You can see how the mistake might happen. Same number of syllables. Tavon rhymes with Trayvon. George Zimmerman was back in the news this week.
Still, it was a tad jarring to hear Fox broadcaster Daryl Johnston refer to Tavon Austin as "Tavon Martin" following Austin's brilliant 65-yard touchdown run in Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears. Credit to Johnston for quickly correcting himself; we'll just assume he was as dazed by Austin's speed as the Bears defense seemed to be.
Austin finished the Rams' 42-21 win with the one 65-yard rush and two catches for 39 yards. He has three touchdowns in his past two games and, perhaps not coincidentally, the Rams are 2-0 over that span.
At 5-6, the Rams are starting to sniff around a playoff spot but securing one won't be easy. Their last five games are against four winning teams (at Niners, at Cardinals, Saints, at Seahawks) plus a Buccaneers team that has won three straight.
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