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Monday, November 1, 2010
Jets O ground and bound against Packers


New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson reached a special milestone Sunday.

He joined his idol, the legendary Walter Payton, as the only players to gain at least 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving.

But it was not a banner day for Tomlinson or the Jets' rush attack. Their inability to mount a substantial ground game was a major reason they failed to score in a 9-0 home loss to the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN Stats & Information pointed out in the Jets' five-game win streak, they averaged 4.8 yards per carry, gained a first down once every 4.5 attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns.

Sunday against the Packers, the Jets averaged 3.1 yards per carry and gained a first down once every 9.5 attempts.

Tomlinson ran 16 times for 54 yards. Shonn Greene had six carries for 22 yards.

ESPN Stats & Information took the Jets' anemic ground game a step further and examined Mark Sanchez on play-action passes.

He had thrived on play-action passes, completing 59 percent of his throws at an average of 8 yards an attempt for a 108.5 passer rating the previous six games. Without Tomlinson or Greene keeping the Packers honest, Sanchez completed just 40 percent of his play-action passes for a 6.3-yard average and a 61.7 passer rating.