RB Larry Johnson - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 228||Born: 11-19-1979||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
2010 Week 1 vs DAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson only saw time to spell Portis and got a couple carries late while the Redskins were trying to run out the clock.
2009 Week 1 vs BAL (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It is tough to gauge Johnson's performance against Baltimore, as they are one of the toughest run defenses in the NFL. Johnson was hit often in the backfield and could barely get going, so it is hard to say if Johnson has lost a step if he never gets to take one. If anything, the issues are with the Kansas City offensive line as they need to give Johnson and company more breathing room to get things going. Johnson has to have a better time of it next week against Oakland and with QB Matt Cassel expected back.Dwayne Bowe suffered from having to face Baltimore on the road in Week 1 without his top passing quarterback. Bowe already had to deal with trying to get open against a formidable defense, but without Matt Cassel he struggled mightily. Four catches, 40 yards and a score had to be a pleasant surprise for his fantasy owners with the deck stacked so heavily against him. Bowe only had one grab before the fourth quarter, but it was a two yard touchdown which made it highly productive. The challenges will not get easier next week against Oakland.
2009 Week 2 vs OAK (24 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Johnson looked like a younger version of himself, even though his stat line doesn't reflect it. He ran with purpose, getting yards after contact and winning collisions, and he ran with very good quickness and elusiveness for such a big back, making tacklers miss in the open field more than once. LJ was productive as a receiver in Jamaal Charles absence, and he also ran well on his carries out of the shotgun. The much-maligned Chiefs offensive line even opened some big holes for him. Johnson was a better back in this game than his numbers indicate.
2009 Week 3 vs PHI (19 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Larry Johnson who took the field in Philadelphia is not the same runner that was once competing for the top RB in the NFL several seasons ago. Johnson looked sluggish and lacked a top end gear when he did get a hole, but to be fair his offensive line did him no favors. When his backup (Jamaal Charles) got his chances, the difference in quickness and speed was obvious. Johnson was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage roughly half of the time, but the combination of his diminishing skill set and his terrible offensive line makes him unstartable in fantasy football at this point.
2009 Week 4 vs NYG (18 / 53 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 1 / 0 rec)
Larry Johnson actually ran with better conviction and determination - unfortunately he was up against the New York Giants in Week 4. The Giants limited Johnson to 54 total yards on 21 touches, but the numbers don't show how hard he did run behind his offensive line. He was able to get most of his yardage early in the game, posting 46 yards on just 10 first half carries. If Johnson can ever string together two halves like that again, he may once again become a viable fantasy RB2.
2009 Week 5 vs DAL (21 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Time after time, Johnson was met in the backfield or given no room to run at the line of scrimmage. It was hard to tell if he has lost any burst because he never had a chance to really get up to speed. LJ got about half of his yardage on a pair of runs in a long fourth quarter drive, so stamina is not an issue. He did have two carries inside the five that were unsuccessful before Cassel's TD pass to Mike Vrabel, so the Chiefs are still feeding him the rare times that they do get in a goal to go situation.
2009 Week 6 vs WAS (23 / 83 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Larry Johnson looked arguably his best this season, running hard and finding space in the offensive line (and Redskin defense) for several yards before first contact. Johnson had his biggest run of the season (17 yards) and good burst to the hole and around the corner, but with so many lapses by his offensive line on other plays he still averaged under four yards a carry. Johnson is the feature back for Kansas City but he is no better than a fantasy RB2 and likely more of a flex starter - but given the tough year for RBs in fantasy his value is higher than expected.
2009 Week 7 vs SD (16 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Johnson owners are going to look at yet another disappointing stat line and conclude that Johnson was terrible again. But in reality, the problem didn't seem to be entirely with him; his offensive line just never opened any holes for him. For those who have said he looks slow, in this game he was rarely afforded the opportunity to show whether he was slow or not as he was met at the line of scrimmage by a wall of tacklers more than a few times. He also had a nice run on which he pushed the pile forward with a lot of power and determination despite being hit early in the play. The concerns about him going forward are warranted, but in this game a lot of it had to do with those around more than Johnson himself. After the game, however, Johnson had some derogatory comments regarding the team's head coach Todd Haley, and while it remains to be seen how much that will affect his standing with the team, it certainly won't help.
