LaDainian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers - 2006 Fantasy Football Player Profile, News, and Stats


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LaDainian Tomlinson
#21 - RB - San Diego Chargers

Height: 5'10'' Weight: 221
Born: 06/23/1979
College: TCU
2006 Projections
402166616VERY HIGH (205%)

Player Analysis: Having gotten over the nagging injuries that plagued him last year, Tomlinson appears ready to fight for the honor of #1 picks in all fantasy formats. For confirmation, add in that he'll get more touches as the offense looks to take pressure off young QB Philip Rivers. He's one of the best pass catching RB's in football, and though he lacks blazing speed, is rarely caught from behind. Tomlinson is essentially the perfect running back--there's nothing he can't do.

Fantasy Football Impact: Remarkably consistent and a great pass catcher, Tomlinson remains one of the top 3 picks in fantasy drafts.


Grossman, Dawkins, Tomlinson among NFL Players of the Week - 12/20/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Rex Grossman has gone from on the outs to the top of the heap. The maligned quarterback of the Chicago Bears, Grossman was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL on Wednesday. The Bears (12-2) have locked up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, although many feel their success had been in spite of Grossman rather than because of him. Calls for a quarterback change began when the Bears lost two games in November. Grossman threw three interceptions in the setbacks and was no better in a 23-13 win over Minnesota on December 3 as he completed just 6-of-19 passes for 34 yards and three interceptions. Grossman started to turn things around in a win over St. Louis and he earned the NFC honor with one of the best games of his career in Sunday's 34-31 overtime victory over Tampa Bay. Grossman threw two TD passes against the Rams and followed up that performance by establishing career highs in completions (29), attempts (44) and yards (339) as the Bears maintained the best record in the NFL with San Diego. It was the first 300-yard game by a Bears quarterback since 2002. Grossman is 8-2 all-time at Soldier Field and has won 16 of 21 career starts. A strong all-around performance in a key divisional showdown earned Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors while St. Louis Rams punter Matt Turk was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. LaDainian Tomlinson of San Diego was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and fourth time this season. Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney earned the conference's defensive award and Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman captured special teams honors. Named to his sixth Pro Bowl on Tuesday, Dawkins was honored for his play in a 36-22 victory over the NFC East rival New York Giants. Dawkins was all over the field at Giants Stadium, recording 12 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles to win the award for the second time in his career. Turk punted five times for an average of 49.8 yards and placed two inside the 10-yard line in the Rams' 20-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Tomlinson had the national stage of a Sunday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs to show his stuff and did not disappoint. He racked up a season-high 199 yards on 25 carries in a 20-9 victory.


Tomlinson and San Diego Over Denver - 12/10/2006

LaDainian Tomlinson had barely swept into the end zone and the record book when he was engulfed by the behemoths on his offensive line. They hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried him toward the sideline, with Tomlinson holding the ball high in his right hand and waving his left index finger, a 48-20 win over the Denver Broncos and the AFC West title all wrapped up for the San Diego Chargers. With chants of "L.T.! L.T.!" and "MVP! MVP!" pouring from the stands, everyone got to celebrate Tomlinson's NFL-record 29th touchdown of the season. Really, the star running back, who may be one of the more humble athletes in all pro sports, wouldn't have it any other way. "Once I got over the pylon, my initial thought process was to bring every guy on the offensive unit over to share that moment," Tomlinson said. "When we're old and can't play this game anymore, them are the moments we are going to remember, that we'll be able to tell our kids, tell our grandchildren. We can talk about something special that we did. We made history today. "There's no better feeling than to share it with the group of guys that's in that locker room." With three touchdowns, including the final two in a 47-second span late in the game, Tomlinson broke Shaun Alexander 's year-old record of 28. The Chargers' seventh straight victory, coupled with Kansas City's 20-10 loss to Baltimore, gave San Diego (11-2) its second division title in three seasons. The Chargers also grabbed the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs when Indianapolis lost 44-17 at Jacksonville to fall into a tie with Baltimore at 10-3. But this game was all about Tomlinson, who has become the MVP front-runner by scoring 26 touchdowns in the last nine games. "He came into the huddle and said, 'I want all of you guys to join me in the end zone when I get it,' " right tackle Shane Olivea said. Tomlinson was soon on the shoulders of 300-pound men. "He is a king and he should be treated like one," left guard Kris Dielman said. "That is what a king gets." Said fullback Lorenzo Neal: "I think he will go down in history as the best."


