CJ can't run outside, Titans can't tackle

October, 8, 2012
10/08/12
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Interesting stuff from ESPN Stats & Information out of the Titans' blowout loss at Minnesota.

From 2008 to 2011, Chris Johnson had four games in which he rushed for negative yards outside the tackles. He’s had three already this year.

Johnson
Yards per game outside the tackles for Johnson:
  • 2012: minus-5.0 (NFL worst)
  • 2011: 23.3
  • 2010: 28.6
  • 2009: 48.0
  • 2008: 28.7

These numbers speak to two things: Johnson is not as quick to get out there and get around the edge as he used to be. And tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart are not run blocking out there as well as they’ve done it in the past.

On to the Titans' continued poor tackling.

Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown Sunday.

Five of his catches for 35 yards and a touchdown came on throws at or behind the line of scrimmage. Entering Sunday, Harvin led the NFL in receptions, yards and yards after the catch on such passes.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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