2009 Week 11 vs OAK (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw only two carries in a late first half series and spent the rest of the game on the sideline. He was caught behind the line for a three yard loss on his first carry, then showed a brief burst on an eight yard gain on his next carry.
2009 Week 12 vs CLE (22 / 107 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -2 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw his first carries spelling Bernard Scott midway through the Bengals' first series and was effective on nearly every carry. His feet do not appear to be as quick as they were in his prime and he didn't show another gear after getting to the second level, but he ran with good power, breaking tackles and leaning forward for extra yardage on most plays. He took the bulk of the short yardage carries and took the fourth quarter clock killing carries while Bernard Scott nursed a minor turf toe injury.
2009 Week 13 vs DET (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson didn't take an offensive snap until midway through the third quarter. He had only two carries for short gains against a stacked defensive front. Cedric Benson took 36 carries to Johnson's two and Benson stayed in the game to kill clock throughout the fourth quarter.
2009 Week 14 vs MIN (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson is officially an after-thought then Cedric Benson is healthy. Johnson had just three carries for four yards in this game, and one short reception for six yards early in the second quarter. Benson received the bulk of the carries, regardless of down and distance, and came on strong late in the fourth quarter. Johnson is just an insurance back in Cinci and not a RBBC as some originally thought.
2009 Week 15 vs SD (4 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson's first carry of the game he was met in the backfield almost before he even got the ball, and he had no shot to do anything with it. However, he showed great instincts soon afterwards in picking up 27 yards on a play that was all him. He took a handoff to the left side and was met by a combination of his blockers and San Diego defenders. Rather than just pushing ahead, he cut back against the grain and took off up the right side. There was nothing but open space, and he made something happen where there seemed to be nothing for the longest run of the game by either team.
2009 Week 16 vs KC (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson didn't get a carry until the third series. If it weren't for a brief period where Cedric Benson was shaken up, Johnson may only have gotten the carries on that series as the Bengals again leaned heavily on Benson throughout the game.
2009 Week 17 vs NYJ (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw the bulk of the second half carries after briefly spelling Bernard Scott early. He was more effective than Scott, but had the benefit of facing of Jets' defense that had begun rotating out many of its starters along the front seven.
2008 Week 1 vs NE (22 / 74 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 2 vs OAK (12 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 3 vs ATL (24 / 121 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 4 vs DEN (28 / 198 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 11 vs NO (19 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 12 vs BUF (7 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 13 vs OAK (24 / 92 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 14 vs DEN (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 15 vs SD (17 / 55 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 16 vs MIA (12 / 108 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 17 vs CIN (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2007 Week 1 vs HOU (10 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)
Johnson showed no ill effects from his extended holdout which saw him miss all of training camp. He was obviously under utilized as Coach Edwards eased him back in. While only carrying ten times, he was targeted in the passing game more than in past years, catching seven of the eight passes thrown his way. Johnson should see a lot more action in upcoming games as the fortunes of the Chiefs will depend on his performance during those games. He finished with 87 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. He should be depended on for greater totals in most games this year.
2007 Week 2 vs CHI (16 / 55 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Johnson had very little room to run against the stout Bear defense. The majority of Johnson's runs were in the range of two to four yards as Kansas City was unable to establish any type of rushing offense throughout the game. Johnson's long runs of the game came on draw plays out of the shotgun against a soft Bear defense. He did miss some time in the fourth quarter while the trainers looked at his thigh, but came back in the game and did not show any ill effects of an injury.
2007 Week 3 vs MIN (24 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Johnson had little luck finding any room to run all day. The Chiefs did stay with the running game for the entire afternoon, which was the only reason Johnson was able to manage the 42 yards on the ground he did. His longest run of the day, 28 yards, was called back on a holding penalty. His longest run that counted was nine yards. There was not much room for him to work with all day, but he did show power on several plays, dragging tacklers and making positive yards.
