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CJ Closing in on Another 1,000-Yard Rushing Season

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 6, 2012 – 3:35 pm

Chris JohnsonTitans running back Chris Johnson has 993 rushing yards in 2012 entering this week’s game at Indianapolis. With seven more rushing yards, he will reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fifth consecutive season to begin his career. It would also give the Titans an individual 1,000-yard rusher for an NFL-high 15th time in the last 17 seasons.

The Titans selected former running back Eddie George in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and during his career, George went over 1,000 yards seven times (1996-00, 2002-03). Following his departure, Chris Brown (2004), Travis Henry (2006), LenDale White (2007) and Johnson (2008-11) all have reached the mark.

Since George’s rookie season, no NFL team has had more 1,000-yard rushing seasons than the Titans.

Most individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons, 1996–2012*:

14 – Tennessee Titans
13 – New York Jets
12 – Cincinnati Bengals
11 – Atlanta Falcons
11 – Denver Broncos
11 – Minnesota Vikings
11 – New York Giants
11 – Pittsburgh Steelers
11 – San Francisco 49ers

Among all active players, Johnson is tied for fourth place with four career 1,000-yard rushing seasons. St. Louis’ Steven Jackson leads the pack with seven, followed by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (five), San Francisco’s Frank Gore (five), Johnson (four), Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (four) and Denver’s Willis McGahee (four).

Most 1,000-yard rushing seasons among active NFL players:

7 – Steven Jackson
5 – Adrian Peterson
5 – Frank Gore
4 – Chris Johnson *
4 – Marshawn Lynch
4 – Willis McGahee
3 – Arian Foster
3 – Cedric Benson
3 – Jamaal Charles
3 – Maurice Jones-Drew
3 – Michael Turner
3 – Ray Rice

* Chris Johnson needs seven rushing yards this week to record his fifth career 1,000-yard season.

1,000-yard rushers in 2012: Adrian Peterson (Min), Marshawn Lynch (Sea), Doug Martin (TB), Alfred Morris (Was), Arian Foster (Hou), Jamaal Charles (KC) and Stevan Ridley (NE)


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Reynaud on Pace to Challenge Kickoff Return Record

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 6, 2012 – 3:28 pm

TitansIn his first season with the Titans, returner Darius Reynaud is on pace to finish the season with the second-highest kickoff return total in franchise history.

Reynaud’s 42 total kickoff returns are the second-most in the NFL this season, behind only the 44 returns by the New York Giants’ David Wilson.

Reynaud is on pace to return 56 kickoffs, which would rank second in franchise history behind Marc Mariani’s 60 in 2010.

As a team, the Titans have returned 48 of their opponents’ 76 kickoffs this year, up considerably from 2011, the first year the NFL moved kickoffs up from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line.

In conjunction with the change, the Titans’ kickoff returns fell from 64 in 2010 (on 86 opponents’ kickoffs) to 32 in 2011 (on 75 opponents’ kickoffs).

Most kickoff returns in a season, franchise history:

60 – Marc Mariani (2010 season) – 1,530 yards (25.5 avg) – 1 TD
54 – Mel Gray (1995 season) – 1,183 yards (22.3 avg)
50 – Mel Gray (1996 season) – 1,224 yards (24.5 avg)
50 – Bobby Wade (2006 season) – 1,194 yards (23.9 avg)
45 – Bobby Jancik (1963 season) – 1,317 yards (29.3 avg)
43 – Adam Jones (2005 season) – 1,127 yards (26.2 avg)
42 – Mike Archie (1998 season) – 913 yards (21.7 avg)
42 – Derrick Mason (2000 season) – 1,132 yards (27.0 avg)
42 – * Darius Reynaud (2012 season) – 1,031 yards (24.5 avg) – 1 TD

* Four games remaining in 2012 season; on pace for 56 kickoff returns


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Third Down Defense Solid Over Last Month

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 6, 2012 – 3:18 pm

Over the last month, the Titans defense has allowed its opponents to convert only 13 third downs on 44 attempts. The 29.5 opponents’ third-down percentage ranks fifth in the NFL during that time frame.

Titans, DolphinsThe defense allowed a season low on third down at Miami on Nov. 11, as the Dolphins converted at a 15.4 percent rate, also the best number by a Titans defense since Nov. 27, 2008 (0.0 percent at Detroit).

On Nov. 25 at Jacksonville, the Jaguars converted 50 percent on third down against the Titans, and the Titans limited the Houston Texans to 23.5 percent last week.

Lowest opponents’ third-down percentage during the last four weeks (since Nov. 11):

1. Denver Broncos 9 of 54 – 16.7
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 11 of 54 – 20.4
3. Cincinnati Bengals 13 of 49 – 26.5
4. San Francisco 49ers 16 of 55 – 29.1
5. Tennessee Titans 13 of 44 – 29.5
6. Houston Texans 19 of 60 – 31.7
7. Baltimore Ravens 21 of 63 – 33.3
8. Carolina Panthers 18 of 53 – 34.0
9. Atlanta Falcons 17 of 50 – 34.0
10. Detroit Lions 20 of 58 – 34.5


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