Chris Johnson Shows Signs of Resurgence in Titans' 38-14 Loss to Texans

Benjamin MottCorrespondent IIISeptember 30, 2012

Chris Johnson finds a seam in the Texans defense. He finished with 141 yards on 25 carries.
Chris Johnson finds a seam in the Texans defense. He finished with 141 yards on 25 carries.Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

After a very slow start to the 2012 NFL season, Chris Johnson finally may be on his way back to his 2009 form.

In the Tennessee Titans' 38-14 shellacking at the hands of the Houston Texans, Johnson ran for 141 yards on 25 carries, nearly quadrupling his total rushing yards in the first three games combined. He had run for only 45 yards on 33 carries in those three games.

This snapped a seven-game streak of being held under 100 rushing yards for Johnson. He hadn't eclipsed the 100-yard mark since a December 4, 2011 victory over the Buffalo Bills, in which he ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Johnson still has yet to score a touchdown since that game, but this big game against Houston certainly is a stepping stone to get back to that form.

Johnson had been criticized over the past year for not hitting holes and not running hard, although he seemingly shifted the blame to the offensive line. However, today, Johnson fought hard against an otherwise stingy Texans defense for every single yard, making the reads and cuts that you'd expect him usually to make.

The Texans, who boasted the No. 2-ranked defense (255.7 yards allowed per game) and No. 5-ranked rushing defense (67.7 yards allowed per game) in the league, struggled the whole day trying to stop Johnson, who was last in the league among starting running backs in rushing yards before this game.

Johnson will look to get his first touchdown next week as the Titans take on the Minnesota Vikings.

Although the strong effort against the Texans still resulted in a loss, Johnson was the shining light in an otherwise dark performance for the Titans, and it's really hard to put a lot of blame on him for the loss.