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Week 1 vs. PIT
Rushing: 15 / 57 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
It was a disappointing night for Johnson, not because of any shortcoming on his part, but because of the lack of creativity in the playcalling. Even with little room to run against the Steelers stout front seven, Johnson had a decently productive night on his modest amount of carries. With superior vision, he found the cutback twice to break long gains, but was otherwise stymied by the Steelers defense as a runner. As a receiver, Johnson got one opportunity, and made good on it, eluding LaMarr Woodley in the open field for a good gain. Unfortunately, the Titans did not call more designed passes to Johnson, or he could have easily had a 100+ total yard evening. The light back also showed blocking prowess, holding up a blitzing LB to give Collins enough time to convert a key third down. Johnson yielded to LenDale White about 1/3 of the time, but he is still the clear lead back for the Titans. Johnson also got the sole red zone carry for the team, and he ran inside with the toughness of a bigger back. Check his owners for a buy low moment next week.
Week 2 vs. HOU
Rushing: 16 / 197 / 2
Receiving: 9 / 87 / 1 on 11 targets
In case you missed the highlights, Chris Johnson had the best game of his career and may have sent Lendale White to the "backup" position for good. Johnson was, in a word, "spectacular" in all facets of the game. He carried 16 times for 197 yards (including touchdowns of 57 yards from the shotgun and 91 yards when backed up to the Tennessee 9) and caught 9 balls for 87 yards including a 69 yard touchdown off of a screen pass. Johnson ran wild through most every lane and showed that in a footrace with the Texans' defenders, he was not to be caught. Johnson was also very successful in pass-block situations (as he was last week), which may be yet another reason for Lendale White to stay on the bench. Johnson was tackled for a loss only twice in 25 touches. Johnson's vision has improved greatly as he is recognizing running lanes better then ever and using his ample speed to create tough angles for the defense once he hits the open field.
Week 3 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 22 / 97 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 4 targets
Johnson had a great game running the ball against a very tough Jets defense. He absorbed a ton of punishment, mostly running inside, but still had his elite burst at the end of the game. When he did get outside, Johnson racked up 10-15 yard gains, but the game plan curiously did not get him the ball in space very often, only once as a receiver. He also rarely, if ever split out wide in this game. Johnson did an admirable job as a classic between the tackles RB, but he should be used more creatively than he was in this game.
Week 4 vs. JAX
Rushing: 16 / 83 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 11 / 0 on 4 targets
Johnson was the game plan on offense early, but that game plan was using him like a conventional RB yet again, so the offense sputtered. By the time Johnson was finding room to run, the game was already lost for the Titans. He ran with the same exceptional burst, surprising toughness and good vision that we're used to, but Johnson also had a fumble that was really the finishing blow for the Titans chances in this game.
Week 5 vs. IND
Rushing: 9 / 34 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 3 targets
The Colts clearly had a game plan on Sunday night to shut down the Titans most dynamic play maker and that was exactly what they carried out. Johnson was contained between the tackles all evening and never had a chance to break one lose. The leagues leading rusher heading into week 5 touched the ball just 11 times (9 carries/2 catches) and never found himself in open space. He did run hard and made a few of his brilliant cut-back moves, but he simply had no room. Johnson remains one of the league's most electric players, however until the Titans passing game opens things up a bit he may find himself slowed down in the coming weeks.
Week 6 vs. NE
Rushing: 17 / 128 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Johnson was the lone bright spot in the Titans loss to the Patriots. He ran for 128 yards on 17 carries. After a slow start wherein the Titans were held to a 3-and-out on their first possession, Johnson began running wild. He gained 39 yards on his next series (including a 40 yard run reduced to 22 yards after an illegal blocking penalty). His best run came on the Titans first series of the second half; Johnson took the handoff up the middle on the right side, made a cut to the sideline and nearly outran the Patriots defense to the endzone before being forced out of bounds at the 17 after a 48 yard run. Surprisingly, Johnson had positive yardage on all but one of his carries for the day and accounted for 4 of the Titans 7 offensive first downs.
Week 8 vs. JAX
Rushing: 24 / 228 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
If Chris Johnson had not gotten tired, NFL records may have fallen in Week 8. Johnson was a one man wrecking crew against Jacksonville, running around and through the defense almost at will. Johnson eclipsed 200 yards rushing for the second game of this season as he used his elite speed to elude would-be tacklers on nearly every play. Johnson gave way to LenDale White whenever Johnson was tired, which appeared to be a bit more often than usual but then again 200+ yard rushing games are not the norm. Johnson had three runs of 20 or more yards, including a 52-yard dash in the third quarter and an 89-yarder to start the fourth, both of which went for touchdowns.
Week 9 vs. SF
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 25 / 135 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 4 targets
Chris Johnson continued his one-man offensive campaign again in Week 9, rushing hard and with amazing speed against a very good San Francisco 49er defense. Johnson topped 100 yards once again against the 49ers, becoming the first back to do so this year. He ran quickly to the edges and around the corner, using his breakaway speed to elude would-be tacklers and gaining yardage in chunks when he did get to the second level. Johnson lost an 81-yard touchdown when he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds, but he was left in at the goal line to get the score. Last season this was LenDale White's role, so if Johnson continues his Red Zone work then he becomes even more valuable.
