Sunday, September 26, 2010
Leon Washington rewriting record books
The Seattle Seahawks have been around since 1976.
Leon Washington has been a member of the Seahawks for three weeks.
But on Sunday, he became the franchise's all-time leader in kickoffs returned for touchdowns when he returned two against the San Diego Chargers in the Seahawks' 27-20 win. Washington returned the first one 101 yards, and his second one went for 99 yards.
You read that correctly. Entering 2010, Seattle as a franchise had returned eight kickoffs for scores by eight different players. (Washington is also the New York Jets' all-time leader with four kicks returned for touchdowns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Washington is the only player who is the all-time leader in kickoffs returned for touchdowns for two different teams.)
Washington is the 10th player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. (Ted Ginn Jr. and Josh Cribbs both did it in 2009.)
He has returned six kicks of six since 2007, tied with Cribbs for the most in the NFL over that span.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: Washington, along with Cribbs and Ginn Jr. last season, are the only players in NFL history with two touchdowns of at least 99 yards in a game.
As for the Chargers, they are now 6-8 in the month of September under Norv Turner, and 27-10 after the first month of the season.
• Michael Vick threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in the Philadelphia Eagles' 28-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's the first time in Vick's career that he's thrown three touchdowns and run for another in the same game.
It's also the first time he's had two touchdown passes of at least 40 yards in a game (61 yards to DeSean Jackson, 45 yards to Jeremy Maclin), and the first time he's thrown for at least 250 yards in back-to-back games.
• The Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning has thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions in each of his first three games. From the Elias Sports Bureau: Manning is the first player in NFL history to throw three or more touchdown passes without an interception in each of his team’s first three games of a season
• Austin Collie has a TD reception in each of the Colts' first three games. The only other players to do that in franchise history are Marvin Harrison in 1999 and Lenny Moore in 1961.
• With the Denver Broncos' Kyle Orton (37-for-57) and the Chargers' Philip Rivers (29-for-53) each throwing 50 passes, there's now been seven instances this season where a quarterback has thrown the ball at least 50 times. Teams are 1-6 in those games.