Chris Johnson isn’t fooling around when he says the Titans are trying to do something that’s never been done. The Titans running back told Sporting News Radio Tuesday that prior to last week’s 30-13 win over the Jaguars, the Titans, 0-6 at that time, felt like they could run the table over the final 10 weeks of the season.
“We really believe like we can … like we started off 10-0 last year … before we played Jacksonville, we sat down and was like we really feel like we can go 10-0 in these last ten games,” Johnson said during an interview on The Monty Show. “We’re still going to practice everyday and going to work each day. We got to go. We still want to make the playoffs and we know it’s going to be a very, very tough thing to do, but that’s what records are for — they’re meant to be broken. I don’t think a team that ever started out 0-6 ever went to the playoffs or anything like that. We’re trying to do something nobody has ever done.”
Johnson, who was instrumental in the Titans’ first win of the season with a franchise-record 228 yards rushing, says there isn’t a remaining opponent the Titans don’t believe they can’t beat. Crunching the numbers, the Titans’ remaining nine opponents have a 32-34 combined record, with four teams holding winning records. That list includes the 7-0 Colts, who defeated the Titans 31-9 in Week 5.
“We look at our last ten games, our first half, we had a lot of tough opponents,” Johnson said. “You look at, we have the Colts that we have to play, they’re a very tough team, but we feel like we can beat the Colts if we come out and play the way we’re supposed to. But we look at our last nine games and we don’t think there’s a team on there we can’t beat.”
Thanks to some research by our NFL statisticians, we’ve found that only one team since 1970 has even started as bad as 0-4, and reached the playoffs — the 1992 Chargers. No 0-5 team since the merger has ever reached the playoffs.