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CJ Silences Critics, Ranks 2nd in AFC in Rushing

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 7, 2012 – 4:53 pm

After a difficult start to the 2012 season, Chris Johnson has turned his season around in a big way.

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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5 Responses to “CJ Silences Critics, Ranks 2nd in AFC in Rushing”

  1. By Titanman45 on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Johnson is still one of the top 3 backs in the league. Like I’ve said before fantasy owners got people thinking this guy is a bust. You give him some good blocking on Sunday and he can destroy a defense. Thats special for a player that use to be a WR. I hope he remains on the team for next year, he has a 10 million dollar signing bonus coming…..

  2. By EBTITAN on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply


  3. By Brooks on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why, but this franchise has its head wrapped around CJ. Yes, he’s good, but they really need to give the ball to Cook more often. They will win with Cook, not by CJ getting 100 yards every week

  4. By Titanman45 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Brook… Please don’t come on here talking crazy.. You need a solid run game so you can open up the passing game for guys like Cook. CJ is our franchise player and the last time I check, Cook is getting double team and he has to learn how to block so he can stay on the field for most plays..

  5. By Winccity on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Earlier in the season everybody gave up on CJ now all of a sudden pundits are giving him praise. The problem with Mr. Cook is that he needs to learn to hold onto the ball, he is a great tight end but he gets careless at times. Once he starts to hold onto the ball then maybe he will get it more. The defense needs to step their game up and stop somebody on 3rd and long, our corners are giving receivers a 10 yard cushion on every play. D up Tennessee!!!!!!

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