardinals CB Eric Green

Evans is off to the fastest start of his career, with 332 yards on 14 catches - that's a 23.7-yard average. Bills quarterback Trent Edwards seems to be getting better every week. The Cards may try to blitz the Bills, but Edwards has proven he can beat the blitz. Arizona's cornerbacks make up the weak part of their defense. Green struggled mightily against the New York Jets (as did the Cards' entire defensive backfield). Evans can do damage against Green, who isn't playing well and at some point may be moved for No. 1 pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Look for Evans to pile up more good numbers this week.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. Bills CB Jabari Greer

Greer has been a solid contributor for the Bills as the starter on the left side for the past season and a quarter. He had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown last week. However, this is a huge challenge for him. Greer is slight, at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Fitzgerald is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. Look for the Cards to go to Fitzgerald often because he has the body to box out Greer on the inside and go over him on the outside. The receiver has three straight 100-yard games. Fitz would seem to have the upper hand - except that wide receiver Anquan Boldin (head) doesn't seem likely to play. That means the Bills can give help to whoever draws Fitz. It won't be the Bills top corner, Terrence McGee, out with a knee injury.

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

Bengals QB Carson Palmer or QB Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Cowboys pass defense

Dallas thought the strength of its defense would be defending the pass. Wrong. With strong safety Roy Williams (forearm) out, the Cowboys have struggled. Backup strong safety Pat Watkins was penalized for being the 12th man on the field against the Washington Redskins and was responsible for allowing the first touchdown pass. Cornerbacks Adam Jones and Terence Newman have not played well. The Cowboys are getting pressure (12 sacks) but are letting quarterbacks escape too often. If Fitzpatrick has to play again because of Palmer's injured elbow, he might have some room to run as well as throw on the run.

Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs. Cowboys CB Terence Newman

Newman is coming off a poor performance against Washington in which he allowed two touchdown passes and a 53-yard catch by receiver Santana Moss. This week he gets a different challenge in the bigger Houshmandzadeh, who has 24 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown. Housh has become Palmer's go-to guy over Chad Ocho Cinco. The Cowboys are one of only two teams not to have an interception in the first four games. The winless Detroit Lions are the other. Newman needs to make plays because the ball will come his way.

Cowboys RB Marion Barber III vs. Bengals run defense

Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is being criticized this week for giving up too quickly on the run in the loss to Washington. Barber had just eight carries, and rookie Felix Jones had no attempts. Head coach Wade Phillips said quarterback Tony Romo called audibles out of 14 or 15 running plays. They did not run in the fourth quarter. The Bengals are likely, as they were against the Browns, to face a team determined to re-establish the run. Barber has scored five touchdowns, four on the ground, and is 10th in rushing with 311 yards and a 4.4-yard average. The Bengals are 28th against the rush at 164.3 yards allowed per game. They have allowed at least 79 yards by a runner in each of their first four games, and three of their four opponents have had 40 or more attempts.

New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers

Patriots WR Randy Moss vs. 49ers CB Nate Clements

Moss has six catches for just 47 yards in New England's last two games. He is itching to contribute more and help quarterback Matt Cassel. Teams have focused heavily on him, though, rolling a safety to his side of the field in double coverage. Clements will be trying his best to keep Moss' numbers low.

Patriots offensive line vs. 49ers defense

How the Pats' offensive line can stand up against the 49ers' pressure defense will go a long way toward determining how much success New England has against San Francisco. The Niners use several different fronts and a number of different players in their blitzes. If New England's O-line struggles, it will affect both the passing game, which has been stagnant, and the running game, which has also struggled a bit.

49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan vs. Patriots secondary

O'Sullivan had his worst game of the season against the New Orleans Saints, as he threw two interceptions in the end zone. When he gets time to throw, he is able to hit some plays down the field. The 49ers have not done a great job of protecting him, as they have allowed a league-worst 19 sacks. They've also connected on nine pass plays of 25 yards or more in their four games this season, though.

49ers RB Frank Gore vs. Patriots defense

The Patriots had a horrible time defending against direct snaps to the Miami Dolphins' Ronnie Brown two weeks ago. On direct snaps, Brown carried three times for 69 yards and a touchdown, threw a five-yard scoring pass and handed off to fellow back Ricky Williams twice for 31 yards. Gore has taken a direct snap once this season. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots expect to see more of that this season. Regardless of whether he's taking direct snaps, Gore figures to play a huge role in this game. He leads the NFL with 525 yards from scrimmage. He has 369 yards rushing and 156 yards receiving. The Patriots own the league's 25th-ranked run defense.

