Chris Johnson: Don't Count on Another 100-Yard Game from Titans' Star in Week 5

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball in front of Aubrayo Franklin #90 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson finally broke out in Week 4. He rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries against the Houston Texans. He didn't find the end zone, and the Tennessee Titans lost the game 38-14, but we're talking fantasy football. Who cares about wins and losses?

This was by far Johnson's best game of the year, and it has to have given loyal fantasy owners some hope that Johnson will still be an elite back this season. 

A message to those who own Johnson in fantasy football: He won't repeat or better that performance in Week 5 at Minnesota.

Here's why:


The Minnesota Vikings Run Defense Won't Cooperate 

Minnesota has been very tough against the run thus far this season. They rank seventh in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, and they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.

They haven't exactly been feasting on inept rushing attacks either. They have contained or stopped Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore this season. The Vikings have had a surprising 3-1 start, and their ability to stop the run is a big reason why.

The Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck in this game because of Jake Locker's injured shoulder, per The News Tribune. The veteran will have an excellent opportunity to attack a Vikings' pass defense that still has to be considered a weakness.

They are only allowing 224 yards per game through the air, but with such a stout run defense, you can bet teams will begin to test the Vike's secondary even more from this point on. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for five touchdown passes, and only one interception.

If Hasselbeck finds early success expect to see the Titans throw it often. 


CJ No Longer Strings Them Together

In the last two seasons Johnson has recorded back-to-back 100 yard games only once. He went for 190 yards in Weeks 11 and 12 in 2011. The man that ran for 2000 yards in 2009 has found big games fewer and further between since that magical season.

Matched against a tough run defense, this hardly seems like the spot for him double up. Johnson may be a solid choice as a flex player, and he may make an impact as a receiver, but he won't run wild against Minnesota.


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