Chris Johnson finally gave the Titans their money’s worth on Sunday, and as a result he’s been honored by the league.
Johnson, the highly paid running back who went off for 195 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against the bills, has been named the AFC offensive player of the week.
Aided by a terrible Bills defense, Johnson went off for an 83-yard touchdown (becoming the first player in NFL history with four career rushing touchdowns of more than 80 yards) and averaged 10.8 yards a carry on the day. Despite a bad start to the season, Johnson is now averaging 4.5 yards a carry this year and is on pace to gain 1,134 yards, which would top his output for 2011.
The question, however, is why Johnson can’t play this well — or even close to this well — consistently. Johnson has had four absolutely awful games this season, with four yards against the Patriots, 17 yards against the Chargers, 24 yards against the Lions and 24 yards against the Vikings. The Titans got a great game from Johnson on Sunday, but considering what they’re paying him, they need more out of him than one great game.