It's all L.T., all the time, for Chargers - 12/09/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

LaDainian Tomlinson is taking care of everyone these days. With every long run and every dash into the end zone, Tomlinson adds to the impressive accomplishments that have made him the front-runner to become the first San Diego Chargers player to win the league MVP award. His incredible touchdown surge has carried him within three of owning the NFL's single-season record with a quarter of the season still to go, and pushed the Chargers to the cusp of only their second playoff berth in 11 seasons. And fantasy geeks must be as ecstatic as long-suffering Chargers fans, who already are assuming the Bolts will go to the Super Bowl. Yes, L.T. hears from fantasy geeks. "Usually telling me how many touchdowns I need, or yards," Tomlinson said as the Chargers (10-2) prepared to host the slumping Denver Broncos (7-5) on Sunday. "Occasionally I'll get a 'Thank you' because I'm giving them 50 points a week or whatever that is. I don't know. "I just want to get them guys 50 points every week," he said with a laugh. Playing behind a motivated line and bruising fullback Lorenzo Neal, Tomlinson has 26 touchdowns, three shy of breaking the record of 28 set last year by league MVP Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks.


Tomlinson, Chargers hold off Bills 24-21 - 12/04/2006

If Mother Nature couldn't slow down LaDainian Tomlinson, what chance did the Buffalo Bills have? Tomlinson was the Chargers' ideal tonic for a blustery winter afternoon in the Buffalo area, producing 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns in San Diego's 24-21 victory against the Bills. To hear Tomlinson put it, the weather -- blowing winds and persistent flurries -- got him excited. "You know, every once in a while it's actually fun to play in weather like this," Tomlinson said, noting these are the type conditions he enjoyed seeing on TV as a kid growing up in Texas. "You see NFL games like in Chicago ... and the guys playing in snow and it's cold. And it kind of looks cool," Tomlinson said. "You look forward to games like this because they don't happen much." Neither do seasons such as what Tomlinson's putting together. With 1,324 yards rushing, Tomlinson joined Eric Dickerson as the second NFL player to reach 1,200 yards rushing in each of his first six NFL seasons. The two scores gave Tomlinson 26 for the year, inching him within two of matching the single-season record by Seattle's Shaun Alexander last year. Best of all, he's got the Chargers (10-2) on a six-game winning streak and -- combined with Indianapolis' loss to Tennessee earlier in the day -- now sitting in a tie with the Colts for first place in the AFC. The Bills (5-7) were denied a three-game winning streak in a game not as close as the score indicated. Buffalo took advantage of ideal field position to score twice in the third quarter to cut San Diego's lead to 17-14. Tomlinson then sealed the victory, scoring on a 2-yard run to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 8:06 of the fourth quarter. The Bills made it close again when J.P. Losman hit Peerless Price for a 6-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left, but Buffalo failed to recover the onside kick. "We just didn't do enough offensively in the first half to give ourselves a chance," Bills receiver Lee Evans said.


Bills run defense faces tough test in stopping Tomlinson - 11/30/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

