Sunday, October 3, 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson keeps on trucking
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills didn't put up much of a fight defensively, but New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson turned in another turn-back-the-clock performance Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Tomlinson took the fourth quarter off because the Jets were dominating so thoroughly. Still, on 19 attempts he had enough time to amass 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Not too shabby for a 31-year-old the San Diego Chargers deemed too washed up to keep.
"I know what age I am, but that doesn't mean I can't play," Tomlinson said after his first 100-yard game since 2008.
He has 25 games of 100 yards and at least two touchdowns, tying Jim Brown for the NFL record. Emmitt Smith is third with 21 such games.
Tomlinson also passed Tony Dorsett and ranks seventh on the all-time rushing list.
"He's playing some inspired ball," said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. "He's pretty lucky. He's getting some good handoffs, you know."
Tomlinson has rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He owns an incredible 6.1-yard average per carry. He's on pace for 1,364 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"He's playing so hard and having such a good time," Sanchez said. "He looks like a little kid, running his heart out, taking on hits."