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NFP: Terrell Owens Leads NFL With Most Interceptions Allowed As A Targeted Receiver

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A lot of fodder is going around recently regarding Terrell Owens child support case in which the mother of Owens' child is accusing him of not paying child support. According to the Associated Press:

A Fulton County Superior Court judge set a July 26 hearing to consider Melanie Paige Smith's request that Owens be held in contempt of court.

We feel bad for everyone involved, but our tolerance for child support issues with Bengals players began and ended with James Brooks.

According to National Football Post's Dan Pompei, Owens' issues in the NFL (on the field) are far more weighty than pumping iron in his driveway while journalists pester him with questions he's not going to answer.

A front office man points out that one of the reasons Terrell Owens will be moving on to his fourth team in four years this year is he doesn’t always run his route the way he is supposed to and he leaves a lot of gray area for the quarterback. Last year, he led the NFL in most interceptions as a targeted receiver with 12, according to Stats, Inc. What’s more, he has led the league in the category with 43 interceptions over the last five years. And another issue with T.O? He was third in the league in drops last year with 11.

This is going to be divided amongst Bengals fans. We're sure of it.

Carson Palmer's season in 2010 was completely dependant on Terrell Owens. After pleading to the team to sign the free agent, Palmer over-zealously targeted Owens all season. We knew it. We saw it. Palmer forced passes to Owens even when the wide receiver was double, sometimes triple, covered. Our only explanation for that is a fear that Owens would show Palmer up on the sidelines. It's not like that hasn't happened before.

Of Palmer's 20 interceptions, twelve were targeted at Owens. That's not a coincidence. That's a five-year trend of 43 interceptions on passes that's thrown to him. Granted, it's no excuse. Palmer was destined to be a franchise quarterback, a field general, a leader of men on the gridiron. He wasn't.

Yes, but how can we blame Owens. He had a really good season, leading the Bengals in most statistical categories. Owens was targeted 132 times in 2010. And he missed two games at the end of the year. Statistical probability suggest Owens would easily put up the best numbers on the team.

All in all, it's meaningless today. The popular speculation is that Palmer and Owens won't play for the Bengals in 2011 and for some reason, it actually feels like a relief.