After spending hours poring over game tape to determine how opponents have attempted to stop LaDainian Tomlinson, Bills coach Dick Jauron arrived at a troubling conclusion. "We'll try the things that everybody else has tried," Jauron said Wednesday. "Everybody plays an eight-man front against this team. And if they could play a 12-man front, they'd do that, too." Of course, 12 players would be one more than the NFL allows. Jauron added: "I'm not certain if that would work." Not much has worked against Tomlinson this season -- he's the league's most dangerous offensive threat. With five games left, including San Diego's trip to Buffalo on Sunday, the running back has scored 24 touchdowns, four short of the single-season record set by Seattle's Shaun Alexander last year. L.T. ranks third with 1,146 yards rushing and first with 1,602 yards from scrimmage. It adds up to a daunting task for a defense that's ranked 29th in the league, allowing 135 yards rushing per game. "We need to tackle, geez, we need to read our keys," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. The good news is the Bills have won three of their last four despite giving up 690 yards rushing, including a season-worst 207 in a 27-24 win over Jacksonville last weekend. Yet, it's not a formula for success if the Bills (5-6) intend to compete with the Chargers (9-2), who rely on Tomlinson to generate most of their offense. The running back accounts for more than half of the Chargers' 43 touchdowns, and his 24 scores -- not including his two passing -- are more than what 17 teams have produced, including Buffalo's 20. What's more eye-popping is he's getting better as the year progresses, having scored 16 touchdowns while averaging 135 yards rushing over his past five games. At this rate, and facing a porous defense, it's not far-fetched to consider Tomlinson reaching Alexander's record this weekend. Middle linebacker London Fletcher will likely be responsible for shadowing Tomlinson. It'll be a challenge, too, for rookie strong safety Donte Whitner, who's been inconsistent against the run. It doesn't help that Tomlinson is a triple-threat, the Chargers also using him as a receiver and passer. He's tied for second among non-quarterbacks with six career touchdown passes.


At last, Brees can enjoy a prolific outing - 11/27/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

The New Orleans Saints accomplished something this past weekend they had done only once in their previous four games. They avoided squandering a 300-plus-yard passing performance by Drew Brees. The Saints' recent rough patch was not a typical one. The offense has been moving the ball consistently all season. Brees has now passed for a league-leading 3,463 yards in his first year as a Saint, 499 yards better than Peyton Manning, who's second. No quarterback in NFL history had passed for as many as 1,954 yards in a five-game span, as Brees has just done. Not that the sixth-year pro is acting terribly impressed with himself. "I'm sure they could make up some kind of record for every situation," said Brees, one of the few players still hanging around the Saints training headquarters after players were given Monday afternoon off. "If we're winning games, that's great. ... I kind of go by the saying: You're only as good as your next performance." If not for a rash of turnovers in their last three losses to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the Saints' record could be even better than their current 7-4 mark. While the Saints remain fourth from worst in the NFL in turnover margin at minus-9, they did not turn the ball over once in a 31-13 victory in Atlanta on Sunday. "The turnover statistic is very important," coach Sean Payton said. "We did a good job protecting the football. We stepped up and made some plays when we needed to." The highlights started early with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson on the third offensive play of the game. Then there was the 48-yard pass Brees put up for grabs as time expired in the first half.


Second-half surge gives Bolts 21-14 win - 11/27/2006

Once all the confusion was sorted out and the ball still belonged to the San Diego Chargers, they made sure to get it into LaDainian Tomlinson 's hands. L.T. has been a touchdown waiting to happen for nearly two months, by running, catching or throwing. The star running back once again saved San Diego, keying yet another second-half rally to give the AFC West-leading Chargers a 21-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, their fifth straight victory. The way they've been rallying and winning, even with boneheaded plays such as the one receiver Vincent Jackson made, the Chargers (9-2) might have something special going after so many seasons of false hopes and brutal play. "I certainly hope so, because I might have a heart attack pretty soon," said Tomlinson, who's in the midst of an MVP-type season. "It seems like it's magical, the way things are happening for us. It's kind of just going right for us." Tomlinson rushed for two touchdowns and broke out a favorite San Diego trick by throwing for another. He has 24 touchdowns this season, and needs five in the last five games to break the NFL record of 28 set by Shaun Alexander during his MVP season of 2005. Tomlinson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates to tie the game at 14 with 9:46 left. The running back has thrown for two touchdowns this season and six in his career, three against the archrival Raiders. The latest came four plays after Jackson nearly gave away the ball. With the Chargers (9-2) trailing 14-7 and facing fourth-and-2 from the Raiders 40, Jackson made a diving catch of a 13-yard pass from Philip Rivers, rolled to the ground untouched, then stood up and spun the ball forward in celebration. Oakland's Fabian Washington jumped on the ball. "My emotions just got me for a second," said Jackson, a second-year pro. Referee Mike Carey originally signaled Oakland's possession and the Raiders' offense came on the field. The Raiders (2-9) rushed to the line of scrimmage, but umpire Garth DeFelice told them to hold up while Carey huddled with other officials.


