The Stat Line of the Night — 10/3/10 — LaDainian Tomlinson
LaDanian Tomlinson, known around the league as LT, was the best running back of the past decade. He had dominated the game in a way few others had and with longevity that is rarely seen in a violent physical sport like football. The last couple years though, the bottom had fallen out and he was eventually forced to leave San Diego, where he had made a name for himself. Coming into this season with the Jets, critics hadn’t expected much from the aging superstar, but he has proven them all wrong. On the season LT is averaging a stunning 6.1 yards per carry on 56 attempts.
Against the Bills yesterday he had his first 100-yard game in 2 years, proving once again why he is one of the greatest backs of all time. He rushed 19 times for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns. LT scored the first touchdown for the Jets to put them up 7-0 and the last touchdown in the 3rd quarter to blow the lead open to 38-7. He looked like his old self, making tacklers miss and showing break-away speed.
The Jets are a very good football team, and with the 38-14 win over the divisional rival Buffalo Bills, they are now 3-1 and sit atop the AFC East. Establishing a running game as the season moves along will be key for a Jets team geared towards defense and game management. Combining Shone Greene’s skills with a refreshed LT is the last thing opponents want to see. For now, LT secures “The Stat Line of the Night”.