2007 Week 4 vs SD (25 / 123 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Johnson struggled along with the rest of the Chiefs in the first half, but came on a bit more as the game went on. As the final minutes were ticking off the clock, Johnson had compiled 86 yards on 24 carries (an unspectacular 3.6 YPC). But his final burst of the afternoon was a 37 yard gallop up the left side that put him over 100 yards on the ground for the first time all season long. At the end of the day, a 123 yard performance looks a whole lot better than an 86 yard performance, even if the difference is just one isolated play in garbage time. Some of the concerns with Johnson are still present, of course. For example, he was twice stuffed inside the five yard line trying to score (one of those coming from the two yard line). But there were enough positives to take from the way Johnson ran to suggest his fantasy prospects are still very much alive.
2007 Week 5 vs JAX (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 3 / 0 rec)
Johnson was unable to get into a rhythm, in large part due to a very aggressive Jaguars' run defense. He did not have many plays where he gained positive yardage, even when Kansas City tried to get him involved on screen plays. He was stymied by a very good defense that was focused on limiting his impact.
2007 Week 6 vs CIN (31 / 119 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Johnson had his breakout fantasy day all Larry Johnson owners were waiting for. He should have had another touchdown but he fumbled on the two yard line on a long run he broke open when he got hit from behind. He had trouble closing out the game against the Cincinnati defense, failing to end the game by getting a couple of running first downs.
2007 Week 7 vs OAK (24 / 112 / 1 rush, 10 / 6 / 21 / 0 rec)
Johnson continues his way back from a poor showing early in the season. He again had a slow start, but picked it up as the contest wore on. He finished with 112 yards on the ground on 24 carries, scoring one touchdown. He caught six short passes and he even got to throw one option pass which went high and wide past the receiver in the end zone.
2007 Week 9 vs GB (19 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
The workhorse of the Chiefs offense is Larry Johnson. Johnson was the main focus of the offense before leaving with an ankle injury with eight minutes left in the game. Rushing yards were hard to come by as the Chiefs linemen were not able to open up any decent running lanes. He found little room to run as he was met in the backfield by Packers defenders before he could get a head of steam on most rushing plays. His final stats look good thanks to his two touchdowns, the first of which was set up by a Packers pass interference penalty in the end zone late in the first half.
2006 Week 1 vs CIN (17 / 68 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Johnson didn't look any different from the back who took the fantasy world by storm last season. He consistently broke through the Bengals' first line of defense and moved the pile for the extra yardage. He was shifty when in traffic, and powerful when he needed to be. Unfortunately for Johnson, the blocking for him isn't what it normally has been, and all that fighting didn't result in much productivity. Additionally, the Chiefs never really established the running game as a focal point in the offense. Johnson finished with just 17 carries, with the majority of them coming early on. Rather than run the football, Johnson became much more active in the passing game, especially when Damon Huard took over late in the contest. The vast majority of Huard's passes were dump-offs and screens over the middle to Johnson and Tony Gonzalez, which would help explain why 13 of Huard's 20 passes went to those two players.
2006 Week 2 vs DEN (27 / 126 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Johnson was back on track for this game. After being held to less than 100 yards last week, he came out and punished the Denver defense for 126 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving. Denver traditionally has a strong run defense and much of Johnson's yardage was after first contact. Johnson was impressive and continues to stand out as one of the top running backs in the league. He had one mistake. During one run after he had been hit and was being gang tackled, Nick Ferguson drove his helmet into the ball and forced a fumble at Denver's five yard line. The ball was recovered by Denver.
2006 Week 4 vs SF (30 / 101 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Johnson was again the prime weapon for the Kansas City offense. His contributions were numerous. While San Francisco stacked the front against Johnson, he still managed 100 yards on the ground. He scored his first two touchdowns of the year. Additionally, he continues to be a favorite passing target in the Chiefs' game plan. Johnson's presence allows the quarterback more time as the defense spends so much effort trying to contain Johnson. His pass blocking skills have improved considerably and he is an excellent back for all situations.
