Many outside Baptist Sports Park had lost faith in the running back who totaled just 33 carries for 45 yards (1.4 avg.) through the first three weeks.
Johnson turned it on over the next six games, rushing 114 times for 692 yards (6.1 avg.), second in the NFL over that span only to 727 yards by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.
Johnson now ranks second in the AFC with 736 rushing yards, trailing only Houston’s Arian Foster (770 yds, 10 TDs).
CJ ranks sixth in the NFL behind Peterson (957 yds, 6 TDs), Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (881 yds, 4 TDs), Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin (704 yds, 7 TDs), Washington’s Alfred Morris (793 yds, 5 TDs) and Foster.
Two of Johnson’s three touchdowns came on an 83-yard run at Buffalo and an 80-yard run vs. Chicago, which helped raise his 2012 rushing average to 5.01 yards through nine games.
Johnson’s current rushing average would qualify as the second best of his five-year career and the sixth best in a season in franchise history among all running backs*. In 2009, Johnson set the team record with a 5.60 rushing average.
Best single-season rushing averages in franchise history by running backs*:
5.60 – Chris Johnson (2009)
5.21 – Sid Blanks (1964)
5.18 – Earl Campbell (1980)
5.14 – Gary Brown (1993)
5.05 – Hoyle Granger (1967)
5.01 – Chris Johnson (2012 – active)
4.89 – Chris Johnson (2008)
* Statistically, quarterback Steve McNair’s 6.7-yard rushing average in 1997 qualifies as the best in franchise history.
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