Dolphins Vs Titans Preview: Chris Johnson Adds Soul To MVP Race

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst IDecember 18, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Cardinals 20-17. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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While Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre have dominated the MVP talk this year, Chris Johnson has made a case that he should be in the discussion as well. Johnson leads the NFL in rushing with 1,626 yards, 347 more than his closest pursuer.

"Who says the MVP should be limited to aging white quarterbacks," says Johnson. "Besides the aging white voters? I'm putting my foot in the door for the MVP vote. You could say I'm adding a little 'soul' to the race. I've already been guaranteed two votes from owner Bud Adams, who's great at 'sticking up' for his players and team."

"With our playoff hopes slim, some of us may be looking ahead to 2010. Not me. I'm looking towards 2,000 ...yards, that is. I've got three games to get 374 yards. That will put me in elite company."

At 7-6, the Dolphins trail the Patriots by a single game in the NFC East, and could still win the division, depending on several factors, most notably Randy Moss' effort. A loss in Tennessee, however, would likely put a damper on any playoff plans for Miami.

"Hey, we're just like the Patriots," says Ricky Williams. "We can't rely on Moss for anything. But, what I wouldn't give to have Moss on my team. Moss quitting is way better than Ted Ginn, Jr. trying ."

"Now, I have to caution Johnson on the perils of having a career year. I led the NFL in rushing in 2002. Soon after that, I retired from football, with the ironic excuse that I was 'burned out.' But once the smoke cleared, I came back at full strength. I just want to tell Chris not to walk away from the sport in your prime. There's a better time to do that. It's called 4:20."

Titans win, 27-17.

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