Following a Legend: Season One, Chapter Five





"That cloud looks like a Football!"



LaDainian Tomlinson. The most well known Charger of our time. After 9 seasons of a prolific career, a legend is replaced by a promising rookie in Ryan Mathews, who only wants to be like his predecessor, a tall if not near impossible order to follow. Holding the football between his number 24, he will carry a team that strives to balance a running game around superstar quarterback Philip Rivers.

No Bacon Taco for you, John. (After Sunday's game, I don't blame you for forgetting)

Anyway, this will just be a summary. Thanks to special teams, again, a loss overshadows Bam Bam and his excellent running this week, albeit against a weak run defense. 2,7,6,2,5,17,3,15,2. All positive runs. Tolbert looked like a hobbled donkey tracking through mud. I'm über disappointed in him. I hope Mathews can get at least 15 carries at St. Louis so he can have his first 150 yard, 2 touchdown game. He runs fast, hard, smart and with little hesitation. Tolbert didn't do well outside where Mathews did. I hope Mathews earns a lot more carries next game as he's clearly better at running anywhere.

Tomlinson played in pouring down rain and against a much much better run defense, and was quite impressive. 4,12,17,1,16,5,2,3,-2,1,4,5,17,2,1,2,1,16,2,-1. Minnesota began to respect Tomlinson more as the game went on, and as a result, began shooting gaps and stuffing him towards the middle and end of the game. His receiving is suffering under Mark Sanchez who repeatedly dumps off to him underneath for short losses and small chunks of yardage. He also overthrows him off to the sideline when he had a chance for a long TD pass covered by a Linebacker. Rivers was much better throwing to L.T. As he rarely dumped off in stupid situations. Sanchez might learn eventually, though. LaDainian fell just 6 yards shy of a second consecutive 100 yard game since December of 2007.

Here's the season totals so far:


Carries Yards Avg TDs Rec Yards Avg TDs Fum
Mathews 43 218 5.1 1 5 44 8.8 0 2
Tomlinson 76 435 5.7 3 17 95 5.6 0 0


D-line analysis for Oakland will be up tonight, or maybe tomorrow morning. I wish I could just paste an Excel Spreadsheet onto the website so you could all see it that way...

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