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Week 1 vs. NE
Rushing: 22 / 74 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 1 targets
Johnson's 2008 debut could be described, in a word, as relentless. Despite the majority of his carries going for three yards or less, Johnson kept it coming like a freight train. He finished the day with 78 yards on 22 attempts, a good chunk of which came on a 22 yard scamper near the end of the third quarter. Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to prove his wares in the goal line game, with the Chiefs only visit to the red zone ending on the 13 yard line after a TD hookup between Damon Huard and Dwayne Bowe.
Week 2 vs. OAK
Rushing: 12 / 22 / 0
Johnson was just not much of a factor. The Raiders stopped him cold in the first half, and in the second he did his best Javon Walker impression and disappeared.
Week 3 vs. ATL
Rushing: 24 / 121 / 1
The Chiefs gave up early on Johnson, it seemed. He had only six first half carries, for 11 yards. In the second half, his first carry was for 48 yards (which ended in a fumble out of bounds). With the score still close enough to eke out a win, he was leaned on more heavily and responded with a number of good rushes, making one wonder why they didn't do this earlier. He was not used at all in the passing game.
Week 4 vs. DEN
Rushing: 28 / 198 / 2
Receiving: 5 / 0 / 0 on 5 targets
Johnson had zero total yards on his five receptions. Of course, on the positive side he rambled for 198 yards, 93 by half time, and scored twice. Johnson did fumble once, but the Chiefs got it right back on an interception. Looks like he's involved in the offense again.
Week 5 vs. CAR
Rushing: 7 / 2 / 0
The Chiefs gave up early on Johnson, replacing him early in the third quarter with Jamaal Charles. He had no room to run, and clearly do not like using him as a receiver out of the backfield. One can only guess that they were protecting him from unnecessary injury (with the game out of reach), but still, he was benched before Huard was, and he did not play that badly.
Week 11 vs. NO
Rushing: 19 / 67 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 1 targets
Johnson returned after missing four games. He fought hard for extra yardage, but may have been somewhat rusty. Johnson was stopped four times from inside the New Orleans' five yard line, including just outside of the goal line in the second quarter. At times, it appeared Johnson was slow to the hole, while other times, he showed good burst. Johnson fumbled twice, but Kansas City retained possession both times. Johnson lined up frequently in what is called the "pistol" formation, which is essentially an I formation without the fullback. He also took direct snaps a few times in the game.
Johnson caught a screen pass and reeled off a 20 yard gain.
Week 12 vs. BUF
Rushing: 7 / 81 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 3 targets
Johnson found room to run against the Buffalo defense. He just lacked opportunity. He set up the second Kansas City touchdown on a 63 yard run to the Buffalo three yard line. He averaged 11.6 yards on each of his seven carries, and had another 26 yard gain called back on a holding penalty. But as Kansas City fell farther and farther behind the yards were harder to come by.
Week 13 vs. OAK
Rushing: 24 / 92 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Johnson started slowly but as the game wore on, he ran with great determination and power. He showed excellent judgment in determining which holes to attack, and was very difficult to tackle. He routinely gained yards after contact by using his size and power to shed defenders and drag others. Johnson got stronger as the game wore on, and five of his seven rushes that gained seven or more yards, were in the second half.
Week 14 vs. DEN
Rushing: 11 / 36 / 0
Johnson was hardly given a chance to get going in this game, and only averaged 3.3 yards with his eleven carries. His long on the day was eleven yards, but his lack of activity in a close game played a bigger role in his poor stats. Johnson was given just three carries in the second half of a close game.
Week 15 vs. SD
Passing: 1 - 1, 4 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 17 / 55 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 18 / 0 on 4 targets
As far as rushing and receiving, Johnson was pretty much held in check by the San Diego defense. His longest run of the day was 17 yards, but he gained just 38 yards on his other 16 carries. And when he had a chance to just about ice the game with a third and one run, the Charger defense clamped down and sent him backwards. But he was involved in a number of gadget plays, among them an option with Tyler Thigpen and a hook and lateral with Tony Gonzalez. Neither of those worked all that well, but the one that did work was a halfback option pass by Johnson. He took a handoff to the right side of the formation, stopped short, and lobbed a pass to the back line of the end zone for TE Tony Gonzalez. Officials initially ruled that Gonzalez had failed to maintain possession of the football but that he was interfered with on the play. That would have given Kansas City a first and goal at the one yard line. But head coach Herm Edwards challenged the call anyway, believing Gonzalez had caught the football. He was right, and the call was overturned. Johnson was credited with a four yard touchdown pass on the play.
Week 16 vs. MIA
Rushing: 12 / 108 / 1
RB Larry Johnson finally put up another 100 yard rushing game. He ran well and looked determined against a Miami team that was struggling to tackle anyone. His touchdown run was set up by RB Jamaal Charles' 75 yard reception off of a screen pass.
Week 17 vs. CIN
Rushing: 10 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Johnson gained just four yards in the first half on four carries, but didn't do much better in the second half as the Chiefs were forced to play from behind, averaging 1.8 yards per carry on the afternoon against the Bengals.