2006 Week 5 vs ARI (16 / 36 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)
Johnson was frustrated by the Arizona rush defense for the entire game. He never got on track as Arizona stacked the line against him and everywhere he went, he was shadowed and gang tackled. However, Johnson is a premiere back in this league and showed why he is. While he could not gain his typical rushing yards, he was heavily used in passing situations as he caught six out of the eight passes sent his way. That included one for a touchdown early in the second quarter and the biggest game breaker of the contest, a 79 yard completion during the final Kansas City drive of the game. He was hauled down from behind by his facemask on that play causing what was called a neck strain. He had to leave the contest but he left the Chiefs within striking distance of the game winning field goal.
2006 Week 6 vs PIT (15 / 26 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson was stymied all afternoon. It was his worst performance as a starting RB. He had just 16 first half yards and 26 total. His most exciting play of the day came when he tackled SS Troy Polamalu from behind by the safeties long hair after an interception. It sparked a little fisticuffs over by the Chiefs' bench and Johnson was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play because he pulled Polamalu up by his hair after the tackle. Johnson did make fantasy owners a little relieved when he plowed through the line with second and third efforts to score the Chiefs' only touchdown of the game in the third quarter. He had even worse luck as a receiver catching three balls for just six yards.
2006 Week 7 vs SD (28 / 132 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a season high 132 rushing yards. He averaged 4.7 yards on his 28 attempts and had touchdown runs of 11 and one yards. Including the 11 yard touchdown run, Johnson had five runs of at least 11 yards. His long gain went for 22 yards. Johnson broke three tackles on his 11 yard touchdown run and frequently ran hard. He caught two passes for 29 yards.
2006 Week 8 vs SEA (39 / 155 / 3 rush, 5 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)
Johnson was looking unstoppable and tireless. He pounded the Seahawks defense with a team record 39 rushes while collecting 155 yards on the ground and an additional 26 yards through the air. He was the day's top fantasy points producer while accounting for four touchdowns, three on the ground and one on a reception. Johnson is coming on strong as the number one weapon for Herm Edwards' Kansas City Chiefs.
2006 Week 9 vs STL (27 / 172 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson remains as the central focus of the Kansas City offense, and for good reason. He picked up 172 yards rushing and a touchdown on just 27 carries, well over a six yard per carry average. Johnson had at least five carries in every quarter, with a high of nine in the first period. The first quarter is when Johnson raced for 45 yards and a first down on his third carry, which is his longest run of the season. He closed his activity for the quarter by scoring from one yard out. Adding seven more carries before halftime, Johnson had over 100 yards before intermission. His 116 yards and a score in the first 30 minutes would have been a fantastic day for most any runningback, but he came back and added 56 more in the second half. Johnson had two targets on short screens out of the backfield, but neither one connected for any catches or yardage.
2006 Week 10 vs MIA (18 / 75 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Johnson had fair statistics for an average running back compiling 75 yards on 18 carries while scoring one touchdown. However that was way below expectations for him. It is necessary and expected that Johnson will produce at a much higher level for the Chiefs to succeed.
2006 Week 11 vs OAK (31 / 154 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson was not utilized in the aerial attack but he was a nightmare for the Raiders on the ground. He accumulated 154 yards and two touchdowns on 31 rushing attempts. He was often called on to convert third down plays for the Chiefs. He had little trouble pounding or slipping through the Raiders' line, often dragging a defender with him.
2006 Week 12 vs DEN (34 / 157 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson continues to carry the Chiefs on his back. He gained 157 yards on 34 carries. He often broke through the Broncos' vaunted rush defense for eight or ten yards on a carry. He has kept accumulating the yards in bunches and now leads the league with 1202 yards gained on the ground this season. This was his fourth game with over 150 yards out of the last five.
2006 Week 13 vs CLE (28 / 110 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Johnson compiled another game with over 100 yards rushing. He also caught both passes that Green threw his way. He did not score any touchdowns. There could be some speculation that with Green's return to form, their may be more emphasis on the passing attack. As teams now realize that the Chiefs again have the potent air game, there is also the possibility that they will not stack the box so heavily against Johnson.