Chargers get wild comeback win in Denver - 11/20/2006

History and big leads aren't safe around LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. San Diego's remarkable running back scored four times and reached 100 touchdowns faster than any player in NFL history, leading the Chargers past the Denver Broncos 35-27 in a showdown for first place in the AFC West. The Chargers (8-2) became the first NFL team to win back-to-back games after trailing by 17 or more points, and the first club to win four straight when allowing at least 24 points in each game. With San Diego trailing 24-7, it certainly appeared the Broncos (7-3) had taken Tomlinson out of the mix for the sixth straight time in Denver, where he had averaged just 53 yards rushing in five straight losses. But these Chargers are becoming the masters of the comeback. "Resilient bunch of guys," Tomlinson said. "Our team, we're never out of it, and I think this is a very special team because no matter what happens, no matter how much we're down, we're never out of the football game." Thanks to Tomlinson, who finally found himself relevant in the Mile High City. "I feel like Steve Young in a way when he said, 'Get the monkey off my back,"' Tomlinson said. "This is not the Super Bowl, but it's a huge burden that has been lifted off me. In five years I hadn't won in Denver. Hadn't had much success here, either. It feels good." Tomlinson has scored an NFL-record 19 touchdowns in his last six games and reached 100 TDs in his 89th game, four fewer than it took Hall of Famer Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith. He has 102 TDs and topped 1,000 yards rushing for the sixth straight season.


LT, Rivers power Chargers' touchdown machine - 11/19/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

LaDainian Tomlinson heard all the gloom-and-doom scenarios in the offseason. That he was going to face stacked defenses and Philip Rivers was going to struggle as the starting quarterback after the San Diego Chargers said adios to Drew Brees. The star running back didn't dismiss them outright. But he knew even back in minicamp that they would eventually be debunked. "I told a couple of my friends, 'You guys, I know we've got a new quarterback, but we're still going to be good,' " Tomlinson said. Ever the barometer of the franchise, he was right. Tomlinson and Rivers are playing to each other's strengths so well that the Chargers are 7-2 and leading the NFL with 297 points going into a showdown for the AFC West lead Sunday night at Denver, also 7-2. As the Chargers rallied from a 21-point deficit at Cincinnati last week, Tomlinson ran for four scores and Rivers threw for three more in a crazy 49-41 win. Tomlinson is having an MVP-caliber season, with 932 yards rushing and 377 yards receiving, and an NFL-best 18 touchdowns. He's slowly nudging past Hall of Famer Jim Brown in the record book. He's scored an NFL-record 15 touchdowns in the last five games -- Brown had 14 in a five-game span in 1958 -- and needs two more in the next four games to become the fastest to score 100 TDs. Brown and Emmitt Smith share the mark, set in 93 games. Sunday night will be Tomlinson's 89th game.


Colts make history; Tomlinson, McNair star in Week 10 - 11/13/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

