Johnson gains 190 yards
Roy Cummings, The Tampa Tribune, published 28 November 2011

The Tennessee Titans put down new turf at LP Field last week and Titans RB Chris Johnson looked like his old dynamic self on it. Johnson, who entered Sunday's game averaging 50 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry, ran for 190 yards on 23 carries in Tennessee's 23-17 victory against Tampa Bay.

About the only thing the Bucs did against Johnson, who averaged more than 1,500 yards rushing the past three seasons, was keep him out of the end zone. They took no solace in that, though. "There's no such thing as small victories,'' Mason Foster said. "You want to win the game and we didn't win the game. That's all that really matters.''

The Bucs actually stopped Johnson for little or no gain on several runs, but poor tackling and effective blocking by the Titans offensive line allowed Johnson to have his best running day of the year. He ran for 144 yards in the second half.

"He's a great running back, make no mistake about it,'' Raheem Morris said. "But if you give a great running back that many carries, that much of a chance to be explosive, he's going to be explosive. "The only way you stop a guy like that is to get him off the football field. We were able to do that a couple times, but you have to keep him off the field and we weren't able to do that.''

Johnson's previous season-high came two weeks ago against Carolina - 27 carries for 130 yards. As impressive as it was, though, Johnson's rushing effort Sunday was only the third best of his career. In the 2009 season, Johnson ran for 197 yards against Houston in Week 2 and 228 yards against Jacksonville in Week 8.