Chris Johnson Proves He Is Still Amongst NFL's Best in Win vs. Miami

Harrison BucContributor IINovember 11, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson Got It Going

Chris Johnson broke the Miami Dolphins' streak of 22 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher by going for 126 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.

C.J. obviously did not care for Miami's solid rush defense, which is third best in the NFL with 83.9 yards allowed per game.

Chris Johnson's score was on a 17-yard rush in the first quarter to give the Titan's a 14-0 lead early in the game.

After a slow start to the season, Chris Johnson has averaged 130.4 yards per game in his last five games and is sixth overall in rushing yards (736) in the NFL.

The Titans showed up in the running game on Sunday thanks to the offensive line's ability to create holes and thanks to C.J.'s quick decision making, allowing him to zip through the open lanes. 

When C.J. gets his wheels turning, he is amongst the most illusive and speedy backs in the NFL. When he's decisive and quick, he's scary.

Everyone knows it took Johnson four to five weeks to get going, but now we can tell he has been doing his homework midway through the season.

C.J. has not lost a step and has shown yet again that he is the fastest running back in the NFL.


Titan D Finally Has a Big Game

In the crushing of the Dolphins, the Titans' defense played their best game of the season to this point.

They only allowed three points and forced four turnovers, one of which was a Colin McCarthy pick-six.

The Titans' defense is an NFL-ranked 30th in rushing yards allowed and 27th in passing yards allowed, but it came up big Sunday in Miami.

In the defense's amazing performance, they held Reggie Bush to 21 yards on the ground (average 141 yards allowed), forced him to fumble and intercepted Tannehill three times.

The front four for the Titans were able to get pressure on the rookie quarterback and both the linebackers and defensive backs answered big time.

Also, for a squad that was on track to give up the most points ever in an NFL season, allowing just three points is a huge, much-needed victory.


Jake Locker and Wright More Comfortable

Jake Locker is back at starting quarterback (shoulder) and provided solid consistency in a game where the run attack was working. C.J.'s success allowed Locker to work the ball around to Titan receivers as well as scramble for yardage.

On the Titan's first scoring drive, Chris Johnson started it out with a 21-yard burst and Jake Locker capped it off with a 17-yard bullet to rookie Kendall Wright.

Kendall Wright is coming on and providing a huge spark in Tennessee's passing game, but Sunday's dominance was a combination of both run and pass.

Heading into the bye week, the entire Titan team (4-6) responded to owner Bud Adam's unhappy comments earlier this week with a dominant performance on the road against Miami.

Chris Johnson can flash his gold smile for yet another week.