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Titans don’t need Chris Johnson to handle Colts

Pat McAfee, Patrick Bailey AP

The Colts continue to search for rock bottom. The Titans are back over .500. What else did we learn during Tennessee’s 27-10 win Sunday?

1. Chris Johnson is now a useless appendage on the Titans offense. When the game was on the line in the fourth quarter, Johnson mostly watched Javon Ringer from the sideline.

Ringer was more effective. He totaled 102 yards on 19 touches.  Johnson rushed 14 times for 34 yards and caught three passes for only 17 yards. Tennessee won the game, but this a growing problem for the team. Can you bench a guy after giving him $30 million guaranteed?

Johnson had the ball in space at least once or twice and stutter stepped himself into a tackle.  He loses yardage too much. At least Ringer runs hard.

2. This wasn’t a pretty win for Tennessee, but it sure felt necessary. The Titans are now 4-3 and only half a game behind Houston in the AFC South. The Colts actually outgained Tennessee on the day.

The Titans don’t seem to do enough on offense to win consistently, but they remain in the AFC mix.

3. Matt Hasselbeck completed 23-of-33 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. He played well, but it’s not a great sign his receivers couldn’t separate that well against the Colts. Too many times a Titans receiver doesn’t know when to cut off a route or the receiver is in the wrong spot.

4. After a few games looking like an NFL quarterback, Curtis Painter has looked like Curtis Painter the last two weeks. He threw two interceptions  and averaged only 5.1 yards-per-attempt.  One of his picks came on a tipped pass, but the Colts don’t look like an NFL offense. Painter led the team in rushing (with 79  yards), which isn’t a great sign.

5. The Rams won, so the Colts and Miami are now co-leaders in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.

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22 Responses to “Titans don’t need Chris Johnson to handle Colts”
  1. robigd says: Oct 30, 2011 4:34 PM

    I think CJ2K can still hit 2500 yards this year.

  2. zpfeifer7mn says: Oct 30, 2011 4:38 PM

    Karma. Chris Johnson just isnt a good guy. AP is even better off field then on it. I know it shouldn’t relate to football but its satisfying when it does.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:41 PM

    Regardless of his performance on the job, CJ at least knows he can always head home after a long day’s “work” and count money. Lots of it.

  4. mikehockhurtz says: Oct 30, 2011 4:42 PM

    It’s gonna be a long rebuilding process in Indy…new QB and a whole new defense

  5. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 30, 2011 4:48 PM

    I hope CJ2K saved his money cuz he’s going to need it.

  6. jmclarkent says: Oct 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    I haven’t seen a Titans game this year… are CJ’s issues physical? He was insanely fast in the past, unless he is hurt or completely out of shape this is a crazy decline.

  7. waggs12 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:59 PM

    The headline should just say “Titans don’t need Chris Johnson”. End of story.

  8. fumblenuts says: Oct 30, 2011 5:01 PM

    Javon Ringer is the REAL star running back on that team…

  9. thefiesty1 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:05 PM

    Caldwell has to GO before they select Peyton’s replacement, I mean select Luck with the first pick.
    Jeff Fisher, your up.

  10. tapper0510 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:26 PM

    CJ got outgained by Painter

  11. georgiavol91 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:26 PM

    “Pay the man!” is all we heard shouted for weeks. Well, CJ got his money and he has pulled a Haynesworth. Is anybody really surprised? I mean, c’mon man! And I sure don’t hear any of those ex-jock asses on TV saying anything now. What’s the matter, Micheal Irvin, cat got your tongue?

  12. Chairman Al says: Oct 30, 2011 5:41 PM

    Why put in “to handle the Colts?”

    Just say “Titans don’t need Chris Johnson”.

  13. Gordon says: Oct 30, 2011 6:20 PM

    That’s why you don’t hand over huge money to RBs. You can find those guys in late rounds & be successful if you have a decent O-line.

  14. snarkzilla says: Oct 30, 2011 7:47 PM

    Extrapolating CJ’s performance so far to the entire regular season, we’re looking at CK0.690 for 2011.

    Avoiding contact isn’t a good strategy for a RB. At least from his team’s perspective.

  15. fmwarner says: Oct 30, 2011 11:24 PM

    robigd says: Oct 30, 2011 4:34 PM

    I think CJ2K can still hit 2500 yards this year.
    ===================================

    Is he running track now?

  16. baseballstars says: Oct 31, 2011 12:01 AM

    CJ2YPC

  17. doe22us says: Oct 31, 2011 12:18 AM

    CJ really really sucks its unbelievable that this guy is just mailing it in after getting paid. Secondly, wow how the mighty have fallen and it gets to show you how great of a player Peyton is wish him God speed in his recovery. He was the team and he exponetially made everyone a 100 x better.

  18. baseballstars says: Oct 31, 2011 3:57 AM

    CJ misspoke. He meant 2,500 feet, not yards.

  19. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 31, 2011 7:43 AM

    How bad do the the Dolphins have to be to get the first pick? We’re bad, but you guys FREAKING FRACKING SUCK. Jeez

  20. bangitfootball says: Oct 31, 2011 7:55 AM

    CJ1/2K is just pathetic. End of story. Hes a 3rd stringer now if that. What a waste of millions.

  21. aguinn1pe says: Oct 31, 2011 10:21 AM

    Not trying to make the loss any better, but both of Painter’s picks were from tipped passes.

  22. serr8d says: Oct 31, 2011 11:44 AM

    Chris Johnson is laughing all the way to the bank.

    Oh, I meant CJ53M…

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