Jaguars vs. Tomlinson: Wins Come First

LaDainian Tomlinson badly wants a win. More so, anyway, than reaching 10,000 rushing yards. The Chargers' great running back arrives in Jacksonville on Sunday set to reach an impressive milestone. Tomlinson will try to become the 22nd player to hit the 10,000 yard mark.

But he's more worried about the inconsistent Chargers getting things right down the stretch than with putting his name alongside the other great backs.

"I haven't really thought about it but thinking about it off the top of my head right now, it will be a big accomplishment, obviously," Tomlinson said.

Just as obvious is that the Chargers have to rinse out the taste of two straight shaky performances, though the last one resulted in a win over the Super Bowl champion Colts.

The Chargers are 5-4 and in first place in the AFC West, but they know they have to get better as the season gets longer. Winning another AFC West title would be swell -- they have won two of the past three -- but the real standard is winning in the playoffs. That's something the Chargers haven't done since the 1994 season.

And really that's where Tomlinson's focus is: getting the Chargers to regain their confidence and hopefully make some noise in the postseason after their regular season started at 1-3.

Tomlinson, the NFL's MVP, never has been one to gaze at his honors. And if he hits 10,000 rushing yards, he won't fully embrace the mark until he's done trying to carry the Chargers on his back.

"I've always said I just want to play my career and see where I stand at the end of it," he said.

The Chargers need to make a stand in Jacksonville on Sunday against a physical opponent.


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