The unbeaten Indianapolis Colts became the first team in NFL history to start consecutive seasons with a 9-0 record, but even they took a backseat on Sunday. Week 10 of the NFL was headlined by a classic shootout, a triumphant return and a handful of brilliant individual performances. The San Diego Chargers outlasted the Cincinnati Bengals, 49-41, in a game that featured 975 yards of offense. LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers matched a career high and a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns, giving him an NFL-record 15 touchdowns in his last five games. Cincinnati's Carson Palmer passed for a career-high 440 yards and three touchdowns and Chad Johnson, who had complained about his role in the offense, caught 11 passes for a franchise-record 260 yards and two scores. The Chargers (7-2) erupted for 42 points in the second half, including two touchdown runs by Tomlinson in a 15-second span of the fourth quarter. "It was a like a cartoon out there, real animated but it was real," said Tomlinson, who rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries and caught six passes for 54 yards. "It was exhausting. We need time to think and wonder about what happened today." The Bengals (4-5) totaled 545 yards, but that didn't prevent them from squandering a 21-point lead. "Do you remember the AFL (American Football League)? What a shootout," Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "You just try to find a way to have one more point than they do." Steve McNair made a triumphant return to Tennessee, hitting Derrick Mason with an 11-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a come-from-behind 27-26 victory over the Titans. It was the third scoring pass of the game for McNair, who threw for a season-high 373 yards against his former team. Mason also played for Tennessee before signing with the Ravens in 2005. Thanks to McNair, who was acquired by Baltimore from the Titans last June for a fourth-round pick in 2007, the Ravens (7-2) are off to the best start in franchise history and own a commanding three-game lead over Cincinnati in the AFC North. "It was very emotional for me," McNair said. "The fans here still love me and I love the fans. I am just on the opposite side of the field now." A three-time Pro Bowler and a co-MVP in 2003, McNair spent his first 11 seasons with the Titans and compiled a record of 81-59 as a starter. He ranks second in Titans history in passing yards (27,141) and third in touchdown passes (156). Willie Parker enjoyed a memorable day, rushing for an NFL season-high 213 yards and two touchdowns in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-31 win over the New Orleans Saints. An undrafted third-year player from North Carolina, Parker fell five yards shy of tying Frenchy Fuqua's franchise single-game record of 218 rushing yards in 1970 against Philadelphia. "I knew nothing about records, but I want to thank the offensive line," Parker said. "They made it easy for me tonight. I had the easy job. They had the tough job in the trenches." Two of Parker's runs accounted for 148 yards. He busted loose for a 72-yard run before scoring on a three-yard run five seconds into the fourth quarter to snap a 24-24 tie.


Chargers outscore Bengals in 49-41 win - 11/12/2006

With one wobbly pass, Philip Rivers completed one of the San Diego Chargers ' greatest comebacks -- the kind that defines a young quarterback. And, maybe, a season as well. Rivers' shovel pass under pressure finished a 42-point second half by the Chargers, setting up a 49-41 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that left everyone at a loss for words. Where to begin? "Being involved in that game, it was about like it was a cartoon or something," said LaDainian Tomlinson, who tied his career with four touchdowns. "Exhausting. I can't wait until I get on the bus, where I can think and wonder what happened today." Here's what happened: San Diego overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, matching the biggest comeback in franchise history, behind a first-year starting quarterback who kept reminding his teammates that anything was possible. The Chargers (7-2) played as poorly as they have all season, allowing the Bengals (4-5) to score touchdowns on their first three possessions. Cincinnati led 28-7 at halftime, but Rivers was unconvinced. "As he grows as a player, he's unbelievable," tight end Antonio Gates said. "He's doing a tremendous job leading this team. He was on the sideline saying they were going to need to score more than 28 points to beat us. What more could you ask for in a leader?" What came next was characteristic of the old Air Coryell days in San Diego, when Dan Fouts led a light-it-up offense. This time, it was Rivers running the show in his best performance yet: 24 of 36 for 337 yards and three touchdowns.


RB Tomlinson, QB Brees among NFL Players of the Week - 11/09/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees spearheaded the San Diego Chargers' revival over the last two years. Now on different teams, Tomlinson and Brees have been rewarded for their continued excellence. Tomlinson on Wednesday was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week while Brees earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor. Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Brandon Moore were named as the Defensive Players of the Week while Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman and Washington Redskins safety Troy Vincent took Special Teams honors. The Chargers (6-2), who are tied with the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West, can credit their resurgence over the past few years to Tomlinson and Brees, who led the team to a combined record of 21-11 from 2004-2005. But with young quarterback Philip Rivers waiting in the wings, the Chargers decided against bringing back Brees, who inked a six-year, $60 million deal with the New Orleans Saints after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.


L.T. powers Bolts to victory over Browns - 11/06/2006

Whatever Marty Schottenheimer said at halftime was all it took to snap LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the San Diego Chargers out of their funk. After all, trailing the lowly Cleveland Browns isn't the ideal place for a team that would like to think it ranks among the NFL's elite. Tomlinson had another monster game, scoring three touchdowns late in the second half and finishing with 172 yards on 18 carries to lift the Chargers to a sloppy 32-25 win. The Chargers also got a big effort from several defensive backups who were filling in for players missing due to injuries and, in outside linebacker Shawne Merriman's case, a four-game suspension for a positive drug test. Schottenheimer "gave us a mouthful, a tongue-lashing," Tomlinson said. "We deserved it, though. I'd be lying if I told you we weren't getting frustrated because we were. But we kept our poise when we needed to." The star running back had a whopping 9.6 yards per carry, gaining 47 yards on his first nine carries and 125 on his last nine. Tomlinson had consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the first time this season. Last week he ran for 183 yards, had 57 yards receiving and scored three times in a win against St. Louis. He has three 100-yard rushing games this season, plus 14 touchdowns. With Cleveland's offense sputtering against a defense missing its two best pass rushers, Phil Dawson kicked a club-record six field goals -- from 37, 20, 42, 30, 36 and 35 yards.


