- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

KEY MATCHUP

REDSKINS RB CLINTON PORTIS vs. SEATTLE MLB LOFA TATUPU

About Portis: The three-time 1,500-yard runner rebounded from an injury-shortened 2006 season to rush for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs while setting personal bests with 47 catches and 389 receiving yards. Portis is one of the NFL’s premier cutback runners and, unlike many backs, he won’t shy from running up the gut.

About Tatupu: An immediate starter as a rookie, Tatupu has led the Seahawks in tackles for three consecutive seasons. Aggressive to the ball, Tatupu is the first Seattle linebacker to intercept three passes in a game. At 6 feet, Tatupu isn’t short for his spot, but he still has an inch on Portis.

Analysis: Portis wasn’t special in the team’s split 2005 matchups, rushing for 131 yards on 42 carries, while Tatupu had 20 tackles. However, Portis is hotter, averaging 102 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins won their last three games, while Pro Bowl pick Tatupu and Co. allowed an average of 115 rushing yards during the Seahawks’ 1-2 finish.

— David Elfin

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