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Red-hot L.T. heads to Philly

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/preview?gameId=251023021" target="_blank">ESPN</a>

    PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- LaDainian Tomlinson has been referred to as Superman by quarterback Drew Brees.

    On Sunday, the dynamic running back of the San Diego Chargers has a chance to set an NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown when his club visits the Philadelphia Eagles in an interconference matchup.

    Tomlinson has registered a touchdown in 18 straight games, tying Hall of Famer Lenny Moore's record set from 1963-65.

    "Lenny Moore is quite a guy, a 40-year-old record is pretty amazing," Tomlinson said.

    Last week, Tomlinson had little trouble matching the record as he rushed for a touchdown, caught a TD and threw for a score in a 27-14 victory over Oakland.

    "After he (LT) threw the touchdown pass I went up to him in the end zone and said, `Superman you can do it all,'" Brees said. "I'm spoiled having Superman behind me, because he makes me look better."

    Earlier this season, Tomlinson also wiped out John Riggins and George Rogers from the record book for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. He has rushed for a touchdown in 18 straight games and has 11 TDs overall this season.

    Tomlinson has rushed for 652 yards overall this season to rank third in the league behind Seattle's Shaun Alexander and Indianapolis' Edgerrin James. The two-time Pro Bowler faces an Eagles defense that is ranked 23rd against the run.

    Against the Raiders, Brees also was efficient as he completed 14-of-20 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, helping the Chargers to their third win in four games.

    The Chargers again catch a bad break when it comes to the schedule since this is the third straight week they face a team coming off a bye.

    Philadelphia also has plenty of reason to be angry since it was embarrassed in a 33-10 loss at Dallas two weeks ago. The Eagles were outgained, 456-129, and managed just six first downs.

    However, the Eagles have had little trouble recovering from losses, going 17-3 following a defeat since the start of 2000.

    While Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb continues to play through a sports hernia, coach Andy Reid has come under criticism for his failure to have a more balanced offense.

    The Eagles have thrown the ball 214 times, compared to just 88 running plays. They rank last in rushing offense, averaging just 64.2 yards per game.

    But Reid may again to opt to air it out since the Chargers rank 27th in the NFL against the pass.

    This is the third of four games against an AFC West foe for the Eagles. They have wins over Kansas City and Oakland and visit Denver next week.

    Matchup to watch: Chargers right end Igor Olshansky, who had two sacks last week, matches up against left tackle Tra Thomas.

    Series: The Chargers lead, 5-3.

    Next week: San Diego hosts Kansas City, October 30; Philadelphia visits Washington, October 30.

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