Monday, December 7, 2009
What qualifies as a good day against CJ?
By Paul Kuharsky
Clint Session put one giant hit on Chris Johnson during the course of Indy’s 27-17 win over Tennessee Sunday. The linebacker was a key player in slowing down Johnson but was surprised and unhappy to learn after the game that Johnson got 100 yards.
But look what qualifies as slowing down Johnson these days: He ran 27 times for 113 yards for a 4.2 yard average and had a long run of 11 yards.
“They never really gave him the big run; that’s really how Johnson has made a name for himself, breaking away on those big runs,” Peyton Manning said.
“Obviously you want to keep running backs under 100 yards, but it’s all about the win at the end of the game,” Dwight Freeney said. “Yeah, we could have done better, but we did good enough.”
Johnson seemed content with the run game’s work, but was annoyed about the Titans going 2-5 in the red zone and 0-3 on fourth down.
“I knew we had success running the ball all day," Johnson said. "We didn't have any large-yardage plays, it was 5 here and 6 there, so I knew we had success running the ball. The red zone killed us, just killed us.”
From the NFL: Johnson leads the league with 1,509 rushing yards and became only the fifth player in NFL history to rush for 1,500 yards in his team’s first 12 games. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Walter Payton and O.J. Simpson, as well as Terrell Davis, as the only players to accomplish the feat.