49ers TE Vernon Davis vs. Patriots LB Mike Vrabel

Davis has been a large disappointment this season after catching 52 passes a year ago. He has caught just two passes in the past three games, and he seems to be more valuable to the 49ers in pass protection. His frustration seemed to get the better part of him Sunday, when he gestured to the sideline after catching his first pass with just six minutes remaining. It is possible the 49ers will make more of an effort to get him down the field to make plays in this game; he spent a lot of time last week working with O'Sullivan on the deep ball.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Jaguars pass defense

The Steelers haven't been this decimated at running back since they lost Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier before the AFC Championship game in 1976. New starter Mewelde Moore comes in with only 19 yards on nine carries, after totaling 44 attempts in the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Roethlisberger must put the Steelers on his broad shoulders without running backs Willie Parker (knee) and Rashard Mendenhall (shoulder). That is especially true if the Jaguars (five sacks in four games, 27th in the NFL) give him time to dissect the Jacksonville secondary (225.0 passing yards per game, 25th in the league). With the banged up running backs, though, look for the Jaguars to use five defensive backs often. Roethlisberger has only had one good game in four outings against the Jaguars; it came in his rookie season, when he posted a 158.0 rating, his fourth best mark in the NFL. He also posted his fourth worst mark, in 2006, when he managed a 38.7 rating.

Jaguars RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Steelers run defense

The Steelers have allowed only three 100-yard rushers in their past 70 games, and Taylor is one of them (147 last season). That was a Steelers team missing left defensive end Aaron Smith, though. The Steelers' run defense - even without starting nose tackle Casey Hampton and right defensive end Brett Keisel - is now fourth in the NFL, allowing an average of only 74 yards per game. They're thriving with five solid linebackers - outside men James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, along with inside men Larry Foote, James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons. Strong safety Polamalu have helped shut down opposing teams' running attacks, like Jacksonville's, too. Meanwhile, Taylor and Jones-Drew are 23rd and 33rd in the NFL, with 213 and 169 rushing yards in four games, respectively. Taylor has enjoyed plenty of success against the Steelers, with seven touchdowns in 10 games. He needs 85 rushing yards Sunday to become just the third NFL back with 1,000 career rushing yards against Pittsburgh, joining Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly.

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson vs. Saints LB Jonathan Vilma

Peterson has failed to reach the 100-yard rushing mark in the past two games but will have the extra incentive of playing against a shaky defense in a prime-time game. Vilma is a key to containing Peterson from his middle linebacker spot. He leads the Saints with 35 tackles. Peterson was limited two weeks ago because of a sore hamstring but appears to be getting better. He had 80 yards on 18 carries against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.

Saints RB Reggie Bush vs. Vikings LBs Chad Greenway and Ben Leber

Starting middle linebacker E.J. Henderson seems unlikely to play because of two dislocated toes on his left foot he suffered last Sunday against Tennessee. This means Greenway and Leber will be key in trying to contain Bush, who leads the Saints with 31 receptions. The Vikings play a Tampa 2 defense, so the middle linebacker often drops into coverage. Bush could present problems on short routes that Greenway and Leber will be counted on to contain.

Saints RB Deuce McAllister vs. Vikings DTs Pat Williams and Kevin Williams

The Deuce shook loose again for the Saints last week, and they needed it. His numbers may seem pedestrian (20 carries, 73 yards, one touchdown; one catch, 10 yards), but his impact on the Saints' running game and the offense as a whole was evident. It opened up things up for quarterback Drew Brees and the passing game. The Williamses are two of the NFL's best defensive tackles. It will be tough for McAllister to pick up yardage against the pair.

Saints WR Lance Moore vs. Vikings CB Antoine Winfield

Moore is coming off two of his best weeks in the NFL, as he has caught 14 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks. Brees' confidence in Moore increases by the day. The third-year receiver will again figure into the Saints' passing attack with wideout Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (hernia) out. Winfield already has one interception, and he has returned a fumble for a score. There is a good chance he will be matched up against Moore at some point.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 3, 2008

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