Chris Johnson (running Back) - Professional Career - Tennessee Titans - 2012 Season

2012 Season

After participating in the Titan summer training camp prior to the 2012 season, Johnson initially struggled during his first two games of the 2012 season gaining just 21 yards on a total of 19 rushing attempts, highlighted by an 11 carry-4 yard effort against the New England Patriots. During recent interviews Johnson appeared to be frustrated with the new direction Titan's offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is running, electing to bring a more run-and-shoot offensive scheme to the Titans and not focusing on establishing the rushing attack. Palmer was fired later on in the season. In week 4 he finally showed his abilities with 25 carries for 141 yards, but Tennessee still lost 38-14. He followed that up with only 24 yards on 15 carries against the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday Night Football he ran for 91 yards on 19 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 26-23 victory. He followed that up with a great game against the Buffalo Bills in which he ran for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 18 carries. With an 83 yard touchdown, Johnson broke an NFL record with his fourth rushing touchdown of 80 yards or more. The Tennessee Titans won the game 35-34. He then ran for 99 yards on 21 carries in an overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 19-13. He got off to a relatively slow start against the Chicago Bears, fumbling twice. In the fourth quarter he ran for an 80 yard touchdown, extending his record with 5 80 yard touchdowns. He finished with 16 carries for 141 yards, but the Titans still lost 51-20. In the next game he ran for 126 yards on 23 carries and a 17 yard touchdown ending the Miami Dolphins streak of 22 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. He then ran for 80 yards on 21 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars, however the Titans lost 24-19. In the next week against the Houston Texans he got a 26 yard run on Tennessee's opening drive but finished with only 51 yards on 13 carries. After the game he said he was frustrated with the lack of carries. In week 14 against the Colts he struggled to get anything going only running for 44 yards on 19 carries. In week 15 on Monday Night Football Johnson had a franchise-record 94 yard touchdown run, the longest of his career and the second longest in Monday Night Football History. He finished with 122 yards on 21 carries. The Titans beat the New York Jets 14-10. He has season stats of 244 carries for 1,159 yards and 5 touchdowns through Week 15.

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