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Week 1 vs. KC
Rushing: 2 / 14 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 48 / 0 on 7 targets
After making a remarkable, body-twisting snag of an errant pass for seven yards early on, Johnson seemed poised to add the Chiefs to his long list of victims. Soon after that catch, Johnson was the target of a Carson Palmer pass in the end zone. Johnson was open on the play and had beaten his defender to the inside, but Palmer badly underthrew the pass and it fell at Johnson's feet. That was the closest Johnson would come to scoring, and actually saw very little action as the game progressed, to the point where he didn't see a single pass come in his direction in the second half.
Week 2 vs. CLE
Receiving: 6 / 78 / 1 on 12 targets
Johnson took a wicked hit from safety Brian Russell and had to have his bloody chin stitched up, though this did not keep him from having a solid game and tying for the team lead in targets despite going up against Leigh Bodden most of the game. Johnson made a nice catch in the corner of the end zone, keeping his feet in bounds, and celebrated with his rendition of the chicken dance.
Week 3 vs. PIT
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
The Bengals' best WR played third wheel to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and slot receiver Chris Henry, catching only one pass for 11 yards on the Bengals first scoring drive. It was his lowest yardage output since Week 15 of the 2004 season and least number of receptions since Week 3 of the 2002 season. His two targets also represents an all time low since he became a starting WR.
Week 4 vs. NE
Receiving: 6 / 64 / 0 on 14 targets
Johnson looked to have the hot hands in the first half when he was targeted ten times by QB Carson Palmer, catching four balls for 46 yards. Johnson was shaken up just before halftime when he stretched out for a pass near the sideline and landed hard on his right side. He went into the locker room early and returned in the second half, but was targeted only three more times in the game. He finished with six catches for 64 yards.
Week 6 vs. TB
Receiving: 6 / 99 / 0 on 12 targets
Johnson was targeted 12 times in the game, pulling in six passes for 99 yards. Four of Johnson's receptions resulted in first downs for the Bengals. Johnson had one reception of 51 yards, but totaled only 40 yards on his five other receptions.
Week 7 vs. CAR
Receiving: 6 / 73 / 0 on 12 targets
Johnson led the Bengals with 73 yards including a spectacular diving grab for a 32 yard gain on fourth and one early in the fourth quarter. Johnson's facial expressions showed his frustration with the passing game in the first half with just two catches for ten yards. In the second half, Johnson was all smiles as he saw plenty of targets and caught four passes for 63 yards. Johnson has gone four games now without a touchdown.
Week 8 vs. ATL
Receiving: 6 / 78 / 1 on 13 targets
Johnson was his usual outspoken self in the week prior to the game against Atlanta, and while Johnson responded with a solid outing, he failed to reach his guarantee earlier in the week of two receiving scores. Johnson finished with six catches for 78 yards and one touchdown, coming on a 12 yard pass from Carson Palmer. He was matched up against Atlanta DB DeAngelo Hall for most of the game, but beat DB Jason Webster on his scoring play.
Week 9 vs. BAL
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 7 targets
Johnson was targeted on the first pass from QB Carson Palmer. The pass was overthrown on a third and long deep slant. Johnson got his hands on the pass tipping it up into the air. It ended up getting intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Johnson made a fine leaping grab on the left sideline literally leaping out of a shoe while flashing his athleticism later in the first quarter. He wasn't targeted again until midway through the second quarter when Johnson drew a pass interference flag on a play deep over the middle. He was only able to manage two short receptions after that play. Each was near the line of scrimmage as they tried to get him the ball in open space so he could attempt to beat a defensive back own his own.
Week 10 vs. SD
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 11 / 260 / 2 on 12 targets
Johnson finally was able to put up huge stats over an entire game. He had already reached his previous season high in receptions (seven) by halftime, and by the end of the fourth quarter he was the new owner of the Cincinnati franchise record for receiving yards in one game. He hauled in an early 51 yard touchdown reception, badly beating Chargers' safety Terrance Kiel on the play. Later in the game, he answered a Brandon Manumaleuna score with a 74 yard touchdown grab on the first play from scrimmage (badly beating rookie CB Antonio Cromartie on the play). Johnson was wide open all over the field all game long, on both deep routes and on underneath passes. The Chargers simply had no answers for him, much like the last time he faced San Diego in 2003, when he put up ten receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns on that day. Those looking for touchdown celebrations on this day saw him leave a loving note for his mother and grandmother after the first score, and he then mocked Shawne Merriman's sack dance (Merriman is currently serving the second of a four game suspension for steroids) following the second TD.
