Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 2 January 2010

How Many Records Will Chris Johnson Break on Sunday?

This has hardly been a season to remember for the Tennessee Titans; starting 0-6 and being eliminated from any playoff possibilities in their own stadium on Christmas Day.

There are some positives for them to take out of this season though. First, Vince Young coming back in and being a much more matured leader than the one he was before losing his job to Kerry Collins. They still have one of the best offensive lines in the league. They can still stop the run. Oh – and Chris Johnson is one of the elite running backs in the league now.

Tennessee have two missions when they travel to Seattle for their final game of the season on Sunday. 1) Get the win. 2) Get Chris Johnson into the record books.

The 2nd year running back out of East Carolina is the first Titan to be voted to Pro Bowls in each of his first two seasons since Jevon Kearse did so a decade ago (1999 and 2000). Last season he ran for 1,228 yards and 9 touchdowns, splitting time with LenDale White. This season White has had only 63 carries since being their lead runner with 303 carries, 2 seasons ago.

Chris Johnson has blown by defences this season, as early as week 2 when he ran for 197 yards on 16 carries and caught 9 passes for 87 yards in defeat to the Houston Texans. He is currently on a 10-game streak of 100+ yards. He needs 234 rushing yards on Sunday to beat Eric Dickerson's rushing record set back in 1984. His single best performance is 228, set in week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As he has been a threat at both running and receiving, Johnson is only 75 yards short of Marshall Faulk's all-purpose yardage record of 2,429 yards, set in the 1999 season when his St Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans in that infamous Superbowl.

If Chris Johnson gains 128 rushing yards on Sunday, he will become only the sixth player in NFL history to run for 2,000+ yards in a single season.

Johnson has been a big hitter this season. While he has been stuffed in the backfield on a number of occasions or brought down for a minimal game, one missed tackle or perfect blocking has sprung him big runs this season. He is the quickest player in the NFL, added with his power makes him one of the elite running backs in the NFL.

Seattle's goal on Sunday is to quite simply stop the run. They didn't do so well last Sunday, when Ryan Grant of the Green Bay Packers average 6.1 yards per carry. While they rank 14th against the run this season, allowing an average of 109.5 rushing yards per game, they look like a team eagerly waiting for the off season to come. Thus giving Chris Johnson every ounce of confidence to break the 2,000 mark barrier. Whether they come out to crash the party and run blitz for the majority of the game remains to be seen.

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