Ten and Counting
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Posted Dec 27, 2002

Ten backs have already run for over 100 yards against the Seahawks. Three of those eclipsed the 170+ yard mark and only one back was kept below his average yards per game this year and the defense as a whole is allowing 156.9 yards rushing per game.

Seattle, meet LaDainian Tomlinson.

Tomlinson ranks second in the league in rushing yards (1,616; 52 behind the Dolphins' Ricky Williams), total yards rushing and receiving (2,087; 200 behind the Chiefs' Priest Holmes) and receptions by a running back (76; 15 behind the Raiders' Charlie Garner).

"It's going to be a good challenge for our defense," linebacker Tim Terry said. "We're going to try and limit him as much as possible and make Drew Brees try to beat us in the pocket."

"We've faced some good offenses this year," cornerback Shawn Springs said. "And we've played a little better against the run the past few weeks. But this guy is a load. We're going to have to play a lot better against him."

"I know that they're playing well and flying around, and really looking like their old self," Tomlinson said this week when asked about a Seahawks defense. "I think they got some key guys back from injury and that's really helped them."

The second year back has broken almost every rushing record that San Diego previously had in place. He has seven 100-yard rushing performances, including 220 against the Broncos and 217 against the Patriots. His 355 carries and 1,616 yards are franchise records for a season. And Tomlinson is already in sixth place in Chargers history for career rushing yards, with 2,852 in less than two seasons. He needs seven yards to move past Don Woods (1974-80) into fifth place.

"Obviously, he's tough," Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren said, referring to Tomlinson's NFL high of 355 carries. "He's explosive, and he's built right."

"He's really had a tremendous season for us," Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "When you look at his ability to find the seams and the soft spots of a rushing defense, instincts, if you will, are one quality that stands out about him as a player."

A soft spot has just been seen and Tomlinson hopes to run through the daylight all day long in his quest for the NFL rushing lead.

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