During a Week 9 matchup against the Chicago Bears his rookie season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was held to single digits for rushing yards—finishing with just eight yards on 14 carries. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Johnson displayed a similar performance that will most likely be considered the worst game of his three-year career.
With third-string rookie quarterback Rusty Smith making his first career start, the Titans were hoping to rely heavily on Johnson. Instead, he struggled against the Texans’ defense all afternoon, finishing with a career-low five yards on just seven carries. While Houston’s defense—who came in allowing their opponents to average 107.8 yards per game on the ground—deserves credit, these numbers are unacceptable for a player who broke 2,000 rushing yards last season.
Prior to Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Houston, Johnson needed just 32 rushing yards to post his second-straight 1,000-yard season. Now, it looks like Johnson will have to wait until next weekend for another chance when the Titans head home to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a key AFC South matchup.