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Week 1 vs. JAX
Rushing: 15 / 93 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 1 on 4 targets
Johnson was very productive in his regular season debut. He ran with power between the tackles, and took on would-be tacklers head on. He also displayed excellent acceleration through the holes and elusiveness once in the open field, as well as good route running. Johnson was asked to run a variety of routes, and the only target he did not catch was thrown too high. Johnson showed excellent hands on his touchdown catch, catching a pass that was off target, regaining his balance after securing the ball, and accelerating quickly enough into the end zone before the defense could get to him.
Week 2 vs. CIN
Rushing: 19 / 109 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 12 / 0 on 3 targets
Johnson's day was hit or miss. Johnson, the fastest man ever timed at the NFL's scouting combine started off slowly gaining only seven yards on his first six attempts. His seventh attempt was a perfect illustration of his speed. He found an opening on a draw play. After he made a defender miss, he was off for a big 51 yard gain. Once into the second level of the defense, Johnson was able to compile nice gains, but LenDale White was more effective on runs up the middle. White and Johnson have split carries almost equally so far.
Week 3 vs. HOU
Rushing: 16 / 74 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 5 / 0 on 4 targets
Chris Johnson did not see much playing time in the first half as the Titans chose to use LenDale White to wear down the Texans defense. Johnson was used as a change of pace and as a receiver out of the backfield. In the second half when they were trying to run down the clock and maintain possession Johnson was the primary ball carrier as the team decided to go with the fresher back.
Week 4 vs. MIN
Rushing: 17 / 61 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 5 targets
Having split carries almost evenly with running mate LenDale White in the Titans' first three games, Johnson saw his workload increase against the Vikings. Most of these additional touches came inside the ten yard line where, earlier in the season, White had been given the bulk of the carries. It's unlikely that coach Jeff Fisher was disappointed with Johnson's red-zone production as the rookie was able to score his first two rushing touchdowns of the season on runs to either side of the field -- including the late fourth quarter score that sealed up the win for the Titans. While the two scores certainly made for a successful fantasy day, Johnson's yardage statistics were unremarkable due to the Vikings' stalwart rushing defense. That being said, he was semi-regularly able to gain the corner and gash the defense for gains of six to nine yards. He also was able to use his elusiveness to avoid being dropped for a loss on all but one occasion. In the rare instances where Johnson was called upon to rush inside, he was unable to make anything happen. In the passing game, Johnson received five targets and converted on three of them, including an impressive first quarter grab at the Viking two yard line that saw him leap above the coverage and snag the ball out of the air well above his head.
Week 5 vs. BAL
Rushing: 18 / 44 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
For the first time this season, the rookie Johnson was given the chance to be the clear featured back in the Titans' rushing attack. As might be expected from a first year player facing a still imposing Ravens defense, Johnson's production was uneven. While his first rush of the day went through a gaping hole over left tackle for 13 yards, and his fifth was a burst up the middle for 11, they would be his two longest of the day. As the game wore on and the Ravens calibrated their schemes to account for his speed, Johnson's effectiveness plummeted. In the second half, Johnson gained only 12 yards on his ten carries, and his inability to gain any ground during the Titans' final series (three carries, negative two yards) gave the Ravens a chance to attempt some last minute heroics (that ultimately failed). In the passing game, Johnson was used out of the backfield on two occasions and provided a good outlet option for QB Kerry Collins.
Week 7 vs. KC
Rushing: 18 / 168 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 4 / 0 on 3 targets
Chris Johnson was amazing. He showed his burst with that NFL Combine record 40 speed. When there was a small hole he found it and blasted through. The safety was the only thing that stopped him from huge runs. And on one they couldn't catch him. On a nice off tackle play to burn the clock Johnson broke through the line for his TD. Even without that long TD he averaged six yards per carry. The big story of the day was Johnson's ability to break tackles. He broke two tackles more than once. He also made guys miss a lot with is quick moves and speed. On one play Kansas City piled up the line and Johnson just ran a half circle around it and went for another first down.
Week 8 vs. IND
Rushing: 19 / 77 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 19 / 0 on 6 targets
Johnson was bottled up early in the first half as the Colts team speed did a good job of containing him. He got some good runs in the second quarter as the line opened some holes and the passing game made some plays to keep the Indianapolis defense honest. He had a combined 61 yards of offense in the first half. Johnson would have a quiet second half until busting off a 16 yard touchdown run off the right side late in the game. It wasn't Johnson's best game but he still put good numbers despite the fact it was clear the Colts' defense game planned to stop Johnson and the running game.
