Can he do it?
That’s the question football fans will be asking themselves about Titans RB Chris Johnson between now and the final Sunday of the season.
Johnson had himself another big game during Friday night’s loss to the Chargers, rushing for 142 yards — his 10th straight game eclipsing 100, trailing only Barry Sanders (14) and Marcus Allen (11) — and a touchdown, while adding three catches for 37 yards.
Have you been keeping track of Johnson’s run at history? Well, here’s where he stands heading into the final game of 2009:
- In all likelihood, Johnson will break Marshall Faulk’s single-season record for total yards from scrimmage in 1999, which stands at 2,429. After his 179-yard performance against San Diego, Johnson sits at 2,355, just 74 shy of the record. Johnson has averaged 147.2 yards from scrimmage per game this season.
- Johnson has a decent shot at becoming the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing milestone, as he now has 1,872 yards. Johnson, who averages 124.8 rush yards per game, needs 128 to join the elite club that consists of Sanders, O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, and Eric Dickerson.
- Speaking of Dickerson, Johnson has also set his sights on his single-season rushing record (2,105 yards in 1984). Johnson is now 233 yards short of the mark, meaning it will take a career game for him to break the record. If you consider that Johnson averages 5.8 yards per carry, he would need to carry 40 times next week to break the record. Johnson’s season high in carries for one game is 29 (twice); his career and season high for rush yards in a game is 228 against the Jaguars in Week 8.
All this is contingent on how Johnson fares next week against the Seahawks, whose defense is ranked 24th overall and 13th against the run (106.4 yards per game). For what it’s worth, the Titans have said they are committed to doing everything they can to help Johnson. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next week.