I still saw some hesitation and indecision from Chris Johnson Sunday in Carolina. But it was hardly the issue it's been, and it will be nice for the Titans to sort through it after a blowout win and a big day for the running back.
He had 130 rushing yards and 174 total yards.
Coach Mike Munchak said the number of runs for the Titans, who handed off 33 times, was a key. Running the same plays multiple times really lets everyone involved do better mastering them.
“In the second half, when we got more opportunities, things started opening up for him and it was fun to watch the tape,” Munchak said. “You watch the tape and you go, ‘Yeah, that’s us. That’s how we block. That’s how we play.’ They were playing hard, they were playing physical, …The offensive line, we were pushing, shoving. It looked like we should look.”
The Panthers had the 27th-ranked rush defense in the league, which helped. But we’ll keep in mind that the Titans didn’t exactly run through the Colts a couple weeks ago, and Indianapolis ranks worse.
Tennessee will see something entirely different on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons boast the third-rated run defense in the league and are allowing nearly 50 ground yards fewer per game than Carolina.