The Stat Line of the Night – 11/01/09 – Chris Johnson
The Tennessee Titans have had a miserable season thus far, but coming out of their bye week they were looking to turn things around against the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Hoping that a quarterback switch would change their luck, Vince Young got the start under center for the Titans, but it was Chris Johnson who would prove to be the real story in this one.
After Tennessee took a 13-0 lead, it began to look as though this game would turn into the Maurice Jones-Drew show as the Jags’ running back would break off runs of 80 and 79 yards for touchdowns, but Chirs Johnson was not about to be outdone as he would have some big runs of his own to provide.
Following Jones-Drew’s second big-gainer in the third quarter, which put the Jacksonville up by a score of 14-13, Johnson responded with a 52 yard touchdown run to put his team back up, and he wasn’t done there. He saved his biggest rush for the fourth quarter, as a huge 89-yard touchdown scamper would leave him out of breath, and his team up by a score of 30-13. That would end up being the final as C.J. would out-duel an equally impressive Jones-Drew, accumulating 228 yards on the ground and 11 through the air, but most importantly would get his team the victory. It was enough to earn him honors as “The Stat Line Of the Night” for Sunday, November 1, 2009.
With this amazing outing, Johnson now finds himself in first among all NFL players in rushing yards with 824 through seven games. About half of that total has come in two games as he also had a 197 yard outing earlier in the season against the Houston Texans. In a season which has provided little to be encouraged about, Johnson has at least allowed Titans fans to be optimistic with the team’s future. If he and Vince Young can continue to provide Tennessee with some victories, their final 10 games may become a whole lot easier to watch than the first six were.