Chargers' offense at it again in 38-24 win - 10/29/2006

For those who might have been thinking there was something wrong with LaDainian Tomlinson, there isn't. Tomlinson reminded everyone just how good he is when he rushed for a season-high 183 yards and scored three more touchdowns to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 38-24 win over the St. Louis Rams. 183 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from LaDainian Tomlinson sparked the Chargers. "So many questions start to come when you don't have 100 yards," said Tomlinson, who has scored 11 touchdowns in helping the Chargers to a 5-2 record. "People start to wonder, are you getting old or have you lost a step? For me, it's all motivation. "If I lost a step and had a day like this today, I'd hate to see if I was a young man what I would have done today with the kind of holes I ran through." Tomlinson surpassed 8,000 yards rushing for his six-year career, and tied his boyhood idol, Emmitt Smith, as the second-fastest players to score 90 touchdowns, in 86 games. The quickest was Jim Brown in 81 games. Tomlinson, who carried 25 times, reached 90 career TDs by scoring on the ground to cap the Chargers' first two drives. He added his 91st when he caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers with 3:58 left in the game.


Chiefs hang on to defeat Chargers, 30-27 - 10/22/2006

Lawrence Tynes already knew he'd have to try again, from 5 yards farther back. He figured a little practice for the longest field goal attempt of his career wouldn't hurt. Tynes was right. Damon Huard tossed two first-quarter TDs as his Chiefs escaped with a narrow win over the Chargers. The Kansas City kicker had a 48-yard field goal wiped out by an illegal procedure penalty, then came right back to connect on a 53-yarder with 6 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers. "I knew the whistle had blown, but I said, 'Let me go ahead and take a stab at it and see how the wind's blowing,"' Tynes said of his initial attempt. "I knew I was going to make the second one." Tynes' second clutch game-winner in three weeks thwarted a comeback attempt led by another LT. LaDainian Tomlinson figured in two fourth-quarter TD throws, one as the receiver and one as the passer, as the Chargers (4-2) came back from an early 17-point deficit to tie the game at 27-all. Tynes atoned for missing a first-quarter field goal try and hitting the upright on an extra point attempt in the second quarter. Watch some of the best games from Week 7 all over again with NFL Replay on NFL Network. Airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, the broadcasts will feature a 90-minute fast-paced format complete with original television announcers and cameras. There will be an extra replay this go around. Week 7's games to be replayed are: "I didn't say anything to him. You leave kickers alone," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "But I trusted that at the end, when it was time to kick a field goal he was going to make it. He not only made one, he made two." The Chiefs (3-3) began the winning drive at their own 18 with 33 seconds left.


