Tomlinson named AFC Offensive Player of Week

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played the third week of the 2005 season (September 25-26), the NFL announced today.

LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns, caught six passes for 28 yards, and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass for good measure in a 45-23 win against the New York Giants Sunday night. Tomlinson’s touchdowns marked the 15th consecutive game in which he scored one. The 5-10, 221-pound rusher’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown is the second-longest in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Lenny Moore (19 games). Tomlinson’s 220 total scrimmage yards stand as the league’s single-game high thus far in 2005.

For the fifth-year veteran from TCU, this is his fourth career Player of the Week distinction.

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 3 were:

  • New England quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 372 yards on 31 of 41 passing (75.6 percent), including a 12-for-12 fourth quarter performance at Pittsburgh.  The win was his 50th in only 65 career starts, the second-fewest games by a QB since 1970 to reach 50 victories (Ken Stabler, 62 games).

  • Miami rookie running back Ronnie Brown, who rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries against Carolina.  Brown's rushing total was the fourth-highest by a rookie in franchise history.

  • Indianapolis running back Edgerrin James, who rushed for 108 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown in a 13-6 win against Cleveland.

  • Kansas City wide receiver Eddie Kennison, who caught eight passes for 112 yards in a 30-10 defeat at Denver.

  • Buffalo running back Willis McGahee, who rushed for a career-high 140 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in a 24-16 loss to Tampa Bay.

  • Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer, who in a 24-7 win at Chicago threw three TDs without an interception on 16 of 23 passing (69.6 percent) for 169 yards and a 130.9 passer rating.

  • Denver wide receiver Rod Smith, who had seven receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in a 30-10 win against Kansas City.  Smith also became the 23rd player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.  

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