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Chris Johnson reaches a season-high 19 yards

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Titans running back Chris Johnson is having his best game of the season today against the Lions. Not that that’s saying much.

Late in the first quarter, Johnson has three carries for 19 yards. Which is far better than he did in a full game in Week One (11 carries, four yards) or Week Two (eight carries, 17 yards).

Johnson is showing a little bit more of the speed and explosiveness than he’s shown in the first two weeks of the season. He has also had some good holes to run through, the kinds of holes that the Titans’ offensive line hasn’t been opening much so far this year.

Is Johnson’s fast start today against the Lions a sign of better things to come? After Johnson’s disastrous start to the season, the Titans sure hope so.

After a punt return touchdown on a trick play reminiscent of the “Music City Miracle,” the Titans lead 10-6.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m. ET: On his fourth carry of the game, Johnson was drilled behind the line of scrimmage for a seven-yard loss, bringing him down to 12 yards on four carries on the day.

SECOND UPDATE 2:46 p.m. ET: It took until the third quarter, but Johnson finally broke an 11-yard run, his longest of the season.

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6 Responses to “Chris Johnson reaches a season-high 19 yards”
  1. osrude says: Sep 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    CJ20yards is way too overconfident. Every year. It seems he doesn’t put in the work the Petersons or Lynchs of the league do. I have a feeling he’ll be a permanent FA before he’s 29.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    CJ is going to want a raise.

  3. j0esixpack says: Sep 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    I can’t see how Johnson is overconfident at this point.

    Seems to me he’s acknowledged he can do better – and by correctly noting it’s a team sport he’s also calling on the OL to do better.

    I haven’t seen every Titans game but from what I’ve seen, few RBs would be able to do well with the limited run blocking the OL has provided.

  4. In the Weeds says: Sep 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    I LOVE the headline of this article!

    I had that moron last year on my fantasy team. Each week, they projected him to Romp, and each week, he didn’t.

    This past week, I noticed he started demanding other teammates “Do their job.”

    Too funny!

  5. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Sep 23, 2012 7:14 PM

    Why is it that everyone, and i mean everyone, outside the titans coaching staff can see this guy’s not just plain bad, but a flat out liability when on the field?! The titans just won one of the most exciting games in years….WITHOUT a running back! Bench him and MOVE ON!

  6. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    24 yards this week, CJ?

    Take a rest, relax. We don’t want you carrying the whole load all by yourself, big fella.

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