Week 10 vs. BUF
Rushing: 26 / 132 / 2
Receiving: 9 / 100 / 0 on 9 targets
What superlatives are left to describe Johnson's game? His speed created one TD that he made look very easy once he got into the open field. He ran over Bryan Scott and turned Scott into a bowling bowl that took out two other oncoming Bills defenders. He is as natural catching the ball as you would expect a former wide receiver to be, and for the second time this year, the Titans actually used him a lot in the passing game, with great results (of course). He also displayed great feel around his feet to avoid trash at the line of scrimmage and ankle tackle bids. Johnson has joined Adrian Peterson, MJD, and Steven Jackson among the elite tier of RBs that we expect great things from routinely. The Titans are going to give him a chance to break the single-season rushing record, and his fantasy owners are going to get to enjoy the ride.
Week 11 vs. HOU
Rushing: 29 / 151 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Johnson has already shown everyone that he can be a game-breaker, in this game, he proved he can be a physical workhorse that grinds down the defense and clock in a close game. The Texans game-planned well for Johnson, but the few times he eluded them - an option pitch from VY, a draw late in the first half, and a run with about seven changes of direction in the fourth quarter - Johnson was able to get big gains. Johnson had as much energy at the end of the fourth quarter as he did at the open of the game, showing tremendous stamina and durability. He gave way to LenDale White at the goal line, and wasn't involved in the passing game, but Johnson still added another chapter to the story of his rise to the top of the NFL.
Week 12 vs. ARI
Rushing: 18 / 154 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 32 / 0 on 4 targets
What is there left to say about Chris Johnson? He ran like a league leader, always making the right adjustments and cuts at the line to get the maximum yardage against a tough Cardinals front seven. He made multiple tacklers miss in the open field on his receptions, and wove through traffic like the game was happening at a different speed for him on his carries. When Johnson broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage deep in his own end and found a crease, he was gone, outrunning the entire Cardinal defense for an 85-yard TD. He should be the #1 overall pick in all fantasy leagues next year.
Week 13 vs. IND
Rushing: 27 / 113 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 28 / 0 on 8 targets
The first four plays went to him: 3 rushes for a first down, then on the next play, an 11-yard reception. The Colts defense was everywhere, not giving him too much room. Johnson still managed a decent average YPC, but had no big runs to speak of. A lesser runner would not have been able to turn many of his runs into positive yardage. He was so good at finding holes to run through, even though there was not much to work with. He was also used frequently as a receiver out of the backfield.
Week 14 vs. STL
Rushing: 28 / 117 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 69 / 1 on 4 targets
hris Johnson has used the 2009 season to stake a personal claim on being called the "Most Exciting Player" in the league. Johnson ran wild again on Sunday with a 39 yard rushing touchdown and a 66 yard receiving touchdown. He also just missed adding a 4th touchdown as he was stopped just short of the goalline on 3rd down in the 4th quarter. Johnson's speed is leading to a lot of yards but the biggest difference between last season and this season has been his lateral quickness before he breaks through the front seven of the defense. On his most productive carries, Johnson is either outracing the defense to the outside or taking the ball up the middle, making one good cut, and then quickly barreling up-field. Furthermore, Johnson is making excellent use of his blockers downfield on screens and runs, leading to lots of extra yards and a lot less punishment. Perhaps his finest run on the day came on a 4th down quick toss by Kerry Collins to the right wherein he quickly spun back to the inside and outraced the defense for a first down.
Week 15 vs. MIA
Rushing: 29 / 104 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 55 / 0 on 3 targets
Johnson impressed, as usual. The Dolphins did a good job containing him in the early goings, but he picked up the pace in the 2nd quarter, rattling off 3 carries of 10+ yards in a row. Johnson also had a big gain on a screen pass, adding to his all purpose yardage total. He continues to be workhorse for the Titans, with 31 touches on the day. On the downside, he did fumble once.
Week 16 vs. SD
Rushing: 21 / 142 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 37 / 0 on 4 targets
Chris Johnson was the only highlight for the Titans on Christmas night, rushing for over 100 yards for the 10th straight game, the third-longest streak in NFL history. Johnson added three first-half catches, all good enough for first downs, as his combined 179 yards on the night continued his assault on the record book. Johnson was able to find the end zone in the fourth quarter from 30 yards away on a play that was designed to run right but he cut it back left and ran past the defense for the score. Johnson had six carries in the fourth quarter despite the Chargers leading 42-10, so that gives a strong indication that Jeff Fisher will give Johnson every opportunity to post big numbers in Week 17 to try and break several NFL records against the Seahawks in the season finale.
Week 17 vs. SEA
Rushing: 36 / 134 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 20 / 0 on 6 targets
Johnson's quest for 2,000 yards rushing started out well, with 35 and a score on the opening drive (he needed 128 in the game to pass the mark). As expected, it was not easy to get the yards, since the Seahawks knew they would be feeding him the ball often. But Johnson managed to get there, slowly but surely. When he was only a few yards from 2K, he broke a 62 yard touchdown run, only to have it called back. Johnson rushed the ball a career high 36 times and he could have seen even more: had the touchdown stood, he would have been only 55 yards from Eric Dickerson's total season record for yardage with nearly a quarter remaining. Johnson was also used often on quick dump passes, and dropped a couple that he shouldn't have had any trouble with.