2006 Week 14 vs BAL (23 / 120 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
When you consider how many people felt that Johnson would have trouble this year with the losses of Tony Richardson and Willie Roaf, Johnson is having an excellent season. His strength and skill are allowing him to post good numbers despite the major efforts by opposing defenses to stop him. He was the Chiefs' offense for this contest. His final stats were the highest rushing total compiled this year against the Ravens' defense. He gained 120 yards on the ground but was not able to get into the end zone. The Chiefs' faithful did receive a scare late in the game when Johnson came off with his left arm dangling. Trainers worked on the arm for a while, massaging the wrist area and gave Johnson some rest. He was back in the game later.
2006 Week 15 vs SD (19 / 84 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a hard time getting anything going on the ground, despite running hard. His only breakthrough came on a 26 yard scamper early in the third quarter. Otherwise, most of his rushes went for minimal gains. Johnson caught three of the six passes thrown his way, but only for small gains.
2006 Week 16 vs OAK (31 / 135 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson had an excellent game as he was the Chiefs workhorse once again. He had six carries for 22 yards on the Chiefs first drive, including two runs inside the Raiders ten yard line, but he did not score. His best run of the first half came on a run where it looked like he would be stopped for a loss, but he changed direction and took it to the opposite side of the field for an 18 yard game. Johnson got an easy one yard touchdown with less then two minutes in the first half after an Oakland turnover. He finished the first half with 12 carries for 48 yards. Johnson and Kansas City defense took over in the second half. He had a long run up the middle for 18 yards toward the end of the third quarter. He went over 100 yards for the game when he ran for 19 yards down the left side field midway through the fourth quarter. Johnson seemed to wear down the Raiders run defense in the second half and he had 87 yards in the second half. He also added another 31 carries in this game to his season total and set a Chiefs record for number of rushing attempts in a season in the process.
2006 Week 17 vs JAX (33 / 138 / 3 rush, 6 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)
Johnson did nothing to diminish his reputation as the man on the Kansas City offense. Johnson had impressive numbers for this game as he was hitting the record books. He had 33 carries for 138 yards on the ground while pulling in 22 yards on five pass receptions, all while rushing across the goal line three times. He did not connect on it, but he even got the opportunity to throw one pass. Johnson finished the regular season with 416 rushing attempts, a new single season league record, bettering the 410 attempts set by Atlanta's Jamal Anderson in 1998. Johnson also set a new single season Chiefs' rushing yardage record of 1789 yards beating his previous record from 2005 by 39 yards. Johnson also contributed on Green's only pass for a touchdown. Johnson took the handoff from Green, ran to the line, turned and lateraled to Green, and then Green completed the 35 yard flea flicker to Kennison.
2006 Week 18 vs IND (13 / 32 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)
Johnson did not find much running room against the Colts' defense. He carried a season-low 13 times for a total of 32 yards, and did not have a gain over six yards. Johnson was responsible for two short first down runs. He was involved in the passing game, catching all five of his targets for a total of 29 yards. Johnson had a chance to score in the first half after the Chiefs took an interception to the nine yard line. He had a six yard run to the three, and then gained a yard, but the team tried to pass on third down and Trent Green slipped and was tackled for a loss.
2005 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 110 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the obvious star of the game. His very first carry of the season was a 35 yard score right up the gut of the Jets' defense. He went completely untouched on his way to paydirt, and the blocking scheme on the play was simply perfect. Following the score, Johnson wasn't heard from for awhile. But every time he came into the game after that, he made his presence felt. He added a second touchdown run, a four yard burst in which he absolutely flattened several Jets defenders to get the score. Considering how highly-regarded the Jets defense is, the only assessment we can say about Johnson is that he's legit. He simply cannot be tackled on the first hit, and it isn't overrating him to say that he may be the better option for the Chiefs offense at this point, regardless of what Priest Holmes has done in recent years. CBS commentator Phil Simms even pointed out that Johnson is certainly the more explosive of the two backs.
