Tomlinson runs Hornung out of record book

LaDainian Tomlinson broke Paul Hornung's single-season scoring record on Sunday, though it took him 14 games to do it. In Minnesota, the Vikings benched Brad Johnson in favor of rookie Tarvaris Jackson.

Green Bay Packers legend Paul Hornung was bounced from the record book on Sunday by San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

With his 30th and 31st touchdowns of the season on Sunday night against Kansas City, Tomlinson has scored 186 points this season. Hornung's 176 points stood as the record for 46 seasons.

It's a great achievement by a great running back. Not by a long shot, though, does it measure up to what Hornung accomplished.

Sure, Hornung collected a lot of his points while doubling as a kicker — 41 on extra points and 45 more on field goals in 1960 — but Tomlinson enjoyed numerous advantages in breaking the record.

First, Hornung got his points in 12 games. It took Tomlinson until the 14th game to top it.

Second, Hornung played in a Hall of Fame backfield and had to share the carries with Jim Taylor. Tomlinson isn't asked to share the ball with anyone.

Finally, it's hard to imagine Vince Lombardi giving the ball to Hornung at the 2-yard line for the sole intent of padding his stats. Heck, it's hard to imagine Lombardi giving a rip how many points Lombardi had scored or whether or not he even scored in a game. The Chargers, on the other hand, have on more than one occasion given the ball to Tomlinson near the goal line to pad his stats.

By scoring two touchdowns against Kansas City on Sunday night, Tomlinson's per-game scoring average slipped to 13.3 points per game. Hornung averaged 14.7 points. Extrapolate that over 16 games, and Hornung would have scored 235 points.

"Did he do that in 12 games?" he recently asked the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Well, he didn't break it, as far as I'm concerned."

I agree.

QB switch in Minnesota?

So long, Brad Johnson; hello, Tarvaris Jackson?

When the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night, Jackson, a rookie second-round draft pick from Alabama , could be behind center.

Johnson was benched in favor of Jackson late during the third quarter of the Vikings' loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

Jackson's first pass landed incomplete. He received a loud ovation, anyway, and finished 14-of-23 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Jets' soft, prevent defense.

Vikings coach Brad Childress refused to reveal his starter for Thursday. Johnson, who went 10-for-17 for 96 yards and was benched trailing 26-7, didn't know, either.

"We never talk," he said.

Minnesota will enter the game with six losses in eight games to squander a 4-1 start. Might as well look toward the future, right?

"I don't know about me having the position, but you know, it would be great if I did. If Coach decides otherwise, I'm fine with that, too," said Jackson, who in his only other action went 3-for-4 for 35 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in garbage time two weeks ago at Chicago.

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