Tennessee Titans: Counting Down Chris Johnson's 5 Best Games
The team would obviously like to get something for him in return via trade, but as CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on March 28, the team will release him if nothing materializes by the end of this week.
That is a shocking development for a player who once ran for over 2,000 yards in a single season.
While Johnson will likely be in a new city with a new franchise in 2014, he did run for nearly 8,000 yards in his six-year career with the team.
In that time, Johnson had many great games, but we have narrowed those down to his five best performances in terms of individual statistics such as rushing yards and touchdowns.
So take a stroll down memory lane and find out which team makes the list more than once.
Honorable Mention: November 3, 2013 at St. Louis
Chris Johnson had just two 100-yard rushing games in 2013, but in November against the Rams, he looked like the Chris Johnson of old.
He ran for 150 yards on 23 carries and had six carries of 10 yards or more and also caught three passes for 20 yards.
In addition to the 170 yards of total offense Johnson put up, he also had touchdown runs of 14 and 19 yards to help the Titans get a key 28-21 win on the road.
The win pulled the Titans to .500 on the season and gave the Rams a close look at a player they could soon be trying to pick up.
5. December 4, 2011 at Buffalo
Toward the end of the 2011 season, the Titans took a trip to Buffalo and came away with a 23-17 victory over the Bills.
That was largely due to the play of Chris Johnson.
On the Titans' second possession, they faced a 2nd-and-10 situation from the Buffalo 48-yard line. Johnson took a handoff from Matt Hasselbeck and went all the way for the score.
On the day, Johnson finished with 153 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, adding a four-yard score in the second quarter.
4. October 21, 2012 at Buffalo
Less than a year later, the Titans found themselves in Ralph Wilson Stadium again.
This was a wild game that featured a combined 69 points. Chris Johnson had over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter to go along with touchdown runs of 16 and 83 yards.
It took a late touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Washington to seal the victory, but Johnson's running was what sprung the Titans to the win.
He finished the day with 195 yards rushing and an astounding 10.8 yards per carry.
3. November 1, 2009 vs. Jacksonville
The year 2009 was Johnson's best in the NFL. That was the year he hit 2,000 yards rushing. In terms of rushing yardage, this was his best game that season.
He got most of that on two long touchdown runs, the first of which came from 52 yards out. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, he took this (video) handoff out of the shotgun formation and broke it 89 yards for a touchdown.
Johnson put his head down to avoid a tackle before showing off his blazing speed and beating everyone to the end zone.
He finished the day with 228 yards on the ground. This performance helped the Titans crush the Jaguars, winning by a score of 30-13.
2. November 15, 2009 vs. Buffalo
Chris Johnson sure likes to play the Buffalo Bills.
On November 15, 2009, wearing the throwback Houston Oilers uniforms, Johnson had one of the best days of his football career.
He showed what he could do both in the running game and the passing game as Tennessee throttled Buffalo, winning 41-17.
On the day, Johnson ran for 132 yards. He had touchdown runs of 28 yards and one yard, but it was what he did as a receiver that made this day special.
Johnson caught nine passes for 100 yards, aggravating a Buffalo defense that simply had no answer for him.
Just call Johnson the Buffalo Bill killer.
1. September 20, 2009 vs. Houston
In the second game of the 2009 season, the Titans found themselves on the losing end of a 34-31 decision against the Houston Texans.
That was because they let Matt Schaub throw four touchdown passes—not because of the play of Chris Johnson.
Johnson had a fantastic day on the field, running for 197 yards on just 16 carries. He added another 87 yards on nine receptions. He had a 57-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before taking a pass from Kerry Collins 69 yards for another score—also in the first quarter.
Later in the game, with the score tied 24-24 in the third quarter, he took a handoff at the Titans' own 9-yard line and ran 91 yards for another touchdown.
Despite the team's loss, Johnson finished the day with 284 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns.
Here (video) is a look at just how good he was on that day.
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