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Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict vs. San Diego RB Danny Woodhead

Burfict leads the NFL with 118 tackles, while Woodhead leads the league in touchdown receptions by a running back with five.

“He’s a great running back whose great at catching the ball out of the backfield,” Burfict said of Woodhead, who already has set career-highs with 59 catches, 469 receiving yards and the five scoring catches.

Woodhead only had five receiving touchdowns combined in his first four seasons in the league, which he spent with the New York Jets and New England Patriots. But since signing with San Diego in the offseason, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound dynamo has flourished.

“No disrespect to the other free agents we signed, but I think he’s the biggest signing we had in the offseason,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said.

Woodhead also has been a factor as a complement to Ryan Mathews in the running game, with 70 carries for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“He’s a threat because he’s a good interior runner, and he’s a good receiver of the football,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He understands the pass game. He runs routes like a wide receiver at times. He’s got good short area quickness. He’s a very effective player that way.”

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