Tag:LaDainian Tomlinson
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:40 pm

Hot Routes 11.1.10 box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

We read through all the box scores so that you wouldn't have to. Here's what was pulled out.

Neither quarterback was very good in the Bengals-Dolphins game. Carson Palmer struggled with distance-based accuracy, completing just 17/38 passes. Chad Henne was 24/37 with no touchdowns and an awful interception to Morgan Trent.

M. Stafford returned to Detroit and helped lead his squad to a victory against Washington (Getty). For the seventh time in seven games this season, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams were both held to 80 yards or less on the ground.

Davone Bess, who started ahead of Brian Hartline for the first time this season, caught seven balls for Miami. The shifty slot receiver is on pace for 89 receptions and nearly 1,000 yards in 2010.

Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Cowboys, rushing for 135 yards on 27 carries.

In his first game since injuring his shoulder in Week 1, Matthew Stafford was 26/45 for 212 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. (DeAngelo Hall, who was outplayed by Calvin Johnson for most of the afternoon, snagged the interception on a brilliant first quarter play.)

The box score shows Washington gaining 80 yards on the ground, but 45 of those yards came on four Donovan McNabb runs. The Redskins never came close to sustaining a true rushing attack on Sunday.

Ndamukong Suh is running away with the Defensive Player of the Year award. The behemoth DT recorded two more sacks Sunday, bringing his total to 6.5 on the season. Suh also had five tackles and a game-sealing touchdown off a fumble return.

Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril also recorded a pair of sacks for the Lions.

Only 42,339 people paid to see the Lions defeat the Redskins.

The Bills became the fourth team in NFL history to lose back-to-back overtime games on the road. (Of course, that kind of heartbreak is nothing for a franchise that once lost back-to-back Super Bowls back-to-back times.) The last team to lose two straight road overtime games was the ’09 Steelers (remember them?).

For what it’s worth, Kansas City’s Thomas Jones became the first player in NFL history to rush for 500 yards for a fifth different team. Jones had 77 of the Chiefs’ 274 yards rushing. (Jamaal Charles led the way with 177; he also led the Chiefs with 61 yards receiving.)

C.J. Spiller seemed to spend as much time at wide receiver as running back. And not at slot receiver – split out WIDE, as in outside the numbers. Spiller finished with four catches for 28 yards and six carries for 17 yards. (It’s apparent that the first-round rookie is still doing too much reading and not enough reacting.)

Paul Posluszny led the Bills with 18 tackles. He has extra chances to tackle because none of Buffalo’s defensive linemen can get off blocks.

Steven Jackson played with a broken finger against the Panthers. He came out in passing situations (one catch, four yards), but rushed for 59 yards on 23 carries (his performance looked better than the numbers suggest).

You can call off the search party for Carolina’s running game – not because the run game was found but because it’s safe to declare it dead. Jonathan Stewart managed just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Rams. DeAngelo Williams stayed home with a foot injury.

James Laurinaitis is putting together a Pro Bowl season. On Sunday the second-year linebacker had eight tackles, a sack, three tackles for a loss and an interception (which came on a horrendous decision and throw by Matt Moore).

The Packers told Aaron Rodgers all week not to worry about his completion percentage – just make sure he didn’t turn the ball over. Rodgers listened. He was 15/34 passing with zero interceptions and fumbles.

Mark Sanchez was equally inaccurate, going 16/38 but with two picks (one of which was Charles Woodson plain ripping the ball away from Dustin Keller.)

LaDainian Tomlinson is clearly the No. 1 back for the Jets. He got 16 carries against Green Bay; Shonn Greene got six. Neither player was particularly effective (LT got tripped up on several shoestring tackles).

After catching a pass in 133 straight games, Donald Drive was held without a catch for a second straight game. He was still hampered by a quad injury.

Troy Smith was an efficient 12/19 for 196 yards and a touchdown in his 49ers starting debut. Looks like Mike Singletary may have a new starting Smith to threaten with a benching.

Brandon Lloyd hauled in seven passes for 169 yards. Lloyd has had triple-digit receiving yards in five games this season.

Justin Smith led the Niners with two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

The trio of Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles combined for 145 yards rushing for San Diego.

Some guy named Seyi Ajirotutu (save some vowels for the rest of us, pal) had three catches for 48 yards for the Chargers. Ajirotutu is an undrafted rookie from Fresno State.

The Seahawks were 1/16 on third down against the Raiders.

How’s this for consistency: Adrian Peterson carried the ball 25 times for 92 yards Sunday, with his longest run going for just nine yards.

Danny Woodhead turned in five catches for 45 yards against the Vikings.

LeGarrette Blount had 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s win at Arizona. (Cadillac Williams had just four carries for 10 yards.)

In his first game since Week 3, Steve Breaston caught eight passes for 147 yards.

No one for the Steelers had more than 43 yards receiving at New Orleans Sunday night.

Robert Meachem and Marques Colston both had six catches and at least 75 yards receiving for the Saints.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 2:18 pm

LT tops 13,000 rushing yards

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Every week, we could extol the virtues of Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson. That’s how dominant he’s been this season. That’s how outstanding his comeback has been this year. That’s how impressive his career-saving performance has been this year.

So, we make a special effort to inform you that, with his eight-yard run off left tackle in the second quarter of today’s game vs. the Packers, Tomlinson became only the seventh player in NFL history to surpass 13,000 career rushing yards.

Eric Dickerson is No. 6 on the all-time rushing list with 13,280 yards, so Tomlinson could pass him in the next few weeks. Then, he could set his sites on Jerome Bettis, fifth on the list, and his mark of 13,662.

