Johnson's record run faces steep hurdle
Posted Sep. 12 at 01:35 PM
With 142 yards against Oakland, Chris Johnson has gone over 100 yards 12 games in a row; that’s the second-longest streak ever, just two behind Barry Sanders (see chart below). If Johnson is going to extend that streak, he faces a considerable challenge; the Titans host Pittsburgh this week, and the Steelers have one of the league’s best run defenses.
Pittsburgh has allowed only one 100-yard rusher in its last 35 games. That came when Ray Rice ran for 141 yards on 30 carries last December. But the Steelers tend to be outstanding against the run; they held Michael Turner, for example, to only 42 yards on Sunday.
They’ve also done well against Johnson in the past.
Two years ago, when the Titans finished with a league-best 13-3 record, Johnson needed a late 21-yard touchdown run to get up to 69 yards on 16 carries when the Titans won 31-14 against Pittsburgh late in the year. And in the opener last year, Pittsburgh held Johnson to 57 yards on 15 carries. That was just 3.8 yards per attempt, and Johnson ran for over 80 yards in all but one other game last year.
Johnson is an explosive back, but chances are he’ll fall short of reaching that 100-yard mark in Week 2.
MOST CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD GAMES
14 Barry Sanders, Lions (1997)
12 Chris Johnson, Titans (2009-2010)
11 Marcus Allen, Raiders (1985-1986)
Posted by Roy Sherman | Sep. 13 at 01:26 AM
Johnson's streak is impressive, but even if he catches/passes Sanders, it won't be quite as impressive as Sanders' streak when you consider the fact that he played behind a terrible O-line during his career.
Posted by Wes Romero | Sep. 13 at 05:30 AM
The Lions line was fine at what they did. We get caught up in Barry v Emmit so much its crazy. Run&Shoot was perfect for Sanders and Dallas oline werent cut out to block in space.
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | Sep. 14 at 04:58 AM
The thing about Johnson is that he only needs to break one run, and he always does. I'm putting him down for over 100 yards.
Posted by Jared Cravy | Sep. 14 at 04:35 PM
2 reasons I believe CJ will go over 100 this week. 1-PIT Offense will not take a big enough lead to force TEN in to a majority pass attack. 2-Coach Fisher like's these kinds of things, and isn't afraid to let his players try to achieve them.
Posted by Jared Cravy | Sep. 14 at 04:38 PM
An interesting stat to look at would be how many Home-Runs (runs of 40+ yards) per AB (Run Attempts) CJ has. I'd do the research myself if I had subscribers paying me to.
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