Tomlinson, Chargers explode in 48-19 win - 10/16/2006

Nothing LaDainian Tomlinson does on the ground really impresses the San Diego Chargers at this point. For that, the star running back must take to the air. Tomlinson seemed to be trying to jump out of Candlestick Park while hurdling the goal line on one of his four touchdown runs -- and his elevation was the Chargers' inspiration. Tomlinson set a franchise record while seemingly spending most of the afternoon in the end zone, and Philip Rivers passed for a career-high 334 yards and two more scores in San Diego's 48-19 victory over San Francisco. Tomlinson got his third score 33 seconds before halftime, capping San Diego's 35-point first half and essentially finishing off the 49ers (2-4) with an astonishingly high leap over the goal-line pile. "It was pretty awesome," said Rivers, who went 29 of 39 as the Chargers rolled to their first 4-1 start since 2002. "Little things like that ... it wasn't the touchdown necessarily, but seeing him do that sparks those guys on the sidelines." "It was the highest vertical leap I have ever seen a guy take," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "It was like he almost cleared everybody who was in front of him, blocking and defending. That was pretty impressive stuff, but those things with L.T. become a bit commonplace." Tomlinson rushed for just 71 yards, but surpassed Lance Alworth's Chargers record with his 84th career touchdown in the first quarter. He added three more on similarly short runs, each punctuated with a ball flip and a wave. Tomlinson thought nothing of his safety before the jump. "I think my lineman was standing up, so I knew I had to get over him," Tomlinson said. "I recall seeing Walter Payton do that, and even Emmitt Smith -- guys I look up to. Each time I do it, my wife is killing me. She's ... 'Stop doing that.' I'll just wait and see what she says when I come home." In his sixth pro season, Tomlinson is heading toward the feats of such greats. The three-time Pro Bowl running back scored four TDs on three runs and a reception against the Jets last season, but had never rushed for four scores in a game. Philip Rivers had a career-high 334 yards passing, which was 92 yards more than his previous high. Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson caught


Chargers down slumping Steelers 23-13 - 10/08/2006

Philip Rivers performed a trick that might have amazed Houdini. He made "Martyball" disappear in a flurry of passes. Rivers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates midway through the third quarter that lifted the San Diego Chargers to a 23-13 victory over the slumping Super Bowl champions. Gates' catch capped a remarkable 91-yard drive during which Rivers, in his first year as a starter, threw nine passes in the span of 10 plays, completing six. San Diego (3-1) got its coach, Marty Schottenheimer, off the hot seat. Schottenheimer, whose conservative approach has long been known as "Martyball," was heavily criticized after sitting on a 13-7 halftime lead a week earlier at Baltimore. The Ravens rallied to win 16-13. The Steelers (1-3) have lost three straight games for the first time since late last season. They recovered then to earn a wild-card playoff spot, then went on to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers were shut out in the second half. Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger were two of the top three quarterbacks taken in the 2004 draft. While Roethlisberger helped beat the Chargers here 24-22 last year when Drew Brees was San Diego's starter, his return was a lot more painful. While Roethlisberger looked sharp in directing three scoring drives in the first half, he also was pressured most of the night. He threw two more interceptions, giving him seven this season, and was sacked five times. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season. On a colorful night when the Chargers wore their powder blue throwback jerseys and Steelers fans waved yellow Terrible Towels -- at least early on -- Rivers started slow and finally got the upper hand. San Diego's go-ahead drive was set up when Roethlisberger threw long to rookie receiver Santonio Holmes on a flea-flicker and was intercepted by Drayton Florence. Florence returned it to the Pittsburgh 38, but Steelers coach Bill Cowher challenged and, after a review, referee Bill Vinovich ruled the cornerback had been down by contact at the 9. Rivers was 4-for-7 for 5 yards in the first quarter. He was 19-of-29 for 226 yards in the last three. Roethlisberger helped the Steelers to a 13-7 halftime lead. Willie Parker scored on a 9-yard run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter and Jeff Reed kicked field goals of 39 and 44 yards in the second period. San Diego finally woke up after a lethargic start, with Rivers leading an 80-yard scoring drive capped when 6-foot-5 Malcolm Floyd outjumped 5-10 Townsend for a 9-yard catch in the left corner of the end zone with 1:11 left. Rivers was intercepted on San Diego's first drive when Ryan Clark wrestled the ball away from Eric Parker. Kaeding kicked field goals of 33 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter.


Schottenheimer defends 'Martyball' approach in loss - 10/03/2006
Source: ESPN

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer defended his conservative approach in Sunday's loss at Baltimore, when the Chargers seemed content to sit on a six-point lead and ended up losing 16-13. "The better the defense is, the more 'Martyball' you're to get," said Schottenheimer, who has developed a reputation for run-oriented offenses.

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers tend to blow late leads, and this weeks' effort against the Ravens was no exception. This is good news for LT owners, as Marty will run him into the ground late in close games. However, it's equally discouraging for Rivers owners.


