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By Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published October 23, 2005

THE TOUCHDOWN TICKLE

Fans coming into Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati will undergo a security pat-down, news that caught the attention of Bengals receiver Chad Johnson in his attempts to devise entertaining touchdown celebrations.

"Maybe I could pat-down the ref," Johnson said. "Like when he raises his hands, I could tickle him or something. I won't touch him, but I'll pretend and everybody will get the point. I like that."

STABLE, EH?

Rookie quarterback Kyle Orton will make his sixth straight start for the Bears, tying Chris Chandler for the longest stretch of stability at that position since Jim Miller directed the 13-3 playoff team in 2001. The Bears started three quarterbacks in 2002, three in 2003 and four in 2004. Of course, stability might not be the best choice of words. Orton's 57.7 passer rating is third worst among qualifying starters.

QUOTABLE

"Well, I'm not able to do Pilates. And my Tae-Bo tapes have been put away. I can't really work on my six-pack. But at least I wear a shirt every day so people don't know what's going on under here."

- Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on what he can't do because of his sports hernia injury

SOLVING ALEXANDER

NFL rushing leader Shaun Alexander needs 55 yards to become the Seahawks' all-time leading rusher. He might get it today against the Cowboys. Might. Alexander has averaged 56 rushing yards in three career games against Dallas, though he has scored five rushing touchdowns in those games.

INSIDER INFORMATION

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs bristled at the notion his team will blow out the struggling 49ers. Such talk, he said, serves no purpose but to motivate the other team. Nevermind the so-called experts, even his assistant coaches cannot accurately predict the outcome of NFL games.

"When people think they can pick the favorites, I almost laugh," Gibbs said. "Why doesn't everybody bet on them? Nobody has enough guts to bet on them, because most of the time they're wrong. The experts - they can't pick them. The coaches, they have their little pool and they can't pick them either."

LAW OF AVERAGES

Ty Law clearly is not the player he was before a serious foot injury, but the Jets cornerback does have three interceptions. His former team, the Patriots, has forced three turnovers all season and none of New England's defensive backs has an interception.

LT = TD

A record that has stood for more than four decades will fall today if Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson scores a touchdown in his 19th consecutive game. Tomlinson is tied with Hall of Famer Lenny Moore, who scored in 18 straight games for the Baltimore Colts from 1963-65.

TRUTHFUL TANDEM

On Wednesdays, the Cardinals' starting quarterback addresses the media outside the locker room. Last week, both Josh McCown and Kurt Warner were there. Cute. McCown was asked if he would be disappointed if, hypothetically, he were to lose the job after throwing for 783 yards the past two games in place of the injured Warner.

"Hypothetically speaking, it would s---," McCown said.

Warner, standing next to him, concurred.

"I've been there," he said. "It would s---."

- Compiled by Times staff writer Joanne Korth using information from the Arizona Republic, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Philadelphia Daily News, Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune and Washington Times.

[Last modified October 23, 2005, 01:20:23]


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