The Tennessee Titans saw something that they hadn’t seen for the first eight games of the 2013 NFL season: a 100-yard rushing game from their starting back, Chris Johnson. Prior to rushing for 150 yards and two scores on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, Johnson’s previous high for rushing yards was 96, with four games where he rushed for fewer than 40 yards.
Obviously playing the Rams helped Johnson’s cause, especially in terms of the Titan’s offensive line, in the game, but Johnson also ran incredibly well in the game for what feels like the first time in quite a while. However, as the Titans, who sit with a 4-4 record and in the playoff picture in the AFC, go forward they have to be skeptical about Johnson’s production still.
Over the past two seasons with Tennessee, Johnson has had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games just once. For a guy that many people thought was on his way to being a premier back in this league, that’s certainly not the level that he’s capable of producing. Whether it’s health, questionable offensive line play, or possibly even apathy, Johnson hasn’t been consistent with high-level production in a while now.
Looking ahead to week 10, though, Johnson may get his second set of back-to-back 100-yard games that the Titans would like him to have. Tennessee matches up with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, the team with the worst rushing defense in the league as they allow 161.8 yards per game on the ground to their opponents.
With the way the Titans defense has performed this season, you have to expect a victory over the Jags this week, but I’m sure that Tennessee is also hoping for another big game from Johnson. Perhaps if they can get Johnson in a groove, he can be a factor for them as they compete for a wildcard spot.