R. Lewis taps Tomlinson, not dance - 09/29/2006
Source: Baltimore Sun

During yesterday's practice, several Ravens players were questioning middle linebacker Ray Lewis about whether there will be any changes to his much-anticipated pre-game dance, which is expected to return Sunday after a yearlong hiatus. Lewis' response: His attention has been on the moves of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and not his own.

Fantasy Impact: This is a great matchup and something has to give. I'd put my money on the Ravens coming out on top as a good defense always seems to beat a good offense.


Childress wants team not to face as many third-down situations - 09/20/2006
Source: Star Tribune

Only one NFL team has put itself in more third-down situations than the Vikings, a dubious ranking that coach Brad Childress plans to address in time for Sunday's game against Chicago. The Vikings have faced 32 third-down plays, one behind league leader Indianapolis. The situation was manageable in the season-opening victory at Washington, when the Vikings converted nine of 17 third-down attempts. But in their overtime victory over Carolina, the Vikings converted only two of 15 attempts. Speaking on his KFAN-1130 show Monday night, Childress said he favors using one feature back so that the runner can get "lathered up" as the game wears on. If so, Chester Taylor could be set up for a season of historic proportions. Through two games, Taylor leads the NFL with 55 carries and 61 total offensive touches -- one more in each category than San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson. If Childress keeps him on the same pace, Taylor would finish the 16-game season with 440 carries and 488 offensive touches.


Chargers defense rules again in 40-7 romp - 09/17/2006

If Shawne Merriman has his way, the rest of the NFL will begin to recognize the San Diego Chargers as one of the league's dominating defenses. Merriman and Co. turned in another suffocating performance and came within 3:09 of back-to-back shutouts for the first time in team history. The defensive results, along with a pair of LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown runs, produced a 40-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans. The Chargers offense, which was conservative in the opener, gained 476 yards -- and Philip Rivers was 25-for-35 for 235 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson in the fourth quarter. Rivers, making only his second start, attempted only 11 passes against Oakland. Tennessee ruined San Diego's shutout bid when No. 1 draft pick Vince Young threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Drew Bennett late in the fourth quarter. The Titans advanced into Chargers territory only twice. The first time wasn't until late in the third quarter, when they got to the 45 before Quentin Jammer's interception ended the drive.


L.T. eager to get first carries of 2006 - 09/07/2006
Source: Yahoo!

RB LaDainian Tomlinson will get his first carries of 2006 Sunday against the Raiders after sitting out the entire preseason.

Fantasy Impact: LT has absolutely abused the Raiders in his career, totalling 1,422 yards total yards, and 13 touchdowns in 10 career games against them. Rust will not be an issue.


One league's draft - 08/23/2006
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Here are the results of a recent draft: FIRST ROUND Team 1: Shaun Alexaner, RB, Seattle Team 2: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego

Fantasy Impact: Notice that Portis has dropped to 6th following his injury and the acquisition of Duckett.

  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Year Team G Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
2004 SDG 15 339 1335 3.9 89 17 0 53 441 8.3 29.4 9 16 1 0 6 2
2005 SDG 16 339 1462 4.3 91.4 18 5 51 370 7.3 23.1 9 15 2 0 3 1
  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Week Opp Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
1@OAK 31 131 4.2 0 1 1 3 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2TEN 19 71 3.7 0 2 0 7 51 7.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4@BAL 27 98 3.6 0 0 0 1 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5PIT 13 36 2.8 0 0 0 8 34 4.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6@SFO 21 71 3.4 0 4 0 7 64 9.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7@KAN 15 66 4.4 0 0 0 6 72 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
8STL 25 183 7.3 0 2 1 3 57 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
9CLE 18 172 9.6 0 3 1 3 20 6.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10@CIN 22 104 4.7 0 4 1 6 54 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11@DEN 20 105 5.3 0 3 1 3 74 24.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
12OAK 19 109 5.7 0 2 1 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13@BUF 28 178 6.4 0 2 1 3 14 4.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14DEN 28 103 3.7 0 3 1 1 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15KAN 25 199 8 0 2 1 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16@SEA 22 123 5.6 0 0 1 1 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17ARI 16 66 4.1 0 0 0 2 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 348 1815 5.2 113.4 28 11 56 508 9.1 31.8 0 0 3 0 2 1


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