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Smart Football on the Titans and Chris Johnson

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Smart Football has a very detailed post looking at the rushing attacks in the NFL this season. As you might expect, the picture is not so pretty for Chris Johnson and the Titans. Johnson is currently 20th in the league in success rate (40% of the yards on 1st down, 60% on 2nd down and 100% on 3rd and 4th).

The Titans rushing game as a whole is dead last in the league on successful runs. They have only been successful on 39.6% of their carries on the season.

They also were not all that impressed by Johnson's performance on Sunday:

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s no way to put Chris Johnson and the Titans in a positive light. Even with Johnson gaining over 100 yards against the Panthers this weekend, it was more methodical than explosive: Tennessee running backs had 33 carries for 149 yards. Tennessee still ranks 32nd in rushing yards even after their best rushing performance of the season.

My biggest concern going forward is CJ's lack of burst this season. He has looked better the last couple of weeks, but we still have not seen the explosiveness that we saw in years past. Until we do, the big games are going to be more of an exception than the rule.