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ADAM DUERSON
November 27, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
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November 27, 2006

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ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Harrington spent four woeful seasons in Detroit, and his ex-teammates apparently can't wait to batter him for old times' sake. Will he have the last laugh, or will his replacement add insult to injury?

JOEY HARRINGTON
QB DOLPHINS

The QB of Lions Past has found new life in Miami, beating two top pass D's--the Bears' and the Chiefs'. He also has a 400-yard game and seems to have cured his fumbling problem, though he has thrown 10 interceptions. The concern for Harrington owners here is that coach Nick Saban will keep the ball on the ground against a defense that allows 125.5 rushing yards per game.

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JON KITNA
QB LIONS

The QB of Lions Present would be dangerous if he had better blocking. Instead he has 12 interceptions and six fumbles. He faces the league's sixth-ranked pass defense, though it may be without injured tackle Keith Traylor. That may not seem so critical since Traylor is a run-stuffer, but he has been key to freeing up Miami's linebackers and has a career-high four sacks.

THE VERDICT Kitna's big days have come mostly in the sort of shootout game that the Dolphins' defense is unlikely to allow. Harrington, meanwhile, faces a toothless D that ranks 29th in interceptions and 26th in sacks. He'll have more time to work and will make the most of his opportunities.

JEFFRI CHADIHA THE INSIDE MAN

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