2005 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 41 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson once again proved he is an excellent substitution at any point in the game and for any length of time for Priest Holmes. On only nine carries, he picked up 41 yards and scored one touchdown. He ran with his normal power and effectiveness.
2005 Week 3 vs DEN (8 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson was thoroughly stopped by the Broncos. He managed to only gain an average of 1.6 yards per carry on eight carries. He had a couple acceptable runs but was mostly stopped cold. He lost the benefit of Tony Richardson during the game (possible aggravation of his previous shoulder injury) and he never did have Willie Roaf opening holes for him. To compound his frustrating night, Johnson had the ball stripped from him as he fumbled at the 12 yard line. It looked like a rugby scrum as half of the Denver defense converged on him and participated in the tackle.
2005 Week 4 vs PHI (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As is becoming the Chiefs' custom, Johnson saw his first action in the backfield on Kansas City's third offensive series of the game. He managed a few nice runs, but his performance was tarnished by a costly fumble at the end of the first half. The fumble, which occurred when Johnson was met head on by Jevon Kearse, let to a Philadelphia touchdown. Notably, on the Chiefs' first possession following the fumble, Vermeil came right back with a running play to Johnson.
2005 Week 6 vs WAS (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Johnson, despite rumors to the contrary, maintained his presence as an every third drive player, and also came in for Holmes to give him a breather. He had more rushing yards than his counterpart but wasn't as effective in the receiving game. Late in the contest, with his team attempting to run down the clock, Dick Vermeil showed faith in Johnson to secure the football despite two consecutive games with a fumble lost in weeks three and four. Johnson did well, avoiding the fumble against a defense clearly trying to force it.
2005 Week 7 vs MIA (23 / 93 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Even though Johnson was not in as many series, he actually had more touches than Holmes. Johnson had 119 combined yards and was a force when driving through the middle. His one touchdown came on a two yard run straight up the middle. Johnson showed again that he can and someday will be a starter in the NFL.
2005 Week 8 vs SD (6 / 55 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Johnson broke off a 46 yard run in the second quarter, by far the Chiefs' longest run of the game. He totaled more on that one run than Priest Holmes totaled on his 14 carries. Despite Holmes leaving the game with a concussion in the third quarter, Johnson didn't really get the opportunity to post huge numbers. Once Holmes went out, the Chiefs began passing constantly. Perhaps it was that Kansas City felt they could throw better, perhaps it was that they couldn't do many of the same things with Holmes out. Whatever the reason, the Chiefs pretty much abandoned the running game once Holmes left. Johnson did get a carry from inside the 5 yard line but was stopped from scoring.
2005 Week 9 vs OAK (22 / 107 / 2 rush, 6 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
All eyes were on Johnson who was the feature running back for the Chiefs with Priest Holmes not playing. And he filled in quite effectively. Johnson dropped his first target. He had a great 15 yard carry near the end of the first half. He had a three yard carry brought back with an offensive holding penalty. On the very next play he had a 15 yard screen catch brought back with another offensive holding penalty. He had a 12 yard carry that took the Chiefs into the red zone in the third quarter. After Collins' interception, Johnson rushed three times, once for five yards, then three yards, and then breaking tackles for a very powerful 15 yard touchdown run. Johnson made a 36 yard catch to the Kansas City one yard line. He dove in to score the game winning touchdown on the next play.
2005 Week 10 vs BUF (27 / 132 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs exploited the weak rush defense of the Bills early in the game. Johnson had 100 yards on the ground in the first half and was stopped by last man Terrence McGee after a 24 yard run on the Chiefs' third drive. Johnson made tacklers miss on many occasions and looked like he might have an even bigger game until being contained when the Bills established an 11 point lead in the second half. Johnson was effective as a receiver, catching five of his seven targets for 46 yards.
