So far in the 2013 NFL season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has yet to prove me right about my prediction for him this year. In a contract year, I had him pegged as a top-5 fantasy running back.
Rushing 50 times already in two games, Johnson has just mustered 166 yards and zero touchdowns. His long on the year is a mere 16-yard dash. Normally, this guy gets through the first level and can go the distance if the defense isn’t careful.
But, as everybody knows, it’s too early to call anyone a bust after two weeks. Not only that, but Johnson’s breakout game could be coming a lot sooner than we may think. In week three, Johnson faces a San Diego Chargers defense that has given up a lot of yards this year, specifically last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In two games, the Chargers have given up 110 rushing yards per game and rank 22nd in the league against the run. Against the pass, they are dead last and giving up a whopping 370 yards per game through the air.
Why is the passing statistic significant?
Johnson is a back that can take a screen to the house in the blink of an eye. So far this year, the Chargers’ defense has looked lost for the most part when defending, well, just about everything.
The Titans would love to get Johnson going early in this one as they look to go 2-1 on the year and really surprise people within the first month of the season. It’s only a matter of time before he busts loose for one of those 50-plus yard touchdowns. Could this be the week?