Week six of the NFL season features somewhat of a lopsided matchup when the Seattle Seahawks take on the Jake Locker-less Tennessee Titans. In this game, you may be asking yourself just what to do with Titans running back Chris Johnson.
Well, as a Johnson owner myself, I have a bit of insight that may surprise you.
Seattle, at the moment, is ranked just 19th in the league against the run, averaging 109.0 yards a game given up on the ground. From a defense that is arguably the league’s best group, that is kind of surprising.
Does that mean that Johnson should get a start? Well, let’s look at the details from his side of things.
Johnson is only averaging 3.1 yards per carry on the season and has yet to score a touchdown on the ground. With only one score on the year, through the air, Johnson is beginning to worry his owners — myself included.
I have considered attempting to trade him away for a potential RB2, but I have yet to receive a bite on any of the offers I’ve sent out. This week, I honestly cannot risk it. Johnson’s season thus far has me believing he is indeed past his best years and can’t be the same guy he once was a couple years back.
The real dagger in this situation is that Ryan FItzpatrick looked just awful in his first start last week, and that means the Seahawks will feast on the passing game. Will that force Johnson to get a lot of action? I’m not sure. If the Titans go down early and in a big way, Fitzpatrick will be throwing. Will he be throwing to the right team? That’s another valid question.
All in all, I don’t see this being a great week to start Johnson. Of course, this will now be the week he makes this so-called “expert” look like a fool and shred Seattle’s defense.
Let’s both hope I’m right, shall we?