2005 Week 11 vs HOU (36 / 211 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson is a force to be reckoned with every week forward. He ran the ball 36 times for a Kansas City team record 211 yards. He scored twice. He did that while usually running through and into people. But the scariest aspect of his performance for upcoming opponents should be that during the game and after the game, Johnson never looked tired. He led the Kansas City team and he inspired them. He was always in command and ready to dish out punishment. The demonstration that Johnson put on is giving the entire team the belief that they can always produce offensively.
2005 Week 12 vs NE (31 / 119 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Johnson continues to shine. He was a powerful force pounding into the Patriots. They were unable to stop him as he gained 119 yards on the ground and another fifty through the air. He has now gained over 450 yards on the ground in the three contests he has started since Priest Holmes was sidelined for the year due to injury. He had one late fumble in what otherwise was an all around outstanding performance.
2005 Week 13 vs DEN (30 / 140 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Though it took him longer than in recent weeks, Larry Johnson once again registered at least 100 yards rushing. He did so for the fifth time in a row, tying Priest Holmes' team record. He did his damage early and late, with almost nothing in between. He ran all over Denver defenders in the first quarter, almost always gaining three and four yards per carry no matter how many tacklers there were. He cracked the 1,000-yard plateau late in the first quarter, the first such milestone of his young career. Johnson was pretty well shut down in quarters two and three, totaling just 13 yards during that time. He smartly managed to remain inbounds on his late carries in order to keep the clock moving, rather than fight for extra yardage to pad his stats. The announcers spoke of Johnson's knowledge of NFL history, which serves to suggest that he is not only a great talent, but also a student of the game. It's not foolproof, but players like this often get it, and are particularly attractive long-term NFL options. His second touchdown run of the afternoon was a terrific blend of patience, vision, and athleticism. He combined all three in a very short space to plunge in for the game winning four yard touchdown. Denver entered the game as the league's top-ranked run defense, and Johnson absolutely tore them up. Aside from LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson may very well be the next best fantasy RB right now. And if you base the rankings on recent history, Johnson takes a back seat to no one - he's that hot right now.
2005 Week 14 vs DAL (26 / 143 / 3 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Johnson continues to astound the league since he took over the starting running back role after the season ending injury to Priest Holmes. This was Johnson's sixth straight 100 yard rushing effort, a new Kansas City Chiefs' record. He was an intimidating runner with 143 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. He also showed he can be relied on as a good receiver and is showing improvement in blocking assignments.
2005 Week 15 vs NYG (31 / 167 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Larry Johnson had another outstanding game, but was overshadowed by his counterpart in the person of Giants RB Tiki Barber. Johnson ran for over 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game, a Chiefs team record set last week by Johnson himself. Johnson also found the end zone twice against the Giants, increasing his tally to 11 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards rushing in just his last seven games. Johnson carried the ball 31 times for an impressive 176 yards, an average of over five yards a carry. Johnson also added two receptions for 17 more yards to go along with his two rushing scores. His only regret may be that he failed to score a third touchdown, as he had three carries inside the five yard line in the second quarter but was kept out of the end zone each time.
2005 Week 16 vs SD (32 / 131 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Johnson continued his amazing every game production. He currently must be considered a candidate for top running back in the league. He dominated with almost 180 yards of total offense and with two very impressive touchdowns. He also demonstrated that he is improving his ability as a pass blocker and as an all around player. He now has over 100 yards rushing for eight straight games. He has scored 17 rushing touchdowns for the year. That gives him the third highest total for rushing touchdowns for the year. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs will be able to keep two strong all pro running backs each happy next year.
2005 Week 17 vs CIN (26 / 201 / 3 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
It is getting a bit routine to say this, but Larry Johnson had another magnificent performance. He compiled 223 yards with three touchdowns. He put on a clinic of power and speed with 201 yards on the ground. Despite only starting nine games this year, Johnson totaled 1750 yards for the year, a new single season franchise record. He also ran for over 100 yards in his ninth straight game. Only two players in NFL history have had more consecutive 100 yard games. Johnson has established himself as one of the elite running backs in the league as he will now prepare for a Pro Bowl appearance in Hawaii next month.