Week 9 vs. GB
Rushing: 24 / 89 / 1
Receiving: 6 / 72 / 0 on 8 targets
Johnson was dangerous on the ground and as a receiver out of the backfield. He not only saw the bulk of the carries over LenDale White, but more importantly, he also saw carries inside the five, which normally go to White. His versatility and success as a pass catcher ensured that he was the focal point of the offense whether it was a running or passing play.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Rushing: 14 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 2 targets
With the Bears focusing on stopping the run all afternoon, Chris Johnson understandably struggled to find running room. It appeared he might be on track for a good day when he opened the game with a seven yard run, but as the first half concluded Johnson found himself with negative rushing yards. In the second half Johnson did manage to get himself into positive yardage, finishing the day with eight yards rushing and 15 yards receiving.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Rushing: 17 / 64 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 24 / 0 on 8 targets
Johnson ran hard and while he did not have a chance to display his speed, did show very good running ability inside the tackles, using his elusiveness to gain additional yards. He took some shots in the game but bounced back up and continued playing each time he was hit hard. He was the most targeted player in the first half, but dropped two passes that could have resulted in significant gains.
Week 12 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 10 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 7 targets
Johnson was the most involved Titans running back as he gained 61 total yards on 13 touches in the loss. He had no room to run in space and display the speed that makes him so dangerous, as New York clearly made shutting him down, priority number one. He provided Collins with another option in the passing game as caught three short passes for 15 yards. On Tennessee's first play from scrimmage in the second half Johnson broke off a nice 11 yard run, only to fumble and turn the ball right back over to the Jets, leading to an eight play scoring drive.
Week 13 vs. DET
Rushing: 16 / 125 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
The rookie had two scores on his first three touches of the game. On each of his touchdown runs he went in untouched by a single Lion. The first score followed up a Detroit fumble by Shaun MacDonald and was from six yards out. The second score was a beautifully crafted third down draw play. Johnson exploded up the middle and then made a single cut to go 58 yards. The Lions had no answer for the speed of Johnson and he had many long runs on the day. He was the more effective back despite LenDale White also racking up two scores and over a 100 yards.
Week 14 vs. CLE
Rushing: 19 / 136 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 30 / 0 on 4 targets
Johnson looked great against the Browns. He got through holes really fast and had a couple of long runs through the secondary including a 25 yard touchdown run. Johnson also caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 30 yards, making him Tennessee's leading receiver.
Week 15 vs. HOU
Rushing: 13 / 65 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Chris Johnson started like gangbusters, gaining 27 yards on his first two carries. The going got tough after that as the Texans began to combat the running game by sending linebackers on blitzes into the gaps and cutting off Johnson's cutback lanes. This caused Johnson to be met by tacklers close to the line of scrimmage, and he was often met by more than one tackler. The Texans were able to take away the running game with Kerry Collins being ineffective, which also served to limit his effectiveness. Johnson was able to break off a couple of longer runs during the second and third quarter as the defense was clearly in pass coverage, but the defense was able to keep him pinned along the sidelines and prevent him from cutting back into the middle of the field for extra yards.
Week 16 vs. PIT
Rushing: 16 / 69 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 1 / 0 on 2 targets
Johnson was the featured back early in the game. He was not able to get to the outside and display his great speed that has been his trademark this season. His best run was a 21 yard scamper on a key fourth down call that got him in the end zone. Otherwise, his day was very mediocre. In a closer game, he would have likely posted slightly better numbers.
Week 19 vs. BAL
Rushing: 11 / 72 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 28 / 0 on 1 targets
The offense flowed really well while Johnson was in the game. When he left the game in the second half with an ankle injury the offense seemed to sputter. He was an important part of the game plan as he was able to find holes off tackle and take runs to the outside. It seemed that the defense did not have an answer for his speed. His touchdown run came after they got the ball down inside the five yard line on a deep pass play. On the next play from scrimmage he took the handoff to the right side and bounced off of a tackler and hit the pylon on his way down to score the game's first touchdown. His only reception set the tone for the first half as he took a pass behind the line of scrimmage and slipped a tackle to get into the secondary for a 28 yard play. On the next series he slipped through a hole off tackle and sped for 32 yards into the secondary before being brought down. If he had cut back in the opposite direction it is possible that he would have scored his second touchdown.