He's also only the second player in NFL history to accumulate at least 13,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards. The other is Walter Payton.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 5:30 pm

Nick Mangold talks Jets, Twitter, BCS & LeBron

Posted by Will Brinson

Nick Mangold, the Jets Pro Bowl center, joins the podcast on Wednesday and, perhaps awkwardly, the first question we had for him involved eating snacks on the bye week. Of course, that's not all we talked about, because Mangold's a really interesting, funny dude.

For instance, we also chatted about the Jets' expectations for the season, what Mangold thinks about the BCS (he's an Ohio State graduate), what it's like blocking for a Hall of Famer like LaDainian Tomlinson in a revived season, why the Jets are so active on Twitter, what he thinks about the Ines Sainz situation and how he feels about Brett Favre taking the drama away from the Jets.

Oh, also, his thoughts on LeBron James (again, Ohio), what he thinks of Jon Gruden nicknaming the Giants wideouts "Jet Blue" (this one really works since Mangold is doing a promotion with Mastercard and the actual JetBlue airline to hook Jets fans up with free plane tickets if they win the Super Bowl), and much much more.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 3:16 pm

Terrell Owens reaches the 150-TD mark

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens became just the fifth player in NFL history to score 150 touchdowns Sunday when, with Cincinnati using a no-huddle offense, he caught a 19-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer.

We’ll assume this means Owens holds the unofficial all-time record with 150 touchdown celebrations, as it's unlikely that the four players ahead of him – Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson and Randy Moss – turned each of their scores into theatrical performance.

When all is said and done, Owens will be either the second or third most prolific wide receiver in NFL history. He is fifth all-time in receptions and needs less than 100 more to pass Marvin Harrison for second all-time. He’s already third in yards and should catch Isaac Bruce for second place sometime around Thanksgiving.

For the record, he's caught 147 career TDs and rushed for three scores.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:17 pm

Thurman Thomas talks Bills, Spiller, big hits

Posted by Will Brinson

Thurman Thomas, former Bill superstar and NFL Hall of Famer, joined the CBSSports.com Football Podcast on Thursday to talk about the Bills' current situation (it can't be summed up any differently, although Thomas provides some nice insight into how early the Bills might draft a quarterback in 2011 -- hint: EARLY), as well as the possibility that C.J. Spiller could be Buffalo's next feature back.

While we had him on the line, we also discussed the NFL's new policy on big hits (he's got a fairly amusing take on why we should blame quarterbacks too), LaDainian Tomlinson's change of scenery (you may recall Thomas played a season with the Dolphins before retiring) and the big crop of running backs up for vote in Canton during the next induction (Thomas is also working with FansChoice.com, where fans can give input into a voting process that typically excludes the layman).

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:08 am

Mangold, Schottenheimer have disagreement

N. Mangold had a disagreement with his offensive coordinator this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite a 4-1 record, Jets C Nick Mangold feels like the team still could use some work on offense. RB LaDainian Tomlinson has been a standout this season, ranking fifth in the league with 435 yards, and the squad is fourth in the league in scoring with 27.0 points per game.

But that’s not enough to satisfy Mangold.

Mangold wants the freedom to tweak plays at the line of scrimmage, and considering he’s a veteran and widely considered the best center in the league, perhaps he should be given that consideration. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, though, doesn’t think so.

The two had a discussion about the issue Friday, and clearly, Schottenheimer got his way.

“He’s holding me back,” Mangold said in quotes captured by the New York Post’s George Willis.

Willis wrote that on a scale of 1-10, one being a healthy discussion and 10 being fisticuffs, the disagreement rated about a 2. But still, that’s probably not the most-comforting incident for a team that’s been really good the past month.

“Obviously, when you have a defensive head coach and the top-rated defense in the league coming from last year, you know that you have to pull your weight,” Schottenheimer said. “We think we’ve done a good job of that, but we’re just getting started. We’re not pleased with where we’re at.”

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:58 am

Hot Routes 10.12.10: Gloria Allred comments

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- In case you missed last night’s press conference featuring Brett Favre, there were a handful of questions relating to the texting/sexual harassment scandal in which he’s currently found himself. Like a matador, Favre deftly avoided all the inquiries and dealt with football questions only. Hell, at one point, he was practically begging for reporters to ask about his TD throw to Randy Moss.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes looked rusty and inconsistent in his first game back following a four-game suspension to start the season.

- Darrelle Revis’s hamstring was sore and swollen after the game, and while watching him try to cover Percy Harvin on his 34-yard TD catch Monday night, you can tell he’s still not 100 percent. Revis said he’s not sure if he’ll play next week.

- At this point, it’s pretty safe to call Jets RBs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson (or is that LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene?) the best duo in the NFL.

- Tom Brady spoke on the radio this morning, and he addressed the hair vs. beard kerfuffle between he and Randy Moss (he said there was no conflict) and how happy he is to have Deion Branch back (he’s very happy).

- The Dolphins have to prepare for two Green Bay quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion Sunday and might not play, and backup Matt Flynn.

- Meanwhile, Miami really is thinking hard about Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. The Dolphins walked into their locker room Monday, and inside each of their stalls was a picture of Matthews.

- The Ravens are second in the league in pass defense, allowing only 156.6 yards per game. But you know what’s strange about that stat? None of the defensive backs have an interception this year.

- Not surprisingly, QB Alex Smith will start San Francisco’s game against the Raiders. How quickly this time around will the crowd chant for his backup?

-Despite the dropped TD pass that would have given Kansas City a 13-9 lead against the Colts on Sunday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley defended WR Dwayne Bowe. It’s not like this is Bowe’s first time dropping a ball, though.

- I’ll leave you with this. The first thing I thought about when I saw this headline in the New York Daily News, “Jenn Sterger could take money from Brett Favre to keep quiet, attorney Gloria Allred says,” was last week’s cold opener from Saturday Night Live. Video is below.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:29 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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