Week 11 vs. NO
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 190 / 3 on 10 targets
Johnson was spectacular for the second game in a row. About the only blemish on his game was a drop of a 30 yard pass late in the first quarter. But the plays he made before and after that one more than made up for it.
Through the first eight games of the season, Johnson had 482 yards and two touchdowns. In the last two games, Johnson has 450 yards and five touchdowns. While it's wrong to assume he'll have many more games like these last two, his current stats project out to 1,491 yards and 11 touchdowns, which would both be career-best totals. Johnson's biggest strikes in this game came on the deep ball. He hauled in touchdown passes of 41 and 60 yards, and added a 48 yard reception to the four yard line in the fourth quarter. For those of you worried that his touchdown was stolen by someone else, rest easy knowing that Johnson caught a four yard slant for the score right after that 48 yard bomb. Interestingly, he didn't really dance after any of his touchdowns, and his quotes after the game seemed to suggest a new focused Chad Johnson. His postgame quotes:
"I'm trying to be as consistent as possible, trying to make sure I do all I can to make sure we come up out of this hole and make this run,"
After the second touchdown, Johnson grabbed for his right hamstring and immediately began limping off the field. On the sideline, he was whispering something into the ear of an assistant coach. It appeared the issue was just cramping. On the next offensive series, he beat CB Fred Thomas deep down the seam for the 48 yard reception that led to a four yard score on the next play.
Week 12 vs. CLE
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 123 / 0 on 11 targets
With another strong effort, Johnson set the record for most yards gained receiving over three consecutive games with 573 yards. Johnson started off the game quietly, and was not targeted in the first half, but then was heavily targeted throughout the remainder of the game. While Chad was not targeted in the end zone, Palmer's interception was targeted for Johnson inside the Browns' five yard line.
Week 13 vs. BAL
Receiving: 8 / 91 / 0 on 10 targets
Johnson was productive in the first half, catching seven balls for 87 yards before halftime. Johnson was targeted 10 times before the end of the second quarter. He ran short and medium routes, working his way back to the ball to gain roughly ten to 20 yards at a time. Johnson also caught a touchdown pass but it was negated by his offensive pass interference, a penalty for which he took full responsibility.
Johnson added one more catch in the third quarter on his final target, which was good enough for four yards and a first down.
Week 14 vs. OAK
Receiving: 5 / 101 / 0 on 9 targets
He was the third Cincinnati player to gain over 100 yards in this game. Johnson, despite creative defensive coverages, caught five passes for 101 yards.
Week 15 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 37 / 0 on 8 targets
Johnson's first contribution was to recover a Rudi Johnson fumble. He then appeared to catch a 21 yard pass over the middle, but he was winded on the play and the Bengals called a time out. The Colts used the time to challenge the play and it was ruled incomplete. On the very next play, Palmer fumbled away possession after being sacked. Palmer looked for Johnson twice on the next drive, finding him for gains of 16 yards and 11 yards. Johnson was also given the ball on a reverse, but he ran out of bounds after gaining one yard. In the second half, Johnson had to lead the field after suffering from cramping. He caught a pass on the opening drive of the half for a ten yard gain, but did not make another catch in the game. Johnson did return in the fourth quarter but he dropped a pass on what would have been a gain of around 30 yards.
Week 16 vs. DEN
Receiving: 3 / 32 / 0 on 9 targets
Johnson had an off game, and was shut down by cornerback Champ Bailey. Johnson was affected by Palmer's relative inaccuracy, but also had a few mental lapses throughout the game. He missed a couple of catches he should've had, and also suffered the first fumble of his career. This was one of Johnson's worst performances of the season.
Week 17 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 53 / 0 on 6 targets
Three of Johnson's four receptions were on each scoring drive for Cincinnati. He caught a 16 yard out pass to the Steelers 30 yard line to help set up a field goal. He then caught a 14 yard pass over the middle two plays prior to WR Chris Henry's touchdown catch and run. And he pulled in another 14 yarder early in the second touchdown drive. Johnson was also targeted deep in the end zone, but was overthrown just before halftime. Johnson did not score a touchdown in his final six games and averaged just 40.67 yards receiving per game over the Bengals three-game losing streak to end the season. He ended the season with 1,370 yards, his second best output of his career.